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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? email@example.com)
- Muriel Bowser optimistic that John Boehner won’t be focused on Initiative 71 after meeting. [LL, Post, 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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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]