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D.C.'s booming population of young professionals has the opportunity to sway the upcoming mayoral primary. The only problem: They don't really care about D.C. politics.


  • Councilwoman Mary Cheh introduced legislation Tuesday that would require the District to provide meals to poor children on days when schools are closed for snow or inclement weather. [Post]
  • A Department of Defense review of the September Navy Yard shooting found that the shooting could have been prevented had the Navy properly evaluated and reported alarming behavior by the shooter and former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis. [New York Times]
  • There is no timetable for when the Silver Line will actually open. [WAMU]
  • One of the two winning Mega Million tickets was sold in Charles County, Md., which means the $400 million prize money almost, maybe could have been you. [WTOP]

No Place Like Home: D.C. has 827 homeless families, including 1,591 children, living in motels and shelters this week. This winter, the city's homeless population doubled, and the District government wasn't prepared for the surge. Our latest cover story tells the stories of some of these homeless families—and examines why the city wasn't ready.

Endorsed-for-Life: Others tried to court him, but Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry will give his endorsement to Mayor Vince Gray.

Park Swap: The city managed to save Brookland Greena small field that WMATA had planned to developby trading some unused city land with WMATA.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

  • Marion Barry endorses Vince Gray this afternoon. [LLPost, WAMU]
  • David Catania introduces special education bill. [Post, WAMU]
  • Gray supporter Alice Rivlin not sure what to believe about mayor. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh bill would provide free school lunches for poor kids on snow days. [Post]
  • Columbia Heights young people uninterested in District politics. [Post]
  • City will swap land for Brookland Green. [Housing Complex]
  • Board of Elections botches Spanish ballots. [Post]
  • D.C. marijuana advocates push for expanded drug rules. [Post]
  • Ward 1 candidates angle for the gay vote. [Blade]
  • Shootout with police ends with man killed near Union Station. [Post]
  • Behold, the latest Chuck Brown park plan. [WBJ]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips

  • Metro plans development for four more stations, none in D.C. [WBJ]
  • The Coupe: the epicenter of D.C. political ignorance. [Post]
  • The hidden height limit restricting D.C.'s housing supply. [GGW]
  • The latest Chuck Brown Park renderings. [WBJ]
  • A semiprivatized solution to the nightmarish commute into D.C. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Anacostia streetcar alternatives don't offer much for bikers. [WashCycle]
  • LivingSocial: Who needs profit? [Post]
  • Squatters take over an elderly lady's Trinidad-area home. [WJLA]
  • Imagining an Anacostia nature center on Kingman Island. [ElevationDC]
  • Today on the market: Cleveland Park studio with den—$239,000

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer. (tips?

  • Adams Morgan shop Crooked Beat Records is starting a label. [Bandwidth]
  • Sheryl Crow(!?)- and Barry Levinson-penned musical version of Levinson's 1982 film Diner (!!) is coming to Signature Theatre. Yes, it has its sights on Broadway. [Post]
  • The producers of the reality show Blood, Sweat & Heels want to make a TV show about ambitious professional women in #thistown. [Reliable Source]
  • Said producers reached out, unsuccessfully, to the editor of DCist. [DCist]
  • Watch D.C. indie rockers Sunwolf perform at WAMU, listen to them be interviewed by Brendan Canty. [Bandwidth]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • Seven places to find shad roe around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Here's the guy who bought Buddha Bar's giant buddha statue. [Eater]
  • Fourteen hangover cures from restaurant industry insiders [Washingtonian]
  • RAMMY Awards change the judging process. [Post]
  • White House pastry chef Bill Yosses is moving to New York. [NPR]
  • Seven secret supper clubs [Thrillist]
  • Food incubator StartUp Kitchen cancels spring program due to lack of qualified applicants. [WBJ]
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