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This season’s bitter winter has created a record number of potholes in the D.C. region, with AAA alone already coming to the aid of 22,418 area drivers that have fallen victim to potholes since New Year’s Day.


  • A firetruck was forced to transport a toddler to United Medical Center Friday after it learned that the closest ambulance was seven miles away, stuck in rush hour traffic. [News4]
  • Eight people have been shot and killed in the daylight over 23 days within a five-mile stretch along the Anacostia River, from Barry Farm to Kenilworth. [Post]
  • An audit of the popular D.C. tuition assistance program that helps city students pay for college found that millions of dollars have been unaccounted for since 2004. [Post]
  • Winter is back this week, and there’s even a chance of some snow. [WJLA]

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.

Bowser Time: After winning the Post editorial board’s endorsement, mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser came out on top in last week’s Mayoral Power Rankings.

D.C. Shakespeare: A profile of Drew Cortese, the almost-banker who stars in the Folger Theatre’s production of Richard III.

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

  • D.C. TAG scholarship fund can’t account for millions. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser campaign accused of using kids’ pictures without permission. [Post]
  • Bowser leads the latest mayoral power rankings. [LL]
  • The ups and downs of Vince Gray‘s first term in business. [Post]
  • Fire department hearing lead by Tommy Wells set for this afternoon. [Times]
  • Why isn’t fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe in the Medric Mills death report? [Statter911]
  • Bowser hits Metro over hiring over criminal records. [Post]
  • Blade picks up story about controversial ex-candidate Leo Alexander working for Andy Shallal. [Blade]
  • Shallal: time to legalize pot. [Truth Out]
  • They paved a community garden/to put up a parking lot. [Housing Complex]
  • Get ready for digital Metro ads. [Housing Complex]
  • Year starts with a streak of day-time killings. [Post]
  • How to improve the D.C. United stadium deal. [GGW]

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

  • The Ward 1 Council candidates discuss the need for density and affordable housing. [GGW]
  • Meet the (temporary) new Harriet Tregoning. [OPinions]
  • Get ready for a groundbreaking at The Wharf. [WBJ]
  • E-bikes are on the rise. [Mobility Lab]
  • How D.C. could get a better deal on the D.C. United stadium. [GGW]
  • Petworth Safeway development, a.k.a. The Swift, is for sale. [WBJ]
  • A look back at the New York-Boston race to build a subway system. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Renovated rowhouse in northern Columbia Heights—$969,000

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

  • Netflix shakes down Maryland for more House of Cards tax breaks. [AP]
  • The owner of the Pinball Museum, formerly of Georgetown and Baltimore, is selling off his pinball machines. [WTOP]
  • Ron Moten and go-go supporters battle Prince George’s County on go-go. [NBC 4]
  • University of Maryland to host symposium on issues in black theater. [WAMU]
  • The D.C. Docent chimes in on the melting-down Corcoran, where she leads tours. [D.C. Docent]
  • Corcoran students and alumni are definitely bummed. [Post]
  • Graffiti artists pick up stickering. [Post]
  • D.C. techno producer Pentamon releases new music. [Blisspop]
  • Photos and a review of The Caribbean and Greenland‘s recent Black Cat show [D.C. Music Download]
  • The Go-Go Symphony, reviewed. [Post]
  • Hey, here’s an interview with Bob Mould. [The Quietus]

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

  • The 10 most anticipated spring restaurant openings [The Plate]
  • Killer happy hours at high-end restaurants [Zagat]
  • Where to find the five best margaritas in D.C. [Drink DC]
  • Carla Hall is helping design a restaurant inside Reagan National Airport. [Eater]
  • What to expect from Dram and Grain, the cocktail lounge below Jack Rose Dining Saloon [Post]
  • This program teaches alcoholics how to make their own beer. [NPR]
  • Check out the revamp of Nando’s Peri-Peri in Chinatown. [PoPville]
  • Where to find hidden dining gems [Washingtonian]