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The Councilmartyr’s revenge! The Post reports that, with the 2014 Democratic primary still more than a year away, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells is set to announce his run for mayor.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Obama finally puts “No Taxation Without Representation” plates on his car. [LL]
- Cell providers strain to keep service going on the Mall. [WJLA]
- Tenleytown parking fight ends with win for developers, carless. [Housing Complex]
- Man shot, wounded near homeless shelter. [Examiner]
- Inaugural party advice from the Post‘s Nikita Stewart. [Post]
- MWAA gets a new watchdog. [Examiner]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
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Mr. Instagramvedere: A Washington hotel is offering a novel option as part of its $47,000 inauguration package: a social media butler to send tweets for you.
Party Like Young Obama: More than 150 D.C. restaurants and bars have special licenses to serve food alcohol late in the night leading up to the inauguration. Here’s the list.
Pump It Up: The Corcoran is unveiling a new exhibit on D.C. go-go and punk with a party featuring DJ Henry Rollins..
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? email@example.com)
- Tommy Wells for Mayor campaign about to launch. [Post]
- Anti-school closure protesters target Vince Gray’s house. [Fox5]
- David Catania calls Vincent Orange’s robust advocacy for a rat-infested grocery store “totally bizarre.” [Post]
- Orange gives himself a pat on the back for a “job well done.” [@VincentOrangeDC]
- School closings don’t save much money, report finds. [Examiner]
- Did Michelle Rhee’s trusted adviser tell her way back when he suspected cheating on test scores? [Taking Note]
- Mark Plotkin is “elated” that president will be putting “taxation” plates on limo. [Fox5]
- Cathy Lanier says NBC “dodged a bullet.” [Post]
- Homelessness affecting families. [Examiner]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org )
- A preview of DDOT’s citywide transportation plan [GGW]
- Why aren’t Ward 3 residents clamoring for more public transit? [RPitUS]
- Maybe they’d get more excited about Personal Rapid Transit. [Atlantic Cities]
- After all, Metro’s not looking so hot after another train derailment. [Unsuck]
- The payoff from closing schools may be minimal. [DCFPI]
- The payoff from firing the guy who’s trying to bring down school lunch costs may also be minimal. [DCist]
- Southwest ANC wants Small Area Plan before public lands begin to be developed. [Southwest]
- Cliff dwellers around the world. [Gizmodo]
- Muriel Bowser is wary of accessory dwellings and corner stores. [GGW]
- GSA leaves a hole in NoMa as it moves back downtown. [WBJ]
- A conversation with Obama’s former Capitol Hill landlord. [UrbanTurf]
- Today on the market: Grand house in 16th Street Heights
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- Former City Paper staffer Mark Athitakis takes issue with the Washington Post‘s recent list of Washington books, saying it finds Jonathan Yardley overexerting himself to justify D.C.’s existence as a city, not just a literary hub [The New Republic]
- Another chapter in the history of Adams Morgan’s Knickerbocker Theatre, which collapsed after a snowstorm in 1922 [Post]
- Coming to the Smithsonian’s IMAX theaters: LASERS [Washington Business Journal]
- Artist Eames Armstrong: The gimmicky “Naked Girls Reading” doesn’t feel like performance art… [D.C. Performance Art]
- …but Emma Jaster‘s “To Know a Veil,” this Friday’s edition of Armstrong’s Soapbox series at Hillyer, does [Pink Line Project]
- Do you recognize this D.C.-area breakdancer? [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Inauguration brunch specials [Washingtonian]
- Five bars to look forward to in 2013 [Drink DC]
- Top 20 places to eat like the Obamas during inauguration [Obama Foodorama]
- Wildcraft Soda exceeds its Kickstarter goal. [Eater]
- Shwarma Spot closed “for its own protection.” [PoPville]
- William Morris will replace Tony Chittum as chef of Vermillion. [Post]
- Rocklands Barbecue and Grilling Company owner John Snedden named Foodservice Leader of the Year. [Foodservice Monthly]
Pleasant Pops by the numbers [The Plate]