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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.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
- 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? email@example.com)
- Marijuana club ban makes it to the full Council. [City Desk, WBJ, 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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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]