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We asked, they answered—20 interviews with people who make D.C. what it is. Check out our inaugural People Issue. And pick up a print copy for all the gorgeous portraits.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A new auto-enforcement camera campaign that would ticket drivers for lesser violations—like not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign or not yielding for a pedestrian in a crosswalk—kicks off this week. [News4]
  • Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser will start a new job at the University of Maryland when he retires from his current gig in 2014. He will lead the DeVos Institute of Arts Management beginning Sept. 1, 2014. [Arts Desk]
  • The D.C. fire department may soon encrypt some of its radio transmissions in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting. [Loose Lips]
  • The mother of the woman stabbed to death outside of Macombo Lounge strip club in 16th Street Heights wants to see justice. [Post]

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

Open for Music: Bohemian Caverns and Tap & Parlour will reopen this week—six weeks after a car rammed into and forced it to close for repairs.

Let Them Eat!: The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted to renew the East Dupont Circle liquor moratorium for another three years, but it modified it to lift the ban on restaurants. 

Truck Down: Food truck Cirque Cuisine will shutter this week, citing new food truck regulations as the reason.

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

  • Vince Gray announces $187 million for affordable housing. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • WCP's People Issue is here! Featuring taxi commish Ron Linton and councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie and David Grosso. [WCP]
  • Ron Machen won't be rushed. [LLPost]
  • Fire department could encrypt some transmissions. [LL, Post, WAMU]
  • Gray says planning commission's rejection of Height Act changes was "disappointing." [WBJ]
  • D.C. still wants some control over building height. [Housing Complex]
  • Prosecutors want company tied to alleged Options charter scheme to start paying back money. [Post]
  • Gray gets a health exchange factcheck from the Business Journal. [WBJ]
  • Marc Morgan—Republican, gay ANC commissioner–enters the at-large race. [Blade]
  • No leads in death of transportation planner Ron Kirby. [WTOP]
  • ABC Board lifts East Dupont liquor license ban for restaurants and liquor stores. [City Desk]

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

  • Vince Gray on the NCPC's Height Act decision: "People don't like change." [WBJ]
  • New buildings and businesses create tension in Brookland. [Post]
  • East Dupont liquor moratorium extended, but cap on restaurants is lifted. [City Desk]
  • Former Hilton in Dupont goes boutique. [WBJ]
  • Homeless advocates want the city to do more for homeless youth. [DCist]
  • Drivers, prepare to get ticketed by cameras for a whole slew of new infractions. [NBC4]
  • Today on the market: Georgetown rowhouse—$999,990

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypape

  • Bohemian Caverns will reopen this week. [Arts Desk]
  • Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser plans to retire early, move his DeVos Institute to University of Maryland. [Arts Desk]
  • The Office of Planning wants to bring art, design to office lobbies. [East City Art]
  • President Obama loves to belt it out. [WJLA]
  • Ne-Yo was here. [Post]
  • Look: Photos of GEMS at U Street Music Hall [All Things Go]

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

  • The ultimate D.C. guide to impressing your visiting parents [BYT]
  • Bailey's Sports Grille closes in Crystal City. [ARLnow]
  • Mark Courseille is the new pastry chef at Et Voila!. [Eater]
  • Bartender Owen Thomson joins Bar Pilar and Café Saint-Ex. [Post]
  • DC Noodles close to reopening on U Street NW. [PoPville]
  • Where to celebrate Hanukkah and Thanksgivukkah in D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • Restaurants pull together typhoon relief. [Zagat]
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