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A D.C. ethics board announced yesterday that there's "substantial evidence" Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham broke city conduct rules, prompting the Post ed board to argue Graham should resign.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Bogus gay-to-straight therapy taught in Prince George's schools. [City Desk]
  • Full cell phone coverage in Metro could take until 2016. [Examiner]
  • Today's weather: all the cold of the blizzard, not much of the snow. [Post]
  • Body found in Trinidad playground wearing just socks. [Post]
  • Old video shows then-Council Chairman Vince Gray delighted to see alleged shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson. [Loose Lips]
  • Woman drives car into Arlington Pizza Hut. [Examiner]
  • Surprising no one, Beloved not banned in Fairfax County schools after all. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY: Photo of the Day: Page Three Photo.

Pay to Play: Should D.C. rappers pay $1,000 to open for larger acts? Absolutely not, says rapper Head-Roc.

Stop, Thief: Bar Pilar's "Moscow Mule" copper mugs look cool, and that's exactly why customers love to steal them.

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

  • "Substantial" evidence Jim Graham broke city rules, ethics board finds, but there's no way to punish him. [Post]
  • So Graham should just resign instead, says Post editorial board. [Post]
  • Cathy Lanier keeps dissing Human Rights Watch report on sex crimes. Group wonders why Lanier won't share any data with them. [Times]
  • P.G. County's football team has a racist name. End of story. [WAMU]
  • Some campaign funds come from PACs. [Examiner]
  • Jonetta says D.C. Council too union-friendly. [Examiner]

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

  • The latest plans for the Uline Arena [UrbanTurf]
  • A heat map of rents in D.C. [We Love DC]
  • The Wisconsin Avenue NW road diet has some people fuming. [DCist]
  • Taxwise, you're better off in D.C. than the suburbs if you're rich, but not if you're poor. [Atlantic Cities]
  • George W. Bush's brother upgrades to a $3.8 million Arlington condo. [Curbed]
  • New townhouses are coming to 6th Street NW. [EastShawDC]
  • Some possible ways for Metro to increase trans-Potomac capacity. [GGW]
  • UDC is shaken by uncertainty about its future. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Modern Logan Circle condo

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

  • The nephew-in-law of Donald Byrd (founder of D.C. group The Blackbyrds) posted on Facebook that the jazz trumpeter died in Delaware on Monday, and blogs immediately began circulating his post as breaking news. But no media outlets have been able to confirm it with the musician's immediate family. Regardless, the Guardian ran an obit, acknowledging, basically, that he might not really be dead. Slow clap. [Guardian]
  • Know what else might not be dead? Poetry, says D.C. playwright Gwydion Suilebhan, after his  "poetry is dead" tweet went viral thanks to Alexandra Petri's widely mocked story about the art form's decline. He reconsiders, saying poetry has probably just been held captive, then goes on to say theater, too, needs a revolution to stay relevant to people's lives. [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Fairfax parent wants Toni Morrison's Beloved banned from schools [Post]
  • Art space Pleasant Plains Workshop expands into the now-closed Soul Vegetarian restaurant [Post]
  • How Arena Stage built an onstage pool for Metamorphoses [Post]
  • Can Olney's new artistic director, Jason Loewith, turn around the unadventurous theater company? [Post]
  • Something to consider before you name your play Motherfucking Fuckers Fucking Fuckadoo: Your promotional emails might land in people's spam folders [Post]
  • The people need community radio stations like WPFW, writes Sriram Gopal [Capital Bop]
  • The District wants public art for the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood [Art 202]
  • Ian Svenonius: "I feel that there’s a danger of rock 'n' roll becoming even more of a bundle of misguided clichés." [Pitchfork]
  • More photos from the final Sockets Records showcase last weekend [D.C. Music Download]
  • John Anderson explores uses of technology in the Smithsonian's ongoing Nam June Paik exhibit [Art in America]
  • Lovitt Records will release an Office of Future Plans split 7-inch with Daria [Dischord]
  • Watch (while baked): Aurora Halal's official video for Maxmillion Dunbar's "Loving the Drift" [YouTube]

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

  • Stephen Colbert takes on restaurants (like Cause) that give away their profits to charity. [Colbert Report]
  • How to actually make a reservation at Barmini [Eater]
  • What to expect from Brickside Food & Drink in Bethesda [Thrillist]
  • Where to buy chocolate for Valentine's Day [Washingtonian]
  • Where to celebrate Mardi Gras [Zagat]
  • Eight environmentally friendly liquors [Drink DC]
  • Yet another vegetarian restaurant bites the dust [PoPville]

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  • ThomThom

    To which of the following is Jim Graham planning a heretofore unplanned weekend getaway...

    Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo (Kinshasa), Congo (Brazzaville), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé & Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, Vietnam and Yemen.

    Feds! Grab the passport!

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