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Radio communications during the rescue of passengers trapped on a smoke-filled Metro train were “not effective or sporadic,” according to a report from D.C. Fire and EMS released by Mayor Muriel Bowser over the weekend. The department had warned Metro days before the deadly incident that there was no 800 MHz radio coverage anywhere in L’Enfant Plaza station.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The psychology of staying in or fleeing a smoke-filled Metro train. [Post]
  • It’s restaurant week again. [Young & Hungry]
  • Vince Gray backs a former staffer in Ward 8’s special election. [Loose Lips]
  • Joe Biden: D.C. “should be a state.” [City Desk]

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

Bone Appetit: D.C. gets in on a health food trend, with a new fast-casual restaurant in Edgewood offering bone broth.

Off Campus: GWU took a big step in shaping the future of its new Corcoran School of the Arts & Design: selling the Corcoran’s Fillmore School building.

Pastry Update: The man who helped kickstart D.C.’s cupcake craze has moved on to the danish.

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

  • Metro warned about bad radio communications near L’Enfant station before fatal smoke incident. [Housing ComplexPost, WAMU]
  • Christopher Barry is feeling “fantabulous” after alleged bank outburst. [LL]
  • And the Post ed board devotes an editorial to why voters shouldn’t support him. [Post]
  • Vince Gray quietly backs ex-staffer Sheila Bunn in Ward 8. [LL]
  • Joe Biden Biden’s it up at D.C. Water tunnel site. [City DeskPost]
  • Report shows new parents leaving the District. [WAMU]
  • Cathy Lanier shuts down another nightclub. [Times]
  • Tim Clark, staffer for Mayor Muriel Bowser and formerly for Kenyan McDuffie, died over the weekend. [Facebook]
  • Dupont Underground organizers try to succeed where others have failed. [Housing Complex]
  • Food aid requests rise in the District. [WAMU]
  • Ex-offenders try to get their lives together, face job prejudice. [Post]

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

  • The streetcar, scheduled to start running this week, now has no target date. [DDOT]
  • Study: New parents are still leaving the city, particularly those near downtown. [UrbanTurf]
  • Zoning board rejects developer request at troubled Columbia Heights building. [SALM]
  • Proposed cul-de-sac on Kennedy Street NW raises questions. [GGW]
  • A very skinny office building is approved for downtown. [WBJ]
  • Joe Biden says D.C. should be a state. [City Desk]
  • K Street NW boiler explosion injures two. [WLJA]
  • Today on the market: Three one-bedroom apartments in Foggy Bottom—-$1,625,000

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

  • GW is selling the Corcoran’s Fillmore School building. [Arts Desk]
  • Comparing Mary Stuart with Mary Todd Lincoln, the subjects of plays at Folger Theatre and Ford’s Theatre, respectively [Post]
  • A sneak peek at the Dupont Underground [Housing Complex]
  • Paul Reed Smith has made guitars (including several for Carlos Santana) on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for 30 years. [WAMU]
  • Photos from Nu Androids‘ dance parties for electronic music nuts [D.C. Music Download]
  • How Ari Roth and Theater J are moving on since Roth’s firing by DCJCC administrators [Post]

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

  • Where to find brunch today [Washingtonian]
  • Second State doesn’t do Pennsylvania proud, says Tom Sietsema. [Post]
  • Food bikes are the new food trucks. [NPR]
  • Grand Trunk opens with an eclectic menu in Penn Quarter. [PoPville]
  • A review of the restrooms at Lost and Found [DCist]
  • Filter Coffeehouse opening February in Monroe Street Market. [Eater]