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Two big items in today's print edition of Washington City Paper, on the streets now. The Spring Arts Guide contains all your culture needs—from Murder by Death to Glengarry Glen Ross. Meanwhile, Kriston Capps asks, "What ever happened to that giant bubble that was supposed to go around the Hirshorn?"

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Must-read: checks obtained by WCP show how alleged shadow campaign money man Jeff Thompson passed money through top lobbyist David Wilmot. [Loose Lips]
  • Public safety unions will believe Mayor Vince Gray's promised raises when they actually happen, and not before. [Examiner]
  • Judge not sure whether alleged Georgetown socialite wife murderer Albrecht Muth, hospitalized after a hunger strike, can be his own attorney at trial. [Post]
  • Reporters fight to open Chandra Levy hearings. [Post]
  • Arlington public records rules: pricey. [WAMU]
  • Stop allegedly making fire bombs, NoVa teens. [WTOP]
  • Bladensburg Rd. robber goes back to the well, or 7-Eleven, one too many times. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY: Photo of the Day: Woman With Backpack.

TOPA's Company: Residents in one of the District's last room houses want to make it tenant-owned.

Kids These Days: A straight version of gay hook-up app Grindr is titillating Washington's college students.

Double Time: Opening one restaurant is tough. Chef Frederik de Pue wants to open two.

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

  • Michael Brown: "I want to go back to the John A. Wilson Building so [that] I can continue to be the 'conscience of the council.'" [Informer]
  • We're heading for a parking crisis! [Post]
  • Phil Mendelson to hold a hearing on disputed hospital contract. [Times]
  • New report says Gray administration is failing the city's homeless. [Post]
  • Auditors find nagging problems at CFO's office. [Post]
  • Charter schools growing at fast clip, DCPS not so much. [Post]
  • Public employee unions skeptical of Vince Gray's promises about pay raises. [Examiner]
  • Anacostia on the rise. [Informer]

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

  • It's tough for homeless families to get shelter without a lawyer. [Post]
  • Public school enrollment rate has its largest increase in 40 years. [Hill Rag]
  • Darrell Issa wants to take a stab at D.C. budget autonomy next month. [Roll Call]
  • Hell, even Belarus thinks we ought to have voting rights. [DCist]
  • More details on the mixed-use building coming to Adams Morgan's Ontario Theater. [UrbanTurf]
  • RIP, NextBus DC. Welcome, BusTrackDC. [DCist]
  • Temporary Capitol Riverfront parking lots will stay temporary lots for another five years. [WBJ]
  • The GSA should follow its own rules. [Atlantic Cities]
  • CityCenter likely to announce big international hotel tenant in March. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: It ain't luxury, but here's a single-family home for under $150k

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

  • The Cool 'Disco' Dan documentary helps one woman find the breakdancing instructor she's been searching for [Post]
  • The Hive 2.0 incorporates an arts center [Washington City Paper]
  • All this radio report says about Bad Brains is: Wow, can you believe they're black? [WPGC]
  • This guy is really, really bummed about the closing of Video Americain's Takoma Park location [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • First Baptist Church gets a new pipe organ [Post]
  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center director Susie Farr wins Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award [Clarice Smith Center]

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

  • A complete guide to all things doughnut [Express]
  • Aroma Espresso Bar opening in Bethesda's Westfield Montgomery Mall [Bethesda Mag]
  • Pho 14 hoping to open in Van Ness next week [PoPville]
  • Everything you need to know about eating Peking duck for the Chinese New Year [Eater]
  • TakEATEasy opens Friday at 1990 M St. NW [Borderstan]
  • Ten vegetarian dishes to try [Washingtonian]

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