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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Most people caught violating Metro’s “no drinking” rule are drinking booze. [Post]; Against street harassment on Metro [Post]; Violent crime up 40 percent this year. [Times]; MPD’s 94 percent homicide “closure rate is a statistical mishmash that makes things seem much better than they are.” [Post]; Former mayor-for-life Marion Barry calls up Liz Farmer to request a correction [Examiner]; Yesterday was Constantino Brumidi Day [Examiner]; D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown wants to ban bad words from Council meetings. [Post].

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: City Paper’s needle ticks up by 3 points. The bad news: Eater DC mistranscribes chef José Andrés. The good news: Watch out Las Vegas. Take a look here.


Booze-less Shaw’s Tavern Reopens: Under new management, Shaw’s Tavern is reopening for breakfast, lunch, and brunch while it waits for its liquor license. The ownership writes on its Facebook page: “Please stop by as we would love the opportunity to meet our neighbors.” If you’ll recall, last fall the restaurant was denied a liquor license because its owners had served booze prior to getting said license, and forged documents to get distributors to sell to them. This time around, the owners appear to have all of their papers in order.

Former C&K Hotel Gets Dumped By Developers: Housing Complex’s Lydia DePillis discovers that the empty, baby-blue former hotel at the corner of 14th and Quincy streets NW has been sold by a developer that had planned to use the lot to build condos. Development could still happen, though, she notes: “It’s not the only developer to dump a project in order to focus on less risky markets; Akridge made a similar move by letting go of its 5220 Wisconsin Avenue site. And there’s no reason the new ownership couldn’t move quickly—it’s zoned for moderate density commercial, and isn’t historically protected.”

Barry Dissed By Rapper-Politician: There’s a new diss track out by LaPret, aka Larry Pretlow, aka the 22-year-old who ran for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission seat in Ward 8 two years ago, and suggested he’d be coming for Barry’s D.C. Council seat at some point in the future. Listen to the cut at City Desk.

There’s Another Shit People Say Video Out: And according to Arts Desk correspondent Marcus J. Moore, it’s amazingly accurate. This one, unlike the transplant-centric video created by LivingSocial, focuses on people who from D.C. Well, Largo, Md.

Toki Underground Chef Dies The H Street NE ramen restaurant was closed on Friday after staff attended the funeral of 31-year-old chef Thang Le. On the website, Chef/Owner Erik Bruner-Yang writes on the restaurant’s blog: “How does one mourn someone when something this tragic happens so unexpectedly? Our humble little noodle shop was blessed to have such an amazingly talented and passionate person who pushed us to be the best everyday.”

Reservations About Reservation 13: City Paper’s fearless leader Michael Schaffer is critical of the Gray administration’s hope to use waterfront land to lure the Redskins back to D.C. Instead, he says, that land should be used for housing to ease gentrification: “It’s complicated, but more inventory in one place—say, because we’ve embraced mixed-use developments in heretofore suburban-style parts of the city, or done something about height limits, or enabled new neighborhoods in areas like Reservation 13—might  reduce the pressure on longtime residents elsewhere.”


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

  • Bad news for Cathy Lanier I: Violent crime up 40% [Times and WAMU]
  • Bad news for Lanier II: That 94% homicide closure rate isn’t [Post]
  • Marion BarryDavid Catania brawl fallout: Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown wants to legislate fully profanity-free D.C. Council [Post]
  • Grist for next Catania-related brawl: United Medical Center wants $15 million more [Post]
  • Those nice kids who testified in favor of Brown’s mandatory-college-application bill? All D.C. Council interns, says Barry [Times]
  • Colbert I King diagrams the shady D.C. lottery contract [Post]
  • Editorial on taxi regs cites both King Charles I and Ted Loza [Post]
  • Testimony soon on Metro sexual harassment [Post]

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

  • St. Elizabeths gets new deciders. [WBJ]
  • A lot riding on D.C. United’s lease extension. [Post]
  • How to make the Anacostia Metro station less horrible. [D.C. BAC]
  • Tysons transit gets more expensive. [Post]
  • Keep an eye on Parkside-Kenilworth. [GGW]
  • Three acres of impervious surfaces, gone! [d.ish]
  • Why don’t poor people come to public meetings? [SIMN]
  • Where did $5 billion in stimulus funding get D.C.? [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Powder room!

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

  • Ian Svenonius discusses his bands, their five-year plans, and reuniting The Make-Up [Click Track]
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History [WaPo]
  • Paperhaus, the band, discusses Paperhaus, the house. [Pink Line Project]
  • Calling all Klingons (WSC Avant Bard is auditioning) [DC Theatre Scene]
  • George Mason’s Fall for the Book Festival to honor Neil Gaiman and Michael Chabon [ComicsDC]

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

  • Ten places to get po’boys for Mardi Gras. [Washingtonian]
  • Michel Richard gives up on Tysons Corner. [Post]
  • Photos from Mike Isabella‘s Bandolero preview. [Dining Bisnow]
  • Andy Shallal wants to bring Busboys & Poets to Anacostia. [Post]
  • Nando’s is big on D.C., not so much New York. [Business Day]
  • Bethesda eateries want to open their windows without breaking the law. [Gazette]
  • Eagle restaurant and sports bar opens in Shaw. [Prince of Petworth]
  • No, President Obama did not order shark fin soup in Frisco. [SF Chronicle]