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Expect a sunnier and warmer Tuesday. And enjoy it, because we could see some snow this weekend.


  • As the federal government shutdown stretches into day 18, City Paper has compiled a comprehensive guide for the furloughed workers. So far, more than 2,000 federal employees living in D.C. have applied for unemployment benefits.

  • The shutdown is even affecting a new batch of beer from Atlas Brew Works.

  • Got something to say about the shutdown? Call Washington City Podcast’s Furlough Phone Line to let us know how you’re spending your time. Or if you just want to complain, you can do that too. Leave us a voicemail at (202) 681-9756.

  • It cost the global Catholic community Opus Dei $977,000 to settle a sexual misconduct lawsuit against Rev. C. John McCloskey, who is credibly accused of groping a woman who sought his counsel.

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser has some lofty goals for her second term, including 36,000 new housing units by 2025. But she won’t say how she’ll get it done.

  • Violence in 2019 picked up where 2018 left off. Six people were killed in D.C. over the weekend, an unusually high number, The Post reports. There were 160 homicides in the District in 2018.

  • Attorney General Karl Racine sues the owners and managers of a notoriously dilapidated apartment building in Brightwood Park.

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

  • Councilmember David Grosso plans to introduce a bill to legalize marijuana sales in the District. With Democrats in control of the House, there’s renewed hope that Congress won’t interfere. [DCist]

  • “What we know about large agencies is, sometimes employees do bad things, and supervisors, or the superintendent in this case has to hold them accountable,” Mayor Bowser says in defense of her pick to lead D.C.’s school system. Indianapolis Superintendent Lewis Ferebee has faced scrutiny for his handling of a 2016 sexual abuse case. [Post]

  • MPD Chief Peter Newsham now says a news article inflamed tensions between he and lawmakers after his previous comments that councilmembers “emboldened” criminals by criticizing police. Newsham is expected to be reappointed this year. [Twitter]

  • The Council’s first legislative meeting of the year is today. Check the agenda. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he will take up a critical bill to amend the District’s comprehensive plan in the coming months. [WJB]

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

  • Rooster & Owl is set to open on 14th Street NW on Feb. 7. They’ll serve New American cuisine. [WCP]

  • Bread for the City is expanding services, noting an increased need for food and medical care. [Post]

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

  • With all of the Smithsonian’s museums closed, attendance is way up for the D.C.-area’s private museums, natch. [DCist]

  • Michael Horsley presents a portrait of D.C.’s yesteryear at Gallery O. [The DC Line]

  • Fifty one of the best songs to come out of the 51st state (that’s D.C.) in 2018. [Random Nerds]

  • Take a Ride-On bus and you can get into the Glenstone Museum anytime you want, without booking a prior time slot (which is all booked up for the next three months). [DCist]

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

  • Ward 3 residents get concessions in their fight against a homeless shelter there, but it comes at a cost to the future residents of that shelter. [Twitter]

  • D.C.’s public housing agency says it has enough money set aside to operate for two months without HUD reimbursements, but releases scant other details. [DCHA]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser dodges a question about potentially reforming the Height Act, despite alluding to a desire to reform the Height Act. [WAMU]

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

  • D.C. area teachers, government workers, and runners all gathered at the Nationals Youth Academy for the same reason: to become the next Nationals Racing President. [WCP]

  • Nats season ticket holders that are furloughed during the partial government shutdown can delay their monthly payments until the government reopens. [The Hill]

  • D.C. United is cutting the cord and partnering with subscription-based live sports streaming website FloSports to broadcast its games. [FloSports]

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

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