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As the government shutdown drags on, negotiations appear to be stalled and D.C., like other communities where many work for the federal government, is suffering.


  • Furloughed federal employees and contractors going without pay during the shutdown are making changes to their eating and dining habits (and stressing about their mortgages).

  • Charline von Heyl’s paintings are on display at the Hirshhorn, but no one can see them because of the government shutdown. With no end in sight, von Heyl’s work may be taken down before it gets an audience.

  • Also on the Mall, also because of the shutdown, trash is piling up. District workers are doing the cleaning.

  • D.C. police say they’ve seized 88 pounds of heroin and arrested at least two people in what Mayor Muriel Bowsercalled the largest drug bust in recent memory. Linwood Douglas Thorne was arrested in Baltimore last week, but authorities have so far not identified the second man arrested.

  • Wayne Rooney was arrested last month for public swearing and intoxication in Loudoun County (Pablo Maurer at The Athletic reports it happened at Dulles International Airport). Rooney paid a $25 fine.

  • Four people were arrested over the weekend after they threw paint filled balloons at a man who organized a demonstration to support James Alex Fields, an avowed neo-Nazi who killed a woman with his car during a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville. The balloons were intended for Jovi Val, who organized the demonstration in front of the White House.

  • Firefighters made quick work of a fire at a medical marijuana grow facility over the weekend.

  • D.C.’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is cancelled this year because security costs are getting too steep.

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

  • MPD Chief Peter Newsham took a shot at Councilmember Charles Allen for the Ward 6 lawmaker’s critical public comments on police tactics on a particularly violent section of Sheriff Road in Northeast, The Post reported. Newsham said criminals were “emboldened” by Allen’s criticism; Allen said that’s “ridiculous.” [Post]

  • Why is a there a statue of Mexican president Benito Juárez in a D.C. traffic circle, and what’s his connection to Abraham Lincoln? [Post]

  • Meet the new ANCs in Ward 6. [Hill Rag]

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

  • The menu for Cane coming to H Street NE includes roti, tiffin boxes, and cow heel souse. [WCP]

  • Where to try an uni grilled cheese on the weekends. [WCP]

  • D.C.’s mom-and-pop restaurants struggle to stay open when faced with rising rents. [DCist]

  • Five local food trends to expect in 2019. [Washingtonian]

  • The state of organic food in America. [Eater]

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

  • Daniel Sallick, the Hirshhorn’s board chair, has some choice words for the President about the shutdown: “The nation is getting a taste of life without some of our essential culture.” [Art News]

  • From new venues and leadership to new programming, here’s what you need to know for theater in the D.C. area in 2019. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • The Smithsonian’s museums may be closed, but there’s still a lot of culture you can take in during the shutdown. [WAMU]

  • Musicians, regulars, and staff members pay tribute to famed first floor of Black Cat. [WCP]

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

  • 20 percent of home purchases in D.C. last year were made with cash. [Urban Turf]

  • Rent to own a nine-bedroom estate with three kitchens. [WCP]

  • Expect to see more dockless bikes and scooters this year around the city. [Curbed]

  • What’s next for Opportunity Zones? [WBJ]

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

  • Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post says goodbye to the Nationals beat. She’ll be covering the 2020 presidential campaign for the newspaper. [Post]

  • As expected, Jay Gruden is returning as head coach of the local NFL team after a 7-9 season. [NBC Sports Washington]

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

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