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This season's bitter winter has created a record number of potholes in the D.C. region, with AAA alone already coming to the aid of 22,418 area drivers that have fallen victim to potholes since New Year’s Day.


  • A firetruck was forced to transport a toddler to United Medical Center Friday after it learned that the closest ambulance was seven miles away, stuck in rush hour traffic. [News4]
  • Eight people have been shot and killed in the daylight over 23 days within a five-mile stretch along the Anacostia River, from Barry Farm to Kenilworth. [Post]
  • An audit of the popular D.C. tuition assistance program that helps city students pay for college found that millions of dollars have been unaccounted for since 2004. [Post]
  • Winter is back this week, and there's even a chance of some snow. [WJLA]

Judge Not: ICYMI, our latest cover story looks at why D.C. let a disbarred lawyer serve as a workers' comp judge, enabling him to issue hundreds of decisions through the Department of Employment Services that now could be overturned.

Bowser Time: After winning the Post editorial board's endorsement, mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser came out on top in last week's Mayoral Power Rankings.

D.C. Shakespeare: A profile of Drew Cortese, the almost-banker who stars in the Folger Theatre’s production of Richard III.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • D.C. TAG scholarship fund can't account for millions. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser campaign accused of using kids' pictures without permission. [Post]
  • Bowser leads the latest mayoral power rankings. [LL]
  • The ups and downs of Vince Gray's first term in business. [Post]
  • Fire department hearing lead by Tommy Wells set for this afternoon. [Times]
  • Why isn't fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe in the Medric Mills death report? [Statter911]
  • Bowser hits Metro over hiring over criminal records. [Post]
  • Blade picks up story about controversial ex-candidate Leo Alexander working for Andy Shallal. [Blade]
  • Shallal: time to legalize pot. [Truth Out]
  • They paved a community garden/to put up a parking lot. [Housing Complex]
  • Get ready for digital Metro ads. [Housing Complex]
  • Year starts with a streak of day-time killings. [Post]
  • How to improve the D.C. United stadium deal. [GGW]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips

  • The Ward 1 Council candidates discuss the need for density and affordable housing. [GGW]
  • Meet the (temporary) new Harriet Tregoning. [OPinions]
  • Get ready for a groundbreaking at The Wharf. [WBJ]
  • E-bikes are on the rise. [Mobility Lab]
  • How D.C. could get a better deal on the D.C. United stadium. [GGW]
  • Petworth Safeway development, a.k.a. The Swift, is for sale. [WBJ]
  • A look back at the New York-Boston race to build a subway system. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Renovated rowhouse in northern Columbia Heights—$969,000

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips?

  • Netflix shakes down Maryland for more House of Cards tax breaks. [AP]
  • The owner of the Pinball Museum, formerly of Georgetown and Baltimore, is selling off his pinball machines. [WTOP]
  • Ron Moten and go-go supporters battle Prince George's County on go-go. [NBC 4]
  • University of Maryland to host symposium on issues in black theater. [WAMU]
  • The D.C. Docent chimes in on the melting-down Corcoran, where she leads tours. [D.C. Docent]
  • Corcoran students and alumni are definitely bummed. [Post]
  • Graffiti artists pick up stickering. [Post]
  • D.C. techno producer Pentamon releases new music. [Blisspop]
  • Photos and a review of The Caribbean and Greenland's recent Black Cat show [D.C. Music Download]
  • The Go-Go Symphony, reviewed. [Post]
  • Hey, here's an interview with Bob Mould. [The Quietus]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • The 10 most anticipated spring restaurant openings [The Plate]
  • Killer happy hours at high-end restaurants [Zagat]
  • Where to find the five best margaritas in D.C. [Drink DC]
  • Carla Hall is helping design a restaurant inside Reagan National Airport. [Eater]
  • What to expect from Dram and Grain, the cocktail lounge below Jack Rose Dining Saloon [Post]
  • This program teaches alcoholics how to make their own beer. [NPR]
  • Check out the revamp of Nando's Peri-Peri in Chinatown. [PoPville]
  • Where to find hidden dining gems [Washingtonian]


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  • Typical DC BS

    Money missing from federal funds used to provide tuition assistance to DC residents? And they JUST NOW are getting around to looking back over 10 YEARS?

    No surprise there that the program was mismanaged, probably criminally. When DC government does the Democratic thang and hires people based on cronyism or family relationships, it's only a matter of time till the incompetence or criminality manifests itself.