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District Line Daily: Couch Burning

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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Did you set fire to your couch after the Pigskins win Sunday? The Post told you not to! [Examiner]
  • MPD officer fighting speed-camera tickets could cost city $1.8 million. [Times]
  • New councilmember David Grosso to be sworn in. [Post]
  • Is Chief Cathy Lanier closing too many clubs? [Post]
  • What Harry Jaffe wants from Barack Obama. [Examiner]

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

Speak to Me of the Man, Muse: Local rapper Oddissee carried the Washington City Paper 2012 music critics' poll.

The Nom Nom Nominations: Food awards high and low in this year's Hungries.

What a Year!: Was 2012 at once the best and worst year for D.C. politics? Relive it all—Kwame Brown pushing and shoving his way out of office, Mary Cheh and Vince Gray breaking up for good—in the Loosies.

The Year in Real Estate: Winners and losers in the local real estate market in this year's Plexies awards.

J'accuse!: Embattled D.C. campaign money man Jeff Thompson says corruption in the District is preventing his health-care firm from getting contracts.

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

  • New York Times profiles Eric Payne, the man in the middle of the lottery contract imbroglio. [NYTimes]
  • Payne's adversary, Nat Gandhi, gets his own profile in the Post, albeit with no mention of the word "lottery." [Post]
  • Colby King predicts the feds will force two elected officials to resign and Nat Gandhi will quit too. [Post]
  • U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is moving back to Silver Spring, says he has no plans to resign. [Post]
  • MPD says city's speed camera program is unfair. [Times]
  • David Grosso to be sworn in today, rundown of new committee assignments. [Examiner]
  • Ron Moten says Grand Theft Auto video games make kids to violent things. [Post]
  • 2013 starts as 2012 did, with Vince Gray under federal investigation. [Examiner]
  • Police Chief Cathy Lanier closes 15 bars in 2012. [Post]
  • Barack Obama could be a better friend to the District. [Examiner]
  • Barbara Lett Simmons, former school board members, dies. [Post]
  • D.C. homicide rate lowest its been since 1963. [Homicide Watch]
  • DCPS parents putting together pitches to prevent their schools from closing. [Post]
  • "A former D.C. police officer who was twice fired after being observed in the company of a transvestite prostitute has been reinstated." [Examiner]

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

  • Kenilworth-Parkside gets a $25 million federal grant for cradle-to-career services. [Informer]
  • Renderings of the city's Frederick Douglass Bridge plans. [DCist]
  • Urban trends to leave behind in 2013. [Atlantic Cities]
  • RIP, NextBus app. [Examiner]
  • Douglas Development redesigns its parking-free project near the Potomac Avenue Metro stop. [WBJ]
  • A look at The Yards' big Parcel N building. [DCmud]
  • Lowe's will join Costco at Dakota Crossing. [WBJ]
  • Women are just 22.7 percent of bikers in D.C. WABA's trying to bring that number up. [WABA]
  • MPD arrest busts myth, proves that transit busts crime. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Cookie-cutter suburbia, Benning Ridge-style

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

  • R.I.P.: Dobro player, NEA National Heritage Fellow, and Seldom Scene member Mike Auldridge dies at age 73 [New York Times]
  • Is MPD Chief Cathy Lanier on a club-shuttering rampage? [Post]
  • Listen: Pinks Quieter blends pilfered go-go beats with ambient drones [Post]

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

  • The 10 best cookies ever [Girl Meets Food]
  • Best hangover foods in D.C. [DCist]
  • Best nightlife of 2012 [Post]
  • Belga chef Bart Vandaele talks about his time on Top Chef [Eater]
  • D.C.'s professional eaters rate the best and worst in dining [BYT]
  • The top five Vietnamese restaurants in the Washington area [Zagat]
  • Drinking highlights of 2012 [Drink DC]
  • Is Honey Pig Korean BBQ coming to H Street NE? [PoP]

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