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The District health insurance chief is unsure if he wants to allow residents to keep their health insurance plans that won't comply with Obamacare for another year. Because of an uproar over canceling individual insurance policies, President Barack Obama said Thursday that he would allow states to extend existing policies through 2014.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Metro General Manager Richard Sarles apologized to Red Line passengers for two straight days of significant delays during the morning commute hours. [Post]
  • One person was fatally stabbed outside Macombo Lounge on Georgia Avenue NW. [WJLA]
  • D.C. is the No. 1 millennial destination. [Wall Street Journal]
  • GW students are really, really sad about the CapMac food truck closing down. [Hatchet]

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Nightlife Destination: T.G.I. Friday's is opening in Columbia Heights, and—its strip-mall reputation notwithstanding—it wants to be a more cosmopolitan nightlife spot.

Concrete Twitter: Twitter will open a downtown 15th Street NW office in early 2014.

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

  • Attorney General Irv Nathan suggests resolving Jeff Thompson documents dispute with Ron Machen, Machen's office not impressed. [Post]
  • Metro GM Richard Sarles apologizes after Red Line screw-ups. [WAMUWBJPost]
  • Rumors abound about future of MPD's gay liaison unit. [Blade]
  • D.C. health exchange boss conflicted over Barack Obama's healthcare announcement. [Post]
  • Council chair Phil Mendelson on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show at noon. [WAMU]
  • Chuck Thies: time for Vince Gray to make a decision. [NBC 4]
  • 15th Street NW bike lane surfacing ends. [WAMU]
  • Post ed board says Nathan should hand over the emails. [Post]
  • Housing Complex's Aaron Wiener helps jay-walkers beat the rap. [Housing Complex]
  • Millennials can't get enough of D.C. [WAMU]
  • The Daily Caller discovers Andy Shallal. [Daily Caller]
  • Twitter moves into the 1776 tech building. [Housing Complex]
  • Can Shaw stay affordable? [WTOP]
  • LivingSocial puzzles out its two-day server crash. [WBJ]

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

  • D.C. is No. 1 in millennial attraction. [WSJ]
  • Metro mulls dedicated bus lanes on H and I streets NW. [PlanItMetro]
  • That study should prompt DDOT to consider these options. [GGW]
  • The various triggers for H Street NE development. [RPitUS]
  • ANC OKs 71-unit Dupont condo project. [UrbanTurf]
  • AAA's John Townsend apologizes to David Alpert over insulting comments. [GGW]
  • A tour of Buzzard Point. [Post]
  • Metro chief: Response to Red Line delays was "not acceptable." [DCist]

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

  • Can Anchorman help save the Newseum? [Post]
  • Anchorman exhibit enables idiotic Anchorman quoting. [Post]
  • T.G.I. Fridays wants to be a cluuuub; senior citizens protest. [City Desk]
  • After incident in D.C., Chris Brown checks out of rehab. [WJLA]
  • Gibson Guitar Room hosts a free dental clinic for musicians. [D.C. Music Download]
  • A history of Georgetown movie theaters [Greater Greater Washington]
  • TheatreWashington now has a cookbook. [D.C. Theatre Scene]

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

  • Today's CapMac's last day. "'Tell me your lying!’ ‘This isn’t fair!'” GW University students say. [GW Hatchet]
  • Bar star Jeff Faile leaves Fiola and Casa Luca for Neighborhood Restaurant Group. [Post]
  • Tobacco makes its way into cocktails. [Express]
  • Pastry chef Jason Gehring parts ways with Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. [Eater]
  • An early look at Iron Gate, opening next week. [Washingtonian]
  • Taxpayers are subsidizing fancy grocery stores to open in locations where they already want to open. [Housing Complex]
  • T.G.I. Friday's clashes with Columbia Heights residents at neighborhood meeting. [City Desk]
  • DGS Delicatessen marks one year anniversary with new special. [Zagat]
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