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For the second time in two months, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to support the Fair Elections Act, which would allow candidates who raise a certain amount of money from small donors to receive a grant to kickstart their campaigns, as well as matching funds at a rate of 5 to 1. But while the Council is excited, Mayor Muriel Bowserremains hesitant about using more tax dollars to fund elections. Also among the hesitant: the D.C. GOP and Michael Woods, Bowser’s 19-year-old primary election challenger.


  • President Trump wants to see a military parade on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. [Post]

  • The D.C. Council, also based on Pennsylvania Ave. NW, disagrees. [Twitter]

  • Despite a well-documented decrease in ridership, Metro trains are still crowded. [WTOP]

  • And could still catch on fire again, according to federal inspectors who found rusting rails on the Red Line. [WUSA9]

  • But Red Line turn-backs at Grosvenor-Strathmore station could end this year. [Post]

  • D.C. man arrested in connection with more than recent 12 burglaries in the District. [WUSA9]

  • D.C. identifies “priority areas” where community members will help students get to school safely. [WJLA]

  • Parents share their thoughts about how DCPS could improve. [WJLA]

  • When it comes to a new football stadium, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia should avoid a bidding war. [GGW]

  • Whoops! A computer glitch at the D.C. DMV accidentally sent more than 1,700 traffic tickets to collections. [WJLA]

  • GWU students demand diversity training for members of Greek organizations after sorority sisters shared a racist photo on Snapchat. [WUSA9]


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

  • Council candidates debate how to fund affordable housing and homeless shelters. [GGW]

  • Taxpayer funds are paying for D.C. government workers’ traffic accidents. [WUSA9]

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

  • Filmmaker and authorErin Lee Carrtalks about lessons learned from her late father, former City Paper editor David Carr. [WCP]

  • National Museum of the U.S. Army will open late next year in Fort Belvoir, Va. [Post]

  • Listen to a new single from D.C. singer/songwriter Dior Ashley Brown. [DC Music Download]

  • Performers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater teach a class to aspiring dancers at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. [WUSA9]

  • Read an excerpt from E. Ethelbert Miller’s new book of baseball-themed poetry. [Washingtonian]

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

  • It’s time to revisit The Gibson, D.C.’s 10-year-old speakeasy. [WCP]

  • The dessert menu at A Rake’s Progress is a work in progress. [Washingtonian]

  • Fins romance at surprising restaurants this Valentine’s Day. [Zagat]

  • Alexandria residents anguish over the proposed Taco Bell Cantina. [WBJ]

  • Stop caring if a female chef is “likable.” [Eater]

  • A cocktail expert breaks down every kind of bad cocktail. [Daily Beast]

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

  • Amendments to D.C.’s Comprehensive Plan could allow the city to create more “missing middle” housing. [GGW]

  • Georgetown home where John F. Kennedy met Jackie lists for $1.7 million. [UrbanTurf]

  • Five D.C. hotels make U.S. News ranking of best hotels in America. [Curbed DC]

  • Eight of the nation’s best counties to live in are in the D.C. area. [WTOP]

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