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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2015 Metro smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza station that killed 61-year-old Carol Glover and left dozens injured. More than 80 of the survivors are expected to file civil lawsuits against Metro this morning, and the Federal Transit Administration— which now oversees the agency—plans to conduct “daily and unannounced” rail inspections. Metro says it’s done a lot to improve safety in the past year.


  • Poll: Ex-Mayor Vince Gray would win in future Ward 7 and At-Large D.C. Council races. [Loose Lips]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser and the father of late D.C. journalist Charnice Milton will attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight as guests of two familiar members of Congress. [Roll Call, NBC4]
  • Speaking of Obama, the president and his family may (reportedly) keep living in D.C. post-White House. [DCist]
  • After a violent weekend, police reported two shootings and one stabbing across the District Monday night. [WUSA9]
  • D.C. has a bustling local coffee-shop scene, but will out-of-town brands moving in eventually harm their business? [Post]
  • A fire lieutenant will retire without discipline after a child died in March, when emergency responders showed up too late. [NBC4, FOX5, WTOP]
  • George Washington University will rescind Bill Cosby’s 1997 honorary degree, the school said Monday. [City Desk]


  • @dccouncil: If you follow local politics, you may be curious to know who runs the D.C. Council Twitter account.
  • Remembering Bowie: Residents came together across the District last night to remember David Bowie.
  • Hummus Bowls, Dissected: City Paper took apart Little Sesame’s hummus bowls, which cost around $10.

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

  • Poll: Vince Gray would lead at-large, Ward 7 races. [LLEagle]
  • Ward 7 voters say Gray was mistreated by media, prosecutors. [LL]
  • Cabbies: Cops are picking on us! [WAMU]
  • Post ed board: Washington football team should change name, come back to the District. [Post]
  • Deborah Simmons‘ advice for Bowser on spat with Kenyan McDuffie: “Don’t whine.” [Times]
  • What to do with inclusionary zoning. [GGW]
  • McMillan is a revolutionary struggle. [DCist]

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

  • At the old 9:30 Club, Teri Stubs videotaped hundreds of bands from atop a metal pole in the middle of the room. [Post]
  • The local music community mourns the loss of David Bowie. [DC Music Download]
  • And here’s some video of David Bowie performing at the old Capital Centre. [Washingtonian]
  • In which a secret, illegal party thrown under McMillan Park is compared to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. [DCist]
  • George Washington University rescinds Bill Cosby‘s honorary degree. [City Desk]

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

  • A pronunciation guide for upcoming restaurants [Eater]
  • Homestead will bring lamb bacon and draft cider to Petworth this winter. [Post]
  • Secrets of 10 D.C. restaurant and bar names [Zagat]
  • Pitango Gelato closes in Logan Circle but plans new location. [Borderstan]
  • Moxie’s bringing all day breakfast to downtown. [PoPville]
  • Dangerously Delicious Pieson H Street NE closes for renovations. [Hill Now]
  • Hank Dietle’s, the last great roadhouse in suburbia [Washingtonian]