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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Friday. And boy what a week. We’re looking forward to a day of t-shirt weather, but we’ll try to avoid looking too sexy in our Twitter avatar lest Fishbowl DC’s Betsy Rothstein come for us, too.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Marriage equality bill passes Md. Senate. [WAMU]; Nike sneaker release cancelled due to “safety concernts” after crowds gather at Prince George’s Plaza mall. [WTOP]; A norovirus outbreak may have hit Howard University after 85 cases were found at GWU. [Fox5]; ‘Personhood’ bill postponed until 2013; [Times]; Va. Governor Bob McDonnell supports D.C. home rule [Examiner]; Board of Elections looking for the cash to pay for the Ward 5 special election [Examiner]; Cycletrack coming to Southwest. [WTOP].

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: City Paper’s needle drops by 4 points. The bad news: Wawa coming. But not to D.C. The good news: We had glorious bike riding weather yesterday. Take a look here.


Are These The Top 5 Candidates for Ward 5? Loose Lips Alan Suderman gets a few grumbles from anonymous figures who are annoyed that an upcoming debate only features five of the 16 candidates running for Harry Thomas Jr.’s old seat. According to LL, debate organizer, “Don Padou says the small number of invitees was done on purpose. ‘We wanted to have a debate, not a forum,’ he says.” Invited are Republican Tim Day, and Democrats Kathy Henderson, Delano Hunter, Kenyan McDuffie and Frank Wilds. Padou is sympathetic to the other 11, but says he’s “pretty sure” the next Ward 5 councilmember will be at the debate.

Miller Boys Set Sights On 14th & Rhode Island NW: Housing Complex’s Lydia DePillis has a bit of info from Ben and Dan Miller, two developer brothers who she profiled last year. The brothers are developing a version of their social media tool that lets neighbors decide what they want to have in their neighborhoods that would work for an entire commercial strip; plus they might have something in the works for the Lustine Realty building at 14th and Rhode Island NW.

Curbing Sexual Harassment On Metro Requires An Attitude Adjustment: As Metro Transit Police and WMATA representatives keep insisting that they can’t arrest people for handing out compliments, they’re not acknowledging that the sexual harassment women fear is more than just flirtation. Shani Hilton writes: “There needs to be a top-down shift in how Metro officials think about harassment. It isn’t just compliments. It isn’t just attempts at flirtation. It’s about feeling unsafe—and being unsafe—in public places because someone is masturbating to you while no one else is around, or intimidating you because you don’t want to talk to them, or touching you without your permission.”

Malcolm X Park After Dark: Electro scenesters Party Bros. has a new song about Meridian Hill Park, and they tell Jonathan L. Fischer the inspiration: “Well, one winter day a few years ago, I was walking up 16th St. and noticed a truly bizarre sight on a landing in a stairwell of Meridian Hill Park — there was a little 70s-looking puke green suitcase busted open, with gay porn VHS tapes sprawled out everywhere.  The scene looked violent and anachronistic – vintage gay porn deal gone wrong?  I was relating this story to Chris, and we just started to get amped on what might have happened, and how sketchy Meridian Hill Park can be at night… soon enough we were writing lyrics about how we imagined a supremely grimy version of that space in the late 70s or early 80s, with powerful, closeted politicians meeting up with prostitutes in the cloak of night to get their kicks.”

Standard Questions: Contributor Justin Kennedy interviews Chef Tad Curtz on the new season of Standard, the beer garden that operates during nice weather on the corner of 14th and S streets NW. Curtz tells Kennedy what he did on his winter vacation, which included prep for a new restaurant: “I’ve put on like twenty pounds since we closed, so it’s been pretty bad.  I’ve been on a grueling tour of restaurants in San Francisco and LA and Italy, and ate hundreds of tacos in Mexico.  I had some great tacos in San Francisco, too.”

Navigatorgate Update: D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has yet to pay the money he agreed to fork over for the fancy black-on-black Navigator he requested. “At that time, Brown promised to reimburse the District for his “share of the use of the vehicle” after Attorney General Irv Nathan renegotiated the contract with the company that leased the city the Navigator.  You may recall that Brown rejected a similar Navigator because of its color scheme; he never indicated he would reimburse the District for the costs associated with that vehicle.” Since then, the District has shelled out more than $12,000 to settle a broken lease.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Woman Praying


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

  • Councilmember Phil Mendelson wants some truancy data! [Times]
  • Charter power for DCPS? [Post]
  • Sinclair Skinner on his Fenty cartoons: “I wanted it to speak in ways that didn’t require a Ph.D. in political theory.” [The Root DC]
  • Would you wait more than 10 minutes for an H Street streetcar? [Post]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is very pleased that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is pro-D.C. budget autonomy. [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry scheduled for Kojo show.
  • Ward 7 candidate Tom Brown won Stein endorsement last night. Nobody won Ward 8 endorsement. [@Summersgill]

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

  • Will the first streetcar line be “very excellent”? [Post]
  • Life in an alley. [PoP]
  • 440 1st Street NW to go platinum. [WBJ]
  • How to tear down a highway. [NextAmericanCity]
  • Building for the new retail world. [Archpaper]
  • Why housing is a demand side issue. [Yglesias]
  • Real Estate Roundtable gets sentimental. [CityBiz]
  • All is still not well in pedicab world. [TBD]
  • Will Ward 5 be “pacified by being heard”? [RIAInsider]
  • Sears & Roebuck made some pretty handsome houses. [Curbed]
  • Velodrome for Buzzard Point. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Cathedral ceilinged great room.

ARTS LINKS, by Alex Baca (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Georgetown’s Il Canale earns the official pizza snob seal of approval. [Post]
  • Al fresco dining in…February? Wow. [Washingtonian]
  • There’s still time to comment on D.C.’s newly proposed food truck rules. [CBS DC]
  • Some background on 1789‘s Anthony Lombardo. [Examiner]
  • Blue Duck Tavern‘s Sebastien Archambault may be the only native Texas chef with a French accent. [NBC Washington]
  • Hill Country‘s Marc Glosserman reflects on a year of moist brisket. [Eater]
  • Lovely Yogurt is coming to U Street [Prince of Petworth]
  • The folks behind former soul food restaurant Sugar are now cooking at XII [Frozen Tropics]