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District Line Daily: Big Day for Kwame Brown

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Today could be the end of the scandal of disgraced ex-Council Chairman Kwame Brown. Brown is scheduled to be sentenced today on felony bank fraud charges, but prosecutors have asked that he only serve six days in jail, broken up over weekends.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Alternative currencies circulating in the D.C. area [Post]
  • Teen lovers allegedly plotted to kill D.C. cab driver. [Times]
  • Montgomery County bus rapid transit too expensive, says county exec. [Examiner]
  • Not every inauguration hotel room is full. [Post]

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Delicious Deli: DGS Delicatessen, set to open in Dupont Circle tomorrow, promises to bring the Jewish deli tradition to Washington.

Power Rankings: Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan are lagging behind other Washington neighborhoods, according to one analyst.

Canal Park, Revealed: Mayor Vince Gray will cut the ribbon on Capitol Riverfront's Canal Park Friday. Before he does, a sneak preview.

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

  • Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown to be sentenced today. [Post]
  • Tough federal judge might give him more than six days in jail. [Examiner]
  • DCPS to announce school closure list today. [Post]
  • But what about school boundaries? [Examiner]
  • Why no D.C. flag at military events? [Times]
  • Hacker who posted Vince Gray's personal info to get probation. [DCist]
  • Fire chief wants more paramedics on the street during peak hours. [WUSA9]
  • D.C. WWI memorial to remain D.C.'s. [NBC4]

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

  • Calculating the cost of the Height Act [Economist]
  • There are still a few hotel rooms available for inauguration. [Post]
  • Guy who lost $2 billion says the housing market's in great shape. [WSJ]
  • Ten years of changes at Capper/Carrollsburg, in photos. [JDLand]
  • D.C.-area home sales have their best October in three years. [UrbanTurf]
  • America's wealth and population are unusually concentrated in its big cities. [McKinsey]
  • List of closing D.C. schools is expected today. [Post]
  • Weigh in on the CSX bridge and parks today. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Dupont condo for under 300k

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

  • Talking to Wils Wilson, director of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, which starts tonight at the Bier Baron Tavern. What's special about performing in a tavern? "The audience sees the actors up close, the sweat on their brows." [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • John Davis and Chris Richards, both formerly of Q and Not U, plan to digitally release a full-length from their collaborative project Paint Branch in 2013. [Title Tracks]
  • Beatport names U Street Music Hall's sound system the second best in America [Beatport]
  • Richard Florida uses Myspace data to map music scenes in American urban centers, including D.C. [Atlantic Cities]
  • The Dismemberment Plan puts its entire discography—with lyrics and YouTube videos—on its website. (On Facebook, frontman Travis Morrison says, "I'm sure it looks like ass on mobile. We're working on that.") [Dismemberment Plan]
  • 101-year-old Arlington resident Martha Ann Miller publishes her autobiography [Post]
  • Music school Bach to Rock opens a franchise in Philadelphia [Washington Business Journal]
  • Washington Post Fiction Editor Ron Charles documents the process of reviewing a book on a Kindle; concludes he wouldn't like to do that again [Post]

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

  • Where to order your Thanksgiving dinner to go [Washingtonian]
  • Sneak peek of Park Tavern in Canal Park [Housing Complex]
  • Brickside Food & Drink coming to Bethesda. [Post]
  • Q&A with Jacques and Claudine Pepin at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show [The Plate]
  • New Tex-Mex spot called Dos Amigos comes to Old Town Alexandria. [Thrillist]
  • The story behind Bakehouse, coming to 14th and T streets NW [Borderstan]

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