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With Question 6 approved in Maryland, the Times reports that the state's wedding planners are bracing for a wave of new clients.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Dupont Circle bike groper pleads guilty. [Post]
  • GW admits accidentally inflating freshman class' credentials. [Post]
  • Montgomery County proposes bus rapid transit system. [WTOP]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Photo of the Day: Barbershop.

Top Chef Begins: The new season of Top Chef has started out tough for D.C. contestants, with one getting eliminated over an omelet.

LividSocial: LivingSocial fans and detractors are mixing it up in the comments on this week's cover story.

Gurley Surprise: What's behind Council chairman candidate Calvin Gurley earning around 57,000 votes, despite being practically unknown? Good campaigning, according to Gurley.

Free Vibrators: Trojan is set to give away vibrators downtown next week.

Sonic Circuits in the Red: The Sonic Circuits Festival is short $5,000 and asking supporters for help.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Is Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown going to run in the spring special? [Post]
  • D.C.'s health insurance market moving closer to reality [Times]
  • Public school closing list coming Tuesday [Post]
  • Next time remember that you get to vote for two at-large [DCist]
  • Barras: for all the money that's spent, D.C.'s schools stink [Examiner]
  • Way too many D.C. students are habitual truants [Post]
  • Federal oversight of special ed transportation ends [Post]
  • Jack Evans doesn't want a casino in D.C. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • Anthony Williams, Tom Davis, Alice Rivlin, et al. will testify before Council on budget autonomy today. [AP]
  • A nonprofit snatches up property by the Benning Road Metro. [WBJ]
  • The psychology of real estate, and the lucky number nine. [Trulia Trends]
  • Construction will begin next month on a 17th and O NW development. [Borderstan]
  • Here are 35 more condo projects coming to town. [UrbanTurf]
  • Inauguration, coming at you like a hurricane (when it comes to taxi fees). [WJLA]
  • Bloomingdale comes of age. [DCmud]
  • Who will take Michael Brown's place at the helm of the economic development committee? [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Truxton townhouse

ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Awesome Latin dance party Maracuyeah is taking the city by storm and people are beginning to notice. [Post]
  • Good news: Arlington Public Access is back on the air. You know you missed it. [ARLnow]
  • Don't trust the person who came to your door asking for money for a Dunbar High band trip. It might be a scam. [WJLA]
  • Further proof that the incentives are better in Virginia: Film and TV production in the commonwealth brought in $394.4 million last year, an increase of 14.5 percent over 2010. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Were you stuck in traffic on River Road yesterday morning? Blame Dame Judi Dench, who's filming a BBC production in Potomac. [Potomac Patch]
  • Yet again, the 9:30 Club was named the top club in the world. [Billboard]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Seven sexy female bartenders [Girl Meets Food]
  • Seasonal Pantry's Dan O'Brien cooked omelets everyday for a month after being kicked off Top Chef for one. [Washingtonian]
  • New regulations could limit downtown D.C. food trucks. [Post]
  • Giada De Laurentiis loves Graffiato. [The Plate]
  • Tecate "tower hour" at Judy Restaurant and Bar [Borderstan]
  • The story behind Kaya toast at Drafting Table [Express]

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