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Happy Thursday to all. In this week’s cover, we discover that the future of rail to Dulles is in the hands of people who make giant  pigs.


  • Health care for everybody, or something. Supreme Court upholds individual mandate. [Post]
  • CNN, noo! [Romenesko]
  • Natwar Gandhi‘s confirmation hearing is today. [Examiner]
  • News that surprises no one: Young people want to live in cities, not suburbs. [WTOP]


Bar Spar: The dispute between Hank’s Oyster Bar and nearby residents seems a lot like other neighborhood-restaurant disputes, but could it mark the beginning of a movement to change the voluntary agreement process?

Six Feet Under: Subterranean A is no more, but Ally Schweitzer looks at the unlikely DIY venue’s brief life—-and the one neighbor whose life it improved.

Sketchy Sketches: Meet Billy Hennessy, the dogged court sketch artists whose works include “Clown selling drugs to children.” Elsewhere in Loose Lips, Vincent Orange‘s son caught double-dipping on unemployment benefits.


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

  • Nat Gandhi is who he is. [Post]
  • Post calls Rand Paul a big ol’ libertarian hypocrite. [Post]
  • Vince Gray talking green in China. [Examiner]
  • FEMS overboard on overtime budget. [Times]
  • Did the NW Current write this hed? [Post]
  • Sen. Joe Lieberman, a pal to D.C. [Times]
  • Four off-duty cops indicted for assault. [AP]

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex columnist Lydia DePillis (tips? housingcomplex@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The state of the Wharf is good. [SWLQTC]
  • Parking reform cometh. [Post]
  • D.C. area growing even faster than before. [Post]
  • A Trinidadian makeover. [HomeandDesign via Curbed]
  • What lies beneath FormStone [Left4Ledroit]
  • TED for cities reconsiders. [NextAmericanCity]
  • Navy Yard Metro site gets figured out. [JDLand]
  • 14th Street warehouse getting replaced by office building. [Urbanturf]

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

  • Even better than the line about bidets in Sally Quinn‘s remembrance of her friend Nora Ephron is this: “Lavender and cats! I had never liked either one — who knew they were going to be the next hot things?” [Post]
  • The only thing worse is Air Sex. [Brightest Young Things]
  • Chompie is back! [DCist]
  • Reviews of the National Symphony Orchestra’s South American tour were chipper. [Classical Beat]
  • David Rubenstein, billionaire savior of the Washington Monument, bought himself an Emancipation Proclamation for $2.1 million. [AP]

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

  • Eleven places to slurp oysters in D.C. [Eater]
  • Foodie icon Anthony Bourdain writes a graphic novel. [HuffPost]
  • Ireland’s Four Fields in Cleveland Park hosts its last pub quiz. [City Desk]
  • Dangerously Delicious Pies opens in Union Station today. [Twitter]
  • Oby Lee Winery and Coffee Shop now open in Clarendon. [ARLnow]
  • Metal brunch at Rock & Roll Hotel [BYT]
  • Old Ebbitt Grill‘s express counter is awesome. [ThriftyDCCook]