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Happy Hump Day, D.C. The rain is done, and the sun will be out today with a breeze and temperatures in the 40s.


  • Last night, Vanessa Tyson spoke publicly for the first time since she accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfaxof sexual assault.

  • In his first appearance before the D.C. Council, acting D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee fielded questions about his reputation as a charter school proponent, about his vision for addressing the achievement gap, and about his handling of a sexual abuse case while he was the superintendent in Indianapolis. Ferebee is Mayor Muriel Bowser’s pick to lead the District’s school system after her last chancellor resigned amid a school transfer scandal.

  • Gov. Larry Hoganno longer wants the Washington professional football team to relocate to Maryland, and team owner Daniel Snyder just lost some leverage in negotiations with the District.

  • Someone stuck a homophobic pamphlet in a copy of D.C.’s LGBT newspaper, the Washington Blade.

  • A special police officer was arrested last week and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Franklin Hernandez is accused of pointing a gun at a person with whom he had a verbal altercation.

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

  • The criminal case against a member of a Ward 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Kendall Simmons, is moving forward. Simmons is accused of threatening to kill another ANC member and the mother of his child. [Post, WCP]

  • Lewis Ferebee, acting DCPS chancellor, will be on the Kojo Show today [Kojo]

  • It’ll cost you $10 to ask questions of Mayor Bowser’s pick for director of the Office of Planning, Andrew Trueblood. Greater Greater Washington is holding a forum next Tuesday. [GGW]

  • D.C.’s fire department has no back up ladder trucks, which could pose a problem as emergency calls increase. Though Fire Chief Gregory Dean expects three new trucks by September. [WTOP]

  • Less than 1 percent of Capital Bikeshare rides begin east of the Anacostia River. [Urban Institute]

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

  • Smoked & Stack’s replacement will serve wings, grilled cheese, and tallboy beers. [WCP]

  • You wouldn’t expect these five places to serve great burgers. [DC Refined]

  • The story behind smoked Korean chicken’s D.C. arrival. [Post]

  • A primer on where to eat alone. [DCist]

  • When you’re left-handed in the kitchen you have to get creative. [Eater]

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

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new artistic director Simon Godwin announces his inaugural season, with two Shakespeare plays, a James Baldwin play, and works by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and Lauren Gunderson. [Post]

  • Studio Theatre is shutting down its acting conservatory after more than 40 years. [Washingtonian]

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

  • This Mount Vernon Triangle property owner is decidedly not thrilled about plans to build a hotel nearby. [Bis Now]

  • D.C.-area home sales fell in January, and Urban Turf is calling it the “shutdown effect.” [Urban Turf]

  • Plans for a mixed-use town square to hit Congress Heights. [WBJ]

  • …and the development would bring the first traditional hotel east of the Anacostia River. [Curbed]

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

  • Bradley Beal laughed off the travel seen around the world. [Yahoo]

  • The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a girls and women in sports day expo on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center. RSVP here.

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

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