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On Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser revealed the work of a new inter-agency task force designed to combat robberies on the streets and in the Metro system. The announcement came after D.C. saw a “modest uptick” in robberies (five percent) between 2014 and 2015—but also as a local news van was being broken into nearby a press conference.


  • Analysis: After a recent vote, Bowser is “no longer in full control” of D.C.’s legal-weed landscape. [Post]
  • Two cars of a Green Line train decoupled during morning rush hour on Wednesday. [WTOP, NBC4, AP]
  • On Kojo yesterday: Young & Hungry talked Fig & Olive; Andy Shallal, on his new role. [WAMU, WAMU]
  • Greener pastures? Local salad chain sweetgreen will move its headquarters to L.A. this spring. [Post, WBJ]
  • Curious about demographic and economic stats concerning the District? There’s a new site for that. [DCist]
  • D.C. hasn’t yet had snow this winter, marking a new record. But remember the blizzard of ’96? [Post, Post]


  • Guessing Game: The Washington football team reportedly has an architect for its yet-unannounced arena.
  • Up in the Club: For its 35th birthday, the 9:30 Club turns into a pop-up museum dubbed a “World’s Fair.”
  • Georgetown Tacos: Jaco Juice & Taco Bar, a Pennsylvania transplant, plans to open in Georgetown soon.

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

  • Vince Gray-tied PAC polls on his chances. [LL]
  • NFL team gets an architect, but not a location yet. [City DeskWBJ]
  • Ex-D.C. Chamber chief Harry Wingo is out of a job, but not out of a lawsuit. [WBJ]
  • Post ed board: after pot club flip-flop, are councilmembers folding to activists? [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser could pardon crooks, if Eleanor Holmes Norton gets her way. [Times]
  • More on the Gray PAC. [Post]
  • PAC chief takes issue with Post‘s lead, gets it changed. [Post]
  • D.C. loses Sweetgreen’s headquarters. [WBJ]
  • TV crew goes to mayoral anti-crime conference, gets a taste of crime themselves. [Post]
  • Cathy Lanier changes gay liaison unit name. [Blade]
  • Harriet the Spy-twist busts alleged burglar. [Post]

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

  • Inside the 9:30 Club’s impressive World’s Fair. [Arts Desk]
  • Watch Canadian punks The Dirty Nil cover Fugazi‘s “Provisional.” [Dying Scene]
  • A look into this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival. [DCist]
  • CD Cellar folds its Arlington and Falls Church location into new Falls Church megastore. [ARLNow]
  • But they aren’t going out without a weekend of killer shows. [Facebook]
  • At Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club, you can watch “Diane Rehm” fight “Stephen Hawking,” among other matches. [Express]

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

  • Jackie’s Restaurant in Silver Spring will close at the end of March. [Post]
  • Homegrown salad chain Sweetgreen moving headquarters out of D.C. [WBJ]
  • Fiola moves toward prix-fixe menus. [Washingtonian]
  • Five hot healthy food and drinks spots to try [Zagat]
  • A map of distilleries and breweries in NoMa and Ivy City [DCist]
  • Top Chef contestants Marjorie Meek-Bradley and Kwame Onwuachi will collaborate on a dinner. [Eater]
  • Q&A with the owners of Tail Up Goat [BYT]