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Temperatures are still low, low, low today. The city won’t break out of the low 20s until Friday afternoon (and even then, it’ll be 30 degrees). Still, it’s not as bad in D.C. as it is in Chicago, where the wind chill dipped below -50 on Wednesday.


  • For two months in 2015, District officials tried to get everyone who overdosed on opioids into a promising treatment program. Then it stopped, and several of the city’s top substance abuse officials from that time still want to know why. On this week’s City Paper cover, a look at the Heroin SBIRT program and why it fell by the wayside.

  • 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, we’ve spoken with a business owner who 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 final blow for his business.

  • A historic cold snap across the mid-Atlantic and midwest resulted in a spike of outreach to D.C.’s Department of Human Services. The Post has a moving look at how the dangerously low temperatures affects homeless Washingtonians.

  • About a dozen people testified during a Wednesday hearing about the nomination of Lewis Ferebee as the new DC Public Schools chancellor, asking him to elevate the office and work with “integrity, transparency…and equity.” “You must work closely with those who are actually tasked with implementing our most important education policies: those who serve in our schools,” one Washington Teachers’ Union member reportedly said. “Your predecessors and most of the people working in your central office did not and do not do this.”

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

  • Councilmember Charles Allen responds to City Paper’s report on D.C. charter schools’ exemption from the Freedom of Information Act. [Twitter]

  • What does it mean to work for the federal government now? [WAMU]

  • A bill that allows D.C. to bypass the bid process for a contract to operate the city’s lottery and sports gambling operations passed out of committee yesterday. It will now go to the full Council. [Twitter]

  • A petition circulated by a group that wants a middle school where the shuttered Shaw Junior High School stands surpassed 1,500 signatures. [DC Line]

  • Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd wants everyone to ride the bus to work next Monday. [Greater Greater Washington]

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

  • What D.C. chefs learned when they stepped away from their restaurants to help feed furloughed federal workers. [WCP]

  • Juliigets two stars from critic Tom Sietsema. [Post]

  • Try new soul food on Barracks Row starting Feb. 2. [PoPville]

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

  • D.C.’s jazz scene is tops, but as the Kennedy Center’s artistic director for jazz, Jason Moran, is bringing jazz greats from all over the world to the city. [Post]

  • The Exorcist Stairs in Georgetown becoming a historic landmark actually has nothing to do with The Exorcist. [DCist]

  • The new music video from D.C.’s Lightmare will make you want to punch a nazi then have a dance party. [Hometown Sounds]

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

  • The Department of Human Services says that the service provider for a Ward 7 homeless shelter appeared to falsify its personnel documentation. [WCP]

  • A look at the Maryland website that gives prospective buyers information about properties listed in “opportunity zones,” including a chance “to find anything from opportunity funds to vacant land to completed developments currently on the market.” [Urban Turf]

  • Affordable housing advocates suggest policy changes to keep rental housing prices down while Amazon builds a presence in the region. [WAMU]

  • How jurisdictions are (or aren’t) addressing diverse affordable housing needs. [Kojo Show]

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

  • Caps defenseman Brooks Laich has a reputation for his all-business demeanor. But to teammates, he’s known as someone who leads with laughs. [WCP]

  • The Washington Spirit announced a broadcasting deal with Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington that will provide fans with “a minimum of 12 Spirit games” on local TV and digital broadcasts.

  • Longtime NFL defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is coming to D.C. as the local NFL team’s inside linebackers coach. [ESPN]

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

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