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District Line Daily: Property Taxes Fracas

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It's Wednesday, readers, which means you're only a day away from the print City Paper hitting the streets. Here's how to pass the time until then:

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A new investigation! This time, the FBI wants to know why Natwar Gandhi's office is settling so many property tax disputes. [Post]
  • Harry Jaffe on rising D.C. crime [Examiner]
  • With the limit on how many guns they can buy removed, Virginians buy a lot of guns. [Examiner]

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Photo of the Day: Camera Seizure.

Departing Diplomats: D.C. indie rock band The State Department is no more, but they've ended their run with a pay-what-you-want EP.

Gray Matter: Novelty mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown made his return to public life yesterday on Ron Moten's radio show. The takeaway: According to Sulaimon, Vince Gray is like accused Batman shooter James Holmes because, although they haven't been tried, we all know they're guilty.

Distillery Part Deux: D.C. got its first distillery in more than a century recently, and already there's a second one. A new distiller is looking for a warehouse to produce Filibuster whiskey.

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

  • FBI investigating why CFO's office is settling a lot more commercial property tax disputes than in years past. [Post]
  • Admitted straw donor and shadow campaign helper Jeanne Harris hit with $100,000 tax lien. [Times]
  • Harry Jaffe says Vince Gray is lucky he has a security detail to protect him from crime. [Examiner]
  • Marion Barry says he was robbed at gunpoint on New Year's Eve. [@marionbarryjr
  • President Obama doesn't want anything to do with D.C. Democrats. [WUSA9]
  • IG finds problems at homeless shelter. [Examiner]
  • Hacker(s) target DC government website. [Times]

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

  • Marvin Hamlisch, principal conductor of the NSO Pops orchestra between 2000 and 2011, has died at age 68. [WUSA 9]
  • Remembering Hamlisch, who could "get a little cocky," but with good reason [Post]
  • Sikh Temple shooter Wade Michael Page was in a band that released music on a racist Maryland label called Label 56. [Post]
  • BK Adams, the local artist known for his installations and his habit of riding around town on an artistically modified bicycle, has won the First Annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. [Washingtonian]
  • Parking attendants at Udvar-Hazy accused of stealing more than $400,000 from the Smithsonian. [DCist]
  • A Q&A with sideshow performer Mab, Just Mab [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Arch Campbell: Local movie theaters are "run by a bunch of teenagers who aren’t paying attention." [Washingtonian]
  • BYT agrees with me that Red Room is not douchey, but many other bars on their "Least Douchey Bars in D.C." list have high potential for future douchiness. [BYT]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Shake Shack opening in the International Spy Museum next summer. [Eater]
  • Caucus Room and Latin speakeasy Boveda coming to Westin Georgetown. [Washingtonian]
  • Bryan Voltaggio's Range in Chevy Chase delayed until mid-November. [Bethesda Magazine]
  • A' Lo Cubano and The Roving Italian food trucks coming soon. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Georgetown Cupcake has Shark Week cupcakes. [HuffPost]
  • Six D.C. dining annoyances [Zagat]
  • Two men arrested at Dulles airport for cocaine in Choco Panda boxes. [DCist]
  • French restaurant Le Grenier opening on H Street NE this month. [Twitter]
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