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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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]