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Good morning! The District is considering privatizing portions of the streetcar line.


  • Coming soon: an audit of Vince Gray‘s campaign finances [Examiner]
  • A sex offender lived on Gonzaga College High School’s campus for a month. [Examiner]
  • Thieves have been stealing the D.C. area’s rancid restaurant oil. [Post]


I Like Big Regulations and I Cannot Lie: Jim Graham wants to redefine D.C.’s definition of “nude performance” to change “buttocks” to “anus.” For now, his motivation is unclear.

Internet Grudges Ended, Maybe: Restaurateur Jeff Black slammed food bloggers in a speech at the RAMMY Awards Sunday, but now he says his remarks were taken out of context. Black says he’s angry at unnamed bloggers who demand perks in exchange for positive coverage.

Condos Coming: A long-vacant site in Mount Vernon Square could finally be getting some development. “The spot is overdue for a second chance,” writes Lydia DePillis.

Eat Your Vegetables: Marcus J. Moore recommends rappers Awthentik and Spalding‘s Beef and Broccoli. The album is a mish-mash of far-flung rap sounds.


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

  • Some council heartburn over putting Rod Woodson, of Mayor Vince Gray’s favorite lobbyists, on the D.C. Water board [Post]
  • OCF audit of Gray campaign is nearly done. [Examiner]
  • D.C., a developer’s kind of town. [NBC4]
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tries to tinker with District gun, abortion and hiring laws. [Post]
  • South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint blocks Superior Court nominee.  [BLT]
  • Gray admin looking at private funding options for streetcar. [HC]
  • Ward 5 residents displeased with proposed streetcar barn location. [DCist]
  • Nat Gandhi could bolster his legacy by accounting for how DC spends its money. [Examiner]

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

  • LivingSocial almost free and clear. [Post]
  • Washcycle destroys libertarian Bikeshare angst. [Washcycle]
  • Firehouses closing here and there, but why? [DCist]
  • Property fraudster sentenced. [CHotR]
  • LEED growing older. [ULI]
  • At least foreigners want to buy American houses. [AtlanticCities]

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

  • It was a good day for interviews at BYT: Rob Pierangeli (Casper Bangs, Latristic) interviews Can! [Brightest Young Things]
  • And Amanda Mackaye and KC talk hair metal, diversity, and dancing at Fort Reno! [Brightest Young Things]
  • Chain & The Gang has a new video for “Certain Kinds of Trash.” [YouTube]
  • Fat Trel shows up—shirtless, naturally—in Sway‘s “Bet Dat” video. [DC Mumbo Sauce]
  • Synetic Theater and Keegan Theatre announce their new seasons. [Post]
  • National Museum of Natural History gets $10 million. [Post]
  • Gwydion Suilebhan joins the Helen Hayes Awards Board of Governors. [Gwydion Suilebhan]

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

  • Passion Food Group to open a Mexican restaurant and tequileria in Clarendon called Fuego Cocina. [NoVa Mag]
  • District Taco‘s taco-eating champion [WTOP]
  • Fleurir Hand Grown Chocolates expands to Old Town Alexandria. [Washingtonian]
  • Hitching Post in Petworth sold to new owners. [PoP]
  • Singer Norah Jones spotted sipping a martini on the Donovan House rooftop. [Reliable Source]
  • Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern eats at D.C. food trucks. [Eater]
  • Juice is trendy. [Borderstan]