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The Bowser administration filed an emergency motion asking a judge to free the city of its obligation to provide private shelter to homeless families when the temperature drops below freezing. The administration is on the brink of running out of motel space for families this winter.


  • The memorial for Marion Barry cost D.C. about $100,000. [Loose Lips]
  • You can now invest in that restaurant pop-up “megaplex” coming to D.C. [Young & Hungry]
  • Police Chief Cathy Lanier is set to take the stand in a whistleblower lawsuit over police escorts for celebrities. [WAMU]
  • The head of D.C.’s firefighter union testified that D.C. Fire and EMS has had problems with radios for years. [WTOP]


Notes From the Underground: Can Metro ever get better? Probably not.

Fee for All: Is charging for restaurant reservations a good idea?

We Must Increase Our Busk: Why musicians should be allowed to play in Metro stations.

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

  • Muriel Bowser’s spending freezes don’t make sense to councilmembers. [Post]
  • D.C. Council looks at fatal Metro incident. [Post]
  • Marion Barry‘s memorial cost the District nearly $100,000. [LL]
  • Post ed board to U.S. Attorney Ron Machen: charge Vince Gray or get over it [Post]
  • Office of Campaign Finance says mysterious group didn’t coordinate with Bowser campaign. [LL]
  • Barack Obama‘s budget includes global warming planning for the District. [WAMU]
  • D.C. Health Link plans an insurance enrollment “marathon.” [Facebook]
  • Mass car break-in at Howard [Post]

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

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

  • Why (and how) D.C. should let musicians perform for tips in Metro stations [Arts Desk]
  • Tips for better concert pics from four local music photographers [Arts Desk]
  • What the National Gallery claimed from the Corcoran’s collection… [Post]
  • …and how curators made those choices [Post]
  • How Filmfest DC came back from the dead [DCist]
  • The Funk Parade is filming a “flash mob” (but planned, so more like just a gathering) on Saturday. [D.C. Music Download]
  • WAMU’s longtime folk music radio host Mary Cliff got the boot for more bluegrass. [Post]

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

  • Ten non-traditional takes on the banh mi around D.C. [Eater]
  • Georgetown’s first steampunk-inspired bar is opening. [Washingtonian]
  • Mad Fox’s new D.C. location brings more history than the brewery bargained for. [WBJ]
  • Dirty South Deli and Taylor Gourmet collaborate on a sandwich. [Post]
  • Five must-try dishes at China Chicano [Zagat]
  • “Coming soon” signage posted for Popeyes in Logan Circle. [PoPville]
  • Restaurants offering unique cooking classes [Express]