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That game. Taking RGIII out would’ve been a tough call for Mike Shanahan, but you don’t have to be a football expert to know that when your quarterback is limping through plays even when no one hits him, it may be time to replace him. More at the Post, ESPN, and the Examiner.


  • Masked men with a gun rob a man for his shoes on the Metro. [Examiner]
  • Appeals court overturns conviction for attack on Foggy Bottom vendor for overly-aggressive interrogation techniques. [Post]
  • Washington Area Bicyclist Association raising money to promote biking for women. [Examiner]
  • Drunkos terrorize D.C. [City Desk]
  • Robbers hitting MoCo mailboxes. [Examiner]


Photos: Fiesta de los Reyes Magos

A Mayor for Radio: 76-year-old ex-mayor talks Pigskins on the radio, monotonously but coherently. Radio hosts lose it.

Corned Beef Cornered: Reubens are all over D.C. menus these days—-in sandwiches, pastas, and knishes.

Campaign Kerfuffle: Did Vickey Wilcher work for Vincent Orange‘s campaign, or not? New emails suggest the latter may be closer to the truth.

Money Finds Money: New data shows how concentrated wealth is in Washington.

Wale Recovers: Despite a rough end of the year, Wale‘s new mixtape is well worth it.

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

  • Compulsive gambler Vince Gray loses another one. [Twitter]
  • Principal tells Frontline she saw possible test-score cheating but was never interviewed by investigators; District’s inspector general, as usual, has nothing to say. [Post]
  • Michelle Rhee’s new book has some holes in it, says Bill Turque. [Post]
  • Rhee’s group, StudentsFirst, tilting Republican. [Huffpo]
  • Irv Nathan says budget autonomy vote is bad news. [Post]
  • Jack Evans will try again to stop Marion Barry from slowing up city contracts. [Examiner]
  • Armed robbers wait til game is over. [Post]

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

  • This inauguration won’t be as big a deal as 2009’s. [WJLA]
  • But you may be able to make calls from it—and we may be able to live-blog it. [Post]
  • Learn more about your neighborhood with a new Sunlight Foundation app. [GOOD]
  • Cute brick house causes panic. [GGW]
  • D.C.’s most crash-prone intersections for bikers. (Be careful on 14th Street NW.) [WashCycle]
  • With public schools closing, parents look to charters. [Examiner]
  • Shaw’s Blagden Alley continues its rebirth. [PoP]

ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A profile of 24-year-old Benny Blanco, the Reston producer who’s responsible for some of the most inescapable pop-radio fodder [New York Times]
  • Peter Marks doesn’t mince words in a critical piece about Arena Stage’s local-playwright woes and Artisphere’s recent ejection of its in-house theater company, WSC Avant Bard. [Post]
  • A vapid feature on expecting women in the arts makes an astounding discovery: women can still perform their jobs while pregnant. [Post]
  • When both the lead and her understudy fell ill before a recent performance of Arena Stage’s My Fair Lady performance, ensemble member Hannah Willman stepped in to play Eliza Doolittle with only “a couple of” hours’ rehearsal, and reportedly killed [Post]
  • Talking to D.C. Washington, the awesomely named Woodbridge military contractor who periodically sings the National Anthem at Pigskins, Nationals, and United games [Post]
  • Anne Midgette on classical music at the inauguration: It’s mostly there to be symbolic [Post]
  • Reston’s Used Book Shop, soon to be the community’s only book store, turns 35 [Post]
  • The Library of Congress now has 170 billion tweets in its archives [AP via WJLA]
  • U Street Music Hall’s Blisspop is selling its own Obama inauguration T-shirts [Blisspop]

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

  • D.C. is the ninth drunkest city in the country. [City Desk]
  • Mixologist Mark Reyburn is out at Elisir. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C. news anchor Brian Bolter is looking to open a “speakeasy” in Annapolis. [WTOP]
  • 12 restaurant openings set for January [Eater]
  • Super club coming to Shaw from the owners of GoodWood [PoPville]
  • Ways to eat and meet people [Express]