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This morning, the D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will consider Mayor Muriel Bowser’s nominees to the new Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. One of those nominees, alternate candidate Chris Geldart, may face questions about his ethical liabilities. The former director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency was written up by the Office of the Inspector General for allegedly “using his public office for the private gain of a close personal acquaintance.” The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability later dismissed the investigation.

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  • D.C. police are having trouble investigating the death of a student attacked at Ballou High School. [Post]

  • Speed camera signs can’t properly warn drivers if they’re obscured. [WUSA9]

  • The Trump budget eliminates $150 million for capital improvements to Metro. [WBJ]

  • Major fee increases start at Metro parking lots and garages today. [NBC Washington]

  • After racist incident, GW’s NAACP chapter wants the school to focus on diversity issues. [WUSA9]

  • Small business owners aren’t sure that an Amazon HQ will benefit the region. [NBC Washington]

  • Potomac Phil saw his shadow and promises six more weeks of winter. [WTOP]

  • That probably explains yesterday’s wet and crappy weather. [Post]

  • Watch Kirk Cousinsand a Trump impersonator try to sell gas fireplaces during the Super Bowl. [WBJ]

  • And the ’Skins are considering trading Cousins instead of letting him enter free agency. [WJLA]

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

  • D.C. won’t reappoint Office of Open Government director. [Post]

  • Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White and a man accused of approaching three young girls with a knife try to mediate the dispute on Facebook Live. [WUSA9]

  • How D.C.’s primary election candidates feel about transportation, housing, and sustainability. [GGW]

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

  • Meet Bethany Hall, American University’s comedian in residence. [Post]

  • Listen to the ripping debut album from Bat Fangs. [WCP]

  • The complete list of works seen at The Source Festival during its 10-year run. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • A new exhibit at the Newseum looks back at the Civil Rights Movement in 1968. [WCP]

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

  • Ramen World is back for its fourth round. The event always sells out. [WCP]

  • Chef Massimo Fabbri will replace the recently closed Thally with a Tuscan eatery. [Eater]

  • Yet another new taco restaurant is bound for D.C. [PoPville]

  • Try these 10 restaurants that opened throughout the region last month. [Post]

  • Where to eat in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood. [WTOP]

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

  • Pathways to Housing DC uses a “housing first” model to combat homelessness. [Post]

  • Children’s National Health System shares plans for its research facilities on the Walter Reed campus. [UrbanTurf]

  • Department of Housing and Community Development partners with the D.C. Students Construction Trades Foundation to build a tiny house—but only for show. [UrbanTurf]

  • An enormous LeDroit Park townhome listed for $1.6 million would require a lot of work. [Curbed DC]

  • Five D.C. real estate trends to watch this year include surging homeownership. [Bisnow]

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