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Correction: A link to a story about a grocery store you've heard a lot about this week mentioned the involvement of the wrong local politician named Vince. It's been corrected below.

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Since taking over Congressional oversight of the District, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has become surprisingly supportive of the city. In this week's cover, available in print today, find out how he got there.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Vince Gray's fine with armed guards in school. [Examiner]
  • Lots of snow ahead. [WTOP]
  • Dulles could devote one runway to bigwigs' private planes. [Post]
  • A.J. Cooper drops out of at-large race, endorses Elissa Silverman. [Examiner]
  • Washington Post bureau chief admits copying four sentences from an academic journal. [City Desk]
  • Hawk & Dove returns, with a sleek redesign. [WTOP]
  • Silver Line cars won't be ready for line's launch. [Examiner]

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

Photos of the Day: Tuesday, Five Things.

Pick Your Poison: Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is promoting distilleries in his ward, while fighting medical marijuana businesses. But can Ward 5 afford to pick favorites?

A Fish Story: Blowfish's alleged dangerousness makes it an exotic dish for American diners. But Jessica Sidman discovers that eating blowfish isn't as risky as it's made out to be.

Show-Off Shown-Up: Gunston Arts Center's production of The Show-Off pulls all the wrong emotions out of the '20s play.

Grr: Under new D.C. alcohol laws, more businesses can start selling the large beer containers called growlers.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Ethics board looking into Vincent Orange's support of rat-infested grocery warehouse. [Post]
  • New sick leave for firefighters. [WAMU]
  • Kaya Henderson to announce final list of school closings today. [Post]
  • District spends $342,000 to build inaugural viewing stand. (Maryland firm won the contract) Feds will reimburse the expense. [Post]
  • Vince Gray open to having police in schools. [Examiner]
  • A.J. Cooper not running in special, backing Elissa Silverman. [Examiner]
  • Peter Shapiro is too. [Informer]
  • Pat Mara has submitted is signatures already. [Post]

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

  • Businesses have no idea what to expect this inaugural weekend. [WJLA]
  • But Airbnb rates have spiked. [UrbanTurf]
  • Meet the GSA's new overlord in Congress. [Post]
  • Brookland's Round House may soon be historic. [DCist]
  • How the vanished NextBus app worked. [GGW]
  • Smithsonian to reopen closed building on the Mall. [WJLA]
  • D.C. used to have a "Newspaper Row," and it looked like this. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: Bank-owned Brookland bungalow

ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • In anticipation of the reopening of the Arts and Industries Building on the Mall, the Smithsonian and the Patent Office will launch the Innovation Expo, a celebration of American technologies at the Patent Office's Alexandria headquarters. [New York Times]
  • Looking to spend even more money on Obama apparel in preparation for the inauguration? Now you can buy items from professional fashion designers at the Inaugural Store on F Street, NW. [Washingtonian]
  • Another season, another work of art projected onto the side of a museum. Scenes from Ai Wei Wei's "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn" will be projected onto the side of the Newseum beginning tonight. [WJLA]
  • Lionell Thomas, executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, discusses the state of the arts in the city with professional money saver and bizarre suit wearer Matthew Lesko. [ART (202)]

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

  • Sunday liquor sales coming soon. [DCist]
  • Sustainable seafood advocate and chef Barton Seaver is leaving D.C. for a gig at Harvard. [Post]
  • Smoke BBQ is opening in Bethesda. [Bethesda Mag]
  • Looks like Oyamel is getting a revamp. [Eater via WBJ]
  • Singapore Bistro in Dupont will become a Cuban restaurant  [PoPville]
  • What to expect from Edgar Bar & Kitchen [Washingtonian]
  • Inside the disgusting grocery store at-large councilmember Vincent Orange helped keep open [City Desk]

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