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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.


  • 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]


Photo of the Day: Unicorn

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? lips@washingtoncitypaper.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? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • 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? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.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? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 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]