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Commute carefully, as the city’s roads are still recovering from freezing rain and snow.


  • The federal government awarded D.C. millions of dollars to help remediate lead paint hazards in homes with low-income tenants and children under the age of six, who are most susceptible to lead poisoning. But the District agency responsible for administering the grant spent only a fraction of it, making the city temporarily ineligible to reapply.

  • It’s been nine months since D’Quan Young was shot by police, but his mother, Catherine Young, is still looking for answers. That’s because the Metropolitan Police Department still hasn’t released the name of the off-duty MPD officer who killed him. MPD has declined to answer City Paper’s questions about the fatal encounter, including whether the officer in question is working while the case is under investigation.

    • Catherine Young’s harrowing experience at the hospital, where detectives grilled her before they would tell her if her son was dead or alive, sounds familiar.

  • Restaurants have long put style ahead of sensibility when it comes to dress codes for their hosts—think stiletto heels, and dresses sans sweaters in the winter. But as our attitudes toward style and professionalism change, so too have dress codes for some of restaurants’ most visible employees.

  • Arlington County officials and activists say that executives from Amazon have “failed to engage with the community,” souring some lawmakers on an incentives deal.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Two D.C. councilmembers are asking the University of the District of Columbia to reconsider its Founders’ Day keynote speaker. But it appears to be too little too late. [WCP]

  • Mayor for Life Marion Barry’s marriage license is hanging in the D.C. Marriage Bureau (and other factoids). [WAMU]

  • The family of the grinning, MAGA-hat-wearing teenager who stood toe to toe with a Native American protester outside the Lincoln Memorial filed a $250 million defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Beleaguered chain Papa John’s is now selling mambo sauce-coated chicken. But will customers buy it? [WCP]

  • Try a seven-course Filipino feast next month at a pop-up inside Coconut Club. [WCP]

  • The furniture and other goods from Mike Isabella’s failed restaurant empire are now up for auction. [WBJ]

  • Why you’ll see José Andrés on stage at the Oscars this weekend. [Washingtonian]

  • Spam is trending. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Skip Groff, owner of the famed Rockville record store Yesterday & Today and punk music producer, has died. [Deadspin]

  • Listen to a new Priests song. [Pitchfork]

  • The fourth annual Mother Tongue Film Festival kicks off today. [DCist]

  • Remembering the glory days of D.C. Top 40 radio, with Q107’s Uncle Johnny. [Washingtonian]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Another PUD, another appeal. This time it’s Waterfront Station. [Urban Turf]

  • There are (finally) some signs of life at the 7-Eleven on Wyoming Ave. NW. [PoPville]

  • Auctions are now scheduled for the contents of six of Mike Isabella’s now-defunct restaurants in the DMV. [WBJ]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Former D.C. boxing prodigy Dusty Hernandez-Harrison finds peace in the ring after a long layoff due to turmoil in his personal life. [WCP]

  • An agreement has been reached between Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Friends of Fort DuPont Ice Arena to preserve funding for the arena’s renovation. [WTOP]

  • MLB power couple, Eireann Dolan and Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle, are in a fight to save 200 union jobs. [ThinkProgress]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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