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This morning, D.C. broke a 120-year-old record for the coldest temperature to occur on a Feb. 20.


  • Leading Ward 4 candidate Brandon Todd filed for bankruptcy in 2005 over debts to J. Crew, Nordstrom, and others. [Loose Lips]
  • An MPD officer who helped save a 9-year-old boy wounded by gunfire was honored last night. [Post]
  • Georgetown rabbi pleads guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism. [WAMU]
  • Is a lack of D.C. fire trucks putting public safety at risk? [ABC7]


Pop-Up Culture: Behind the scenes of D.C.’s pop-up restaurants.

Living the Dream: This local nonprofit helps DREAMers attend college.

A Decade In: Meet the team behind DC Conspiracy, D.C.’s free comic newspaper.

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

  • Shifting responsibilities set up clash between mayor’s office and Attorney General Karl Racine. [Post]
  • Ward 4 candidate Brandon Todd declared bankruptcy over credit card debts. [LL]
  • Charter board revokes charter for Dorothy I. Height Community Academy charter. [Post]
  • Running changes a homeless man’s life. [WAMU]
  • Metro stayed mum on busted emergency radio network. [Post]

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

  • D.C. has the fastest-falling rents in America. [Apartment List]
  • Snow days cut Metro ridership by more than 70 percent. [PlanItMetro]
  • Winter weather: not good for trash collection. [WJLA]
  • Mapping changes in reading proficiency across the city. [City Desk]
  • An update on the D.C. United stadium progress. [Post]
  • Couple drops $4 million on Georgetown house, then decides it isn’t big enough for three housekeepers. [WBJ]
  • A Dupont church’s history of activism on housing and homelessness. [GGW]
  • Why are those bloody Americans so obsessed with trolleys? [Guardian]
  • Today on the market: Dupont Park brick house—-$485,000

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

  • How DC Conspiracy and Magic Bullet have grown the local indie comics scene [Arts Desk]
  • Christoph Eschenbach will step down as director of the National Symphony Orchestra. Who will replace him? [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to tracks from American University DJ collective Recluse [D.C. Music Download]
  • The economics of touring as a DIY band [Bandwidth]
  • Kahil El’Zabar‘s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble comes “full throttle” to Bohemian Caverns this Sunday. [Post]
  • A preview of the Atlas Intersections performance festival [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • DC Brau cuts off free samples because people were getting sneaky for seconds. [Post]
  • Seven must-try Chinese restaurants [Washingtonian]
  • Five dishes to try on chef Frank Ruta‘s new menu at Grill Room. [Zagat]
  • Bread & Brew closes in Dupont. [PoPville]
  • D.C.’s 10 best Japanese restaurants, ranked [Thrillist]
  • DC Brau to debut “crowlers,” like growlers but in cans. [Express]
  • Eat the Rich launches a happy hour. [Eater]