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It snowed. A bunch of kids fought the U.S. Capitol Police to a standstill. You probably didn’t work yesterday. You’re probably there today. But hey, it’s Friday!


  • Federal prosecutors don’t trust D.C.’s fancy new high-tech $220 million crime lab, because they say it makes a lot of mistakes [Post].
  • It snowed [Post].
  • It snowed [WTOP].
  • It snowed [NBC4].


D.C.’s New Doughnut: The District’s urban core is getting wealthier, and inner-ring suburbs are getting poorer.

Kids Break Capitol Hill Sledding Rules with Impunity: This is what democracy looks like on a sled.

Uber, for Vans: D.C.’s getting a new transportation option this spring, and it’s not the streetcar.

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

  • Jeff Thompson moves his lawsuit against the District back to Superior Court. [WBJ]
  • How snow chief Bill Howland keeps his job. [Post]
  • Kids flout congressional ban on Capitol Hill sledding. [City DeskTimes, WAMUPost]
  • Yvette Alexander wants to keep e-cigarettes away from kids. [WAMU]
  • Muriel Bowser tackles income inequality. [Bizwomen]
  • The new income donut. [Housing Complex]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Buses are on a moderate snow plan, which means these lines aren’t running. [WMATA]
  • CoStar eyes another Franklin School bid and estimates a high cost. [WBJ]
  • Shipping-container condos could be coming to the H Street NE area. [UrbanTurf]
  • I. M. Pei-esque designs submitted for residential buildings near Waterfront Metro. [SWTLQTC]
  • Shaw rowhouses, back in the streetcar days. [Ghosts of DC]
  • The sledding wars. [City Desk]
  • Real estate crowdfunding has become a billion-dollar industry. [UrbanTurf]
  • How car companies invented jaywalking. [Vox]
  • Today on the market: Turreted 2BR Dupont condo—-$919,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Karina Longworth on the secrets of Marlene Dietrich and when Meryl Streep began to embrace her own feminism [Arts Desk]
  • An interview with D.C.’s Babeo Baggins of continent-wide rap collective Barf Troop [Bandwidth]
  • The National Mall has played host to concerts from Britney, Marian Anderson, and Joan Baez. [Post]
  • Rob Cantrell celebrates semi-legal weed in the District with a go-go remix video for “Coffee and Weed.” [BYT]
  • Facts about Strathmore’s new sister location, AMP [Post]
  • What’s playing over the speakers in D.C. restaurants’ kitchens [DCist]

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

  • Snow is delicious. But is it dangerous to eat? [NPR]
  • Four new places to eat around Old Town Alexandria [Express]
  • Five can’t-miss food and drink events in March [Zagat]
  • Neighborhood Restaurant Group is behind the food for a new music venue at Pike & Rose called Amp. [Eater]
  • Five great places to eat in Cleveland Park [Washingtonian]
  • Brookland’s Finest lives up to its name [Post]
  • Nature’s Table closes downtown. [PoPville]