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The gap between high and low earners in the District is at its highest in 35 years, a new study from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute says. Hourly wages for low-income workers have been flat since 2007, while they’ve climbed steadily for the top 20 percent of earners.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The Metropolitan Police Department granted eight concealed carry permits, effectively ending the longstanding ban on carrying handguns in public in D.C. [WAMU]
  • Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is taking over for Don Graham as the head of D.C. CAP, a nonprofit that helps D.C. students get into and graduate from college. [Post]
  • D.C. has an exciting new municipal slogan, “We Are Washington DC.” [Loose Lips]
  • The maker of the drone that crashed on the White House grounds is disabling its devices from flying in D.C. [The Verge]

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

  • Muriel Bowser optimistic that John Boehner won’t be focused on Initiative 71 after meeting. [LLPost, WAMU]
  • Bowser finds her own “One City.” [LL]
  • Cold hurts traffic cameras and city revenue. [Times, WAMU]
  • Seventy percent of marijuana possession tickets go unpaid. [Times]
  • Police grant eight concealed carry permits. [Post, WAMU]
  • Firefighter deal could cost big for the District. [WAMU]
  • Report: Wage disparity at 35-year high. [Post]
  • Students frequently absent in Head Start program. [WAMU]

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

  • Early education attendance in D.C. varies widely by demographics. [Urban Institute]
  • That big drop in traffic camera revenue? It’s not just because people were driving better. [Post]
  • Conversion of Planned Parenthood offices to housing gets the go-ahead. [UrbanTurf]
  • Examining rent control in light of the Rent Is Too Damn High guy’s eviction. [Vox]
  • “We Are Washington DC” is the new “One City.” [LL]
  • Young city-dwellers secretly yearn for the suburbs. [Atlantic]
  • Parking-free micro-units on Blagden Alley are a great idea. [GGW]
  • But the project is on hold. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Logan/Dupont 1BR—-$334,000

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

  • How the National Building Museum integrated its newest exhibit into its central atrium [Post]
  • Maryland rapper Black Native tries to reclaim the Confederate flag in a new video. [Bandwidth]
  • In Love and Warcraft playwright Madhuri Shekar on the plight of the female nerd-virgin [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Photos of Motion City Soundtrack at the Fillmore Silver Spring [BYT]
  • The Smithsonian may open an outpost in London’s old Olympic park. [Post]
  • Listen to a track from the new album by Virginia-based metal act Yesterday’s Saints. [DCist]
  • 25 local musicians to watch in 2015 [BYT]

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

  • Bakeries serving alcohol-infused cupcakes may soon need to follow new D.C. laws. [HillNow]
  • A food fan’s guide to Super Bowl Sunday [Washingtonian]
  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian visit Woodland’s Vegan Bistro. [PoPville]
  • Three D.C. institutions that were farm-to-table before it was cool [Eater]
  • Cupcakes vs. cakepops [Post]
  • Where to find the best bar food in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Nine bars and restaurants with fireplaces [Thrillist]