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  • Fancy new Metro car, revealed. [Examiner]
  • CFO Natwar Gandhi on the hot seat. [Examiner]
  • Man killed yesterday afternoon near Gallaudet. [Post]
  • French artist completes building-sized mural on 14th and T streets NW. [Post]
  • Gallaudet suspends employee who signed Maryland petition against gay marriage. [City Desk]


Photo of the Day: Two Birds.

Out to Lunch: Lunch services attract fewer customers and make less money. So why are so many D.C. restaurants starting to offer it?

No Green in NoMa: For all the development activity around NoMa, one thing’s been forgotten: parks.

Biased: Former University of Maryland basketball player Len Bias, who died from a cocaine overdose in 1986, has been eligible for Maryland’s Athletics Hall of Fame for 16 years. Each year, he’s rejected.

Dying City and Reckless: Two new plays grapple with memory.

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

  • Howard Brooks, the Gray campaign aide who paid Sulaimon Brown and then lied about it, gets two years probation [Post]
  • Nat Gandhi gets grilled [Post]
  • Ward 8 school board member Trayon White accused of truancy by political rival [Informer]
  • Ballpark costs: too hot for the Post? [City Desk]
  • Nats lose, but city keeps control [Examiner]

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

  • The Purple Line may be DOA. [Examiner]
  • Are the election and sequestration hurting the area housing market? [Post]
  • Group says moving the Corcoran would break the law. [DCist]
  • And you thought Manhattan had small apartments. [UrbanTurf]
  • Headline of the day: Vornado’s edifice complex. [CNN]
  • What went wrong on New Jersey Avenue? [Hill Rag]
  • A look inside the Metro cars of the future. [GGW]
  • H Street-area apartments will be sexy by November. [PoP]
  • Today on the market: Koi pond and waterfalls in Spring Valley

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

  • After hanging from scaffolding for two days, French street artist JR has completed his first DC installation: covering an abandoned building at 14th and T Streets NW with Ernest Withers‘s image of striking Memphis sanitation workers. Watch your back, Christo! [Post]
  • Speaking of people named JR, Pig Destroyer vocalist JR Hayes talks with DC Heavy Metal about grindcore, politics and…Bruce Springsteen? [DC Heavy Metal]
  • She’s hit the big time! Longtime Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith will be making her Broadway directing debut if all goes according to plan. She’s signed on to helm Eric Coble‘s new play about an aging Brooklyn artist, The Velocity of Autumn. [Post]
  • WATCH: America Hearts – “Heart”

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

  • The perils of liquid nitrogen cocktails [NPR]
  • Former Roberto Donna employee asks public to pay off his debts. [Post]
  • Interview with star of new play about the life of James Beard [Washingtonian]
  • More details on new Serbian spot Ambar [Eater]
  • Q&A with Patrick O’Connell about secrets of Inn at Little Washington [Zagat]
  • Egg yolk is star ingredients in several D.C. area dishes [Express]

Fried chicken, reinvented [WSJ]