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Today's print Washington City Paper, in your neighborhood WCP box right now, is all about learning: Howard University's real estate windfall, the UDC mortuary program's attempt to revive itself, and George Washington University's year ranked as high (or low) as an online school.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Are two D.C. agency directors a modern-day "Odd Couple"? [Times]
  • Narrowed D.C. streets get approval. [Examiner]
  • Vincent Orange wants to ban smoking near playgrounds. [Post]
  • Early childhood education in D.C. could be national model. [Post]
  • Twenty-five fire and EMS workers make out big. [Examiner]
  • Another round of suburban gold robberies aimed at Indian or Middle Eastern families. [WJLA]

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

Spoiled Orange: So many revelations in Loose Lips' latest column about Councilmember Vincent Orange, including Orange comparing Chairman Phil Mendelson a "plantation owner" over an office dispute, and an Orange-headed nonprofit's ties to embattled campaign financier Jeff Thompson. The question hovering above it all: Why is Orange feuding with Mayor Vince Gray?

Tagged: Remembering graffiti artist Cool "Disco" Dan's legacy in 1980s D.C.

Skull and Bulldogs: A secret society "scandal" has thrown Georgetown University's student elections into turmoil.

Ice, Cubed: With a table saw and 25-pound blocks of ice, Washington mixologists are introducing artisan ice into their drinks.

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

  • Seriously, how long does it take for the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corp. to audit its books? [Times]
  • Jihad launched against District agency heads who may have violated the spirit of the city's residency laws. [Times]
  • Vince Gray is all hat and no cattle when it comes to politically challenging green initiatives. [Post]
  • Marion Barry doesn't think second-hand smoke is all that bad. [Post]
  • Congressional Republicans to open wallets for Pat Mara. [Post]
  • Sky is blue, water is wet, the fire department is still paying out a ton of overtime. [Examiner]

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

  • A map of where houses and condos were bought in D.C. last year. [R.U. Seriousing Me?]
  • Sequestration will hit D.C. parks hard. [DCist]
  • A view of D.C. from the Capitol in 1863. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Streetcars hold a trump card over buses: flexible capacity. [GGW]
  • Eighty-three-unit residential building coming to Hill East. [UrbanTurf]
  • Washington Latin Public Charter to move into Petworth's old Rudolph Elementary. [WBJ]
  • Metro riders contribute a lot more to system revenue than most other American subway riders. [GGW]
  • Trinidad's most expensive house finds a buyer. [UrbanTurf]
  • Who bid on Georgetown's West Heating Plant? [Patch]
  • Today on the market: Live brutally, with a view

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

  • Conan O'Brien will host the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner in April [Post]
  • Local comic/reporter Elahe Izadi names the District's best comedy venues [DCist]
  • A little history of The Renwick Gallery, slated to close for renovations from 2014-2016 [Around the Mall]
  • ICYMI: After relocating from D.C., Baltimore's Pinball Museum is closing in March [Baltimore Sun]
  • Anne Midgette reviews opening night of the Nordic Cool festival at the Kennedy Center [Post]
  • Local man questions plausibility of House of Cards [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • If you read this, you will learn a fact about ponchos [Post]

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

  • Where to eat sushi in the D.C. area [Refinery 29]
  • Gifts diners have given chefs [Zagat]
  • Where to get Girl Scout cookies in Arlington [ARLnow]
  • More details on Bluejacket's state-of-the-art brewery [Post]
  • Bryan Voltaggio's Lunchbox coming to Chevy Chase. [Washingtonian]
  • A guide to pho from Pho 1 to Pho 2000 [NoVa Mag]
  • Just over a week until Standard reopens [PoPville]

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