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The Korean population in Northern Virginia has finally gotten politically organized. So why did they choose an obscure cartography issue as their first real battle? Read our latest cover story to find out.


  • In D.C., officers ticketed 1,124 vehicles for snowstorm violations on Monday. Ninety vehicles were impounded by the city and another 243 were towed and impounded by private tow companies. [Post]
  • A look at Mayor Vince Gray‘s campaign manager and hype man, Chuck Thies, the most prolific trash talker in D.C. politics. [Loose Lips]
  • The Northwest Currentendorses Vince Gray for mayor. [Loose Lips]
  • Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry is out of the hospital and says he’s going to finish his term. [Washingtonian]


Meet Market: The latest D.C. food trend: Restaurant-market hybrids.

Laugh Track: Meet two D.C.-area comedians who are all of 14 years old.

Traffic Jam: D.C. officials are really pissed at the Secret Service for all the recent street closures.

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

  • Marion Barry leaves rehabilitation center, says he’ll finish his D.C. Council term. [WTOPPostTimes]
  • Muriel Bowser cancels a fundraiser at the home of scandal-tied Adrian Fenty pal Sinclair Skinner. [Post]
  • Northwest Current endorses Vince Gray. [LL]
  • This week’s column: Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies tries to prove he can win. [LL]
  • Post ed board: city should consider a separate EMS department. [Post]
  • DC Water tells some in Upper Northwest to boil their water. [WAMU]
  • There were 1,100 tickets issued for snowstorm violations. [Post]
  • Gray takes advantage of home field advantage at Ward 7 debate. [Post]
  • Gray announces $1 million in funding for “tech corridor” venture fund. [WBJ]
  • CityCenterDC is getting fancy. [Housing Complex]
  • NoVa’s Korean community uses its political muscle on textbook maps. [WCP]

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

  • The economic gap between D.C.’s haves and have-nots is growing. [DCFPI]
  • The mayoral candidates discuss affordable housing. [GGW]
  • Vince Gray announces $1 million in grants for 7th Street NW corridor startups. [WBJ]
  • Capital Bikeshare stations give a boost to nearby businesses. [Mobility Lab]
  • D.C. to Secret Service: Stop clogging our roads! [City Desk]
  • Pedestrian deaths in D.C. are on the rise. [DCist]
  • 123-unit building coming to Mount Vernon Triangle, likely with less parking than zoning requires. [UrbanTurf]
  • A plug for Metro Momentum [GGW]
  • Here’s what a snowstorm does to Metro ridership. [PlanItMetro]
  • Today on the market: 16th Street Heights 4BR—$699,000

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

  • Can the Corcoran’s collection—and some of its Flagg Building—solve the NGA’s problems? [Modern Art Notes]
  • Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham wants D.C.’s nightclub promoters to be licensed. [Washington Times]
  • A touching argument for Read Aloud Day from Ron Charles [Style Blog]
  • Ugh. [DCist]
  • Blisspop launches a mix series [Blisspop]

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

  • Forty dishes every Washingtonian should try [Post]
  • The most anticipated spring restaurant openings [Eater]
  • The most entertaining bars in D.C. [DCist]
  • Eleven chain restaurant foods that are horrifyingly unhealthy [BuzzFeed]
  • Chipotle says there’s no “guacpocalypse” looming. [NPR]
  • Where to find bacon sticky buns [Zagat]
  • Chupacabra on H Street NE reopens March 13. [Frozen Tropics]