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Good morning, D.C. Expect temps in the 50s with a possible side of some showers this afternoon.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Felon-in-possession of a firearm cases will be prosecuted in federal court, rather than D.C. Superior Court, as part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s effort to reduce the spike in homicides. Critics say a similar tough-on-crime approach once fueled mass incarceration.

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will reportedly hire a private investigator to get to the bottom of how the racist photo got onto his medical school yearbook page.

  • A prestigious D.C. private school will investigate possible sexual abuse from years ago, the Postreports.

  • Mayor Bowser will nominate Ernest Chrappah to permanently head DCRA. He faces the unenviable position of taking the helm of what might be D.C.’s most reviled agency.

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

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  • The D.C. Council narrowly approved (7-6) a bill that would award a sole-source contract to operate the D.C. Lottery and its new sports betting program to the company Intralot. The Council still must give final approval before the bill goes to Bowser. [WAMU]

  • Meet the woman behind a bill to prevent domestic abusers from getting alimony and other financial benefits after a divorce. [Post]

  • Party leaders are thinking about moving D.C.’s presidential primary up to April. [Twitter]

  • The shutdown is over, but (most) contract workers still struggle. Two local workers were invited to last night’s State of the Union Address to promote legislation aimed at providing them back pay. [WCP]

  • Councilmember Elissa Silverman just paid off her student loans. [Twitter]

  • Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White welcomes ANC Mike Austinto run against him.

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

  • The Dupont Circle location CHIKO opens on Valentine’s Day. [Washingtonian]

  • Star & Shamrock will close this month to make way for Bullfrog Bagels. [DCist]

  • How are those sous vide chicken nuggets at Shake Shack? [Post]

  • Macarons for Adams Morgan. [PoPville]

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

  • Jennifer Rubell’s Ivanka Vacuuming has struck a nerve with the First Daughter. [Post]

  • Listen to a new song from Will Eastman’s forthcoming new record. [BYT]

  • The Phillips Collection acquires three Renée Stoutpieces. [East City Art]

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

  • Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau has strong support for a bill to strip the D.C. Housing Authority of its independent status, moving it under the purview of the Executive Office of the Mayor. [WCP]

  • And Mayor Bowser is open to considering the idea. [Twitter]

  • Arlington County pols are making life easy for Amazon. In New York, not so much. [DCist]

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

  • The Wizards have lost four out their last five games, and on Tuesday, news broke that John Wall will be out approximately 12 months with a ruptured achilles tendon. Fans are not pleased with owner Ted Leonsis’ recent insistence that the team stay the course. [WCP]

  • Alex Ovechkin is officially the top-scoring Russian player in NHL history. [AP]

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

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