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It’s Physical Copy of City Paper Thursday, so go out and get yours. This week’s cover: Never mind New York, the cities that D.C. should really compare itself to are Boston, L.A., St. Petersburg—-and Faranwalia, Guinea.


  • More details on Family Research Council gunman. [Post]
  • Metro under investigation over stimulus contract. [Examiner]
  • Office of Campaign Finance hanging on to audit of Vince Gray‘s campaign for now. [Examiner]


Photos of the Day: Man Waving.

Olympic Schemes: The London Olympics might have looked fun, writes Mike Madden, but it’s time to quash talk about bringing the Olympics here.

Unpopularity Contest: With Mayor Gray in trouble, the race is on to find a candidate outside the Council to replace him. That’s because, Alan Suderman writes, the current candidates all have problems.

Fajita Frenzy: Could new taqueria Tacos El Chilango finally make D.C. a taco town?

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

  • Linda Cropp: no regrets on baseball stadium deal [WUSA9]
  • Mayor Gray unhappy with Marion Barry’s stalling tactics at St. E’s. [Examiner]
  • Release of OCF audit of Gray campaign delayed indefinitely. [Examiner]
  • New health insurance exchange will be complicated. [Times]
  • Nutjob shoots conservative group’s security guard downtown. [Times]
  • Tough-sounding charter school coming to D.C. [Post]
  • Condo problems in Ward 7 [WAMU]
  • Mayor Gray getting a new commission on Caribbean affairs together. [WAMU]
  • Gray set to appear on Newstalk today at 10 a.m. [WJLA]

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

  • The Corcoran’s unintentionally topical gun show [Post]
  • Reunited trio Lorelei on being grown-up indie rockers [Express]
  • Archie Moore of Velocity Girl and Black Tambourine remembers defunct local record stores Yesterday & Today and Vinyl Ink [The Vinyl District]
  • Local punk-history show “Dissonance” devotes an episode to Pussy Riot [Dissonance]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Restaurant toothpicks are still in. [Express]
  • The best spicy ma-la dishes at Great Wall Szechuan House [Borderstan]
  • FroZenYo (co-owned by former Washington Bullets star Kevin Grevey) opens in Arlington with two more on the way. [ARLnow]
  • French bistro Le Grenier opens on H Street NE this weekend. [H Street Great Street]
  • Eating a chicken wing with chopsticks [NoVA Mag]
  • Anthony Pilla leaves Seventh Hill Pizza for Ghibellina, coming to 14th Street NW [Post]
  • Sweet Diable now open at 19th and M streets NW. [PoP]

Early renderings of Maketto, coming to H Street NE [Eater]

What’s in store for A&D Bar, from Seasonal Pantry chef Dan O’Brien [Washingtonian]