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The D.C. Housing Authority bans almost all pets in buildings it owns and manages. Animal advocates say such a policy violates federal laws that allow residents with disabilities as well as the elderly to own pets in public housing.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • An ex-Marine and current American University student was allegedly attacked at a McDonald’s downtown. [Post, WJLA]
  • A pet dog, Lakai, died after being electrocuted outside an apartment in Northwest. [NBC4, FOX5, WJLA]
  • A new proposed D.C. Public Schools budget focuses on alternative educational programs. [Post, WAMU]
  • Local performance artist Brian Feldman was allegedly attacked near his home in Deanwood. [DCist]
  • The D.C. Council voted out of committee a bill authorizing the redevelopment of Walter Reed. [City Desk]
  • The city has a new chief technology officer as of last month. Who is she and what will she do? [DC Inno]
  • The District is the only city east of Denver that’s had a “severe” winter, according to a weather index. [Post]

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

  • Brunch for Bros: Hawthorne, a new restaurant at 1336 U St. NW, wants more local men to enjoy brunch.
  • Bad Tweet: The D.C. GOP is calling for a D.C. Council staffer to resign after posting an admittedly insensitive tweet about the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • What’s the WIC?: The Workforce Investment Council advises D.C. on job programs and has a new head.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips?wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Zealous cop is the bane of District cabbies. [Post, WAMU]
  • DCPS budget focuses on alternative schools. [WAMUPost]
  • Republicans want David Grosso staffer to resign over tweet. [LL]
  • Post ed board: time for new fire chief to show results. [Post]
  • More on private ambulance deal. [Post]
  • Disagreement on whether to rename Ballou after Marion Barry. [Fox5]
  • Controversy over Southwest shelter proposal. [Hill Rag]
  • And more unhappiness over shelter selection process. [Times]
  • Walter Reed redevelopment moves forward. [City Desk]
  • More on changes to DCPS teacher grading. [WAMU]

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

  • Real Housewife of Potomac Charrisse‘s bestie Brynee Baylor and her millions of dollars legal woes. [Post]
  • Inside Georgia Avenue Internet radio station and recording studio Listen Visions. [Bandwidth]
  • The emotional impact of Lynn Nottage‘s economic drama Sweat. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Photos of The El Mansouris at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum’s Luce Unplugged series. [DC Music Download]
  • John Oliver is coming to the Kennedy Center for three shows in August. Perhaps he’ll perform his D.C. statehood song? [DCist]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • These D.C. diners are (really, truly) actual diners [Eater]
  • Eating this traditional Mexican dish is like having nachos for breakfast. [Post]
  • You can now have beer with your pho at Pho 14 in Columbia Heights. [PoPville]
  • The week in food events [Washingtonian]
  • Maison Dixon hot chicken pop-up coming to Vendetta on Feb. 18 [Frozen Tropics]
  • Made in Virginia: Element Shrub [NoVa Mag]