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District Line Daily: HTJ And His Exotic Shoes, Matt Drudge And The Times

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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Monday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Petworth hammer suspect held without bond. [WAMU] Metro getting rid of "peak-of-the-peak" fare surcharge. [Examiner] A naked man took a stroll along the GW Parkway. [WTOP] Prosecutor wants 46 months in jail for Harry Thomas, Jr. [WAMU] Ward 5 voters getting reassurance from candidates. [Post]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Friday, City Paper's Needle ticked up two points. The bad news: Kim Kardashian went to dinner. The good news: School's in...for several more hours. Take a look here.

SIX CITY PAPER STORIES FROM THE LAST 72 HOURS TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Harry Thomas And His Exotic Shoes: LL has the feds' case for why HTJ should spend 46 months in prison, which includes a detail that Thomas spent more than $1300 in taxpayer cash on "exotic shoes."

The Fairgrounds’ Target Demographic: Lexus Owners and Levi’s Wearers: "I mentioned in my column this week that the Fairgrounds, the 'temporary' bullpen across from Nationals Stadium, was soliciting advertisers for the sides of its shipping containers. A package by Orange Barrel Media—which does the signs on the Verizon Center—identifies 13 potential sites, and helpfully includes Lexus and Levi as examples. It sort of takes away from the charm of the shipping container concept, but hey, we should probably drop any indie pretense on this one anyway."

The Special Relationship Between Matt Drudge and the Times: Salon reports that over the last year, The Drudge Report has driven about half of all web traffic at the Washington Times. The boost coincides with the Times' hiring of two Drudge editors.

Photos: Lucero @ 9:30 Club: "I always walk away from a Lucero show thinking how the Memphis band is able to make every gig feel like a house party full of friends. I've seen them in small places like Ottobar, on outdoor stages at South by Southwest, and the Black Cat. And while the 9:30 Club feels a bit more formal than those venues, Lucero's Wednesday show captured the same revelry."

Boozy BORF Beverage Wins Y&H’s You Call That an Artini? Contest: It was pretty good!

Graham Gets Subpoena Power in CYITC Probe, Mayor Displeased: Councilmember Jim Graham wants to investigate how HTJ was able to steal $350,000 in taxpayer money. Mayor's office annoyed because there's already an investigation going on.

NO BETTER DESCRIPTION PHOTO OF THE DAY: Marion Barry Reacts to Being Introduced as Former Mayor Anthony Williams

LINKDUMP AFTER THE JUMP!

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

  • LL's links are delayed due to technical difficulties—look for them on the Loose Lips blog this morning.

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

  • Geekeasy couldn't hack it. [Post]
  • Streetcars in 2013? Yeah right. [TBD]
  • Politics befuddle Silver Line's future. [Post]
  • The house in a museum. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C. trees could use a little help. [DCist]
  • The building called The Place. [DCMud]
  • Hotels, workers figure things out. [Post]
  • Gaming out the options for Poplar Point on the block. [R.U.SeriousingMe]
  • Neighboring ANC opposes McMillan development. [Bloomingdale]
  • Parsing the mayor's housing and jobs budget. [DCFPI]
  • D.C., the City of the Future! [Washcycle]
  • What the District wants at 7th and Rhode Island. [EastShawDC]
  • Today on the market: Wonderfully wonderful.

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

  • The old-school classical theater of the Shenandoah Valley's American Shakespeare Center [Post]
  • Ian MacKaye's secret 50th birthday party [WTOP]
  • An early idea of what Capital Fringe will look like this year [GOG Blog]
  • Michael Kaiser: Arts leadership is like political leadership, or something. [HuffPo]
  • Homeless shelter N Street Village gets into the theater-production game: Fifteen homeless women perform monologues, vignettes, and music at the Kennedy Center. [Post]
  • Backstage at IOTA with Perfume Genius [All Our Noise]

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