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With winter well underway, how do the District’s efforts to provide services for homeless residents measure up? Our most recent cover story looks at how D.C. is reaching out to those residents—particularly at encampments.


  • Post editorial: D.C.’s proposed paid-leave legislation is “preposterous” and currently too expensive. [Post]
  • On Friday, Wal-mart announced its stores would not anchor new developments in D.C., and officials were angry about it. [City Desk, NBC4, WUSA9]
  • D.C.’s Board of Elections lacks new voting machines and has had trouble managing federal funds. [Post]
  • National Airport workers plan to protest low wages today in part by blocking traffic near the Mall. [DCist]
  • A peace parade and a gospel musical tribute are just two ways D.C. is celebrating MLK Day today. [NBC4]
  • It’s gonna be cold in the District this week. Very cold. [Capital Weather Gang]


  • Americans For Real Good Coffee: That’s not a line from the upcoming Zoolander 2; it’s a super PAC.
  • Potty Mouth: Should cyclists feel bad when they cuss at drivers in front of kids? Gear Prudence ponders.
  • His Last Year in Office?: A new poll suggests that Maryland Rep. Andy Harris may not get re-elected.

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

  • District loses two planned Ward 7 Walmarts. [City DeskPost]
  • Robert White says opponent Vincent Orange lacks support on the Council. [LL]
  • The District cracks down on homeless in tents, while prepping for cold weather. [WCP]
  • Vince Gray blames Muriel Bowser for losing Walmart. [Times]
  • Former Gray campaign worker Reuben Charles pleads out on tax charge. [Post]
  • Police shift gay liaison unit work time. [Blade]
  • More on the principal at DCPS’ all-boys high school. [WAMU]

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

  • D.C.’s Heavy Breathing brings arena-sized rock to the small stage of the Black Cat’s Backstage. [Post]
  • Photos from All Song Considered‘s Sweet 16 celebration at the 9:30 Club. [Arts Desk]
  • Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring finds a new home. [Bandwidth]
  • You have to listen to this go-go cover of Adele‘s “Hello” by the Backyard Band. [Arts Desk]
  • D.C.’s most pivotal time period (1963-1975) is documented with nuance and numbers at the Anacostia Community Museum. [Post]

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

  • Where to have brunch for Martin Luther King Jr. Day [Eater]
  • The best hookup bars in D.C. [DCist]
  • The best cideries in Virginia and Maryland [Washingtonian]
  • Momofuku CCDC’s to-go lunch specials will now be available every weekday. [Post]
  • Ping Pong Dim Sum to close Dupont location. [Borderstan]
  • D.C. issues new rules for pub crawls [Barred in DC]