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  • The story of the supposed 6-year-old robber now involves heroin. [Post]
  • Pandas are like the Redskins: “a few highs, lots of lows and a bizarrely loyal fan base.” [Post]
  • Bad weather this afternoon. [Post]
  • Wale and Bryce Harper hanging out at Ben’s Chili Bowl. [Post]
  • Metro trips: now even (a little) longer [Examiner]


Photos of the Day: Cheerleaders.

Cooking Made Easy (and Pricey): Want to cook without 90 percent of the trouble of actual cooking? Then Scratch D.C. may be for you.

Taxes for Tech: In a bid to keep the city’s tech sector growing, Mayor Vince Gray wants to reduce taxes on investors working in the industry.

Little Trouble in Big China: The Washington Post struggled for three years to get its Chinese bureau chief a visa so he could actually go to China, at one point even asking Henry Kissinger for help. Now, the reporter’s moving on.

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

  • Marion Barry on one of his colleague’s popularity:  “Michael Brown is not that popular, but he is not unpopular either.” [Post]
  • Jack Evans wants to end council approval of contracts, which he calls “the crux of the problem.” [Times Examiner]
  • Homeless residents give Jim Graham and Brown earfuls. “Council members, man, they like real criminals.” [WAMU]
  • Vince Gray says council doesn’t “fully understand” how awesome his tech tax break is [WBJ]
  • Brown deflects on driving record, says he drives slowly now [Fox5]
  • Gray worried about federal budget cuts [Times]
  • A young Anakin takes on his Obi-wan in ANC race [Examiner]

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

  • The Kennedy Center Honors win an Emmy [Post]
  • The National Museum of American History names a temporary director after John Gray‘s heart attack last week [Post]
  • Former Post television critic Tom Shales is headed to Roger Ebert‘s blog [Poynter]
  • Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess reflects on his company’s 20 years [Washingtonian]
  • What would theaters look like if they borrowed a page from Amazon’s self-publishing system? [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • City Paper arts writer John Anderson speaks on a panel about “Good Art vs. Bad Art” at Hillyer tomorrow. [Art 202]

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

  • Kids will eat veggies if you rename them “x-ray vision carrots” and “silly dilly green beans.” [HuffPost]
  • Room 11 chef steps down. [Eater]
  • A discrepancy in the White House beer recipe? [NYTimes]
  • Best restaurants for business travelers [Post]
  • Pho restaurant Sprig & Sprout opening in Glover Park next month. [PoP]
  • Ten apple cider recipes [Endless Simmer]
  • New Cashion’s Eat Place bar menu launches this Thursday. [Washingtonian]
  • Does cooking for your man make you a sell-out? [NPR]