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Welcome to the working week, readers, and what better way to kick it off than by putting yourself in the shoes of a disgraced Council chairman? Thrill to the final emails sent to Kwame Brown at his Council email account, including an offer to help him move out with an unmarked van.


  • Are organic brake pads to blame for Metro stations’ weird smell? [Examiner]
  • Vince Gray opposes #hatechicken at Chick-fil-A. [Post]
  • Two women shot near U Street NW Saturday night. [WUSA9]


Photo of the Day: Pussy Riot Protest. (NSFW)

Indian Relocation: Dupont Circle’s Heritage India is moving to Pennsylvania Avenue. A man was murdered at the now-closed Dupont Circle location last year.

Fringe and Profit: Derek Hills of Capital Fringe production Apocalypse Picnic runs the numbers and finds that he made 50 cents an hour mounting his play.

Seersuckers: Former senator Trent Lott tried to rally the seersucker faithful to get the lightweight fabric back into the Senate—-and failed.


LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by LL columnist Alan Suderman (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown‘s last official emails [Examiner]
  • Carlos Gray likes partying. [Times]
  • Post Ed board gets more emails suggesting Jim Graham may have tanked Metro development deal. [Post]
  • Vince Gray’s administration calls Chick-fil-A “hate chicken.” [Post]
  • Uber dude caught in a fib. [Post]
  • Alleged hay-stealing firefighter back on the job. [Examiner]
  • Steny Hoyer should read up on D.C.’s “structural deficit.” [Post]
  • Education reform is reforming. [Post]

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

  • Peter Marks: Fringe is incubating promising new work. D.C. theaters need to help it finish the job. [Post]
  • A Fringe artist explains how much money he made at the festival and why [Fringe & Purge]
  • “Perhaps art world fashion will change someday. Perhaps someday the in-crowd will place a higher value on Rogers’s logistical wizardry and Boy Scout sincerity.” Perhaps former Washington Post Arts Editor John Pancake ought not defend his subject as though Damien Hirst just stole Andrew Rogers‘ lunch money. [Post]
  • So much Shy Glizzy [D.C. Mumbo Sauce]
  • T-shirts spotted at Identity Festival include “More Moombah” and “Sex, Drugs and Dubstep.” Kids! [Post]

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

  • Occidental Grill hosts “rally” with Trent Lott to bring Seersucker Thursdays back to the Senate. [City Desk]
  • Jell-O Gallery and Spam Museum? Yes, they exist. [NPR]
  • Pastry chef Rob Valencia leaves Northside Social in Clarendon. [Washingtonian]
  • Chefs and restaurateurs organize culinary trips abroad. [WBJ]
  • Cafe Milano, BLT Steak, and Occidental Grill are favorites of the Chilean ambassador to the U.S. [Eater]
  • Mayor Vince Gray speaks out against Chick-fil-A—or as he calls it, “hate chicken.” [Post]
  • Police crack down on food truck parking time limits in Arlington. [ARLnow]