District Line Daily: Metro Rebate
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to email@example.com.
A Monday mystery: Why are so few people taking advantage of a $3 rebate on new SmarTrip cards?
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- David Gregory won't learn his lesson. [City Desk]
- Metro wants to hire 327 more employees. [Examiner]
- Inauguration store opens downtown. [WTOP]
- Council taking another shot at failed bills. [Examiner]
- Fairfax County wants its own license plate. [Post]
- D.C. Councilmembers not into inauguration. [Examiner]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: Page Three.
Light One Up: Sharing marijuana at a Washington dinner party isn't complicated, says D.C. society maven Sally Quinn.
Pay Up: Embattled financier Jeff Thompson owes up to $3.8 million to his old health-care firm, according to District officials.
Tops in Tech: Washington is one of the country's new tech hot spots, according to Forbes.
Red Palace to Red Sauce: Failed H Street NE burlesque bar Red Palace is being replaced by Vendetta, a new Italian restaurant with a "Vespa bar" and bocce.
County Beats: Seventeen-year-old Jay Verze offers rap from Baltimore—the county, not the city.
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mary Cheh inquired about possible police escort for her trip from Wilson Building to White House. [Post]
- Colby King tells Jack Evans to wake up earlier. [Post]
- IG busts another CFO parking scofflaw. [Examiner]
- Michelle Rhee is not a cheater. [Post]
- President Barack Obama gives no guarantees about using "Taxation" license plates. [Post]
- Rhee still an educelebrity. [Post]
- David Catania has no plans to reinvestigate alleged test-score cheating. [Post]
- DCPS test scores survive another investigation. [Post]
- Councilmembers not enthusiastic about inaugural balls. [Examiner]
- DCGOP "cementing their reputation as one of the most gay-friendly local GOP committees in the nation." [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? email@example.com )
- Ten real estate projects to watch in 2013 (if you count, say, the Old Post Office and St. Es as one project). [Post]
- CFO warns against proposed Basilica tax exemption. [WBJ]
- A mystery restaurant is coming to the Uniontown space in Anacostia. [DCist]
- The battle over a Connecticut Avenue NW development heats up. [WJLA]
- Metro paid out $1.6 million to settle claims from the 2009 Red Line crash. [Post]
- Memorials that might have been [WBJ]
- The Anacostia Playhouse aims for an early April opening. [Hill Rag]
- A pair of critiques of the New York Times Magazine story on D.C.'s economic strength. [DCist, WBJ]
- Today on the market: Swanky Kalorama condo
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Nelson Pressley: "... the National [Theatre] is a low-budget, skeletal operation that maintains a handful of outreach operations to help justify its not-for-profit status. Rent doesn’t seem to be an issue. Bottom line: When the theater is dark, no one really loses money." [Post]
- Furniture magnate Mitchell Gold and his former Smithsonian researcher husband Tim Gold have thrown their support behind opening an LGBT museum in Washington [Post]
- Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith helps plan a gun-control rally on the National Mall Jan. 26 [Washingtonian]
- Stevie Wonder, Usher, Alicia Keys, and other pop stars to perform in Washington for the Presidential Inauguration [Post]
- D.C.-born actress Marjuan Canady talks about her Caribbean folklore-inspired play, Callaloo, which opened and closed at the Ellington school last weekend [The Root D.C.]
- "Naked Girls Reading" comes to Little Miss Whiskey's [Pink Line Project]
- Click through this slideshow if you weren't already aware that Hollywood is obsessed with Washington politics [Post]
- Killa Cal releases Capital Punishment mixtape. [Examiner.com]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Why bartenders should stop making up cocktails [Table Matters]
- Substitute beers for the White House Honey Ale [Washingtonian]
- Inaugural Brewers Ball at ChurchKey [DC Beer]
- The food scene makes D.C. one of 46 places to go in 2013 [NYT]
- Memphis Barbecue closes, at least temporarily. [ARLnow]
- Cocktails by president [Post]
- Mi Cuba Cafe opens in Columbia Heights. [PoPville]