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On Thursday, the D.C. Council held its second hearing on a proposed paid-leave bill that would give almost all D.C. workers the benefit of being able to take up to 16 weeks of compensated leave for family or medical reasons. The daylong session raised questions about the benefit’s projected cost as well as how the executive would administer it.


  • D.C. scored a C- on an infrastructure report card issued by a group of civil engineers. [City Desk, Post]
  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans seems poised to soon become the chairman of Metro’s board. [Post]
  • Remember that Green Line train that came apart last week? “Extra moisture” may have caused it. [WTOP]
  • Will Mayor Muriel Bowser’s efforts to make the District open data friendly truly take off? [Technical.ly]
  • Giant panda cub Bei Bei is gearing up for his public debut tomorrow at the National Zoo. Eee! [NBC4]
  • The Zoning Commission last night approved changes that will go into effect in September. [UrbanTurf]
  • Should Metro stop allowing bus riders to load funds onto their SmarTrip cards while getting on the bus? [Post]


  • Special Delivery: Not all restaurants in the D.C. area like food-delivery services like Postmates and Caviar.
  • Adopt-a-School: After half a year in effect, where does a D.C. Public Schools partnership program stand?
  • Farewell, RGIII: It’s time to let Washington football team quarterback Robert Griffin III go.

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

  • Family leave hearing sparks controversy. [WBJ, WAMUPost]
  • Muriel Bowser says paid leave will push out businesses. [Times]
  • Maybe Jack Evans will be Metro chairman after all. [Post]
  • Workforce agencies get a tough time at Vincent Orange  [Post]
  • At-large hopeful Robert White on The Politics Hour  [WAMU]
  • Bowser and governors schedule a trade mission. [WBJ]
  • Gloomy grades for District infrastructure. [City Desk]

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

  • An interview with Maryland filmmakers Joe Frank and Zachary Reed on their debut feature Sweaty Betty. [DCist]
  • Signature Theatre strikes deal with Disney for musical version of Freaky Friday. [Post]
  • An interview with curator Tom Vick on the 20th anniversary of the Iranian Film Festival. [Arts Desk]
  • Looking back at the hot mess that was The Real Housewives of D.C. [Post]
  • One Track Mind: The Cornel West Theory‘s “Other Side of the Line (Anita).” [Arts Desk]

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

  • Ivy City’s One Eight Distilling celebrates its first year. [DCist]
  • Shake Shack‘s fried chicken sandwich launches today. [Washingtonian]
  • Radiator promises frozen drinks and outdoor shuffleboard near Logan Circle. [Post]
  • Veranda near Logan Circle is renovating. [PoPville]
  • Pennsylvania 6 debuts brunch with a Champagne bar. [Eater]
  • Chipotle will close all its stores across the U.S. for a few hours on Feb. 8. [WSJ]