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The D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency released a report over the weekend about the deadly Metro smoke incident that contradicts information from WMATA. Radio encryption did not play a role in the communication problems, the report says.


  • A small drone landed on the White House grounds. [CNN]
  • Footage from D.C. police body cameras begins to provide evidence in trials. [Post]
  • Meet some of the people competing to be the Racing President mascots for the Nats. [Post]
  • One pedestrian is killed per week in the D.C. area. [WTOP]


Edible Attainment: The word “detox” is showing up on menus at places such as Sweetgreen. What does that really mean?

Troubling Development: The conditions where a major Congress Heights development is planned are “appalling,” says the chair of the Zoning Commission.

Official Nickname: Ward 8 Council candidate Trayon White asked to appear as Trayon “WardEight” White on the ballot.

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

  • Mary Cheh, Vincent Orange spar over hearings on Pepco merger. [Post]
  • Metro and the District continue to dispute fatal smoke response. [Post, Housing Complex]
  • Ward 8 candidate will appear with “WardEight” as part of his name on ballot. [LL]
  • Police body cameras start showing up in court. [Post]
  • Council bill would limit medicine copays. [WBJ]
  • British soccer club offers to weigh in on D.C. United stadium. [WBJ]
  • Funk Parade organizers want to shut down U Street, but Muriel Bowser is undecided. [Post]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras tries to find Bowser administration salaries, has little luck. [JRB]
  • Congress Heights developer gets tough words at the zoning commission. [Housing Complex]

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

  • Muriel Bowser yanks $50 million in school renovation funding. [Post]
  • Court rejects appeal, allowing Capitol Hill’s Hine School development to proceed. [Hill Now]
  • Coming to Columbia Heights: a big residential project with a great view. [UrbanTurf]
  • Phil Mendelson wants harsher penalties for distracted driving. [WashCycle]
  • The suburbs aren’t dying (or thriving). [CityLab]
  • On the D.C. region’s infrastructure gap [Post]
  • The world’s most spacious 258-square-foot apartment. [San Francisco Globe]
  • Today on the market: 1BR by the National Cathedral—-$295,000

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

  • The Funk Parade’s petitioning the D.C. government to close down U Street for this year’s festivities. [Bandwidth]
  • The founding story of the D.C. Record Fair [DCist]
  • Hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon on partnering with a classical Hindustani musician and others for his Washington Sound Museum [BYT]
  • New music from Baby Bry Bry and the Apologists, BRNDA, the Sea Life, and What Moon Things [Bandwidth]
  • How the DC Public Library plans to expand its new punk archive [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • A deep look at Three Stars Brewing Company [BYT]
  • Restaurant critic Jonathan Gold unmasks himself. [LA Times]
  • Sugar Shack doughnut shop opens in Alexandria. [Washingtonian]
  • The $20 Diner takes an international breakfast tour. [Post]
  • Five things to order at Bryan Voltaggio‘s Family Meal [Zagat]
  • What happens when a bar owner goes dry for January [WBJ]
  • The Passenger‘s Tom Brown is now bartending at Slipstream. [Eater]
  • Slim’s Diner hoping to open in Petworth in six months. [PoPville]