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D.C. could become the first region in the nation with a carbon rebate program, if only the leaders in charge of implementing it could decide how to do so. Despite having significant support from environmental leaders, elected officials, and service groups, the D.C. Department of the Energy and Environment won’t unequivocally stand by carbon pricing. As Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh readies a bill to be introduced this spring, the concerned parties wait for a solution.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser touts D.C.’s urban qualities in effort to woo Amazon. [Post]

  • Bowser and Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner are in Silicon Valley pitching D.C. to major tech companies. [WTOP]

  • Monumental Sports plans $40 million Capital One Arena upgrade, with new seats and restaurants. [WBJ]

  • Despite jury summons snafu, no D.C. Superior Court cases were delayed due to a lack of jurors. [Post]

  • After years in second place, Metro’s drop in ridership makes it the nation’s third most-used heavy rail system. [GGW]

  • And its ridership numbers haven’t started increasing. [Post]

  • But at least we now know the truth about the carpet used on Metro trains. [Post]

  • D.C. cops are finally cracking down on the marijuana gift industry. [WAMU]

  • Georgia Avenue NW club The House has discontinued the Sunday male strip show started by late former Councilmember Jim Graham. [Blade]

  • Bird lays egg, regional conservationists rejoice. [WTOP]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by City Paperstaff (tips? tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Councilmember Mary Cheh at yesterday’s hearing on school accountability: “The investigation has just started.” [WJLA]

  • The State Superintendent of Education is participating in the FBI’s investigation of DCPS. [Post]

  • At hearing, Board of Ethics and Government Accountability chair insists that ousting of Office of Open Government director was not politically motivated. [Post]

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

  • It’s here! Read our Spring Arts Guide. [WCP]

  • Meet the new class of DMV rappers and emcees taking the region by storm, including NAPPYNAPPA, Odd Mojo, and Reggie Pr1me. [Bandcamp]

  • Eighty women strong, drum group Batala Washington keeps the beat alive. [Post]

  • Jazz gigs to check out this weekend: Randy Weston, Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra,J.S. Williams, and Jeron White. [Washingtonian]

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

  • If a new bill limiting what wine pubs can sell for off-premises consumption passes, ANXOand Cork Wine Bar & Market could be in danger. [WCP]

  • Dine at Restaurant Evewhile you can—it will likely close in Alexandria. [Washingtonian]

  • Don’t bother eating at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day. [Post]

  • With the Winter Olympics in full swing, Korean fried chicken is having a moment. [DC Refined]

  • Joe Theismann’s restaurant gets a little help from new investors. [WBJ]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Housing activist and developer who both worked in D.C. die on same day. [WBJ]

  • Average monthly rent in D.C. is $2,087, but it’s dropping in some areas. [Curbed DC]

  • Four-bedroom Dupont Circle home with “butler’s pantry” lists for $2 million. [Curbed DC]

  • Retail and restaurants are booming in Petworth. [UrbanTurf]

  • Controversy over Brookland Manor redevelopment continues to grow in Ward 5. [AFRO]

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