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Rives Miller Grogan, the tree-climbing protester who tried to shout down the inauguration, has been banned from the entire District.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Businesses fighting new CBE rules. [Loose Lips]
  • New David Catania bill could make parents criminally liable for truant children. [Post]
  • Area condo demand spiking. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh wants mug shots to be publicly available. [Times]
  • Maryland law on using a phone while driving could get tougher. [Examiner]
  • New Orleans bounce performer Big Freedia is in D.C. tonight. [Arts Desk]

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

  • David Catania wants to punish the parents of habitual truants. [Post]
  • Kenyan McDuffie wants to mandate campaign finance training. [Examiner]
  • Mary Cheh wants mugshots made public. [Examiner]
  • Cops might be getting new contract. [Examiner]
  • Vince Gray's state of the District speech will be February 5th. [Post]
  • It's time to sign up for summer jobs. [Post]

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

  • A novel idea: public transit for your car. [Atlantic Cities]
  • A look at the new residential building coming to Waterfront Station [Southwest Quadrant]
  • Petworth house draws more than 60 bidders, brings 2,340 percent return on investment. [PoP]
  • MoCo struggles with planned second entrance to Bethesda Metro. [GGW]
  • D.C. gets an Airbnb for event spaces. [UrbanTurf]
  • Potomac Avenue used to be Georgia Avenue, but Georgians appalled at its condition had the name changed. [Ghosts of DC]
  • The price of home sales had its biggest jump last year in eight years. [WBJ]
  • The D.C. region is working on more big transit projects than any other U.S. city. Here's a list. [Reconnecting America]
  • Today on the market: Two-level AdMo condo

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

  • The U.S. Marine Band says Beyoncé lip-synched the National Anthem at Monday's inauguration, and the backpedaling begins! [WJLA]
  • In a blog post that declares poetry dead, Post humor blogger Alexandra Petri manages to enrage poets and mailmen alike: "Poets are like the Postal Service—a group of people sedulously doing something that we no longer need, under the misapprehension that they are offering us a vital service." [Post]
  • The March on Washington for Gun Control, planned in part by Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith, takes place this Saturday. [Post]
  • Al Green turned down an invitation to sing at the presidential inauguration [AP via Huffington Post]
  • Smithsonian curators scout the inauguration for artifacts to put in the forthcoming Museum of African American History and Culture [AP via Huffington Post]
  • The Post's Phil Kennicott on lip-synching: "It’s fraud, pure and simple, and serious musicians shouldn't do it." [Phil Kennicott]
  • After retiring from Politics & Prose, co-founder Barbara Meade is blunt about what she won't miss about the book biz. [Post]
  • Dish Network closes 300 additional Blockbuster stores [ABC News]
  • Brightest Young Things makes a list of the top 25 DMV artists to watch this year [Brightest Young Things]
  • Mayor Vince Gray will deliver his State of the District address Feb. 5 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. [Art 202]
  • Herndon's Elden Street Players change name to NextStop Theatre, go pro [Washington Business Journal]

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

  • Two groups petition for a a liquor license moratorium in the 14th Street NW and U Street area. [Borderstan]
  • How Ambar almost never happened [Post]
  • D.C. drugdealers stash cocaine in a Honey Bunches of Oats box. [City Desk]
  • Seoul Food truck is opening a restaurant in Silver Spring. [Washingtonian]
  • Rockville brewery launches a Kickstarter campaign. [DC Beer]
  • Food writer Monica Bhide is teaming up with Co Co. Sala on a new line of chocolates. [Eater]
  • Cork Wine Bar celebrates its five year anniversary [PoPville]

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