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District Line Daily: Orange and the Rats

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Councilmember Vincent Orange helped keep open a wholesale food store run by a campaign contributor, even after health inspectors tried to close it for being covered in rat droppings. More at Titan of Trinidad, the Post, and the Examiner. For video of the store's rats looking as big as small children, WUSA9.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Pro-legal pot lawyer Paul Zukerberg first to file petitions for at-large Council run. [Examiner]
  • Animals left homeless by Hurricane Sandy now available for adoption in D.C. [WJLA]
  • Grim details in murder trial of MPD cop. [Post]
  • Councilmember David Catania winding down job with city contractor. [Post]
  • Metro train operator on leave after doors open on wrong side. [Examiner]

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

Photos of the Day: Paint Branch at Red Onion Records.

Marital Trouble for Ex-Mayor: Former mayor Adrian Fenty has separated from his wife, according to people close to Fenty.

Hate Crime Suspects on the Loose: D.C. police are investigating an anti-gay hate crime in Shaw Sunday evening.

The Road Not Read: If he had the time, Justin Moyer would read books about Martin Luther King Jr., a black woman's love of metal, heroin, and online poker.

Balkan Delight: With the opening of Ambar in Barracks Row, the District now has its first example of modern Balkan cuisine.

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

  • Vincent Orange helps rat-infested grocery store. [ToT]
  • David Catania no longer working at M.C. Dean. [Post]
  • Paul Zuckerberg, pro-pot lawyer, is first to file signatures for at-large race. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells warns firefighers against sick out on  inauguration day. [Examiner]
  • Lawsuit planned over school closings. [Examiner]

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

  • Mapping the vocabulary of urban planning. [Atlantic Cities]
  • It takes 8.5 minutes to cross a dangerous Rockville intersection legally. [GGW]
  • Marriott gets into the flexible workspace business. [citybizlist]
  • Uber gets into the taxi dispatch business. [City Desk]
  • D.C. homeowners are slaves to their mortgages. [WBJ]
  • 360˚ H Street will be ready for move-ins in March, with the Giant opening by May 1. [UrbanTurf]
  • The poster child of an Obama initiative returns to the market. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Dupont one-bedroom

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

  • More about Keegan Theatre's in-progress space at the Church Street Theatre [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • City Paper alum Katherine Boo is a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle award [Post]
  • A report and photos from the weekend's King of the Congas Battle in Lanham, Md. [Post]
  • Michael Kaiser defends the ensemble [Huffington Post D.C.]

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

  • A new generation confronts the unaffordable luxury of food [NYT]
  • Ripple chef Logan Cox is leaving D.C. for a west coast adventure. [Post]
  • Rose's Luxury will pop-up at Hogo. [Washingtonian]
  • Inauguration food and drink specials [Eater]
  • Six must-try tasting menus in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Inside Civil Cigar Lounge, now open [DCist]
  • Rat-infested grocery store gets a hand from a D.C. councilmember [City Desk]

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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