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The crowded field of candidates hoping to replace Marion Barry on the D.C. Council was well-represented at Ward 8’s MLK Day parade yesterday. One candidate, Barry’s son Christopher, distinguished himself by riding in on a horse.


  • Some roads will be closed for the State of the Union address tonight. [NBC4]
  • Christopher Barry reportedly plans to turn himself in to police after he allegedly threatened a bank teller and wrecked a security camera. [WTOP]
  • Pope Francis will visit D.C. this fall. [Newsweek]
  • Two people were shot on an X2 bus last night. [ABC7]


Advocacy Art: The world premiere of a Vagina Monologues for abortion stories is today in D.C.

Airport Food: Taylor Gourmet opened at Reagan National Airport.

Restaurant Week: Your favorite (or least favorite) time to dine is back.

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

  • Report: radio encryption hampered Metro rescue. [NBC4]
  • Christopher Barry reportedly set to turn himself in after alleged bank outburst. [WUSA9, NBC4]
  • Yvette Alexander says there aren’t enough complaints about D.C. Health Link to merit a hearing. [WBJ]
  • David Cameron visits the 1776 tech incubator. [WBJ]
  • Letter to the editor: Barry isn’t the favorite in Ward 8. [Post]
  • How did Fenty-era administrator Dan Tangherlini do in GSA? [WBJ]
  • Ward 8 candidates march for Martin Luther King Day. [Post]

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

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

  • Premiering tonight at Studio Theatre: what Advocates for Youth hopes will become a Vagina Monologues for abortion stories [Arts Desk]
  • Perfect Pussy‘s Meredith Graves interviews local label head Sean Gray about his newly relaunched website, Is This Venue Accessible? [Noisey]
  • Ian MacKaye Prepares for Another Long Day of Documentary Interviews” [The Hard Times]
  • How local punk act Hemlines grew out of frustration with the music scene’s misogyny [DCist]
  • A profile of Makeshift Shelters, a new local pop-punk act with big ambitions [Bandwidth]

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

  • The most hyped restaurant openings of 2015 [DCist]
  • 26 doughnuts that are almost too good to be true [BuzzFeed]
  • The yuppiest food purchases at Whole Foods [Thrillist]
  • Azi’s Cafe in Shaw is temporarily closed. [BadWolf DC]
  • Chipotle‘s pulled pork highlights debate over sow welfare. [NPR]