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  • Man allegedly attacked by ANC candidate on Election Day is suing her. [Examiner]
  • High teacher turnover at DCPS. [Post]
  • Regulations could end eight of the District’s 10 most popular food truck stops. [Post]
  • VRE won’t run trains for Barack Obama‘s inauguration. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Man Examining Knee.

That Voodoo That You Do: A D.C. man is accused of trying to kill his estranged wife with voodoo. After that didn’t work, he allegedly tried to recruit his mentally disabled nephew as a hitman.

Brown Loses Big: The at-large race was Michael Brown‘s to lose. Here’s how he did it.

One Fish, Two Fish, Deathwish: Around 17,000 people eat fish caught in the Anacostia River every year. Many have no idea that the fish are toxic.

Menu Maneuvers: A look at the science of menu design for D.C. restaurants.

Play Trouble: Getting meta hurts the play Atheist’s Paradise.

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

  • What’s behind the David Grosso miracle victory? [Post]
  • Is it a pivotal moment in D.C. politics? “Heck yeah,” says Grosso [Times]
  • Phil Mendelson puzzled by the Calvin Gurley 57,000 vote “phenomenon” [Post]
  • Voter suing failed ANC candidate who allegedly tackled him [Examiner]
  • A familiar-looking divide in Grosso’s win [Post]
  • Vince Gray talking up D.C.’s tech future to tech nerds [WBJ]
  • Jack Evans wants Brown’s economic development committee [WBJ]
  • Mendo the all powerful will get to mix up committees [NBC4]
  • Too much teacher turnover at DCPS? [Post]
  • Low-income healthcare advocate Sharon Baskerville moving on [Post]

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

  • Thanks for the new recycled plastic bike rack, Whole Foods. Too bad it’s completely worthless. [WashCycle]
  • An argument in favor of Height Limits. [OPinions]
  • Meet D.C.’s most poetic (or possibly stoned) realtor. [UrbanTurf]
  • Muriel Bowser doesn’t want to raise speed limits. [GGW]
  • Congratulations, 11th Street Bridge! You’re one of the country’s best. [Hill Rag]
  • Weigh in on the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion next week. [Congress Heights on the Rise]
  • There’s a glut of condos in mid-city. [UrbanTurf]
  • NoMa and the Green Line lead the way in Metro ridership growth. [PlanItMetro]
  • Today on the market: Handyman Special

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

  • The Paris Review follows Post book critic Michael Dirda, “the best-read man in America,” on a book buying excursion. The destination: a library basement in Wheaton. [Paris Review]
  • Artisphere’s terrace was briefly on fire yesterday afternooon. Luckily, no damage to the interior of the building was reported. [ARLnow]
  • NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea talks about his legacy and upcoming show at Sixth & I. [CapitalBop]
  • In honor of the president’s reelection, terrifying Obama latte art. [Huffington Post]

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

  • Check out the menu of the pho spot taking over BlackbyrdHanoi House. [PoP]
  • Elisir chef Enzo Fargione gets a book deal. [Post]
  • Twenty-one must-try Japanese dishes [Washingtonian]
  • Hard cider is fashionable again. [NPR]
  • Extreme Pizza coming to Pentagon City. [ARLnow]
  • Top six wine stores [Borderstan]