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Pick up a paper copy of City Paper today and read our cover story: a profile of D.C. tech ringleader Peter Corbett.


  • A majority of D.C. residents want Vince Gray to resign. [Post]
  • But who would replace him? [Post]
  • Metro says its train-halting computer problem has been fixed. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Outside the Wilson Building.

We Put a Food Truck in Your Food Truck: All those food trucks roaming D.C. came from somewhere, and a lot of them came from the same place: East Coast Custom Coaches in Manassas, where designers try to fit all that kitchen in one small truck.

Federal Star: Meet Vinnie Cohen Jr.: U.S. Attorney Ron Machen‘s right-hand man, a prime mover in the Wilson Building indictments, and maybe, just maybe, a future mayor.

Stark Snark: Has the recession killed the tradition of media-business schadenfreude?

Rot for Thought: Decay is everywhere in Olivia Rodriguez‘s new exhibit at the Curator’s Office, with flies picking over old mushrooms and hamburgers.


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

  • Post Poll: More than half the city wants Vince Gray to resign. [Post]
  • President Barack Obama and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley give back Jeff Thompson cash. D.C. pols do not. (Though note that Carcetti is only giving about half of the Thompson-tied cash he took in on a single day.) [Times]
  • Bob McCartney: Gray is a bum, but those who would replace him are bums, too. [Post]
  • Rev. Willie Wilson: There are shadow campaigns everywhere. [WAMU]
  • ANC commish on Gray: “if he did something wrong, they should send his happy [butt] to jail where they do roadside pickup of poop on the side of the road.” [Informer]
  • House passes D.C. abortion bill, much to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s dismay. [WAMU]
  • Leon Swain running to “shake up the well.” [Informer]

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

  • The anti-Frank Gehry National Civic Art Society solicited counter-designs for the Eisenhower Memorial, which the group unveiled this week. Philip Kennicott gently smacks down the winners of the contest: “Too many of the proposals simply don’t acknowledge the serious design constraints and challenges of the site. They are exercises in drawing, prettified etudes in classical imagery with lovely washes of watercolor.” [Post]
  • Where to watch Parks and Recreation filming [DCist]
  • Oddisee explains why staying obscure longer is good for business. [Complex]
  • Art partying, theater edition [Pink Line]
  • Talking with The Normal Heart‘s Christopher Hanke [Brightest Young Things]
  • New restaurant sure to confused D.C. rap fans. [GOG Blog]

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

  • Could the Height Act be amended to allow rooftop restaurants and lounges? [DCist]
  • Where to pick blueberries and blackberries [Washingtonian]
  • Corduroy chef changes name of new restaurant from Velour to Herringbone to Baby Wale. [Post]
  • Boston-based Tico restaurant coming to 14th and U St. NW development? [PoP]
  • Graffiato‘s pepperoni sauce and Jaleo‘s Iberco paella among D.C.’s 20 most iconic dishes. [Eater]
  • Sticky Fingers owner mingles with the ladies of the political elite. [Yeas & Nays]
  • The Brixton gets a B- for brunch. [Bitches Who Brunch]
  • Meatloaf and smoked chicken on sample menu for the new restaurant from the guys behind Sundevich and Seasonal Pantry. [EastShawDC]