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Dark news today, Washingtonians: Montgomery County is lapping us in the comically luxurious cineplex race. Tickets at several in-the-works venues will run as high as $25 (and one will feature unlimited popcorn and reclining chairs).


  • Vince Gray heckled at AIDS press conference. [Blade, WCP]
  • Gentrifiers beware: Property crime up in emerging neighborhoods like Columbia Heights and LeDroit Park. [Examiner]
  • Fairfax County court plays host to Chinese tycoon and Georgetown booster Eric Hotung‘s “riotous, high-dollar soap opera” [Post]


Photo of the Day: Mayor Interrupted.

Brown Around Town: Disgraced Chairman Kwame Brown is back in politics already, and set to make a speech about the District’s Certified Business Entrepreneur program next week. Don’t call it a comeback. Seriously, don’t; he hasn’t even been sentenced yet.

Shuttered Bugs: The Metropolitan Police Department’s new general order reminds police that the First Amendment allows people to film and record them.

Quills and Spills: Mix the Marquis de Sade with theater in-joke and you get In the Company of de Sade, a Fringe play that sounds like it’s going to be sexy —-but only barely titillates our reviewer!

Waffle Fried: Did Groupon kill Back Alley Waffles, as its owner says? Or could it have been the quality of the waffles and the restaurant’s location, which was in a back alley?


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

  • Mayor Vince Gray has had enough with those pesky reporters: “Can you get the microphone out of my face, please sir?” [Fox5]
  • Housing agency to probe how Gray campaign got list of public housing residents. [Post]
  • Gray: I didn’t need any list. [NBC4]
  • Gray heckled at AIDS convention. [Times]
  • Fiesta DC still looking for a home. [DCist]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton mum on donations from Jeanne Clarke Harris. [Times]
  • Marion Barry‘s still got it. [NBC4]
  • Special election would help white mayoral aspirants Jack Evans and Tommy Wells. [Post]

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

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

  • Doughnuts: now appearing on a brunch menu near you [Post]
  • Doughnut-making costs are lower and the profits are higher than many other sweets. [Crain’s]
  • Arlington police search for Beer Pong Bandits. [ARLnow]
  • More details on Citronelle’s shutter due to water damage [Eater]
  • Another name battle: Lost Dog Cafe sends cease-and-desist to Lost Dog Coffee. [Washingtonian]
  • Eat this Indonesian dessert. [HuffPost]
  • People lose their inhibitions when they order food online. [NPR]
  • Mangialardo in Capitol Hill getting a new look. [PoP]