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D.C. police are investigating the death of a months-old infant who was found unresponsive in a home near Van Buren and North Capitol streets NW on Wednesday morning. Other young siblings but no adults appear to have been there.


  • Mayor Muriel Bowser yesterday said she was not “shocked” by the resignation of a Fire and Emergency Medical Services official who had only been on the job for about half a year. [City Desk, Post, WAMU]
  • Post editorial board: It’s about time D.C. General closes for good, but it won’t end homelessness. [Post]
  • Metro lost hundreds of rail riders last year, largely due to concerns over reliability and safety. [WAMU]
  • D.C. taxis now finally have a ride-hailing app of their own. It has cost about $500,000 so far. [Post, WBJ]
  • On Saturday, the District Department of Transportation will hold a Vision Zero “hackathon.” [City Desk]
  • Oh, wonderful: The weather will be “painfully cold and windy today but the weekend” looks worse. [Post]
  • Not safe to eat: certain fish swimming in the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. [City Desk, FOX5, WJLA]


  • Independent Counsel: District Attorney General Karl Racine is D.C.’s first-ever elected AG. What’s he planning to do this year?
  • Whaley’s: A new seafood restaurant and raw bar will expectedly open in Navy Yard this spring.
  • Animal Orgs. Unite: The Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League will merge.

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

  • DCPS plans to overhaul teacher evaluations. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser on DCFEMS’ medical director’s resignation: “Nothing really shocks me.” [City Desk]
  • Former medical director on WAMU this afternoon. [WAMU]
  • White House budget would let the District regulate pot sales. [Times]
  • Early opposition looms for homeless shelters. [DCist]
  • Metro ridership keeps dropping. [WAMU]
  • Tom Sherwood considers Vince Gray‘s chances in Ward 7. [NBC4]
  • More work left on District students’ health. [WAMU]
  • Have pot activists finally gone too far? [DCist]

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

  • Arena Stage’s latest, The City of Conversation, explores the myth of the Georgetown dinner party. Here’s what really went down at these mythic parties. [Post]
  • Porchfest returns in April. [DC Music Download]
  • The cast of Source Theatre Company’s Equus from 33 years ago meets the cast of Constellation Theatre’s current production of Equus at Source Theatre. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • The Raised By Wolves drop new EP, announce break up. [DC Music Download]
  • Stephen Sondheim talks opening of Signature Theatre’s Road Show. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Roofers Union review: Top Chef puts the spotlight on Marjorie Meek-Bradley. [Post]
  • Aphrodisiac-laced dishes to spice up your Valentine’s Day [Express]
  • Five dining saves for Valentine’s Day procrastinators [Washingtonian]
  • Behind the scenes of Harper Macaw‘s chocolate factory [BYT]
  • Two restaurants experiment with jelly in cocktails. [DCist]
  • Tynan Coffee & Tea has new ownership in Columbia Heights. [PoPville]