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The District's ubiquitous traffic cams are paying off. Speed camera revenue more than doubled in 2012 compared to 2011,  jumping to $95.6 million.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Is D.C. still sucking the rest of the country dry? [NYT]
  • Who will get the FBI? [WTOP]
  • Metro budget fishiness [Examiner]
  • Missing PCP blamed for last murder of 2012. [Times]
  • The Pimp on the Pike soon to be the Pimp in Prison. [NBC]

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Arts Move: The Washington Project for the Arts is moving to the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

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

  • Mary Cheh and Phil Mendelson headed to White House today to talk license plates. [Fox5]
  • New ethics board: D.C.'s current code of conduct rules are "absurd." [Examiner]
  • Speed camera revenues more than double in 2012. [Times]
  • Jonetta: Statehood efforts have so far been ridiculous. [Examiner]
  • No flu epidemic in D.C. ... yet, says Vince Gray. [Post]

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

  • Near Southeast residents dream of their own Union Market. [JDLand]
  • Rent an entire hotel for inauguration. [DCist]
  • How the federal government helped make D.C. what it is. [NYTimes]
  • Maryland has the best schools in the country; D.C.'s No. 45. [Education Week]
  • The zoning update: not just for the young. [GGW]
  • The most expensive neighborhood in the region is...Falls Church. [WBJ]
  • Is an Apple store coming to CityCenter? [Post]
  • Condos may be coming atop a Dupont office building. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Bloomingdale condos

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

  • Coming this summer to the National Gallery of Art: a huge multimedia exhibit about the famed Ballets Russes. [Post]
  • Former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett explains why his new show, 1600 Penn, is unlike any other sitcom on television, regardless of how much it might remind viewers of VEEP. [DCist]
  • After 29 years, Politics & Prose founder Barbara Meade announced her retirement. [PoPville]
  • The Newseum is restructuring its staff for the fourth time since reopening in 2008. Sixteen positions were eliminated earlier this week. [WJLA]

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

  • Signs of a true dive bar [Drink DC]
  • Top five spots in northern Virginia for hot pot [NoVa Mag]
  • Sugar Plum Thai in Alexandria looks as good as it tastes. [Washingtonian]
  • Best beers of 2012 [DC Beer]
  • People try to bribe the hosts at Founding Farmers about twice a week. [Eater]
  • Tom Sietsema gives DGS Delicatessen two stars. [Post]
  • More details on the Shaw supper club from GoodWood's owners. [Borderstan]

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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