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Happy Monday, readers. On to the news:


  • Four shot in Friday night shooting. [Times]
  • Free parking today! [WTOP]
  • Everyone’s wondering if Mayor Vince Gray‘s going to be indicted. [Examiner]
  • Are bottled cocktails D.C.’s next booze trend? [Y&H]


Photos of the Day: Emerge Art Fair Preview.

MPD Tweets, Deletes: The Metropolitan Police Department tweeted a surveillance picture of protesters Friday, then quickly deleted it.

Parking Protests: The Office of Planning’s new zoning update has some opponents, including people who are concerned that a change to parking rules will make it impossible to park.

Artisphere Troubles: On its second birthday, Arlington’s Artisphere faces questions about how long it can stay open.

Gray to Stay: Despite WUSA 9 reports to the contrary, Mayor Vince Gray says he hasn’t decided yet whether to run for re-election.

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

  • CFO Nat Gandhi‘s watchdog quits, says Gandhi was holding up negative reports from being made public [Post]
  • Post editorial board wonders, what’s up with that, Nat? [Post]
  • Examiner notes there’s a trend in Gandhi’s watchdogs leaving [Examiner]
  • Vince Gray against budget autonomy referendum [Times]
  • Marion Barry: “rumors are dangerous.” [Examiner]
  • Homelessness up 18 percent in the District [Post]

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

  • Could Southwest redevelopment lead to neighborhood living downtown? [Post]
  • Jack Evans jumped the gun: A new D.C. United stadium isn’t a done deal. [DCist]
  • DDOT considers using old-school streetcars. [DCist]
  • Check out the shiny new Metro railcars. [WMATA]
  • Rush Plus gets a middling grade. [GGW]
  • There’s no one maintaining D.C.’s streetlights. [WBJ]
  • What’s coming to 1300 H Street NE? Here are six potential answers. [UrbanTurf]
  • So what exactly is the difference between a condo and a co-op anyway? [NY Times]
  • Today on the market: Spring Valley colonial with room for your au pair!

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

  • More debate over the lack of Hispanic Kennedy Center honorees, this time with less profanity. [Post]
  • Logan K. Young remembers 40 years of Islamic funk band Father’s Children. [Dangerous Minds]
  • “Ai Wei Wei: According to What?” opens at the Hirshorn. Ai Wei Wei remains in China. [HuffPost Arts, DCist]
  • FreeFest rapid reactions: ZZ Top and Jack White were great but this faceless tie-dye guy stole the show. [Columbia Patch, @chris__richards]
  • Police at George Mason University are blaming an increase in campus drug arrests on music. [WTOP]

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

  • The First Couple dine at Bourbon Steak for their 20th anniversary celebration. [Obama Foodorama]
  • Joe Biden eats at Pete’s Apizza. [Washingtonian]
  • El Rinconcito Deportivo in Columbia Heights is closing. [PoP]
  • Everyone is in shock that Roberto Donna was named Esquire’s “Chef of the Year.” [Eater]
  • Melody Tavern closes in Arlington. [ARLnow]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts wants to trademark “Best Coffee in America.” [HuffPost]
  • Maddy’s Taproom set to open today near Thomas Circle. [Borderstan]