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What goes better on a Friday than news?


  • D.C. files lawsuit over alleged scheme to get Maryland child in D.C. public school. [Times]
  • Food trucks unhappy about new regulations. [Examiner]
  • Burleith man surreptitiously films Georgetown student parties. [City Desk]
  • Man allegedly behind the Ballston molotov cocktail attack arrested. [Post]
  • Post ed board endorses David Grosso, hero taxi commissioner Leon Swain for at-large seats. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Page Three.

Off the Chartered: Embattled D.C. money man Jeff Thompson, implicated in the investigation into Mayor Vince Gray‘s mayoral campaign, could lose control of his Medicaid company after an audit discovered financial irregularities.

No to Noodles: Noodle shop Wagamama, after years of hinting that it was coming to D.C., says it’s not.

Art Cash: The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has released the list of its 2013 grant recipients. Notably absent: the group that puts on the tweed ride.

Party Like Peebles: D.C. tycoon and almost mayoral candidate R. Donahue Peebles has put his nearly $7 million home on the market.

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

  • Out with Vincent Orange and Michael Brown says the Post, in with David Grosso and Leon Swain [Post]
  • Corporate donors relax, looks like would-be ballot initiative wasn’t meant to be. [Post]
  • Traffic camera fines raise $85 million in fiscal 2012, up from $55 million a year before. [Examiner]
  • Deputy mayor for education De’Shawn Wright moving to New York. [Post]
  • Feds acting high when it comes to medical marijuana. [Times]
  • AG Irv Nathan goes after Maryland family that had a kid enrolled in DCPS. [Times]
  • Vince Gray creates taskforce to talk streetcar financing. [Housing Complex]
  • Gray asks Tony Williams to include tech tax break in tax commission’s recommendations. [WBJ]

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

  • Slowly but surely, Rhode Island Avenue NE comes to life. [UrbanTurf]
  • JBG gets to work on a Hyatt in NoMa. [WBJ]
  • A close look at the stunning Francis A. Gregory Library. [DCmud]
  • Tommy Wells introduces legislation to support pop-up businesses. [DCist]
  • D.C. leads the country in creative-class contributions. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Three D.C.-area zip codes are among the country’s most expensive. [WBJ]
  • An experiment in downsizing to an alley house. [UrbanTurf]
  • China gets in on the luxury micro-living craze. [WSJ]
  • Tour D.C.’s boathouses this weekend. [DC Boathouse]
  • Today on the market: Multiplex on the Hill

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

  • Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre have announced the first cast members of their new co-production of Hello, Dolly! Broadway veteran Nancy Opel will star as Dolly Levi in the Eric Schaeffer-helmed musical, set to run at Ford’s beginning in March. [Post]
  • The Francis A. Gregory Library on 36th Place SE will blow your mind. And maybe make you want to check out a book or two. [DCmud]
  • Someone with a lot of time on his hands painted a portrait of President Obama and filmed the entire process. Now he’s set that video to music and is sharing it with the world. Aren’t we lucky? [Fishbowl DC]

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

  • If Yelp suspects a review was paid for, it will now warn you. [NYTimes]
  • Where to find wealthy, attractive Republicans [Eater]
  • Readers decide the best of 2012 dining. [Express]
  • Man who helped plan the attempted assassination of a Saudi diplomat at Cafe Milano pleads guilty. [Post]
  • More breakfast suggestions [Borderstan]
  • RedRocks pizzeria coming to H Street NE. [PoP]
  • Terrible restaurant trend: dessert raviolis [NoVa Mag]