A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Question 6 approved in Maryland, the Times reports that the state’s wedding planners are bracing for a wave of new clients.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Dupont Circle bike groper pleads guilty. [Post]
- GW admits accidentally inflating freshman class’ credentials. [Post]
- Montgomery County proposes bus rapid transit system. [WTOP]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: Barbershop.
Top Chef Begins: The new season of Top Chef has started out tough for D.C. contestants, with one getting eliminated over an omelet.
LividSocial: LivingSocial fans and detractors are mixing it up in the comments on this week’s cover story.
Gurley Surprise: What’s behind Council chairman candidate Calvin Gurley earning around 57,000 votes, despite being practically unknown? Good campaigning, according to Gurley.
Free Vibrators: Trojan is set to give away vibrators downtown next week.
Sonic Circuits in the Red: The Sonic Circuits Festival is short $5,000 and asking supporters for help.
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? email@example.com)
- Is Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown going to run in the spring special? [Post]
- D.C.’s health insurance market moving closer to reality [Times]
- Public school closing list coming Tuesday [Post]
- Next time remember that you get to vote for two at-large [DCist]
- Barras: for all the money that’s spent, D.C.’s schools stink [Examiner]
- Way too many D.C. students are habitual truants [Post]
- Federal oversight of special ed transportation ends [Post]
- Jack Evans doesn’t want a casino in D.C. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Anthony Williams, Tom Davis, Alice Rivlin, et al. will testify before Council on budget autonomy today. [AP]
- A nonprofit snatches up property by the Benning Road Metro. [WBJ]
- The psychology of real estate, and the lucky number nine. [Trulia Trends]
- Construction will begin next month on a 17th and O NW development. [Borderstan]
- Here are 35 more condo projects coming to town. [UrbanTurf]
- Inauguration, coming at you like a hurricane (when it comes to taxi fees). [WJLA]
- Bloomingdale comes of age. [DCmud]
- Who will take Michael Brown‘s place at the helm of the economic development committee? [WBJ]
- Today on the market: Truxton townhouse
ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? email@example.com)
- Awesome Latin dance party Maracuyeah is taking the city by storm and people are beginning to notice. [Post]
- Good news: Arlington Public Access is back on the air. You know you missed it. [ARLnow]
- Don’t trust the person who came to your door asking for money for a Dunbar High band trip. It might be a scam. [WJLA]
- Further proof that the incentives are better in Virginia: Film and TV production in the commonwealth brought in $394.4 million last year, an increase of 14.5 percent over 2010. [Washington Business Journal]
- Were you stuck in traffic on River Road yesterday morning? Blame Dame Judi Dench, who’s filming a BBC production in Potomac. [Potomac Patch]
- Yet again, the 9:30 Club was named the top club in the world. [Billboard]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Seven sexy female bartenders [Girl Meets Food]
- Seasonal Pantry‘s Dan O’Brien cooked omelets everyday for a month after being kicked off Top Chef for one. [Washingtonian]
- New regulations could limit downtown D.C. food trucks. [Post]
- Giada De Laurentiis loves Graffiato. [The Plate]
- Tecate “tower hour” at Judy Restaurant and Bar [Borderstan]
- The story behind Kaya toast at Drafting Table [Express]