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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Friday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: The Nats are killing it, but no one is going to their games. [PostDavid Catania found $20 million to restore health care coverage to immigrants not eligible for Medicaid. [Times] HTJ got 38 months in prison. [NBCWashington] But how do judges decide sentences? [Post] Metro seeks input on which bus stops to cut after last year’s freak out. [Examiner] The hands of the clock at Georgetown University’s Healy Hall may be headed to the Vatican. [NBCWashington]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Thursday, City Paper‘s Needle fell three points. The bad news: HTJ did a lot of bad things. The good news: Koch dinosaurs! Take a look here.


So Long Harry!: LL counts the ironies in HTJ’s sentencing proceedings. Number one: HTJ, a self-professed “family man” wants to be sent to one of the two nicest federal prisons, even though they’re nowhere near D.C. and his family.

UDC: The Outtakes: Lydia DePillis rounds up lots of little bits of information she couldn’t fit into her cover story on UDC this week.

Brookland’s Menomalé Opens with Neapolitan-Style Pizza and Craft Beer: Contributor Tammy Tuck checks out the new pizzeria in Brookland. Fun fact: “It’s the biggest pizza oven on the East Coast, or at least that is Menomalé‘s claim. Weighing in at just over 5,500 pounds, the new Brookland eatery’s custom-built oven from Naples, Italy, is made from a salt-based stone used for the texture and flavor it adds to the crust. The torcher burns wood, not gas, and cooks pizzas at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit in about 60 seconds (which one-ups Pizzeria Orso‘s similar setup in Falls Church by about 200 degrees and 30 seconds).”

Tyrannosaurus Koch: “The last time billionaire and libertarian activist David Koch paid for a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History, in 2010, the unveiling attracted a tiny smattering of protesters. The show was the institution’s hall on evolution, and the demonstrators, from Green Peace, kind of had a point: It’s great that Koch, the executive vice president of petroleum and chemicals firm Koch Industries, was so generous in his defense of Darwin. But what about his support of climate-change denial?”

Harry Thomas Jr. Spent $89 Of Your Taxes On Leather Chaps: Yes, he did.

Did You Know 14th Street Has a Nice View?: “So says the marketing material for UDR’s apartment complex rising on 14th Street north of Florida Avenue. The newly-christened “Capitol View on 14th” decided to play things safe, mirroring the View14 across the street, which UDR bought for a record-breaking price last year.” And it looks like the record-breaking prices will continue here, since a studio costs $2000.



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

  • Even in D.C.’s glorious past of city corruption, Harry Thomas Jr.’s crimes represent an “all-time low.” [Post]
  • Probably the last video of Thomas you’ll see for a while [Fox5WUSA9WJLA]
  • If you had to guess which publication would use “illegal immigrant” in its hed, would you pick the Post or the theTimes?
  • Post editorial board doesn’t like loud noises [Post]
  • D.C. gov really into China [WBJ]
  • Landlords lobby endorses Drew Hubbard in Ward 5 race. [CityBiz]
  • Big Beverage lobbying hard against proposed  booze tax increase [WBJ]
  • Advocates wants city to move faster on medical marijuana [WAMU]

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

  • Quite the before-and-after shot. [PoP]
  • The New New Quin. [Urbanturf]
  • NoMa’s fancy new hotel. [DCmud]
  • How a ping pong table makes change. [PPS]
  • Why a moratorium would be bad for U Street. [Left4Ledroit]
  • Not as cool as an underwater hotel! [AtlanticCities]
  • Is “streamline moderne” just code for “ugly”? [PoP]
  • More about D.C.’s adventures in the Orient. [WBJ]
  • D.C.’s top federal government leaser goes private sector. [WBJ]
  • Landlords lobby endorses Michael Brown’s old committee director in Ward 5. [CItyBiz]
  • What would happen if Georgetown moved its medical campus? [GeorgetownMetropolitan]
  • Today on the market: New model.

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

FOOD LINKS will resume shortly.