District Line Daily: He’s Back
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good news for Pigskins fans: injured quarterback Robert Griffin III will probably be able to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Longer Metro trains take a holiday break. [Examiner]
- D.C.'s school lunch program losing more than $10 million a year. [Post]
- Mayor Vince Gray having trouble getting D.C. Council approval on traffic items. [Examiner]
- RGIII fined for attending press conference wearing clothes from non-NFL sponsor. [WTOP]
- Alleged Georgetown murder suspect Albrecht Muth fit to stand trial. [City Desk]
- Ahead of the NRA's big Friday press conference, a melancholy mood at its NoVa museum. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: Page Three Photo.
New Council Candidate: Ex-Washington City Paper Loose Lips and Washington Post reporter Elissa Silverman announced her run for the spring at-large election yesterday.
Rotten Apples?: Emails from an anonymous ex-employee at the Bethesda Apple store reveal machinations between D.C. metro area locations.
So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish Eggs: What's hot at local restaurants' Mayan apocalypse celebrations? Caviar, caviar, caviar.
Take That, Syrup People: New Census data reveals that the District now has more people than Wyoming and Vermont. Not that the new increased population does much for voting rights.
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? email@example.com)
- Officials keep pushing back the date in which they might explain what happened to the $4 million in financial irregularities at Jeff Thompson's Medicaid company. [WBJ]
- David Catania is "so excited" to be leading the city's education committee. Tommy Wells is the new judiciary committee boss. [Post]
- Muriel Bowser now boss of economic development committee, making her the development community's new best friend. [WBJ]
- Yvette Alexander is new health committee chairman, which may impact the forthcoming health insurance exchange. [WBJ]
- DCPS food contract is an "abomination" that is way over budget. [Examiner]
- Fired UDC president Allen Sessoms isn't going without a fight, wants his $295,000-a-year salary. [Post]
- Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown starts a consulting firm. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org )
- NoMa's 1st Street NE comes into its own. [Curbed]
- Old City Green will reopen on Rhode Island Avenue NW in March. [Borderstan]
- 168 bids for a house on 4th Street NE [Post]
- D.C.'s hidden gems, sans tourists. [Scout Mob]
- Dan Tan talks Federal Triangle South and Hoover Building. [WBJ]
- Zoning Commission to consider office building at M and South Capitol SE. [JDLand]
- Nearby, a 13-story luxury apartment building gets its construction permit. [WBJ]
- D.C.'s no longer leading the pack in economic recovery. [Brookings]
- More crosswalks, shorter bike lanes in New Jersey Ave NW redesign. [GGW]
- Today on the market: Brick beauty in Anacostia
ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? email@example.com)
- Before their show at Comet, dance rockers Heavy Breathing talk about their sound and their decision to perform without a regular vocalist. [DCist]
- The owners of Takoma Park's Video Americain discuss the store's last days and the importance of movies in general. [Post]
- Local musicians share their favorite songs and musical moments from the year. [We Love DC]
- It's hard to believe but Rockville art gallery VisArts has been around for a quarter century. To celebrate, gallery founders Judy Greenberg and Jack Rasmussen have curated "Review Renew," a show featuring current and not so current works by local artists. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Where to eat in Reagan National Airport [Eater]
- Tom Sietsema's top newcomers of 2012 [Post]
- St. Regis hotel bar undergoing renovations [Washingtonian]
- First peek at Batter Bowl Bakery, coming to H Street NE [Frozen Tropics]
- Progress at Bakehouse and Taqueria Nacional building [PoP]
- 19 hours with Neighborhood Restaurant Group pastry chef Tiffany MacIsacc [NoVa Mag]