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Today in D.C.: Puppies get the Uber treatment — The kittens had their turn, and on Wednesday, it's time for Uber to rush deliver puppies to D.C. offices. The rideshare company, which has also delivered flu shots, Halloween costumes and kittens, will bring puppies to your office Wednesday in honor of Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl XI on Superbowl Sunday.

Police: Drunk Arlington man tries to kiss his Uber driver, steals her phone — A drunk Arlington man tried to kiss his Uber driver over the weekend and, when she resisted, allegedly grabbed her scarf and knocked a phone out of her hand to prevent her from calling the cops. The driver escaped by jumping out of her non-moving vehicle, according to Arlington County police.

Of course, some Washingtonians have New York snow envy — The Washington area seems to have escaped the worst - most of it, really - of Monday's mega snowstorm, but that's not good enough for some Washingtonians. In the ultimate D.C. display of New York wanderlust, some residents took to Twitter to complain they were only getting the scraps of a "crippling and potentially historic blizzard."

A panda snub? Bao Bao wins silver in ‘Panda Personality’ contest — Bao Bao has a good personality, but as far as pandas go, not the best one. The National Zoo's celebrity panda cub took home silver from the "Panda Personality of 2014″ contest at last week's Giant Panda Zoo Awards in Belgium - an award ceremony for panda enthusiasts and conservationists put on by Giant Panda Zoo, a Web site dedicated to protecting the endangered species.

Metro is rolling out real-time bus arrival signs — Those days of listlessly waiting at a bus stop not knowing when your ride will arrive are gone for some lucky D.C. transit riders. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has installed 76 real-time bus arrival signs at bus stops across the region in the last few weeks and now, according to spokeswoman Caroline Laurin, more are being installed at a rate of about five per day.

By 2030, Washington region’s population could hit 7.5 million, study says — If you think traffic in the D.C. area is bad now, just wait until 2030. The region's population could increase by 37.9 percent from 2010 to 2030, according to the Urban Institute, a think tank focusing on economic and social policy. That would be a total population of nearly 7.5 million people.

Maryland has highest rate of millionaires. D.C., Virginia aren’t far behind. — In Maryland, nearly 8 out of every 100 households in 2014 had assets topping $1 million, giving the state more millionaires per capita than any other in the country, according to a new report from Phoenix Marketing International.

Newest venue for karaoke could be a Chinese restaurant at the Days Inn — The District's most revered Chinese restaurant tucked within a Days Inn hotel is considering an entry into the karaoke scene. Panda Gourmet, which is located on the first floor of the Days Inn along a busy stretch of New York Avenue NE, applied for an entertainment license through the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration so it can have a DJ, jazz band, computerized playlists and dancing on its premises.

More than a quarter of Washingtonians take pictures of their food — Twenty-seven percent of Washingtonians say they occasionally take out their phones at restaurants to snap a photo of their food - a percentage that slightly exceeds the 26 percent of urban dwellers nationwide who try to artistically document their food before they consume it, according to a new Zagat survey that relies on participants to self-report their [...]

Lyft trims its signature pink mustache — Lyft, the perennial second stringer in the Uber-dominated ridesharing industry, is ditching its signature fluffy, pink mustaches for a more mature look called the "glowstache." The current over-sized mustache latches onto the front of a vehicle and serves as a friendly way for customers to identify a Lyft vehicle.
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