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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Tuesday, and suddenly it’s all winter-like. This is so bogus.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: D.C. took in $96 million in parking fines last year. [Post] Northeast couple held for 45 minutes during home invasion. [WJLA] Congress to hold hearing on Eisenhower memorial. [Examiner] Maryland judge strikes down “good reason” gun law. [Times] D.C. Public Service Commission to investigate this weekend’s 911 outage. [WTOP] Deanwood is Metrorail’s most dangerous station. [WTOP]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: Yesterday, City Paper‘s Needle ticked up a point. The bad news: The Redskins have admitted to paying bounties for injuring players on opposing teams. The good news: The warm winter will probably lead to a cool summer. Take a look here.


A Jeff Thompson Primer: Loose Lips Alan Suderman brings us up to speed on District donor and contractor Jeff Thompson, whose offices and home were raided on Friday (and why it’s such a big deal): “LL’s not 100 percent sure why Thompson’s home and offices were raided. If you forced the Wilson Building wags to speculate, they’d probably guess the raid was connected to the ongoing federal investigation of Mayor Vince Gray‘s 2010 campaign, of which the Thompson network gave at least $73,000 by LL’s count.”

MLK Library’s Got to Share Space or Move: Housing Complex’s Lydia DePillis has the latest on the Urban Land Institute’s recommendations for the MLK Library downtown: The building that houses the library needs renovations—and that can’t happen unless the library shares space with a renter. There’s a downside, though: “The build-on-top-and-lease-out scenario, the Urban Land Institute panel said, would be the ‘financially most viable’ option because new rental revenue from between 165,000 and 182,000 square feet of space would generate between $4.1 and $5.5 million annually. The problem with that option is that it would require the library to rent space elsewhere for a couple years, while the building was under construction.”

How Prince Rama Made Its Avant-Garde Workout Jam: Contributor Reese Higgins interviews the sisterly duo to find out how they came up with their “shamanistic electro work-out anthem, equal parts apocalypto opera, hippie ecstasy, and new wave cardio dance.”

In Which Two Washington Post Sportswriters Debate Post Policy, Over Twitter: Mike Madden tracks a debate between Mike Wise and Dan Steinberg over reporting some dirt on Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams: Wise said he wasn’t allowed to put in some more colorful (and homophobic) background on Williams because of “taste reasons” (i.e. Post editing standards).

Justin Bieber Bought A $10 Million House: Just click. You know you want to.

Remember The Radiohead Concert That Wasn’t A Disaster? Arts Desk editor Jonathan L. Fischer does: “[W]hat about the band’s August 2003 performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion? As far as I recall, that one went off without a hitch.The setlist was varied. The group was in good spirits. The lighting setup kind of looked like The Matrix.”



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

  • Councilmember Vincent Orange has some explaining to do about the 26 $1,000 money orders he received last year, most of which were from the Jeff Thompson network. [WAMU]
  • It’s semi-official: Thompson raid was related to campaign finance. Also, Thompson has hired Ollie North‘s lawyer.  [Post]
  • Gray campaign allegedly converted illegal cash donations to 200 to 300 money orders, says Bruce Johnson. [WUSA9]
  • Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown installs treadmills at Wilson Building. [DCist]
  • Post ed board to Mayor Vince Gray: quit telling the CFO what to do. [Post]
  • Gray admin diverting special ed savings away from schools. [Examiner]
  • Gray making statehood pitch at Republican National Convention in sunny Tampa (home of the Bucs training facility). [Post]
  • Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander opposing planed pot-growing site. [Times]
  • How to deal effectively with young criminals. [Examiner]
  • Ellsworth Colbert had prior run-ins at Wilson Building. [Examiner]
  • MLK Library, share space or move. [Housing Complex]

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

  • Boathouse talk. [Patch]
  • Saving Atlantic City. [NextAmericanCity]
  • Manna wants YOU to buy a house. [MannaDC]
  • And here’s the reasons why you shouldn’t. [GOOD]
  • L.A.: It’s more than just traffic jams! [AtlanticCities]
  • Will Arlington bring all the boys to the yard? [Curbed]
  • Say goodbye to the Brightwood Car Barn. [Brightwoodian]
  • Congressional committee looking into the Eisenhower memorial. [Examiner]
  • What do we have to thank for the huge jump in parking ticket revenues? [Examiner]
  • Not sure if the recession’s actually ending in real terms, but driving is still down, which should count for something. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: Area on fire!

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

  • Peter Marks‘ take on the boxing in Studio Theatre’s Sucker Punch. [Post]
  • HuffPo UK spotlights photographer Martin Schoeller, whose images of female body builders are now showing at Arlington Arts Center in an exhibit curated by Jeffry Cudlin. [Huffington Post]
  • If you drive past the old location of Clark Street Playhouse in Crystal City, you’ll see something like this. [Crystal City BID]
  • Steve Bridges, known for his impersonations of U.S. presidents, dies. [New York Times]
  • The Smithsonian’s “Will to Adorn” examines body art, fashion, and hairstyles within the African diaspora. [Post]
  • National Museum of Natural History’s outgoing director discusses his new job at the Wildlife Conservation Society. [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry columnist Chris Shott (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • One sandwich at José Andrés‘ new Pepe food truckcosts $20. [Twitter]
  • The guy behind El Floridano food truck is opening a real restaurant called Mothership. [Post]
  • Renovating once-stodgy breakfast spot Seasons cost $1 million. [Forbes]
  • Whose wings reign supreme? Hooters or Oohhs and Aahhs? [Washingtonian]
  • Matchbox unveils some new pizzas. [Facebook]
  • Here’s what guest chef Jennifer Carroll cranked out last week at Rogue 24. [City Eats]
  • Check out the ham hock potato croquette at the revamped Shaw’s Tavern. [Prince of Petworth]
  • The Oreo turns 100. [WTOP]
  • Dining with foodies is a drag. [Onion]