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Cornell M. Jones, a former drug kingpin in D.C.’s cocaine market, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to not paying $1.3 million in taxes owed from income he’d earned through real estate and other activities. He faces up to five years in federal prison—four more than he’s already served on drug-related charges—and his sentencing is set for April 14.


  • Oh s(no)w! It’s increasingly likely the D.C. area will get at least a foot of snow this weekend. [NBC4, Post]
  • Soccer fans: DC United has released additional renderings of its new stadium. [MLS, Post, Washingtonian]
  • Two bills before the D.C. Council would up fines for graffiting and protect students’ privacy. [City Desk]
  • The D.C. Auditor reports a lack of data polices at the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. [Post]
  • New Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld rode a delayed Orange Line train with riders on Tuesday. [WAMU]
  • Police are investigating a shooting in Columbia Heights that took place on busy 14th Street NW. [FOX5]


  • Good Food Awards: Ten local brands including Bluejacket and Port City Brewing Company won them.
  • Plagiarism at the Post: The paper apologized for publishing work a reporter lifted from Government Executive without attribution.
  • Wedderburn Records: Musical artist Janel Leppin has created her own label and we asked her questions.

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

  • Check out the new D.C. United stadium designs. [WBJ]
  • The District’s zoning update finally passes. [GGW]
  • Vernon Hawkins mentally fit for sentencing, doctor says. [LL]
  • Metro bets big on real estate deals. [WAMU]
  • Audit: loose data handling at DYRS. [Post]
  • Big 14th Street NW brawl. [Borderstan]
  • Former drug kingpin and nonprofit operator Cornell Jones pleads guilty on tax charges. [Post]
  • Courtland Milloy: “poorest pay the price” for Walmart backing out of deal. [Post]

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

  • Listen to Den-Mate‘s Daytrotter session. [Daytrotter]
  • Photos and recap from the D.C. Tattoo Expo. [DCist]
  • Meet the street artists transforming the city. [Washingtonian]
  • Janel Leppin is launching a new record label. Michael J. West chats with her about Wedderburn Records. [Arts Desk]
  • Check out photos of Stronger Sex at the American Art Museum’s Luce Unplugged series. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Bread Furst bakery held up by gunman. [Post]
  • Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac shares 10 things she hates. [Food Republic]
  • Junction Bistro & Bakery coming to Del Rey. [Eater]
  • Yona noodle bar launches fried chicken buckets. [Washingtonian]
  • The latest rage in Paris is… classic American barbecue. [Post]
  • Irish and European restaurant The Liberator coming to 477 H St. NW. [PoPville]
  • Bread Bite Bakery taking over former CakeLove space on U Street NW. [Borderstan]