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The region will see gusts of icy wind today, with sustained speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour. Federal agencies will operate with a three-hour delay, and workers will have the option of taking unscheduled leave or teleworking.


  • While public school teachers in D.C. make higher-than-average wages, there is surprisingly little information about their charter school counterparts––especially since charter schools aren’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act. But while charter teachers earn much less than their DCPS counterparts, public records show that administrative pay in the charter sector has been rising at a fast clip, with some making $300,000+ annually.

  • The number of people in the D.C. area who died because of drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs has increased since 2016, a new study has found. In 2017, 86 people died in the D.C. area from drunk driving, which represents about a 46 percent increase over 2016.

  • District leaders want the federal government to reimburse the city for the money it spent to fund federal programs during the month-long shutdown. Local business owners, too, remain anxious about the costs they had to absorb during the shutdown.

  • Mayor Muriel Bowserclashes with WMATA over its proposals for late-night service options.

  • A Ward 8 neighborhood commissioner is charged with threatening to kill the mother of his child and a rival commissioner in separate incidents.

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

  • A former D.C. cop pleaded guilty in federal court to soliciting two underage girls online and paying them for sex. Chukwuemeka Ekwonna faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. [Post]

  • City leaders are exploring creative strategies to address the District’s violent crime and homicides. [DCist]

  • There’s a public hearing tomorrow on Mayor Bowser’s pick for school chancellor, Lewis Ferebee. The event will start at 6 p.m. at Ron Brown Boys College Preparatory High School Gymnasium, 4800 Meade St. NE. [D.C. Council]

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

  • Takoma Park nets a new taqueria. [Eater]

  • This local cider company is a million dollars richer. [WBJ]

  • The Freshman will feed Amazon workers morning, noon, and night. [Washingtonian]

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

  • The Smithsonian’s museums and National Zoo saw a lot of people yesterday, for the first time in, well, over a month. [Post]

  • Actor Christopher Geary, who can be see on stage in Arena Stage’s Kleptocracy, talks about playing Vladimir Putin. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Sad news: The Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop in Riverdale, Maryland is closing its doors. [WAMU]

  • The National Building Museum’s splashy cash-grab exhibition this summer will include a giant indoor lawn. [DCist]

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

  • Council Chairman Phil Mendelson pushes again to split DCRA in two. [DC Line]

  • D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board designates Georgetown’s “Exorcist steps” a historic landmark. [Curbed]

  • A review of the residential projects in the development pipeline along the 14th Street NW corridor. [Urban Turf]

  • Opinion: The looming threat of another federal government shutdown could hinder the IT sector’s ability to recruit young employees in D.C. [WBJ]

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

  • A fake Twitter account fooled people into thinking that Bryce Harper had signed with the Phillies. But what is true, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, is that the Phillies “are interested and in on” Harper.  [New York Post]

  • Get your Ernie Grunfeld questions ready. Ted Leonsis will join WTOP in a live chat on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.

  • The next Sean McVay? The local NFL team has promoted 33-year-old Kevin O’Connell to be its offensive coordinator. [nfl.com]

  • According to The Root, several black Clemson football players declined to visit the White House, some “citing racism and their disdain for Trump’s divisive politics.”

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

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