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Muriel Bowser‘s administration has pulled the plug on plans for a new museum at the Franklin School downtown. The project was one of five awarded under Mayor Vince Gray that came under review after his term ended.


  • The history of the block that was the setting for racist rants by Rep. Aaron Schock‘s ex-staffer. [Post]
  • Police Chief Cathy Lanier testifies in a lawsuit over police escorts for celebrities. [ABC7]
  • A worker at D.C.’s wastewater treatment plant was arrested after allegedly taking out a shotgun in an argument over a parking space. [Post]
  • Poll of likely voters: Few approve of a Pepco merger, but most have no opinion. [Loose Lips]


Official Cartoons: Our Q&A with a former CIA and State Department cartoonist.

Board of Elections CorrectionMarion Barry‘s son Christopher has in fact voted before in D.C. The city’s Board of Elections previously made a mistake on his voting record saying otherwise.

Red Panda Alert: Highly acclaimed mammal will return to the National Zoo.

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

  • Mary Cheh wants to know whether plan for a school for minority males could violate Title IX. [Post]
  • D.C. Council backs down, changes definition of marijuana meeting. [WAMUTimesPost]
  • Audit finds problems with D.C. Board of Elections’ handling of the general election. [WAMUPost]
  • Poll finds a plurality opposed to Exelon’s takeover of Pepco. [LL]
  • Muriel Bowser administration quashes museum plan for the Franklin School. [Housing ComplexWBJ]
  • Elections board corrects its voting record, says Ward 8 candidate Marion Barry did vote in D.C. before. [LL]
  • “All 13 members of the council and Mayor Muriel Bowser…should be tested for drugs.” [Times]
  • Post ed board likes Bowser’s budget style. [Post]

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

  • The history of the block where Rep. Aaron Schock‘s racist staffer urged gentrification. [Post]
  • How Adams Morgan activism, and TOPA, fought gentrification in the 1970s. [CityLab]
  • Developer plans to combine two Columbia Heights buildings, turning 48 units into 170. [WBJ]
  • Another apartment building, nearly as big, is slated to arrive a few blocks to the west. [UrbanTurf]
  • Proposal for Metro fare hikes and service cuts takes a step forward. [Post]
  • Got $2.6 million to spare? You can buy former Sen. Evan Bayh‘s Spring Valley house. [UrbanTurf]
  • America’s most rent-burdened cities. [Next City]
  • Metro to Dulles! (OK, not really.) [Post]
  • An editor struggles to piece together his bike accident. [Washingtonian]
  • NoMa and Truxton Circle get muralized. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Friendship Heights 1BR—-$330,000

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

  • Listen to one of the DMV’s most versatile rappers, Kingpen Slim, remember old D.C. on his new single. [Arts Desk]
  • The best Tiny Desk Contest submissions from the D.C. area [Bandwidth]
  • Watch Polyon‘s shadowy, dizzying music video for “Crest.” [DCist]
  • A make-believe SXSW line-up of D.C. bands [Washingtonian]
  • Gene Simmons came to town to chill with local military bigwigs. [Post]

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

  • Red Bull wants to rename an Ashburn brewery Old Ox, because an ox looks like a bull. [Post]
  • Rhino Bar and Pumphouse will close Feb. 28 [Georgetowner]
  • FroZenYo closes Chinatown location. [PoPville]
  • 10 must-try Chinese restaurants in the D.C. suburbs [Zagat]
  • D.C. barbecue legend Mr. P will be taken off life support, his family says. [Post]
  • Chef Matteo Venini takes over at Tosca. [Washingtonian]
  • Citizen Burger Bar is now open in Clarendon. [ARLnow]
  • The cheesiest Valentine’s Day specials [Eater]