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Is this D.C. politics or a mafia movie? The AP reports that the FBI is looking into whether staffers for Councilmember Yvette Alexander asked one lottery contract bidder for $20,000 to “prove his loyalty” to Alexander.


  • Woman killed, 4-year-old shot in bus shooting. [Post]
  • New cab colors go on display today. [Examiner]
  • Post ed board: Not so fast, Kwame Brown. [Post]
  • Some of Virginia’s fancy specialty plates can’t be read by toll booth cameras. [Examiner]
  • Free classes at Georgetown! [Post]


Photo of the Day: Car Crashes Into McDonald’s.

Wide Stance: The elaborate management process behind the construction of bathroom stalls at Anacostia High School could just be another example of D.C.’s flawed contracting scheme.

Yes! Or No?: Yes! Organic Market isn’t closing east of the river after all, instead attempting to rebrand itself with a name change.

Bistro A Go-Go: Nage Bistro is back, and making hires.

Smashbrowns: Adams Morgan’s sleepy Friday afternoon was shattered last week when a car crashed through the front door of the 18th St. McDonald’s.

Nutcracker Options: The D.C. area offers Nutcracker choices for every budget and tolerance of canned music.

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

  • Feds probing Yvette Alexander’s role in lottery, whether staff asked for $20,000 of would-be lotto partner to “prove his loyalty.” Also looking at Michael Brown’s ties to online gambling lobbying. Both deny any wrongdoing. [AP]
  • Get moving, Ron Machen. [Post]
  • And give us details about Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown‘s 2008 campaign. [Post]
  • Marion Barry lashes out at Chamber of Commerce’s Barbara Lang. [WBJ]
  • Good news businesses: you’ll only to to pay the Ballpark fee for another 14 years. [Times]
  • Phil Mendelson still figuring out how to run the D.C. Council. [Post]
  • Vince Gray: Posties are mean to me because they still love Adrian Fenty. [Post]
  • Anita Bonds doesn’t like corporate campaign donations. [WAMU]
  • Majority of new District jobs going to commuters. [Examiner]

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

  • A good short profile of acting GSA chief Dan Tangherlini. [Post]
  • Time to revamp the residential parking permit program? Council thinks it might be. [WJLA]
  • But changes aren’t likely before late next year. [DCist]
  • The Takoma Metro is finally getting some density. [DCmud]
  • Only 1.5 percent of a.m. Metro trips end east of the Anacostia in D.C. The plurality of those start in Petworth or Columbia Heights. [GGW]
  • Before settling on Tysons, Intelsat rejected Capitol Riverfront because the neighborhood’s “not quite there yet.” [WBJ]
  • Speaking of Tysons, it’s apparently tailor-made for self-driving cars. [Post]
  • Peak-hour cycling in D.C. has nearly tripled in the past eight years, and 77 percent of bikers are male. [DCist]
  • Here’s how the fiscal cliff could affect D.C.-area homeowners. [UrbanTurf]
  • The Office of Planning’s favorite strip in town: 1800 block of Columbia Road NW. [OPinions]
  • Today on the market: Truxton townhouse

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

  • Rest in Peace, Jacques Morgan, cantankerous owner of Adams Morgan’s Idle Time Books [Post]
  • In other book news: Brandon Gentry‘s e-book Capitol Contingency, a history of D.C.’s punk-rock scene between 1991 and 1999, came out last week. [Twitter]
  • The Washington Post rolls out its annual “Best of” issue [Post]
  • D.C. used to be a city of “art, letters, and bohemians”? [DCist]
  • The National Archives will display the Emancipation Proclamation in its east rotunda between Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 [Washingtonian]

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

  • Car crashes into Adams Morgan McDonald’s. [City Desk]
  • Jeff Black backs out of plans for Empire Oyster House in Merrifield’s Mosaic District. [Post]
  • The 15 best gifts for gourmands [The Plate]
  • Musical cake slicer, fetus-shaped cookie cutter, and other foodie gifts you should NOT buy [Zagat]
  • Bethesda’s Puree Artisan Juice Bar starts home delivery. [Bethesda Mag]
  • $94,000 for the world’s most expensive whiskey [NPR]
  • Stephen Starr eyeing Georgetown? His rep says it ain’t so. [Eater]
  • Where to buy brisket in Washington [Washingtonian]