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Metro is considering fare increases and a reduction in train frequency, during both peak hours and off-peak hours. Fares usually rise every other year, and this year wasn’t supposed to see any increase.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A group of charter schools is suing D.C., saying the city has failed to provide uniform funding for charter schools and traditional public schools. [Post]
  • Metro’s chairman dodges questions from the D.C. Council about the deadly Metro smoke incident. [ABC7]
  • The Council will hold a hearing on the incident on Feb. 5. [WAMU]
  • Looks like light snow at most today. [Capital Weather Gang]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

I’m on a Horse: Ward 8 special election candidate Christopher Barry had a convenient excuse not to answer questions Monday about his alleged bank outburst.

“Embryo, Out You Go”: Just in time for the March for Life, D.C. band Jack on Fire has a new pro-choice EP, aptly titled Abortion Hooray!

2 Birds Takeover: A seafood counter planning to open in D.C. (and funding itself through the new EquityEats platform) will take over the bar at 2 Birds 1 Stone for two nights in February.

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

  • Metro chairman tight-lipped on accident in meeting with councilmembers, in both public and private meetings. [Post]
  • Christopher Barry looks for votes in Ward 8 on horseback. [LL]
  • David Grosso pushes bill that would allow foreign permanent residents to vote in local District elections. [Times]
  • Post ed board wants more answers from Metro. [Post]
  • Courtland Milloy reflects on another young black man’s death. [Post]
  • Metro could make an unusual fare hike. [Housing Complex]
  • United Medical Center ditches shared patient rooms. [WBJ]

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

  • Snow closes some Virginia schools, but D.C. government and schools are open today. [WTOP]
  • Metro board chair is mum as D.C. Council presses for details on last week’s disaster. [Post]
  • Car chase ends near the Capitol—-during the State of the Union. [Roll Call]
  • Two injured in fire at Trinidad hoarder house. [Post]
  • GSA loosens the requirements for a new FBI headquarters, slightly. [WBJ]
  • Report: Exelon-Pepco merger would be bad news for consumers. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Renovated house in Congress Heights—-$385,000

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

  • Wanna troll the March for Life proselytizers? Listen to Jack on Fire‘s pro-choice EP, Abortion Hooray! [Arts Desk]
  • Watch four D.C. bands vie for a slot at NPR’s Tiny Desk. [Arts Desk]
  • The In Love and Warcraft props designer drew inspiration from her own deep interest in gaming. [Post]
  • Listen to the North Country‘s new psych-folk track, “The Cross We Bear.” [Bandwidth]
  • Local hip-hop fusionist Christylez Bacon will play two concerts with Hindustani classical violinist Nistha Raj. [DCist]
  • After the roaring success of his Stupid Fucking Bird, Aaron Posner adapts Chekhov again in Life Sucks. [Post]

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

  • How to get a high-profile chef to cook in your kitchen. [Post]
  • Cakepoppery Baked by Yael opens across from the zoo. [PoPville]
  • Six dining and drinking alternatives to Restaurant Week [Washingtonian]
  • D.C.’s most extreme drinks and dishes [Zagat]
  • Pleasant Pops will reward random cyclists with free coffee. [DCist]
  • What’s new and coming soon in northern Virginia. [NoVa Mag]
  • Silver Crust at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center will serve Kosher pizza. [Eater]