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Mayor Vince Gray is leading the pack in the Democratic mayoral primary, according to a new NBC4/WAMU/Washington Informer/Marist poll. But Gray is still far from securing an easy victory, and has only 28 percent of the vote. Councilmember Muriel Bowser trails with 20 percent of the vote, followed by Councilmember Jack Evans with 13 percent.


  • According to that same poll, 74 percent of District residents say the city is headed in the right direction. [WAMU]
  • A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until noon, and then we can expect a relatively cold, dry rest of the week and weekend. [WJLA]
  • D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced she would set aside $5 million in next year’s school budget to boost student satisfaction. [Post]
  • A D.C. Council committee met yesterday to weigh launching a feasibility study into whether the city should acquire RFK Stadium, Stadium Armory, and Langston Golf Course and then develop the site to lure the Pigskins to play there. [WTOP]


Judge Not: ICYMI, our latest cover story looks at why D.C. let a disbarred lawyer serve as a workers’ comp judge, enabling him to issue hundreds of decisions through the Department of Employment Services that now could be overturned.

The Rent is Too Damn High: The landlord of Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is seeking to evict the restaurant over unpaid rent, taxes, leased art, and other fees.

Worker Woes: A former D.C. Chipotle employee is suing the company for discrimination, alleging that her supervisor prevented her from taking bathroom breaks and drinking water while she was pregnant.

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

  • Vince Gray leads in new poll, with Muriel Bowser in second place. [WAMU, NBC4, LLPost]
  • Tommy Wells calls on Gray to can fire chief and a deputy mayor. [LLPostTimes]
  • Gray puts homeless plan on hold. [Post]
  • Labor council can’t agree on a mayoral endorsement. [LLPost]
  • Marijuana legalization activists try to keep their initiative on the ballot. [PostTimes]
  • David Catania wins his first mayoral endorsement, despite not actually running yet. [LL]
  • EMILY’s List endorses Muriel Bowser. [WAMU]
  • Attorney general race definitely won’t be on the April primary ballot now. [Post]
  • Jack Evans says Arizona shouldn’t host the next Super Bowl if its anti-gay legislation becomes law. [LL]
  • Ward 1 candidate Brianne Nadeau is the rare District pol to back the entire zoning update. [GGW]
  • Parking enforcement officers not too worried about where they park. [WJLA]
  • Double bypass can’t stop taxicab commish Ron Linton. [Post]
  • School system will put $5 million into increasing student satisfaction. [Post]
  • Repairing gunfire damage to African-American Civil War Memorial could cost $125,000. [Examiner]

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

  • The city’s plan for bike lanes in 2014 [WABA]
  • First up: contraflow lanes on G and I streets NE [GGW]
  • But will they all actually get built this year? [Washingtonian]
  • ANCs ask National Park Service to consider an “Abe’s to Ben’s” Circulator. [GGW]
  • Condo project at Georgetown gas station site gets scaled back. [UrbanTurf]
  • Parking enforcement vehicles are themselves violating traffic laws. [WJLA]
  • D.C. schools will get $5 million to boost student satisfaction. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Four-unit building off Minnesota Avenue—$325,000

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Two new Union Station pavilions are forever dated by Death Cab for Cutie lyrics. [Racked, DCist]
  • The African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation raises money to repair the memorial. [AP]
  • Meet the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra. [WJLA]
  • FACT Magazine is giving away free tickets to U Street Music Hall’s anniversary. [Blisspop]
  • Poetry group Split This Rock has a mobile app. No kidding. [Blog This Rock]

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

  • Chef José Andrés wants to get into fast food. [Vanity Fair]
  • Where to drink really, really old booze [UrbanDaddy]
  • Bars and restaurants screening the Oscars [BYT]
  • Japanese-French restaurant in Petworth will be called Crane and Turtle. [PoPville]
  • Where to find a Mardi Gras king cake [Post]
  • Zentan chef competes on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. [Washingtonian]
  • Five craveable coffee shop bites [Zagat]