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The D.C. Council is once again considering a bill to help pedestrians and cyclists recover damages after collisions. Currently, they can’t collect damages if they are found to be even one percent at fault in a collision. Councilmember Mary Cheh, who objected to parts of a similar bill last year, introduced the new version.


  • The Bowser administration stumbled in the snow yesterday. [Loose Lips]
  • The woman who allegedly splattered green paint on the Lincoln Memorial is incompetent to stand trial, a judge determined. [Post]
  • As shadow campaign mastermind Jeff Thompson awaits sentencing, he’s decided to sue the District government for $80 million. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C. music venue staffers pick 2014’s best, loudest, and weirdest shows. [Arts Desk]


Texans Rejoice: Kolaches are coming to D.C.

Street Art: Every woman in Congress now has a portrait on the D.C. street named for the state she represents.

Pot Activism: Supporters of Initiative 71 are distributing educational joint filter tips.

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

  • Muriel Bowser administration struggles in early morning snow clearing, but won’t back down on keeping schools open on time. [LLPost]
  • Jeff Thompson sues the District for $80 million. [LL]
  • Majority of the Council backs Jack Evans‘ bill to get them out of contracting. [WAMU]
  • Bowser administration reviews Vince Gray‘s last minute deals. [Housing Complex]
  • Pot activists get back into the filter tip business. [LL]
  • Progressive bills rule the day in new Council session. [Post]
  • Evans tries to bring back the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp. [WBJ]
  • District lags way behind in Olympic odds. [WAMU]
  • Courtland Milloy still at it. [Post]

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

  • Some residents near Dupont Circle will be without power into the afternoon. [WJLA]
  • Local school districts wish they’d closed schools yesterday. [Post]
  • Here’s what’s planned for the Grimke School (if it sticks). [WBJ]
  • Foreign investors are no longer excited by D.C. [GlobeSt]
  • The streetcar’s got 99 problems, but the snow ain’t one. [GGW]
  • The Olympics would be bad news for poor Washingtonians. [The Nation]
  • Uber may be evil, but D.C.’s old taxi system was worse. [CityLab]
  • Jack Evans tries again to revive the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp. [WBJ]
  • D.C.’s apartment-rental market gets more polarized. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: West End 1BR—-$435,000

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

  • Every woman in Congress now has her portrait on a sticker on her state’s street in D.C. [Arts Desk]
  • McFadden’s has shut down, so the Washington Psychotronic Film Society is homeless. But maybe that’s a good thing? [DCist]
  • D.C.’s best hardcore songs of 2014, according to Accidental Guest and Fan Death label head Sean Gray [Bandwidth]
  • The La-Ti-Do cabaret night is moving from Black Fox Lounge to James Hoban’s Irish Pub. [Post]
  • Everyone’s digging into the life of ex-Maryland pop-punk kid Benji Madden now that he’s Mr. Cameron Diaz. [Post]
  • Listen to Makeshift Shelters‘ new indie-rock EP, Overflowing. [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • A guide to omakase at D.C.’s Japanese restaurants [Eater]
  • McFadden’s to close permanently, according to ANC chairperson. [NBC4]
  • Daikaya introduces whiskey lockers. [Washingtonian]
  • Bistro and cocktail bar Stanton & Green coming to Capitol Hill. [Post]
  • Six things to order at Pinea. [Zagat]
  • New report ranks the top diets of 2015. [NPR]
  • Tel’veh Cafe closes again. [PoPville]
  • 10 new restaurants and bars you should hit in 2015 [Thrillist]