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Happy Friday in the District, except maybe for Jim Graham and Marion Barry, who were counting on new councilmember Anita Bonds to help them push through some maneuvering on city welfare sanctions yesterday. Barry wanted Bonds to vote with him, but she wasn’t interested: “I’m no one’s puppet.”


  • MPD sergeant not happy with reaction to speed camera concerns. [Times]
  • Retirements could cut police force. [Examiner]
  • Maryland man’s death in Adams Morgan blamed on fall down ventilation shaft. [Post]
  • No more Hawaiian dinners for airports board. [Examiner]
  • Meet the king of ethnic festival organizing. [Post]
  • Four murders on the Metro system in 2012. [Examiner]


Photos of the Day: Page Three Photo.

Worth Forgetting: Want to remember the Obama inauguration forever? Why not with a memento, like branded tube socks?

Good Year: 2013’s looking up for the D.C. arts scene, in part because of Capital Fringe and the return of Trillectro.

Drink or Eat?: Meats like foie gras, venison, and veal are showing up in District cocktail recipes.

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

  • Out next week: Frontline’s documentary of Michelle Rhee. [Examiner]
  • Redo vote on cutting welfare benefits hands Jim Graham a “humiliating legislative defeat.” Marion Barry warns Anita Bonds not to vote against him, she does anyway. “I’m no one’s puppet,” she says. [Examiner]
  • Chief counsel for MPD says he “forgot” to carry out direct order from police chief in evidence tampering at Pershing Park case. [Fox5]
  • New rules regarding private emails usage of councilmembers needs work. [Post]
  • Retirement bubble nears for MPD. [Examiner]
  • Vince Gray flag bets Seattle mayor. [Fox5]
  • D.C. pols abusing UDC. [Examiner]
  • Speed camera cop says no one is listening to him. [Times]

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

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

  • Gwar lead singer Oderus Urungus visited Som Records and brought the crew from Vinyl District along for the show. [DCist]
  • City Paper‘s fiction issue: now approved by the Post‘s fiction editor, Ron Charles. [ArtsPost]
  • Lincoln meets Lincoln: the White House has released a new photo of Daniel Day-Lewis channeling his inner Abe in the Lincoln bedroom. [Huffington Post]
  • New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright‘s new play about the 1978 Camp David Accords will debut at Arena Stage over the summer. [Washingtonian]
  • The Library of Congress is still busy archiving all of Twitter but what they plan to do with the archive remains a mystery. [Post]

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

  • Restaurateur Jeff Black and his longtime chef Danny Wells are opening a restaurant in Takoma Park. [Post]
  • How to eat and drink like President Barack Obama [Washingtonian]
  • The hottest restaurants in D.C. right now [Eater]
  • Society Fair sommelier and manager John Wabeck leaves D.C. for Pittsburgh. [Don Rockwell]
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub starts petition for outdoor seating. [Borderstan]
  • Restaurants forecast food trends for 2013. [NPR]

Panera opens in Chinatown. [PoPville]