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Happy MLK Jr. Day, D.C. It’s a good day to read the Letter from the Birmingham City Jail, but a bad day to go outside. The Capital Weather Gang says to expect temps in the high teens and low 20s.

We’re going into federal government shutdown day 31. Continue to follow City Paper’s shutdown guide for information on where to get and give help. Today at noon, for example, Catholic Charities DC’s SHARE Food Network will open its doors to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and other staples at deep discounts. 


  • A group of students from an all-boys Catholic High School in Kentucky were filmed mocking a Native American activist and Vietnam veteran, Nathan Phillips, near the Lincoln Memorial Saturday. The students, many of whom wore “Make America Great Again” gear, reportedly chanted “build the wall, build the wall,” and were in Washington for Friday’s anti-abortion rally. Phillips and others were there for the Indigenous Peoples March. One of the students who stood toe to toe with Phillips has released a statement denying reports that the students taunted Philips, saying instead he felt singled out. Indian Country Today has one of the most complete accounts of the events.

  • D.C. police are investigating multiple incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti using the word “Jexit” as potential hate crimes.

  • The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church pantry ran out of food for a time as furloughed federal workers lined up for frozen chicken, frozen fish, and canned goods.

  • ICYMI: The newest Washington City Podcast episode features contributor Fredora Kamara’s piece on the bidding war over Langston, a historic black golf course.

  • Demonstrators gathered Saturday in D.C. and other cities around the world for the third annual Women’s March. But ties between one of the march’s organizers, Tamika Mallory, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan added a tinge of controversy to this year’s event.

    • A sampling of signs at the 2019 Women’s Marches around the world, including D.C., via Huffington Post.

  • An Ashburn, Virginia woman used a healthcare software scam to fleece more than 50 people out of their savings and spent millions on vacations, jewelry, cars, and other luxury items. She’ll spend the next 15 years in the federal pen after pleading guilty. At one point, after having just returned from Bora Bora, Keisha Williams spun a sob story about her sick grandmother to milk money out of one of her victims, the Post reported.

  • A pop-up kitten lounge is coming to Georgetown in the spring.

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

  • Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray took a shot at Mayor Muriel Bowser last week over her most recent push to increase the size of the MPD force: “What took you so long?” [WCP]

    • On Kojo’s Friday afternoon Politics Hour, Bowser bristled when asked about her interactions with councilmembers. [Twitter]

  • Ugh fine: Bowser allows campaign finance bill to move forward without her signature. [DCist]

    • Also last week, Bowser rejected a bill decriminalizing fare evasion in her second ever veto. The Council needs nine votes to overturn the mayor. Here’s where the members stand. [DCist]

  • After Bowser’s initial opposition, the District will now give its police officers naloxone, the opioid antidote. [Twitter, DC Line]

  • A rule change now allows Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to vote in the Committee of the Whole for the first time in eight years. Although Norton still cannot vote on bills in their final form, committee votes give Norton a say on amending legislation. [Roll Call]

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

  • Young & Hungry is away from her desk this week.

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

  • Gauche calls out dangerous conspiracy theorists and Alex Jones in their new music video. [WCP]

  • Broccoli City Festival organizers say they want this year’s festival to feel like Coachella in the DMV. [Washingtonian]

  • Theatre Alliance announces Raymond O. Caldwell as its new Producing Artistic Director. [AFRO]

  • It’s as good a time as any to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts. [East City Art]

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

  • ICYMI: The DC Housing Authority opens the door to privatizing some of its public housing. [WCP]

  • Daniel Snyder buys a $100 million yacht. [WBJ]

  • Beloved Adams Morgan used book store Idle Time sells for $1.8 million. [PoPville]

  • How the government shutdown could affect the D.C. housing market. [Urban Turf]

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

  • Hyattsville native Frances Tiafoe broke down in tears after an emotional win at the Australian Open. He will play world No. 2 Rafael Nadal today in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. [Deadspin]

  • The Athletic reports that Gary Payton Jr. is expected to sign with the Wizards on a 10-day contract.

  • Local NFL team football owner Daniel Snyder reportedly ended one of his team’s marketing campaigns because he felt it was too similar to a Nazi chant. [Washington Times]

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

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