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District Line Daily: Shadow Campaign Returns

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Another development in the investigation of Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 shadow campaign: David Dzidzienyo, who ran Gray's field operations on the legit side, tells the Washington Post that he complained to Gray about the seemingly illicit shadow campaign. Gray's response, according to Dzidzienyo: "I don’t want to hear about problems."

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Nine suspects accused in Woodley Park stabbing over the weekend to appear in court today. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh wants a count of LGBT homeless youth. [Examiner]
  • Zoning ruling could eliminate almost 800 parking spots near FedEx Field. [Examiner]

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

SoMo Slammed: The Adams Morgan BID isn't happy about attempts to rename the neighborhood's southern end "SoMo."

Hotel Still Opposed: Adams Morgan residents opposed to the upcoming Marriott are planning to sue to stop it.

A.J. Cooper Different: Defeated at-large candidate A.J. Cooper is stunned that anyone would detect cynicism in his recent flip from independent to Democratic. "My intentions are pure," Cooper tells LL.

Extra Room: Columbia Heights' Room 11 is expanding its dining and bar options.

Beat by Beat: Washington City Paper hip-hop column DMV Beats continues to collect the best new tracks. This time: songs from F.A.M.E., Wale, and more.

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

  • Colby King says someone dropped out of a race in exchange for cash, doesn't say who [Post]
  • Vince Gray's field campaign manager goes public two years after mayoral race with concerns about shadow campaign [Post]
  • D.C. lottery boss is accused anonymously of a litany of sins, including forcing staff to grade college papers on government time [Times]
  • Softer, kinder school closings [Post]
  • Cops lose whistleblower case [Post]
  • Bed bugs at Metro [Examiner]
  • Wilson booted from Turkey Bowl [Examiner]

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

  • What happens to D.C.'s closing schools? [Post]
  • The city issues an RFP for a valuable lot north of U Street. [DCmud]
  • Redevelopment of Georgetown's West Heating Plant hampered by federal rules. [WBJ]
  • Ward 5 should move beyond opposition and fight for what it needs. [GGW]
  • Renderings of an eight-story condo building atop a three-story warehouse in Mt. Vernon Triangle. [DC Metrocentric]
  • Performance parking begins at H Street NE meters. [Hill Rag]
  • New screens let you set Metro delays before you pay. Next step: before you descend the escalator. [Examiner]
  • The Catholic University basketball team used to wear kneepads. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: Rental income in Trinidad

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

  • In its early years, Bikini Kill survived hurled bottles and obscenities at shows across the country. When the riot-grrrl band played its first show in D.C., says singer Kathleen Hanna, "It was like they had been waiting for us." Read this history of Bikini Kill's struggles with fear, anger, and the asphyxiating force that its own movement became for the world's most influential riot-grrrl band. [Post]
  • The National Gallery of Art gets its first Glenn Ligon painting [New York Times]
  • Politics & Prose scores a shout-out on Saturday Night Live [Post]
  • The flea-market Renoir saga shines a light on the frazzled relationship between donor families and the Baltimore Museum of Art [Post]
  • A 16-screen movie theater may open near Nationals Park. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Stephen Colbert is now in wax at Madame Tussauds. [Washingtonian]
  • The Post publishes its list of the best books of 2012 [Post]
  • Telling the story of the Pullman porters depicted in Arena's Pullman Porter Blues [Post]
  • Robert Bettmann asks whether the 2012 election had any impact on the D.C. arts community [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • The Dismemberment Plan's 10 best songs [Stereogum]

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

  • Goodbye, Twinkies [NYT]
  • Six secrets for the perfect pie crust [Post]
  • McFadden's urges customers to "drink like an Indian." [City Desk]
  • 12 new restaurants to try [Washingtonian]
  • Meridian Pint temporarily closed this week for renovations. [PoP]
  • National Museum of American history devotes new exhibit to food. [Eater]
  • Where to eat after ice skating [Urban Daddy]

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