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Mayor Vince Gray‘s attorney, Robert Bennett, says he expects the U.S. attorney to try to indict the mayor. In which case, Bennett says he is ready for a trial.


  • Police fatally shot a man wanted in connection with a D.C. homicide, this morning at an apartment on the unit block of K Street NW. [News4]
  • Some D.C. Council candidates have pretty spotty records when it comes to actually voting in elections. [Post]
  • An Arlington County snowplow driver was removed from duty after he was caught on camera driving his plow the wrong way. [ArlNow]
  • Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser is struggling to connect with a key voting demographic: African-American women. [Post]


No Place Like Home: D.C. has 827 homeless families, including 1,591 children, living in motels and shelters this week. This winter, the city’s homeless population doubled, and the District government wasn’t prepared for the surge. Our latest cover story tells the stories of some of these homeless families—-and examines why the city wasn’t ready.

Listen Up: ICYMI, listen to Sunday night’s Loose Lips mayoral debate at the Black Cat.

Starry Eyed: Photos from Ellie Goulding’s performance at Echostage.

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

  • Vince Gray‘s lawyer says he’ll fight the charges if he’s indicted. [WUSA9, NBC 4]
  • At WCP debate, no other mayoral candidates say they believe Gray’s word over Jeff Thompson‘s. [LL, DCistWashingtonian]
  • Jim Graham accuses his Ward 1 opponent of making his teeth look goofy in mailer. [LL]
  • Firefighters’ union endorses Tommy Wells. [Post]
  • Snow can’t stop early voting from starting at Judiciary Square. [WAMUPost]
  • Candidates who want you to vote for them not always so committed to voting themselves. [Post]
  • Appeals court rules in favor of effort to oust administrative judge. [Post]
  • Office of Campaign Finance says it still can’t release anything from its Gray 2010 audit. [Post]

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

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill drops $2.7 million on a CityCenterDC condo. [WBJ]
  • $1 million buys you 2,198 square feet in D.C., versus 83,333 in Detroit. [Slate]
  • The D.C. area has among the highest income segregations in the country. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Demolition comes to the Diamond Cab building at 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. [SALM]
  • The Langdon Park horseshoe pit becomes a topic of fervent debate. [ANC 5C07]
  • With a Busboys possibly coming, a look back at Anacostia’s restaurant history. [GGW]
  • CaBi fashion takes off. [WashCycle]
  • D.C. home-price increases are just about off the charts. [MRIS]
  • Today on the market: Home/office combo in Georgetown—$424,900

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer. (tips? jfischer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Smithsonian’s next secretary, David Skorton: consummate salesman, tough decisionmaker [Post]
  • To some D.C. bands, SXSW has become an exploitative hype Carcosa. [Bandwidth]
  • Oh, to drink on a snowy St. Patrick’s Day. [Going Out Guide]
  • Are you the couple making out in this photo taken at Sweetlife Festival? [DCist]
  • You don’t bring a toddler to a grown-up snowball fight. [BYT]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Where to find D.C.’s 25 most iconic pizzerias [Eater]
  • Q&A with the owners of The Dubliner [Washingtonian]
  • Snow puts a damper on St. Patrick’s Day bar crowds. [Post]
  • Mixtec closes in Adams Morgan. [PoPville]
  • Italy wants to take the word “parmesan” away from Kraft. [VICE]
  • Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac responds to the “Dark Age of Dessert.” [Open Kitchen]