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Snow pummeled the DMV this weekend, eventually leading Metro buses to suspend service on Sunday evening. DC Public Schools and the D.C. government are both closed today. Here are some photos of great dogs and snowball fights to tide you over until Friday, when the city may get even more snow. Here’s a full list of the D.C.-area schools closed today.

City Paper updated its shutdown guide to include food, rent, and utility assistance, as well as a few ways employed residents can help their neighbors. (For any in-person options on this list, we advise you to call in advance given the possibility of weather-related changes.)


  • The District is arguing in court against releasing police body camera footage of Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White from a 2017 traffic stop. The Washington Post is suing D.C. for the footage, and White tells City Paper that “D.C. should just go ahead and release the footage.” D.C. Superior Court Judge Hiram E. Puig-Lugo rejected the District’s attempts to get the lawsuit thrown out.

  • The D.C. Board of Government Ethics and Accountability incorrectly reported in the minutes for its December meeting that its investigation into Councilmember Jack Evans was stayed because of a “criminal investigation.” BEGA has issued a correction, saying its investigation is stayed “because of an ongoing law enforcement investigation.”

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser will hold a conference at 4 p.m. today on the Gallaudet campus, where she will “reflect on her first term and share her priorities for the next four years.”

  • Virginia won’t have a representative on the House Appropriations Committee for the first time in over a century.

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

  • Bowser opposes a push to equip District police officers with naloxone, the antidote for opioid overdoses. The D.C. Council will consider a bill that would give officers in Wards 5, 7, and 8 the drug. About 2,500 agencies across the country give their officers naloxone. [Post, Twitter]

  • A call for D.C. residents to demand action from elected officials on the rising number of homicides in the District from Ward 5 resident and political consultant Chuck Thies: “Call, email or tweet at the mayor. Do the same to your council members. Encourage your family and friends to do so, too. Act locally, please. The life of your neighbors may depend on it. [Twitter]

    • D.C. homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of two men found in a vehicle in Southwest early Sunday. [Post]

  • The head of D.C.’s Department of Public Works, Chris Shorter, will leave his post effective Feb. 1. Shorter accepted a position as assistant city manager in in Austin. [Twitter]

  • A stranger found a wallet on the G9 bus and returned it to its owner. Turns out, it wasn’t the first time the good Samaritan found and returned a lost item. [Post]

  • The owner of a funeral home, who has clients in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, is refusing with an order to close his business. Shaun Reid allegedly mixed up human remains, forged death certificates, and stole from his customers. [Fox5]

  • Ward 4 Dems will host a chat with D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday. [Twitter]

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

  • New website allows you to buy beer for furloughed federal employees. [WCP]

  • In a news cycle rife with closures, Ristorante i Ricchi’s 30th anniversary is worth celebrating. [WCP]

  • Critic calls some of Officina’s menu “breathtakingly expensive.” [Washingtonian]

  • Where to find grocery pop-ups for furloughed workers. [DCist]

  • A major change to Bud Light’s beer label is coming and it involves calories. [Post]

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

  • A recreation of Ben’s Chili Bowl is coming to the Sundance Film Festival. [WCP]

  • Gianandrea Noseda conducted the National Symphony Orchestra at the Columbia Heights Education Campus and students were NOT impressed. [Post]

  • The Hip-Hop Museum aims to preserve the history of rap in D.C. [AFRO]

  • Can D.C. be the next big music town, a la Nashville, Austin, and New Orleans? [NBC4]

  • The Cornel West Theory wrote a song in response to the shutdown. [Bandcamp]

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

  • Want to lease out three units? How about six? [WCP]

  • More photos of the #snurlough. [Popville]

  • A former General Services Administration official warns landlords leasing to the federal government that, should the shutdown persist, they might not get timely rent payments. [WBJ]

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

  • Need more proof that it’s a new era for the Georgetown men’s basketball team? Freshmen Mac McClung and James Akinjo hit buzzer-beating shots to help the Hoyas beat Providence. [Deadspin]

  • J.D. Gibbs, son of Super Bowl winning coach Joe Gibbs, passed away at 49 after a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. [Yahoo]

  • The Phillies reportedly had a “really positive” meeting with free agent Bryce Harper. The Nationals, Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post writes have built a contending roster even if Harper leaves. [CBS Sports]

  • The Wizards’ favorite locker-room guy, Tomáš Satoranský, scored his first career triple-double in Friday night’s victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. [Bullets Forever]

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

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