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City Paper teamed up with local organization D.C. Vote to poll the masses. Some findings? Sixty-six percent of local voters believe the District should work toward taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol, notwithstanding Congressional interference; 70 percent say they “definitely support” raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour; and 53 percent say they “definitely favor” limiting campaign finance to small contributors and public funds. Read more.


  • According to our poll, 61 percent of D.C. voters say they want regulated spaces where adults can consume marijuana outside of home. On Wednesday, the D.C. Council moved forward with a ban on such places at the committee level. [WCP, City Desk]
  • A high school principal and an administrator were shot and wounded Monday night in Barry Farm. [Post]
  • The District issued more than $1 million in tickets during the snow emergency over the past several days. [NBC4]
  • Another frontier in the D.C.-NY inferiority complex? Ask officials how quickly we clean up snow. [Post]
  • Landmark Theatres has sued competitor Regal Entertainment in D.C. federal court over an alleged monopoly. [Arts Desk]
  • Metro says it’s on track to complete a few federally required safety actions by February. [WAMU]
  • Why there are so many sirens in D.C., explained. [WAMU]


  • Remembering Connie: Local peace activists fondly recall Concepcion Picciotto, a White House vigil keeper who stood her ground for almost 35 years.
  • Council on Crime: A D.C. Council committee voted not to raise penalties for crimes committed on Metro in a dramatic session Wednesday.
  • Price Gouging: The Office of the Attorney General on the lookout for snowstorm-related price gouging.

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

  • Marijuana club ban makes it to the full Council. [City DeskWBJ, WAMU]
  • Jack Evans, future Metro chairman. [Post]
  • Phil Mendelson crashes committee hearing, to some chagrin. [LL]
  • Evans: Mendelson is “anti-police.” [DCist]
  • Kenyan McDuffie-backed crime bill advances. [Post]
  • Snow parking tickets hit $1 million. [NBC4]
  • Op-ed: no on higher minimum wage. [Post]
  • Suspect blamed for school threats. [Post]

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

  • The Rosebud Film Festival celebrates 25 years. [DCist]
  • Meet Tom King, local comic book writer for DC and Marvel who used to work for the CIA. [Post]
  • An interview with Songbyrd Cafe owners Alisha Edmonson and Joe Lapan. [DC Music Download]
  • Final design selected for WWI Memorial at Pershing Park. [Post]
  • Things heat up in the latest episode of the Real Housewives of Potomac. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Chef Kyle Bailey is leaving Neighborhood Restaurant Group. [Post]
  • NFL-themed restaurant won’t carry Washington’s team name as planned. [WBJ]
  • Super Bowl food PSA: D.C. restaurants with killer takeout options [Eater]
  • Philadelphia-based vegan restaurant HipCityVeg is coming to D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C. Restaurant Week extensions beyond Feb. 3 [Zagat]
  • Yamas Mediterranean Grillnow open in Adams Morgan. [PoPville]
  • Robbers strike &pizza on H Street NE. [Frozen Tropics]