There’s a winter weather advisory for the city through 3 p.m. today, with light snow flurries possible through the afternoon. Here are the area schools operating on a delay today.


  • A report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office finds that Metro appears incapable of assessing which programs are most necessary to improve safety—and therefore is unable to determine how to efficiently spend its money. The GAO report also says that Metro “lacks a complete inventory describing the condition of its physical assets, including track, tunnels, bridges and communications equipment,” per a review of the study by the Post.

  • Federal investigators found fault with how D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the aftermath of a brutal fire that destroyed the Arthur Capper senior apartment complex in Ward 6 last fall. The blaze displaced dozens of elderly residents. FEMS was too cautious in its handling of the investigation, officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say, arguing that FEMS should have permitted a local arson task force to search the building in the hours and days after the fire.

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser has a (dramatic) petition to restore Metro’s late night hours. “They’re single-tracking on this promise,” she says.

  • JBG Smith, newly minted landlord to Amazon in Crystal City, announces its first retail lease after breaking the news of HQ2. The Freshman, a hybrid bar-coffee shop-restaurant, will open in 2020.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals(tips?

  • Former Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown is definitely maybe going to run for office again. Or he’s starting a new talk show that has nothing to do with a political comeback. [WCP]

  • Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is a cat person. [Twitter]

  • An ANC member says Councilmember Trayon White asked him to step outside after a tense exchange during a meeting on violence prevention. White says the opposite happened. [WCP]

  • Bowser wants to take $54.9 million from various projects in the capital budget to fund fixes to DPR buildings and schools. $21 million of that would come from the budget for upgrades to Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Ward 7. Councilmember Vince Gray is having none of that. [Twitter, D.C. Council]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • Ramen World returns to Mess Hall on Feb. 24 with all-you-can-slurp noodles. [WCP]

  • Gambian Chef Hatib Joof works wonders at Mansa Kunda in Takoma Park. [WCP]

  • Pizzeria Paradiso is serving pies inspired by states that elected female leaders. [WCP]

  • Sixth Engine is closed. But the owners sold it to the team behind The Pub and the People. [WCP]

  • A serial groper received only a ten-day sentence and went on to work in D.C. restaurants including Le Diplomate. [Post]

  • Ask for this secret menu item or make it yourself at home. [Washingtonian]

  • Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse nets a major award from the James Beard Foundation. [Post]

  • Eating at 5:30 p.m. is the secret to success. [Thrillist]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing moviegoers take their fight for more open caption screenings to the Council. [WCP]

  • How The Kennedy Center’s Music Man came together… in two weeks. [Post]

  • Incongruent timing hinders Ford’s Twelve Angry Men. [WCP]

  • In Arena Stage’s Kleptocracy, subtlety is overrated. [WCP]

  • Film review: Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a stunning portrait of rural Alabama. [WCP]

  • Listen to the new EP fromLotion Princess. [DCist]

  • The Newseum’s most self-indulgent exhibitions, ranked. [WCP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips?

  • ICYMI: City Paper reported last week that public officials exaggerated the financial benefits that a new sports arena would bring to businesses based in wards 7 and 8. Now, a Ward 8 business owner says that he was overlooked for work on the project at the hands of an out-of-state company—a decision that ultimately proved the fatal blow for his business.

  • Opinion: Don’t turn the land on 11th Street and Park Road NW into an enclosed dog park. [PoPville]

  • The New York City Housing Authority, facing a conditions crisis on par with those in D.C. public housing, gets the middle finger from HUD. [NYT]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • Bradley Beal is an All-Star. [Bullets Forever]

  • D.C. United midfielder Luciano Acosta will not be going overseas to join Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports. [ESPN]

  • The San Diego Padres reportedly met with free agent Bryce Harper. [USA Today]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips?


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