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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Tuesday, and our warm winter continues apace. Onward we go!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton fights D.C. abortion bill introduced by Ariz. Rep. Trent Franks. [WAMU]; Developer donates $1 million to renovate the National Mall [WJLA]; Opening arguments to be heard in South Capitol Street slaying case. [Post]; And in the wake of the South Capitol Street killings, the D.C. Council is taking up a youth mental health bill [Examiner]; Obama sets aside $10 million for D.C. security for 2013 inauguration [Examiner]; Fire Chief Keith Ellerbe seeks to demote a battalion chief for not suspending firefighters who brought beer into a firehouse put beer in a firehouse fridge [Times]; 250 percent increase in robberies in Upper Northwest this year. [WJLA].

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: City Paper's needle ticks up by 1 point. The bad news: Tourmobile is dead, but its replacement sucks. The good news: U Street to get an antique shop/spray tan business. Take a look here.

SIX CITY PAPER STORIES FROM THE LAST 24 HOURS TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

A Strongly Worded Letter For An Eye: After former mayor-for-life Marion Barry got into a shouting match with Councilmember David Catania, Ward 8 Democrats leader Rev. R. Joyce Scott started getting pressured to respond to Catania, Loose Lips Alan Suderman reports. At Barry's re-election campaign kickoff, "Scott assured the crowd that she's on it, and she will be sending Catania a note shortly on her official Ward 8 letterhead that will be released to the media. 'We're going to take him into the back room and kick his tail,' says Scott. 'And we're going to do that in public.'" Apparently political threat-making, like political deal-making, has trouble with wheter or not to be transparent.

'Cheeky' Typeface For A Federal Bureau: Housing Complex's Lydia DePillis notes that the newish Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is breaking all sorts of molds: "It's not often that a federal government institution escapes the tyranny of bland, standardized signage. Most of it has to be approved by the regulatory bodies that enforce a dignified sterility on the city's bureaucratic office districts. So the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's cheeky lowercase comes as a kind of shock: Is that even allowed? I thought, stopping short while rolling by 1700 G Street NW." She adds, though, that the bureau has yet to set up its first floor lobby into the public space Elizabeth Warren promised more than a year ago.

What's In A Mural? If, like us, you spend a significant amount of time in Adams Morgan, you may be wondering about this mural on Champlain Street. Jonathan L. Fischer finds out what's in it.

Holla Back, Metro: Shani Hilton argues that the Post and Metro Transit Police are missing the point about sexual harassment on transit (and elsewhere): "The thing is, street harassment is more than just the initial comment. It's when the person who thinks your skirt is 'nice' or wants your phone number immediately starts berating you if you don't give it to them. Sometimes they insist on telling you what sex acts they'd perform on you (or make you perform). Sometimes they follow you, or block your path, or invade your personal space even though you're clearly uncomfortable (these things have happened to me, and to just about every woman I know). There should be an easy way for women (or anyone!) to report intimidating behavior to Metro police and be taken seriously, not just told that they may be interpreting it the wrong way."

Next Up At Rogue 24: Top Chef alum Chef Jennifer Carroll will be stepping in to create new delicacies for a week while owner/chef R.J. Cooper continues to recuperate from heart surgery. Dinner with drink pairings will set you back $185.

2012 WAMMIES Are Out: Ally Schweitzer evaluates the winners: "It looks like a couple of categories in the typically snoozy Washington Area Music Awards have undergone much-needed shock therapy. For one, arts-establishment darling Yoko K. has stolen "Electronica Artist" from the cashmere-gloved grip of Thievery Corporation. In the DJ category, Jesse Tittsworth and relative newcomer DJ Jackie O. have swooped in and nabbed the prize, leaving perennial winnersBob Mould and Rich Morel, well, probably not giving a crap, but kudos to them anyway."

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Marion Barry's Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

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

  • Marion Barry: "I'm an excellent politician." [Examiner]
  • Beergate may get fire fighter demoted. [Times]
  • Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's no-cussing rule to be debated today [Post]
  • Anacostia HS set to reopen today [WUSA9]
  • South Capitol Street shooting trial to start today. [AP]

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

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

  • Living Social = Wal-Mart? According to some local arts organizations, yes. The deal company, whose new HQ just opened on F Street NW, is getting into the creative playtime business, and arts presenters are hatin' it. [Post]
  • Woolly's Civilization: All You Can Eat "beat[s] us senseless with Big Allegory." [DCist]
  • Meanwhile, Peter Marks calls Synetic's Genesis Reboot "an earnest effort that never quite catches fire." [Post]

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

  • Restaurant Eve's Cathal Armstrong and Bayou Bakery's David Guas recreate George Washington's beloved hoecakes. [Eatocracy]
  • BGR's Mark Bucher and Good Stuff Eatery's Spike Mendelsohn compete in Miami's 2012 SoBe Burger Bash. [Burger Days]
  • Ris Lacoste searches for local scallops that don't suck. [Flavor]
  • Here's what guest chef John Currence had cooking last week at Rogue 24. [City Eats]
  • Jaleo closes for renovations on Feb. 26 [Eater DC]
  • New resto Carving Room is coming to 300 Massachusetts Ave. NW [Prince of Petworth]
  • Dessert may be the best option at Sixth Engine. [We Love DC]
  • Eight great power-breakfast spots in D.C. [Zagat]
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Comments

  1. #1

    The firefighters did NOT bring the beer into the firehouse. If you took time to read the story, you would see that a private citizen brought the beer as a thank you after the firefighters from that engine company put out a fire at his home. The story goes on to say that they declined the beer, but he left it there anyway. And they decided to put it in the fridge, supposedly to keep it out of sight.

    No one disputes the fact that none of the beer was consumed. The two twelve packs were unopened.

    To say the firefighters "brought beer into a firehouse" is incorrect and puts the story into an entirely different (and wrong) context. The citizen brought the beer into the firehouse. Whether the fire fighters responded correctly is a different matter.

  2. #2

    Noted.

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