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The D.C. Council is set to take a final vote today on legislation that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. If it become a law, the bill would make D.C. one of the most lenient cities in the country for pot possession.


  • Temperatures will be well below freezing today, which means the roads will be frozen over. The federal government and District public schools are starting on a two-hour delay today. [News4]
  • Domku, an Scandinavian/Eastern European restaurant in Petworth, is boycotting Russian beer to protest the Ukrainian conflict. [Post]
  • The National Park Service is expected to announce the predicted peak bloom dates for the city’s cherry blossom trees. [WJLA]
  • Mayor Vince Gray signed a law yesterday that would begin to bury the 60 most vulnerable distribution power lines in the city. [WTOP]


Convenient Truths: ICYMI, latest cover package takes a look inside D.C.’s ultimate local institutions: corner stores. Learn about five neighborhood stores, how these small shops get fresh produce, and, most importantly, where to find the best bottle of wine.

Losing Game: There are no winners in a D.C. snowball fight, only cold people who got out of bed on a snow day to get snowballs thrown at them.

Theory of Relativity: In D.C., fewer than half of households in need of affordable housing can actually find it. That sounds bad, but compared to the rest of the country, we’re actually doing remarkably well, according to a new study.

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

  • Marijuana decriminalization heads for its second vote at the D.C. Council. [Post]
  • Contra Muriel BowserJack Evans says he knows about more than just Georgetown. [LLPost]
  • Don’t call Bowser “angry.” [Post]
  • Forty-nine percent of people support D.C. United stadium plan in new poll. [LL]
  • Thanks, in part, to the wording of the poll question. [Housing Complex]
  • Vince Gray signs power-line undergrounding bill. [WTOP]
  • Dvorak: fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe is missing the big picture. [Post]
  • D.C. does relatively well on measure of affordable housing. [Housing Complex]
  • Post ed board wants candidates to focus education improvements on UDC, OSSE. [Post]
  • Snow delays Gray’s State of the District speech and Bowser’s response. [WAMU]

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

  • The anatomy of a snowball fight on the National Mall. [City Desk]
  • The most powerful weapon against snow: delay. [dc.gov]
  • Watch out for snow plows! [Atlantic Cities]
  • An obsessive Metro passenger reports on two years of rides and delays. [GGW]
  • Walmart goes urban. [ULI]
  • D.C. is a top city for feminists (which appears to mean women). [Estately]
  • ANC tepidly endorses U Street NW development. [SALM]
  • Today on the market: Dupont studio—$249,900

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

  • Stupid Fucking Birds gets a remount at Woolly Mammoth. [Arts Desk]
  • Takoma Park’s Republic restaurant starting up live music series. [GoG Blog]
  • Prince of Petworth not sure if these new murals of Angela Davis and Shirley Chisholm at the 5th and K NW Busboys and Poets are “controversial.” (No. They are not.) [PoPVille]
  • WaPo writer draws short straw, must cover Vanity Fair Oscar party. [Post]

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

  • The best spots to break up with someone [UrbanDaddy]
  • Chef John Shields‘ Georgetown restaurant falls through. [Post]
  • Food events to check out this week [Washingtonian]
  • One recent Friday, Cheesecake Factory had a longer wait than Le Diplomate. [Eater]
  • D.C.’s hottest new restaurants [Zagat]
  • Pizza company seizes Oscar spotlight. [LA Times]
  • Domku boycotts Russian beer to protest Ukraine conflict. [Post]