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Get ready for this winter’s “coldest week yet,” folks. Tonight, the District could see a couple of inches of snow accumulate, followed by below freezing temperatures that are expected to endure from Thursday through Sunday.


  • On Saturday, residents and churchgoers discussed a controversial bike lane planned for Shaw, but with no immediate resolution. [City Desk, WAMU, Post]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie are at odds about how best to reduce crime. [Post]
  • Does D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act do much to prevent the displacement of residents? [Post]
  • A juvenile and a man were injured during a Saturday shooting on Georgia Avenue NW. [NBC4, WUSA9]
  • Donald Trump’s new hotel at the Old Post Office building will open ahead of schedule, Ivanka says. [WSJ]
  • Organizers marched against sexual assault in Dupont Circle on Saturday night while pro-masculinity blogger Roosh V tried to explain his incendiary positions on gender in a hotel basement. [DCist]
  • A poll commissioned by AAA Mid-Atlantic finds that 66 percent of D.C. residents oppose increased traffic penalties as the District considers such measures. [Post]


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

  • The 6th St. NW bike lane fight is back. [City Desk, NBC4Post]
  • Problems for the District’s TOPA law. [Post]
  • D.C. Health Link touts smoother enrollment. [WBJ]
  • Washington Gas defends itself after leak. [Borderstan]
  • New candidate Vince Gray talks LGBT issues. [Blade]
  • More on artists’ attempts to save their New York Ave. studio space. [WBJ]

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

  • With the Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre gone, here’s what the organization needs in its new director. [Post]
  • Meet Takoma’s newest arts space, Rhizome. [Arts Desk]
  • D.C. voting rights, the hip-hop song. [DCist]
  • The history of politics at the American History Museum’s latest exhibition. [Post]
  • Gun$ Garcia returns home for a pair of parties. [Arts Desk]
  • An interview with Michael Simpson and Caroline Hewitt of the D.C.-centric play A City of Conversation. [DCist]
  • A rescheduled BET Honors to take place in D.C. on March 5. [Post]

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

  • Chinese New Year celebrations around D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • The right way to get drunk with chocolate [Post]
  • What’s going on with Johnny Rockets in Pentagon City? [ARLnow]
  • Post Pub closes due to reported vermin, ‘plumbing problems’ [Borderstan]
  • Local sommelier shares recommendations for Valentine’s Day treats [NoVa Mag]
  • Why Taco Bell spent $5 million to introduce the Quesalupa [Eater]