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One day later, Rusty the red panda is safe and snug at the National Zoo. As for Rusty's imagination-capturing flight to Adams Morgan yesterday? City Paper's Dan Singer has the play-by=play.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The man arrested in connection with the stabbings of four women in Petworth appeared in court yesterday. [WJLA]
  • The D.C. government will rake in about $600 million more revenue than previously expected over the next five years, according to CFO Natwar M. Gandhi. [Washington Post]
  • Two weeks after a cyclist was beaten on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, the Washington Area Bicyclists Association is launching a program to put rangers on D.C.'s off-road biking paths. [WJLA]
  • Adding to former councilman Michael Brown's woes, the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability is now investigating his failure to file campaign finance forms last year. [Washington Times]
  • Nearly 10,000 new apartments have been added to the D.C. market since the beginning of 2012, a boon for local renters. [Washington Post]

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

Another One Bites the Dust: Yet another straw donor tied to contractor Jeffrey Thompson pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions yesterday.

Rammy Roundup: Things stayed relatively cool at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's awards ceremony this weekend, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty to gossip about.

And Then There Were Three: Two more of the original nine teams looking to develop the former site of Walter Reed Medical Center have dropped out. Luckily for those with food on the brain, a Wegmans at Walter Reed is still on the table.

Rockin' Research: An interview with D.C. punk activist Mark Anderson about his upcoming book on The Clash during the mid-1980s.

Photo of the Day: The one guy in Farragut Square who's not carrying a briefcase.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • CFO projects another budget surplus. [Post]
  • Jeff Thompson-tied Pennsylvanian pleads guilty to acting as a straw donor. [PostTimesLL]
  • Pigskins name beloved. [Post]
  • What's the Post's beef with Baltimore? [New Republic]

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

  • Western Development dropped out of Walter Reed competition over scheduling disagreement. [WBJ]
  • We're rich! [Post]
  • Zoning rewrite opponents: Change the code! Wait, stop changing the code! [GGW]
  • Columbia Heights residents: Hey fire engines, turn it down! [New Columbia Heights]
  • Atlantic Plumbing demolished. [PoPville]
  • Scottish Rite Temple not actually required by law to wipe out its green space. [BorderstanHousing Complex]
  • Mail delivery by streetcar. [Ghosts of DC]
  • WABA trail ranger program has begun. [DCist]
  • How did U Street become Black Broadway? Camp Barker. [Borderstan]
  • Huzzah! D.C.'s no longer one of the five most expensive housing markets. [WBJ]
  • Before the restaurant invasion, a military invasion of H Street. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: Waterfront co-op

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

  • Apparently, artists live here. [Post]
  • Channing Tatum—whom Arch Campbell oddly describes as a former "male dancer," though I think he means ex-stripper—comes to K Street with Jamie Foxx. [WJLA]
  • Ian Svenonius drops wisdom. [The Quietus]
  • DCist Exposed is now year-round. [Borderstan]
  • Chris Richards shows some love to D.C. punk band Priests. [Post]

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

  • Twelve hotel restaurants worth visiting [Eater]
  • Five things to try at Quench [Girl Meets Food]
  • Flatbread and a $1,400 bottle of Château Haut-Brion at Decanter[Washingtonian]
  • Cheese and cocktails apparently pair well. [Drink DC]
  • Arlington restaurant tax increases to 10 percent. [ARLnow]
  • Plans for Michel Richard's New York restaurant and pastry shop unveiled. [Post]
  • Seven uncommon barbecue dishes to try around D.C. [Zagat]
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