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How much snow did D.C. actually accumulate during the latest snowstorm? According to the National Weather Service’s unofficial tally, there was about 11 inches of snow at 1:30 a.m. Friday morning around American University in Tenleytown.


  • The District paid off the huge DC USA Columbia Heights shopping center parking garage 15 years ahead of schedule. [WBJ]
  • Ten homeless families stayed in D.C. recreation centers during the latest severe winter weather spell. [Post]
  • A patient of St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital was found dead in the snow Thursday on a sidewalk in the 2400 block of Shannon Place SE at around 1 p.m. [Washington Times]
  • Mayor Vince Gray was ranked the top most gay friendly D.C. mayoral candidate, with Tommy Wells coming in second. [Loose Lips]


Modern Love: In our latest cover story, meet David Jameson an architect who want 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.

#Snofilter: Photos from yesterday’s snow day at Malcolm X Park.

Monsters: The shit Whole Foods ran out of the day before the snow storm.

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

  • Vince Gray gets the top rating from LGBT activists, with Tommy Wells right behind. [LL]
  • Paul Zukerberg appeals his attorney general election ballot loss. [Post]
  • Candidates pitch themselves to American University students. [Post]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: Look past black mayoral candidates. [Post]
  • Gray knows what a bad snow response can do to a re-election bid. [LL]
  • St. Elizabeths man discovered dead in the snow. [TimesPost]
  • Council backs more funds for homeless gay youth. [Blade]
  • Fire kills woman near Rock Creek Cemetery. [Post]

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

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

  • House of Cards, now darker than ever. [Post]
  • Pitchfork does not love the new album from Lo-Fang (aka ex-D.C. musician Matthew Hemerlein). [Pitchfork]
  • Somebody loooooooves ASCAP. [NPR]
  • Morrissey will skip D.C. on his next tour. [Pitchfork]
  • An interview with NPR’s Bob Boilen [D.C. Music Download]
  • DJ Heat named DJ of the year at the Fab Awards. [WPGC]
  • Then she made a playlist for Reliable Source. [Post]
  • Local film critics fall in love, debut gimmicky film-review act on Fox 5. [Post]
  • Levine Music expands into Loudoun. [Loudoun Times]

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

  • Valentine’s Day dessert porn [BYT]
  • Nine no-reservation restaurants worth the wait [Post]
  • Here’s the recipe to Rose’s Luxury‘s strawberry-tomato sauce [Hill is Home]
  • Every annoying restaurant phrase in one place [Eater]
  • Six spicy peppers and where to try them [Zagat]
  • Russia House‘s restrooms, reviewed [DCist]
  • Married couples who run restaurants together [Express]