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In this week’s City Paper, you’ll find:

  • Jason Cherkis and Aaron Leitko on what’s really being lost with the demise of Tower Records: the record-store rats. They work out a taxonomy of record-store denizens, as observed in the waning days of the Tysons Corner Tower.
  • More Arts in Review 2006. Last week was music; this week is everything else. Tricia Olszewski runs down the 10 most brilliantly stupid movies of the year (and her methodology), while Mark Jenkins sticks with the merely brilliant. And everybody pitches in on the worst movies of the year. Also, Jeffry Cudlin runs down the year in visual art, and Trey Graham and Bob Mondello do their usual definitive job on theater.
  • Dave Jamieson on the spate of beatings this year perpetrated by gangs of young children in the U Street corridor and elsewhere in the city.
  • A feature by Heather Murphy cataloguing the city’s stupidest traffic laws.
  • In Show & Tell: Jessica Gould on a go-go promoter and sound engineer tracked down his stolen truck. And, no, it wasn’t the cops who found it.
  • In Cheap Seats: Dave McKenna weighs in with some updates on columns that ran earlier this year.
  • In Young & Hungry: Tim Carman on the Starbucksization of McDonald’s.
  • Plus film, theater, and more