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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Thursday! The dead tree edition is hitting the streets, so get yours.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: A second Mayor Vince Gray campaign guy charged. [Post] Robert McCartney: Gray is either a fool or a liar. [PostPost ed board: Explain yourself, Mr. Mayor [Post] Chuck Thies: “It is entirely possible Gray knew nothing.” [NBCWashington] Drivers think speed cameras are cash cows. [WTOP] Personnel “file burn” investigation continues. [Times]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Wednesday, City Paper‘s Needle stayed flat. The bad news: Another Gray aide bites the dust. The good news: All hail Wegmans. Take a look here.


How Chuck Wound Us Up: This week’s cover is all about the late, great Chuck Brown. Sarah Godfrey: “Unwinding Chuck.” Shani Hilton: “How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Go-Go.Julia Fisher: “Talkin’ Bout Money!Marcus J. Moore: “Chuck Brown, Rap Patriarch.Andrew Noz: “Go-Go, Square One.”

The Thomas Antidote: LL takes a break from the snowballing drama in the Wilson building to take a look at Ward 5’s new councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. Is he the cure for what ails the ward in the wake of the Harry Thomas Jr. scandal?

Sulaimon To City Paper: “Kiss My Ass”: Sulaimon Brown, who’s feeling pretty vindicated these days after the FBI produced proof that he actually did receive payments from the Gray campaign, doesn’t feel like talking to LL about it. Still, LL has plenty more details about the unfolding investigation (even if Gray himself is staying mum).

Broken Windows Theory: In her column this week, LDP considers the case of a Korean church that wants to get rid of the stained glass windows in its new home—unfortunately the home is on the historic preservation list. The problem? The windows don’t mix well with religion of the church.

God is My Sous Chef: Y&H Jessica Sidman reports on the rituals, big and small, that chefs and restaurateurs perform to get the “energy” in their kitchens and dining rooms just right. Very superstitious!

North Korean Defector Ma Young-Ae to Perform at Senate Event: “Ma plays theyanggeum, a traditional stringed instrument played with mallets. Most of her gigs have been at local Korean churches, but tomorrow she enjoys her biggest stage yet: the U.S. Senate. The D.C. edition of the Hangook Ilbo (Korea Daily) reports Ma will perform at a reception for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Russell Senate Office Building.”

WIND US UP CHUCK PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Chuck Brown and [Your Name Here] by You


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

  • Mayor Gray loses the Post’Robert McCartney: “Vincent Gray is either a fool or a liar — and I’m inclined toward the latter.” [Post]
  • Howard Brooks, come on down, it’s your turn in front of the cameras [Post]
  • If Ron Machen is this pissed off about Sulaimongate, imagine how he feels about the alleged shadow campaign [NBC4]
  • Gray’s no comment is a “stunning turnaround” [WUSA9]
  • Mitt Romney a big fan of DC voucher program [Times]
  • Darrell Issa‘s flack says his boss and Gray are still cool [Times]
  • Big change in teacher evaluations at DCPS [Examiner]

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

  • The lifecycle of a community art installation. [PoP]
  • No parking lot is safe on 14th Street. [Urbanturf]
  • Calvary is back in Anacostia. [CHotR]
  • If you’re going to be homeless, try to be a veteran. [WTOP]
  • Rhode Island Row gets a bona fide sit-down restaurant. [RIAInsider]
  • The rest of what’s wrong with that Bubble on the Potomac piece. [DavidKlion]
  • Business leaders looking for a few good transportation projects. [2030Group]
  • Today on the market: Quiet building near the city.

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

  • Lindsay Zoladz gives local art-punkers Imperial China the Pitchfork stamp. [Pitchfork]
  • New Orleans remembers Chuck Brown [NOLA.com]
  • Radio CPR’s Chuck Brown tribute [Dissonance]
  • The Kreeger Museum’s program for arts lovers with Alzheimer’s [NPR]
  • Tilda, Tilda, TILDA [Style Blog]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman

  • Patio and outdoor dining guide—with pics! [BYT]
  • Michael Landrum opening Nice ’n’ Greasy, Steak ’n’ Cheesy in Arlington [Washingtonian]
  • Real sand and other things to expect from New York Avenue Beach Bar [Eater]
  • Mixologist Gina Chersevani, Red Apron Butchery, and possibly even Metrocurean blogger Amanda McClements among others opening shops at Union Market development [Washingtonian]
  • Food truck regulation debate heating up in Rosslyn [ARLnow]
  • Check out the menu at Shaw’s newest Ethiopian restaurant [PoP]
  • Buzz Aldrin dines at Proof [Reliable Source]