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There’s a new prize in the District now that Mayor Vince Gray has awarded the first Mayor’s Medal of Honor to Family Research Council security guard Leo Johnson.


  • Motor scooter crackdown coming. [Examiner]
  • Enrollment in voucher program being outpaced by money in voucher program. [Times]
  • Is a monster storm headed to D.C.? [Post]


Photo of the Day: Man With Case.

The GaP Gap: Meet Washington’s new worst neighborhood name.

Theater Moving: H Street Playhouse is moving to Anacostia. But it’s not clear whether one of its resident theater companies is coming along.

Diss Track: Ward 7 Republican candidate Ron Moten has released another one of his political attack songs, this time aimed at opponent Yvette Alexander.

14th Street Blues: Could a new plan enliven central 14th Street?

Coconut Telegraph: An “island-style” restaurant is coming to Columbia Heights. Which island? It’s not clear yet.

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

  • Eleanor Holmes Norton has a temper [Post]
  • Are Chartered Health Plan’s days numbered? [Post]
  • Michael Brown displeased with Sharon Ambrose [Post]
  • Robberies up, even when all hands are on deck [Times]
  • School voucher enrollees down [Times]
  • Thanks goodness for the ethics board, says Jonetta [Examiner]
  • Overlooked from last week: Examiner editorial page endorses Vincent Orange and David Grosso [Examiner]

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

  • The Council will talk driverless cars today. [D.C. Council]
  • DDOT’s laying down a protected bike lane on L Street NW. [DDOT]
  • Obvious, now proven: Bike lanes make cycling much safer. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Mary Cheh‘s bike was stolen. [DCist]
  • OK, we know housing prices are rising, but a tenfold increase in 14 years? [UrbanTurf]
  • … though rowhouse prices in the H Street NE area have doubled. [UrbanTurf]
  • A dip into the history of Bloomingdale and its abundance of small game. [Ghosts of DC]
  • The seven keys to a strong community. (D.C. is better on some than others.) [Atlantic Cities]
  • University of Maryland builds a LEED-Gold dorm. [MHN]
  • Today on the market: Is it still Victorian if it’s baby blue?

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

  • To promote its showcase Wednesday at Comet Ping Pong, local music blog All Our Noise made a handsome video of Cigarette performing in a Shaw garden [All Our Noise]
  • Wolf Trap Opera Company Director Kim Witman is traveling, looking for new singers, and she compiled a list of the kinds of stories she hears from people in auditions. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Washington National Cathedral dedicates a Mother Teresa carving on Thursday [National Cathedral]
  • A report from last night’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony for Ellen DeGeneres [Post]

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

  • Peanut butter and pickles: an unexpectedly delightful combination? [NYT]
  • Food trucks launch pilot program at the Wilson Building. [Post]
  • Jardenea restaurant coming to the Melrose Hotel. [Washingtonian]
  • Bachelor Pad star’s ladies-style sports bar opening next to Circa in Clarendon? [Eater]
  • Yes, this exists: the grilled cheese doughnut [NPR]
  • Sweetgreen in West End now open. [PoP]
  • Oyamel‘s Day of the Dead menu [BYT]