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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Thursday! Today the print edition hits the streets, so go grab your copy. We spent yesterday evening revisiting classic Chuck Brown cuts. So much love to the Godfather of Go-Go.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Chuck Brown’s musical impact on D.C. [Post] MPD Chief Cathy Lanier‘s new contract protects her from civil lawsuits [Times] Airport authority calling a special session after getting shamed by an Inspector General audit for overspending. [WTOP] Congressional committee holding hearing on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in D.C. [NBC4] Council approves 88 more traffic cameras. [WJLA]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Wednesday, City Paper‘s Needle fell 6 points. The bad news: We had to say goodbye to Chuck Brown far too soon. The good news: Key March Madness 2013 games will be played in D.C.. Take a look here.


Wind Me Up, Chuck!: Arts Desk is keeping up with the latest news about the death of the D.C. legend. We remember the anti-drug track he recorded with former mayor-for-life Marion Barry. Other artists remember him on Twitter. And Julia Fisher tracks the reaction on U Street NW.

All in the Game?: In his column this week, LL considers the case of one company that became a D.C. contractor because it was D.C.-based… even though it wasn’t actually D.C.-based: “With about $3 billion paid to contractors every year, you’d expect there to be hell to pay for any company caught gaming the system. But you’d be wrong, at least in the curious case of one major developer who got off virtually scot-free after being found in serious violation of the city’s rules. Critics have long maintained that the CBE program is rigged in favor of the powerful and the connected. This case probably won’t help dispel that notion.”

Dear Jeff Bezos: Don’t Go To Northern Virginia!: LDP tells it to the Amazon CEO straight. She offers 10 reasons why the company should set up shop in D.C. instead of NoVa. #4: “I’m not sure what you want all your new office workers to do, but if it’s anything federal government-related, the District is a lot more convenient than Tysons Corner. Must I introduce you to Washington traffic? If you really must deal with the military, the Pentagon has a Metro stop.”

Obama’s Taylor Gourmet Pick: A Turkey Sandwich: The morning’s big news was President Barack Obama‘s super secret trip to Taylor Gourmet to meet with small business owners and talk taxes. He ordered the most inoffensive sammie ever: The “12-inch Spruce Street sandwich, with roasted turkey, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and provolone.” What, no arugula?

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: Some D.C. condo owners are “living on a goldmine.” But they won’t get that gold until they sell, notes LDP in her column this week.

Wi-Fried: Why some coffee shops can’t afford to offer wi-fi.

BUSTIN’ LOOSE PHOTO OF THE DAY: Chuck Brown, 1992 by Darrow Montgomery


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

  • So long, Chuck [Post]
  • Damn, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown is already talking about Marion Barry‘s funeral [Post]
  • When Barry rapped with Chuck Brown [Arts Desk]
  • D.C. Council tosses background checks for staff [Examiner]
  • AG Irv Nathan wants some Hatch changes [Times]
  • Logan Circle would-be millionaires [HC]
  • Mayor Gray’s hiring program hits 3,000 [Post]
  • DC investigating out of District kids going to District school [Examiner]

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

  • CityCenterDC scores major law firm. [Post]
  • People in walkable bikeable places walk and bike. [Post]
  • Was real estate financier cooking the books? [WBJ]
  • Should we ban ugly houses? [RPUS]
  • Highway threatens ponies. [Post]
  • How a construction company worked D.C.’s system. [LL]
  • These are the people regulating your airports. [WBJ]
  • Clothing store wants to go restaurant. [Borderstan]
  • Today on the market: Victorian dream home.

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

FOOD LINKS will resume shortly.