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Sign of the times: AP reports that the National Cathedral is set to announce today that it will perform same-sex marriages.


  • Kaya Henderson: “There is no widespread cheating at DCPS.” [Post]
  • Council makes punishment softer for welfare recipients who won’t do job training. [Post]
  • Key Bridge jumper, who never actually jumped, in custody. [Examiner]
  • D.C. attorney general looking into David Gregory‘s magazine-waving. [Post]
  • Rapist who posed as cab driver to lure victims into a cab with locked doors convicted. [WTOP]
  • Vincent Orange going after elementary school illiteracy. [Examiner]
  • Future of Silver Spring Transit Center up in the air. [Examiner]
  • Gov. Bob McDonnell is going to make everyone buy gas in Virginia. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Man With Blindfold.

March on the White House: If Barack Obama won’t put D.C.’s “Taxation Without Representation” plates on his limos, the D.C. Council might tell him to—-in person.

Pole Positioning: A former stripper at the trendy Stadium Club alleges that she was told she could get her job back…if she performed sexual favors for a manager.

Trying Something New: Misun, a three-person band in Washington, tacks away from woozy pop on new song “Harlot.”

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

  • Michelle Rhee talks test cheating, or lack thereof. [Frontline]
  • Kaya Henderson says former Noyes principal is a greedy liar and that Frontline employs hacks. [Post]
  • Marion Barry wants tax breaks for organ donors. [Post]
  • Board of Elections says it’s okay to vote on budget autonomy measure. Irv Nathan loses.  [Times]
  • Vincent Orange wants to mandate that all District children can read. [Examiner]
  • Jaffe: put extra money into pockets of cops and fire fighters. [Examiner]
  • District tightens up TANF requirements. [Examiner]

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

  • City launches program to help tech companies secure funding. [WJLA]
  • Budget autonomy is headed for the ballot. [DCist]
  • If the Pigskins paid for a D.C. stadium and the city just covered parking, it could still be a bad deal. [GGW]
  • Visualize CaBi trips. [MV Jantzen]
  • Inauguration will have a park-and-walk bike parking station a mile from the Mall. [DCist]
  • Douglas Development gets into the charter school business. [WBJ]
  • Federal government intervention skews the real estate market. [Smart Growth America]
  • The Whitman Walker clinic will expand two blocks south on 14th Street NW. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Cul-de-sac city living (barely)

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

  • James Taylor, who played a role in both the American Dime Museum and Palace of Wonders/Red Palace, talks about what went wrong at those ventures [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Kennedy Center announces that Eva Longoria (as host), George LopezMario LopezChita Rivera, and Rita Moreno will be a part of its “Latino Inaugural 2013” on Sunday [AP via Huffington Post]
  • Protests and controversy at last night’s Zero Dark Thirty premiere at the Newseum [WTOP]
  • The Library of Congress acquires thousands of sports audio recordings from a San Francisco radio show [AP via WTOP]
  • Some area residents have embraced kirtan, a form of spiritual chanting, in lieu of a more passive religious practice [Post]
  • What D.C.-set films and TV shows may clean up at the Golden Globes? [Washingtonian]

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

  • Sports bars get a culinary upgrade [NoVa Mag]
  • Trash-to-table: the reinvention of fine dining [Post]
  • Cash-strapped Post cuts back on cafeteria [City Desk]
  • An update on Mike Isabella‘s Kapnos and G [Washingtonian]
  • Mother Rucker’s Subs now open. [PoPville]
  • Six iconic D.C. eateries [Zagat]
  • Lotus Grill now open in Shirlington. [ARLnow]