We’ll likely see snow showers this evening as rain turns to ice, particularly in the northern D.C. ‘burbs. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from 3 p.m. to midnight, with a forecast of 1-2 inches of snow. Some school are anticipating early dismissals.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The District will seek reimbursement for local money spent to cover federal programs, and Congressional Democrats, including Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, are pushing a bill to give back pay for federal contract workers. But the shutdown woes are deep, and still emerging. A homeless man who stays outside federal buildings says he suffered reduced donations during the shutdown, and one man laments that a homeless person died outside those buildings last Wednesday.

  • Federal workers should expect to receive their back pay by the end of this week, budget director Mick Mulvaney says.

  • Thirty freshman members of Congress are backing Norton’s bill to grant the District statehood, among the record 189 co-sponsors of the bill. “I’m extremely pleased with how fast they’re coming on,” Norton says––not in the least because several of them represent districts that Donald Trump won in 2016.

  • The Department of Justice said Monday that a government contractor will pay $1 million to settle a civil case over the company’s alleged falsification of documents during the second phase of the Silver Line Metro’s expansion.

  • The Washington football team is not expecting quarterback Alex Smith to play this year as he continues rehabbing his broken leg.

  • Want to shill for your favorite hair salon or book store? Cast your ballots for City Paper’s annual Best of DC awards.

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

  • D.C. sports betting program is on the fast track after four-hour hearing. [WCP]

  • The plastic straw police are out. Restaurants have until July to rid themselves of plastic straws or else get slapped with an $800 fine. [Post]

  • Term limits for D.C.’s elected officials? [WAMU]

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

  • Why a local carry-out had to trash the fish it was drying for Chinese New Year. [WCP]

  • Make Super Bowl plans at one of the bars or restaurants. [DCist]

  • Online review writing etiquette is here. [Eater]

  • The sushi restaurant inside the Trump Hotel is D.C.’s 4th best restaurant according to this list. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Friday Kahlo—1,000 of them!—in photos. [BYT]

  • The pop-up Hip-Hop Museum at Blind Whino nominated Sugar Hill Gang into their Hip-Hop Hall of Fame, with a performance by the legendary rap group, along with Trouble Funk, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Caz. [AFRO]

  • Listen to some new tunes from Sneaks, Doubler, and GoldLink. [WCP]

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

  • City officials say they still don’t know why Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White single-handedly squashed the prospect of a TIF-financed development in Anacostia. [Post]

  • Why first-time home-buyers are shying away from fixer-uppers. Spoiler alert: It’s expensive to renovate houses. [WTOP]

  • Skanska has acquired the rights to develop 1700 M Street NW in a ground lease worth an estimated $96 million. [WBJ]

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

  • Former Nats pitcher Micah Bowie is seeking help from the MLB player’s union to stay alive. [Washington Times]

  • D.C. native James Brown is getting ready to host his ninth Super Bowl pregame show this weekend. [Post]

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

  • Come see random strangers’ home movies along with gems from the DC Public Library vault at Suns Cinema. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. Free.

  • The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage hosts Voices of Change: Mars Urban Arts Initiative Spoken Word Showcase, an evening of spoken word presented by Washington Performing Arts and Rise, featuring special appearances from Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Rise founder Amanda Nguyen, Purify Love, and students from Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

  • Memphis rapper Young Dolph performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $29.50.

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