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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Thursday, which means there's a dead-tree edition hitting the streets. This week's cover: A Guide For The Responsible Gentrifier.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Caps win! [WTOP] Joel Ward, who is black, scored the winning goal, which did not bypass the notice of racists. [Chirpstory] Human error suspected in Metro derailment. [Post] Philippines ambassador not impressed with Marion Barry remarks about nurses. [Examiner] D.C. infant mortality rate at a historic low. [Post]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Wednesday, City Paper's Needle ticked up three points. The bad news: Tareq Salahi (who? exactly) may be running for Va. governor. The good news: Miscegenation interracial dating popular in D.C. Take a look here.

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

The Other Shoes Keep Dropping: In his column this week, LL traces the fallout of the Harry Thomas Jr stealing-from-the-kids scandal. Thomas gets sentenced next week, but there's still plenty left for D.C. and law enforcement officials to figure out.

Temporary is the New Permanent: Lydia DePillis notes that pop-up events and shops change perceptions about what a space can do—leading to lasting change.

Cartoonist Guy Delisle on His Year in Israel and Creating Jerusalem: Chronicles From the Holy City: "On his travels he meets and shows his readers a variety of people including Israeli Jews in the military, Bedouins, ultra-extreme Jewish settlers, Palestinian student cartoonists, and a Christian minister (who provides him with studio space)."

Chez Middling: Y&H reviews the Hilton brothers' new restaurant Chez Billy and finds himself thinking about a common thread running through all of their restaurants: Cool vibes, weak food.

Asian Groups Launch Say Sorry Barry Campaign: "Philippines Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. is irked enough to put out a statement. The guy who beat Barry at the Democrat's delegation vote thinks Barry needs to talk to immigrants more often. And a coalition of Asian-American groups has launched a campaign seeking an apology. The campaign's name (and website domain): Say Sorry Barry."

Adventures in Gustatory Bucket Listing: Palena's Cheeseburger: Will this be Y&H's last meal in D.C.?

SHADY LADY PHOTO OF THE DAY: Page Three Photo

LINKDUMP AFTER THE JUMP!

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

  • Does Mayor Vince Gray's sustainability plan have a race problem? [HC]
  • Former Mayor-for-Life/Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry not apologizing for his Filipino nurses comment, even after Philippines ambassador calls on him to. Post editorial board wants Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown to strip him of committee responsibilities. [Post]
  • Temporary projects are so hot right now. [HC]
  • Tourist murdered in Petworth. [NBC4]
  • AG Irv Nathan says Harry Thomas Jr. did bad things. [OAG]
  • What's up with those major construction projects, you ask? [WBJ]
  • DDOT dragging feet on streetcar bid. [WAMU]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants to change the Hatch Act. [Times]
  • Well, the Lions and the Redskins are both inept. [DCist]
  • Don't change Height Act, some "experts" say. [Examiner]
  • "You are not going to see a jail, the methadone clinic or a homeless shelter in Georgetown." [Informer]

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

  • Design review reaches unprecedented heights of absurdity. [Current]
  • Tyrannical zoning rule gives theater a scare. [GGW]
  • Should activism impact the zoning process? [RPUS]
  • Glover Park furniture district? [PoP]
  • Condo conversion on Rock Creek Church Road. [Urbanturf]
  • Parcel 42 RFP issued, 5th and I stalled, Skyland starting early next year. [WBJ]
  • Snazzy new Brooklyn center for "urban science." [NextAmericanCity]
  • What's Mark Ein doing with Katherine Graham's house? [CarolJoynt]
  • Stevens School will become office building. [WBJ]
  • Not sure Detroit has the same recovery engine as D.C., but there's always hope. [DCist]
  • Today on the market2012 in 2012!

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

  • The curators of Barracks Row alternative space The Fridge explain themselves. [Pink Line Project]
  • Why the Thelonious Monk vocal competition at the Kennedy Center is the American Idol of jazz [Post]
  • National Cathedral brings back its gargoyle tours. [DCist]
  • The Pulitzer Prize for fiction is "illusory, like the rest of the American Dream." Oh boy. [BYT]

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

  • Will Tackle Box reopen in Cleveland Park? [PoP]
  • Evaluating the Pepe truck's $20 Pepito de Iberico [Post]
  • Todd Gray pops-up tonight at LivingSocial HQ [Eater]
  • Grab some goodies at D.C. food bloggers' charity bake sale [We Love DC]
  • Some D.C. restaurants offer interesting extras [Express Night Out]
  • Brunch at Cafe Deluxe is a bummer [Bitches Who Brunch]
  • Toki Underground is closed on Saturday during the Sweetlife Festival [Twitter]
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