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What’s more invigorating on Monday than news? Read on:


  • Councilmember Michael Brown, allegedly crummy boss. [Post]
  • Mandatory bike parking space coming to D.C. apartments. [WBJ]
  • D.C. making bank on traffic cameras. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Boy Standing in Alley.

Oi, Guvna: U Street’s The Brixton is getting even more British, with a new chef and a high tea service. Cucumber sandwiches, naturally, are included.

Subway Scuffle: LivingSocial’s move to sponsor late-night Metro for Nats fans is a PR coup, but does it set a dangerous precedent?

Smoking With Brooke: A picture making the rounds appears to show Brooke Shields and Bad Brains’ H.R. smoking up. We’re suspicious.

A New Pentagon: A new federal complex could revitalize Southwest.

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

  • Michael Brown’s former campaign aides take the extraordinary step of publicly bashing their former boss. [Post]
  • Former environment boss says Gray admin fired him for being a whistleblower. [Times]
  • Mayor’s spokesman says extra $23 million in speed camera revenues shows “there are a lot of people breaking the law.” [Examiner]
  • Phil Mendelson doesn’t like Virginia Republican’s proposal to give more control of airports board to Virginia. [WAMU]
  • City not paying vendors in reasonable amount of time, small businesses complain. [Examiner]
  • Church fights historic label. [Post]
  • The proposed new Ballou [Post]

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

  • New regulation mandates secure bike parking in D.C. apartment buildings. [WBJ]
  • Vince Gray, Tony Dungy kick off year two of cheap Internet program for low-income Washingtonians. [Post]
  • QE3 will raise home prices by nearly 2 percent. [HousingWire]
  • Alexandria coal plant to close. [Post]
  • Congress Heights rec center gets a facelift. [WJLA]
  • Likewise with a for-sale church in Southwest. [PoP]
  • And with Georgia Ave.’s crosswalks. [PoP]
  • Georgetown, Montgomery College interested in buying Silver Spring campus. [Post]
  • New forensic lab opens today in Southwest. [SW Quadrant]
  • Southwest District government building purchased, set to become 12-story office building. [WBJ]
  • Where’d that old Dupont Circle statue end up? (Answer: Delaware.) [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: Cut from the mold in Petworth

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Hirshhorn is selling a Picasso painting of a Mouseketeer. [New York Times]
  • Animal Collective‘s Geologist, aka Brian Weitz, lives in D.C., and here are some places where you can stalk him. [Post]
  • Southwest church gets tie-dyed. [Prince of Petworth]
  • Newish venues The Hamilton and Howard Theatre give a boost to D.C.’s gospel brunch scene. [Post]
  • If Southwest’s federal office campus gets overhauled, museums like the National Gallery of Art and Hirshhorn should angle for satellite buildings there. [Modern Art Notes]
  • The Hometown Sounds podcast chats with Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie honcho Dave Mann. [Hometown Sounds]
  • Indiana Jones and the Myopic Little Twits [City DeskDCist]

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

  • Cheese-smuggling ring brought down. [NPR]
  • Neighborhood Restaurant Group opening fried chicken and doughnut restaurant. [Post]
  • Chef Cathal Armstrong debuts Garden Cafe Americana at National Gallery. [Washingtonian]
  • Inside Fuego Cocino y Tequileria [Eater]
  • Fino Italian Restaurant moves from Georgetown to Shaw. [PoP]
  • Ten best burgers in D.C. [The Plate]
  • Restaurants with fancy table-side presentations [Express]