A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Monday mystery: Why are so few people taking advantage of a $3 rebate on new SmarTrip cards?
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- David Gregory won’t learn his lesson. [City Desk]
- Metro wants to hire 327 more employees. [Examiner]
- Inauguration store opens downtown. [WTOP]
- Council taking another shot at failed bills. [Examiner]
- Fairfax County wants its own license plate. [Post]
- D.C. Councilmembers not into inauguration. [Examiner]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Photo of the Day: Page Three.
Light One Up: Sharing marijuana at a Washington dinner party isn’t complicated, says D.C. society maven Sally Quinn.
Pay Up: Embattled financier Jeff Thompson owes up to $3.8 million to his old health-care firm, according to District officials.
Tops in Tech: Washington is one of the country’s new tech hot spots, according to Forbes.
Red Palace to Red Sauce: Failed H Street NE burlesque bar Red Palace is being replaced by Vendetta, a new Italian restaurant with a “Vespa bar” and bocce.
County Beats: Seventeen-year-old Jay Verze offers rap from Baltimore—the county, not the city.
LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? email@example.com)
- Mary Cheh inquired about possible police escort for her trip from Wilson Building to White House. [Post]
- Colby King tells Jack Evans to wake up earlier. [Post]
- IG busts another CFO parking scofflaw. [Examiner]
- Michelle Rhee is not a cheater. [Post]
- President Barack Obama gives no guarantees about using “Taxation” license plates. [Post]
- Rhee still an educelebrity. [Post]
- David Catania has no plans to reinvestigate alleged test-score cheating. [Post]
- DCPS test scores survive another investigation. [Post]
- Councilmembers not enthusiastic about inaugural balls. [Examiner]
- DCGOP “cementing their reputation as one of the most gay-friendly local GOP committees in the nation.” [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org )