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D.C.'s subculture for "bears"—gay men who are hairier and larger than average—is booming. But can a once-alternative lifestyle that's now mainstream remain true to its origins?

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. cops start using new breathalyzers. [Examiner]
  • Old Ebbitt Grill putting AP stories on receipts. [Post]
  • Will Bob McDonnell eliminate his state's gas tax? [WTOP]
  • Bathroom break leads to alleged burglar's capture. [Post]

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

  • Vince Gray wants to have dispassionate discussion about the Pigskin's racist name. [Post]
  • Irv Nathan to decide whether David Gregory faces charges. (Hint: he won't.) [Post]
  • Anonymous city employee dislikes Mary Cheh's proposal for healthier vending machine options. [Examiner]
  • ANC commissioner Francis Campbell says he's running for Ward 6 seat in 2014. [Informer]
  • D.C. has fancy new breathalyzers. [Examiner]
  • Nathan personally weighing in on speed camera ticket. [Times]
  • Meet the former DCPS principal who Kaya Henderson says is a greedy liar. [Taking Note]

 

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

  • Traffic deaths in D.C. are down 73 percent since 2001. [WJLA]
  • Have an AP story with your overpriced Eggs Chesapeake. [Post]
  • Forensic lab design brings in sunlight without heat. [Architect]
  • A Q&A with the Michelle Rhee documentary reporter. [EdMedia Commons]
  • Why Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to tax hybrids—and why it's a bad idea. [Atlantic Cities]
  • D.C.'s $5,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit could make a comeback. [UrbanTurf]
  • NPR building set for April demolition. [WBJ]
  • The unsung heroes behind CaBi. [GGW]
  • Rents fall in NoMa, upper Northwest, rise in Capitol Riverfront and Logan/Dupont. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Renovated rowhouse in Trinidad

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

 

  • The musical performances at the Presidential Inauguration have been announced. Obama favorites James Taylor and Beyoncé will perform "America the Beautiful" and the National Anthem, respectively, while surprising choice Kelly Clarkson will sing "My Country Tis Of Thee." Poet Richard Blanco will also read at the swearing-in ceremony. [Wall Street Journal, Post]
  • Start planning alternate routes through downtown this weekend: The BET Honors are at the Warner Theatre and streets around the venue will be closed through Sunday morning. [WJLA]
  • The Post editors pick their favorite books about D.C., including works by Katherine Graham and George Pelecanos, as well as former Top Chef contestant Carla Hall. [Post]

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

  • Behind the Hawaiian food at Hogo [Express]
  • Chef Geoff's Geoff Tracy gives a TED talk [Washingtonian]
  • Five D.C. drinking resolutions [Drink DC]
  • Bob Kinkead to open Ancora inside the Watergate [Post]
  • Korean fried chicken spot BonChon closes in Annandale [Patch]
  • Hanoi House starts offering carryout [PoPville]
  • A preview of Spring cookbooks [Eater]

The musical performances at the Presidential Inauguration have been announced. Obama favorites James Taylor and Beyoncé will perform "America the Beautiful" and the National Anthem, respectively, while surprising choice Kelly Clarkson will sing "My Country Tis Of Thee." Poet Richard Blanco will also read at the swearing-in ceremony. [Wall Street Journal, Post]

Start planning alternate routes through downtown this weekend: The BET Honors are at the Warner Theatre and streets around the venue will be closed through Sunday morning. [WJLA]

The Post editors pick their favorite books about D.C., including works by Katherine Graham and George Pelecanos, as well as former Top Chef contestant Carla Hall. [Post]

The musical performances at the Presidential Inauguration have been announced. Obama favorites James Taylor and Beyoncé will perform "America the Beautiful" and the National Anthem, respectively, while surprising choice Kelly Clarkson will sing "My Country Tis Of Thee." Poet Richard Blanco will also read at the swearing-in ceremony. [Wall Street Journal, Post]

Start planning alternate routes through downtown this weekend: The BET Honors are at the Warner Theatre and streets around the venue will be closed through Sunday morning. [WJLA]

The Post editors pick their favorite books about D.C., including works by Katherine Graham and George Pelecanos, as well as former Top Chef contestant Carla Hall. [Post]

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