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  • Stinkbugs trying to stage a comeback. [Post]
  • Medical examiner patrolling Metro in case someone dies. [Examiner]
  • FishbowlDC lawsuit an instant classic. [City Desk]
  • Credit cards mandated in cabs by March 31. [Examiner]


This Rap Is Making Me Thirsty: Jerry Seinfeld and Wale are collaborating on an album, it appears.

Graham Slammed: Jim Graham wants a nonvoting position on the board of the troubled Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, but CYITC wants him to back off.

Jack’s Hangs On: Jack’s Boathouse could avoid eviction, if it can prove that the land it sits on belongs to the city and not the National Park Service.

Blowfish Blow-Out: Sushi Taro’s $138 blowfish menu has everything blowfish—-even blowfish sake.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • MPD to create website for rape victims after blistering report from rights group. [Post]
  • Jim Graham’s lawyer asks ethics board to drop the metro/lotto case. [Post]
  • “Taxation” plates are now on President Barack Obama’s limo. [AP]
  • District leaders want more from the president than just a license plate. [Post]
  • Homeless being forced to move because of inaugural parade. [Times]
  • Credit cards coming for District cabs by end of March. [Examiner]
  • Mayor picks ousted Department of Environment’s chief of staff to be new director. [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry celebrates anniversary of his arrest by claiming, again, that the FBI tried to kill him. [USNews]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • The New York Times seems to think D.C. was a ghost town before Obama became president. [NY Times]
  • You’ve got more time to comment on the proposed new building codes. [WBJ]
  • Why Bob McDonnell‘s transit funding plan makes no sense. [Post]
  • No surprise here: Logan and Dupont are D.C.’s hottest housing markets. [WBJ]
  • With inventory low, it’s very much a seller’s market. [UrbanTurf]
  • It’s not easy to convince Frenchmen that D.C.’s on par with Paris. [NY Times]
  • D.C. cabs will accept credit cards by March 30. [Post]
  • There’s tension between the Gray administration and new economic development chair Muriel Bowser. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Big building, small apartment, small price

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. street vendor Royal Height crafts an awesomely retro brainsticker of an Obama anthem, but worries it’s losing relevance. [Post]
  • Phil Kennicott: High culture in America hasn’t always been restricted to balls, high-society functions, and presidential inaugurations. [Post]
  • Kennedy Center makes accommodations to kids with autism. [Post]
  • Saturday night on U Street: largely apolitical, says Fritz Hahn. [Post]
  • Constellation Theatre’s Zorro aspires to be a hero tale for the modern age. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Lady Gaga to perform at Tuesday’s White House ball. [AP via WJLA]
  • Even if you didn’t want to, there was a good chance you saw John Legend out and about in D.C. this past weekend. [Washingtonian]
  • Video: Members of Da Mixx Band perform with King of the Congas competition winner Samuel “Smoke” Dews on Fox 5 Morning News. [TMOTTGoGo]
  • Catching up with the dancers from Baltimore’s The Buddy Deane Show [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Seven inspiring D.C. chefs [Refinery 29]
  • Restaurant publicist Wendy Gordon sues Fishbowl DC. [City Desk]
  • Michelle Obama celebrates her birthday at Cafe Milano. [Washingtonian]
  • Q&A with Neighborhood Restaurant Group beer director Greg Engert [Esquire]
  • Italian restaurant Acuri will takeover Kavanagh‘s space in Glover Park. [PoPville]
  • Meet Iceland embassy chef Erlingur Erlingsson. [Eater]
  • How to keep all of Michael Landrum‘s restaurants straight [NoVa Mag]
  • Inaugural balls where food wasn’t an afterthought [NPR]