A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

District bars were allowed to apply for special permits to serve drinks until 4:00 a.m. during inauguration week and restaurants applied to stay open 24 hours. Also, a Russian victory-party-themed pop-up bar is opening tomorrow evening in Capitol Hill.


  • A listing of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around D.C. [NBC4, Fox5]

  • District hospitals have to prepare for inauguration, too. [WBJ]

  • You can have a pet alligator in Fairfax County, but only with a special permit. [Post]

  • At a Cleveland Park shop, hundreds leave notes to Obama on Post-its. [WTOP]

  • Local D.C. activists share their plans for inauguration weekend. [WAMU]

  • Canadian groups travel to D.C. for Women’s March to make sure the misogyny doesn’t spread too far north. [Washingtonian]

  • Cities are set to set population records in 2017, and D.C. is no exception. [WBJ]

  • Metro SafeTrack surge number 11 begins Feb. 11 on the Blue Line. [WAMU]

  • The security barriers are going up already. There will be lots of them. [Post]

  • Two found dead in a Northeast D.C. home this morning. [WUSA]

  • Nine juveniles arrested for a series of robberies in the District. [Post]

  • Family of Dec. 31 stabbing victim cannot rest without answers. [Post]

  • Police are searching for two missing girls, age 10 and 16. They are cousins. [NBC4]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The ritual mashup of Washington D.C. cliches: [New York Times]

  • Trump backs up on ouster of D.C. National Guard’s Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz [Post]

  • ICYMI: After outrage expressed by Schwartz’ friend Vince Gray. [NBC4]

  • More Congress members bail on inauguration after Trump’s John Lewis remarks. [Gothamist]

  • Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein is Trump’s deputy attorney general. [Post]

  • Goodbye Obama. And thank you. [60 Minutes]

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

  • Yes, there is a go-go symphony. And, no, it’s not as crazy as it sounds. [WCP]

  • Check out a new music video from D.C.’s Dawkins. [DC Music Download]

  • For MLK Day of Service today, here’s where you can volunteer around town. [WAMU]

  • Local musicians, led by jazz singer/activist Aaron Myers, will march today from the White House to Bohemian Caverns. [DC Music Download]

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

  • The Shaw Bijou closes after less than three months. [Washingtonian]

  • Owner Kelly Gorsuch tried to convince others to change the Shaw Bijou concept. [Post]

  • Qualia Coffee pulled its Wi-Fi and people are pissed. [PoPville]

  • The “Cronut” creator ranks every Girl Scout cookie flavor. [Thrillist]

  • Sixteen facts about avocados. [Lucky Peach]

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

  • Friends of McMillan Park leader calls for transparency and rebidding huge project. [Post]

  • How much of the District’s budget surplus should go to affordable housing? [NBC4]

  • Logan Circle’s transformation from crime haven to yuppie paradise. [UrbanTurf]

  • Uber plans to share its ridership data with the District for urban planing purposes. [WBJ]

  • Local developer Bozzuto wins National Association of Homebuilders accolade. [Bisnow]

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