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A newly announced political action committee formed by supporters of ex-Mayor Vince Gray created a poll asking voters how they feel about him and other candidates, across 20 questions. Gray may run for D.C. Council this year.


  • Officials are being criticized after firefighters didn’t show up for nearly 20 minutes to the home of a 67-year-old man who was having a heart attack in Northeast on Sunday. The man subsequently died. [FOX5, Post]
  • The D.C. Council approved pot clubs Tuesday—only to take it back minutes later. [City Desk, Post]
  • Report: The long-awaited H Street–Benning Road streetcar is aiming to finally open by Feb. 20. [WAMU]
  • Hate that noisy leaf blower near your home? D.C. could soon ban those that are gasoline-powered. [DCist]
  • Residents who install security cameras on their properties are eligible for city rebates. [City Desk, WTOP]
  • Being announced this morning: a new “task force” that will focus on combating robberies in D.C. [NBC4]
  • Councilmembers are considering a bill that would increase the threshold for truancy among students. [Post]


  • Defame-gate: Nats infielder Ryan Zimmerman sues Al Jazeera for alleged libel in a recent doping report.
  • Poke Bowls: The Hawaiian specialty will arrive at Union Market’s District Fishwife next Thursday.
  • Venus: A short film set in Columbia Heights tells the story of a group of self-proclaimed gender-benders.

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

  • Vince Gray supporters launch PAC to poll 2016. [LL]
  • Streetcar officials look for late February launch. [WAMU]
  • Firefighters miss stop, heart attack victim dies. [Post]
  • Councilmembers flip-flop on marijuana clubs. [WBJ, City Desk, WAMUPost]
  • Andy Shallal talks workforce development on Kojo. [WAMU]
  • David Grosso grouses about shortened zoo hours. [Borderstan]
  • Council backs security camera incentives. [City DeskPost]
  • Courtland Milloy: Where’s D.C.’s anti-murder campaign? [Post]
  • Bill would let schools avoid counting late students as truant. [Post]

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

  • Taffety Punk won’t stage an all-female Taming of the Shrew this year. [Post]
  • In Venus, a new short film by Jen Meller, D.C. musicians and artists take on gender issues in the local music scene. [Arts Desk]
  • DC Music Download’s favorite 9:30 Club moments. [DC Music Download]
  • Listen to a new song from Manassas, Va.’s The Duskwhales. [BYT]
  • Baby Bry Bry discusses the records that shaped his musical sensibilities. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Seasonal Pantry will close in early April. [Washingtonian]
  • Nine mistakes you’re probably making when you dine out [Express]
  • Bistro Bohem changes ownership. [PoPville]
  • Buredo eyes Dupont location [Borderstan]
  • 10 Restaurant Week reservations to make right now [Zagat]
  • Restaurants that want you to break your healthy New Year’s resolutions [Eater]