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UPDATE, 8:45 a.m.: Obviously, it is snowing. The streets are slick, the sidewalks are slushy. Capital Weather Gang says we can expect snow for the next couple of hours, before it turns into a wintry mix of sleet and rain. Be careful out there, folks. 

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There’s a one hundred percent chance it’s going to rain today, and snow is in the mix this morning. Daytime temperatures will hover around 37. Be careful on your morning commute, as roads and sidewalks may be slippery. And, since it’s Thursday, you can find a new City Paper on newsstands across the District.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • Diners are enjoying a food and drink renaissance, but progress behind the scenes—the emotional and physical health of those running restaurants—largely hasn’t caught up. In reporting this story, City Paper sought to examine what local stressors exist in D.C. and what people here are doing to bring about change for District workers.

  • At-Large Councilmember Robert White Jr. credits his older brother Michael for driving some of his major policy priorities: supporting returning citizens. City Paper profiles the brothers, revealing the indelible pull each brother has on the other.

  • A “wintry mix” of rain and ice will pellet the region today, and a number of schools in Maryland are operating on either a two-hour delay or total closure. Schools in Loudoun, Prince William, and Fauquier counties are closed today, WTOP reports, while schools in Fairfax County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park City will open two hours late. Check here for an updated list.

  • The Wizards (5-9) are finally winning and having fun. Bradley Beal became the youngest player in NBA history to make 900 three-point shots in the team’s 119-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-12). The game even featured Ian Mahinmi’s first career three-pointer. [Bullets Forever]

  • Gear Prudence thinks cars should be banned from National Landing.

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

  • Jump the Metro gate and you might as well be taking $2 from Councilmember Jack Evans’ wallet. [WCP]

  • The District paid upward of $8,000 for a new rug in the Council breakfast meeting room. A high price to pay to really tie the room together, dude. [Twitter]

  • Is now legal to keep a pet hedgehog in D.C. [WCP, DCist]

  • The D.C. Council voted to end the statute of limitations on sexual abuse. [WCP]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser is crowd sourcing the future of D.C. [dc2me]

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

  • Ranking meatballs from first to worst at The Meatball Shop. [Post]

  • Restaurants are wondering how they can slide into Amazon HQ2? [WBJ]

  • The Hungry Lobbyist on how to enjoy dining solo. [Washingtonian]

  • The 38 ‘Best Restaurants in America’ includes Bad Saint. [Eater]

  • Opening up about the dark side of the restaurant industry. [WBJ]

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

  • Listen to the debut single from Mister Goblin, the new solo project of former Two Inch Astronaut singer/guitarist Sam Woodring. [Phluff]

  • The 1993 film Line of Fire: not particularly good, but a decent portrayal of Washington, D.C. [BYT]

  • Feeling down? Let these nine works of art lift your spirits. [DCist]

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

  • Looks like high sales prices are starting to take a toll on the housing market in D.C. [Urban Turf]

  • More on Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau’s effort to bring additional support staff to advisory neighborhood commissioners. [WCP]

  • Come on. [WCP]

  • How do you feel about the name “National Landing”? [Curbed]

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

  • Local trampoline star Changamire Anderson II is currently in St. Petersburg, Russia to compete in the World Age Group Competitions. The 14-year-old D.C. resident has his sights on eventually competing in the Olympics. [WCP]

  • After winning the past two years, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer finished second in the National League Cy Young Award voting, losing to New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom. [WTOP]

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

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