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The federal government remains closed, but that doesn’t mean that D.C. is closed as well. Each day of the shutdown could cost the region $200 million in economic productivity. But on the bright side, public parks and private museums will remain open, and the Smithsonian will pull from last year’s funds to stay open today. And if you’re a federal employee who’s temporarily out of work, at least you can enjoy some food and drink specials.


  • Thousands gather on the National Mall for the second Women’s March. [WTOP]

  • And activists made their messages known on Union Station flagpoles. [NBC Washington]

  • Mayor Bowser promises to close the D.C. General homeless shelter by year’s end. [Post]

  • Parents who use childcare centers inside federal buildings struggle to find alternative options during the shutdown. [WAMU]

  • Prognosticators think D.C. has a good chance at winning Amazon’s HQ2. [Post]

  • A D.C. Fire Department captain was arrested for filming an underage girl in a Northern Virginia mall. [Fox5]

  • The battle over regional airport noise comes to a federal appeals court. [Post]

  • The Wizards tried to correct their course with a team meeting. It went badly. [Post]

  • Book club is the most popular activity at Brightwood elementary school. [Post]


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

  • Another farewell to outgoing D.C. Water chief George Hawkins. [Post]

  • Vince Graywon’t subpoena United Medical Center officials after all. [WBJ]

  • The shutdown could lead to a midday rush hour. [WAMU]

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

  • Watch a previously unreleased music video from The Aquarium. [Dischord Records]

  • Check out another music video, this one from Loi Loi. [IMPOSE]

  • Etxe Records celebrates 10 years. [DC Music Download]

  • Here’s how the shutdown will affect some D.C.-area theaters. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • And here are the D.C.-area museums you can still visit if federally funded venues are closed. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Head here for shutdown food and drink specials. [WCP]

  • Start your day at these new breakfast spots. [Washingtonian]

  • Use these tips to order a wine you’ll like at restaurants. [Post]

  • Warm up with these fancified takes on hot chocolate. [Zagat]

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

  • Post editorial board: D.C. should repeal law blocking gas-station redevelopment. [Post]

  • After purchase by tenants, Wah Luck House in D.C.’s Chinatown is slated for rehab. [Next City]

  • Ward 1 residents get worked up over plans for homeless shelter on 14th Street NW. [PoPville]

  • Office of the Attorney General publishes online resources for renters. [UrbanTurf]

  • Big development in Eckington moves forward with community benefits package. [GGW]

  • Nine-bedroom Georgetown townhome sells for more than $7.3 million. [Curbed DC]

  • You can rent a three-bedroom house in Park View for $3,000 a month. [Curbed DC]

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