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Police Chief Cathy Lanier‘s popularity has made it difficult for Mayor Vince Gray‘s re-election opponents to criticize his record on crime. Former Mayor Adrian Fenty appointed Lanier to the post seven years ago, and Gray opted to keep her on when he was elected in 2010.


  • What’s opened and closed this Presidents Day. [WTOP]
  • An 8-year-old was shot and sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Friday afternoon on the 1200 block of Valley Avenue SE. [News4]
  • The Farragut North and Dupont Circle Metro stations are closed today. [WMATA]
  • Get ready for another round of snow, sleet, and freezing rain tonight, and then the weather will warm up the rest of the week. [WJLA]


Modern Love: ICYMI, in our latest cover story, meet David Jameson—an architect who wants to make D.C. architecture an export. But first, he has to convince the world that D.C. buildings don’t have to be ugly.

Cool Runnings: An interview with Warrenton, Va., Mayor George Fitch, who just so happened to find Jamaica’s first bobsled team, which was featured in the film Cool Runnings.

State of the Arts: The 2014 Spring Arts Guide

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

  • Keeping on police chief Cathy Lanier turns out well for Vince Gray. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells leads D.C. for Democracy endorsement vote, but falls short of the endorsement. [LL]
  • Post ed board: ethics board out-hustles inspector general on judge scandal, despite fewer resources. [Post]
  • Wells: I was “duped” over D.C. Council vote about Jeff Thompson. [LL]
  • Mayoral power rankings return, with a new floating head on top. [LL]
  • Wells sits down with DCist. [DCist]
  • Muriel Bowser apologizes to Andy Shallal. [Twitter]
  • Yeah, yeah! Entourage star Jeremy Piven is wooed by shadow senator for statehood. [LL]
  • Congrats to former LL Mike DeBonis on his wedding. [Twitter]
  • The cop accused of child porn killed himself, according to medical examiner. [Post]
  • Killer heroin kills 37 in Maryland. [WTOP]
  • More on the St. Elizabeths patient who died in the snow. [Times]

HOUSING COMPLEX is on vacation. (tips awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Longtime AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs) director Sky Sitney steps down. [Post]
  • Ex-Soul Searchers trumpeter Donald Tillery tells his story. [WAMU]
  • Park Service relocates the National Archives for Black Women’s History from D.C. to Maryland. [AP]
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Library may be tougher to update than it seems. [Post]
  • The Soup‘s Joel McHale to host White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May. [AP]
  • The Corcoran unveils its redone European galleries, which include this creepy Cupid. [Post]
  • WaPo goes long on the “Last American Indian on Earth,” performance artist Gregg Deal. [Post]
  • Meet the State Department’s “Monuments Woman.” [Post]
  • National Cathedral stained-glass artist dies at age 88. [Post]
  • Five questions for Steve Lambert [DCist]
  • Landless Theatre Company to stage Sweeney Todd. [Post]
  • Heavy Breathing releases a new song. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Random actors support D.C. statehood. [Post]
  • Remembering noise musician Scott Phillips, 1964-2014 [Arts Desk]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypa

  • Where to eat heart [Zagat]
  • Beware of sexually transmitted food poisoning. [NPR]
  • The Grill Room at the Capella hotel offers dinner for $3,500 per person. [Washingtonian]
  • BlackSalt reopens after fire. [Eater]
  • B Too begins late-night service. [Post]
  • Sneak peek inside Bryan Voltaggio‘s Italian restaurant Aggio. [Bethesda Mag]
  • Ten choice chocolatiers in the D.C. area [The Plate]