Expect a “wintry mix” of rain and snow this evening, and stay safe on your commutes.

It’s day 27 of the shutdown. The Audubon is offering furloughed feds free memberships and classes, such as yoga in the woods, a Prince George’s county church is hosting a town hall meeting on race and the shutdown on MLK Day, and we’ve added information on how to deal with your phone bill. It’s all in City Paper’s shutdown guide.


  • D.C. saw 12 homicides in the first 15 days of 2018— and this after a year in which homicides increased by 38 percent. For this article, writer Candace Y.A. Montague spoke in-depth with parents who lost their children in years’ past. Parents of past victims—those whose children died before this recent spike—know something about what’s in store for grieving families.

  • 145 acres. 18 holes. And a setting so peaceful, you could almost forget the racial injustices that black golfers conquered all those years ago. D.C.’s beloved Langston Golf Course faces uncertainty amid a bidding war over its future.

  • City Paper took the mood temperature of furloughed federal employees and contractors yesterday. Here are some choice quotes:

    • “I can barely get out of bed. I’m lucky if I’m dressed before 2.”  

    • “There’s rage, there’s exhaustion, there’s frustration—then it’s back to rage again.”

    • “I think what hurts the most is the fact that I really consider my work a calling.”

  • Federal officials have begun an audit of grant money distributed to the District, intended to treat those addicted to opioids and reduce the number of opioid-related fatalities. But the Washington Post reports that the grant money was apparently “not spent as intended to combat the opioid epidemic [or implement] federally funded programs.”

  • During a speech Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Muriel Bowser floated the idea of days with a car-free 16th Street NW, as well as more bike routes and public transit corridors. The crowd did not, reportedly, respond warmly to the idea.

  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl is apologizing for how he handled credible reports that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick molested children. Wuerl has denied that he knew about these allegations, despite evidence indicating otherwise.

  • A D.C.-based religious order is still seeking an exemption from an Obama-era mandate that demands it cover contraceptives.

  • On Friday and Saturday, the March for Life and Women’s March will, respectively, affect traffic patterns and result in road closures. WTOP has a map of where and when to expect them.

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

  • In only her second veto Mayor Bowser rejected the Council’s Metro fare decriminalization bill. [WCP]

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine settled with a restaurant whose employee asked a transgender woman to show her ID to use the bathroom, which is illegal. [DCist, settlement]

  • About 25 out LGBT members of the District’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions have formed the Rainbow Caucus. [Blade]

  • An activist handed out fake editions of the Washington Post yesterday. [Twitter, Twitter]

  • Bowser wants to add more cops in D.C. [Post]

  • Following testimony from city officials during a committee hearing, it is still unclear how a developer was allowed to destroy interior features such as the wood wainscoting, flooring, and tin ceiling in the Franklin School. The building is supposed to be protected under the District’s historic preservation law. [DCist]

  • More on police body camera footage. [Hill Rag]

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

  • General managers are paid to notice everything. What’s it like when they go out to dinner? [WCP]

  • The food court at Union Station has been hit hard by the shutdown as tour groups and commuters are sparse. [WCP]

  • The team behind Daikaya and other D.C. ramen restaurants is taking over the former Graffiato space. [WCP]

  • Why Atlas Brew Works is suing the federal government. [WBJ]

  • The team behind The Salt Line is opening a restaurant that pays tribute to New Orleans. [Washingtonian]

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

  • At the IA&A at Hillyer, three regional artists tackle themes of nostalgia, recollection, and deterioration. [WCP]

  • Broccoli City will be a two-day festival at FedEx Field this year, with Childish Gambino and Lil Wayne headlining. [Billboard]

  • Local photographer Krista Schlyer talks about her new photo book of the Anacostia River, in all its grit and glory. [WAMU]

  • Reevaluating the D.C.-set scenes in Spider-Man: Homecoming. [BYT]

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

  • Bowser says the Council’s new restrictions on home sharing go too far, but stops short of vetoing the bill. [WAMU]

  • D.C. has chronically misspent education funds meant for the lowest income students. [Post]

  • Power continues to go out in the marina where two dozen Washingtonians live in houseboats. [Post]

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

  • A local curling club is still seeing a spike interest one year after the Winter Olympics. [WCP]

  • Jalen Hurts isn’t coming to Maryland after all. The former Alabama quarterback is transferring to Oklahoma. [Players’ Tribune]

  • The Caps will finally give a video tribute to its Stanley Cup champion former head coach Barry Trotz on Friday after leaving him out during the banner raising video. [106.7 The Fan]

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

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