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D.C. schools have run out of snow days. DCPS allocated just one snow day for the year but has already used three and could use even more this week. Officials are trying to figure out how to make up these missed days.


  • Two big advocacy groups want the city to overhaul its affordable housing strategy, which is to turn four public housing communities into mixed-income neighborhoods, because they say the plan is just not financially viable as structured. [Post]
  • Let the superlatives begin: Forecasters are predicating this could be the biggest snow storm to hit the region in four years. [WTOP]
  • In D.C., just 13 percent of 2013 graduating seniors passed an AP exam during their high school careers. But D.C. ranked number one in the country for access to AP exams and the city has the highest proportion of AP students who are African American. [WAMU]
  • Marion Barry is back in the hospital. According to Barry’s Twitter feed, it’s just a urinary tract infection and he’s not seriously ill. [Loose Lips]


Yesterday: Local fans remember the Beatles first U.S. concert, which occurred 50 years ago Tuesday at the Washington Coliseum at 3rd and M streets NE.

Sweetlife: The line-up for the 2014 Sweetlife festival was announced Tuesday and includes Foster the People, Lana Del Rey, and 2 Chainz.

Busboys and Politics:ICYMI, our profile of Andy Shallal, the owner of Busboys and Poets and a longshot mayoral candidate who’s hoping his status as the outsider in the race can lead him to victoryor at least get people talking about the issues surrounding race and class in D.C.

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

  • Affordable housing advocates want a new plan. [Post]
  • Jack Evans says his rivals aren’t reporting all of their expenses. [LL]
  • Tommy Wells likes sailing, and other Tommy Wells facts. [Post]
  • D.C. Council mulls tax commission’s “service tax” recommendation. [NBC 4]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton wants new security clearance procedures after Navy Yard shooting. [WAMU]
  • Mixed-use development construction in Southwest starts next month. [DCist]
  • The only snow warning that’s guaranteed to be accurate. [City Desk]

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

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

  • Foster the PeopleLana Del Rey2 Chainz among the performers at this year’s Sweetlife festival. [Arts Desk]
  • Chain & the Gang to release a new album in April. [Arts Desk]
  • While staging Yellow Face, a play that addresses white people portraying Asian people onstage, an unfortunate accident forces Theater J to do the same. Oh, this is just excellent. [Post]
  • D.C.’s Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys) drafted into Seth Meyers‘ late-night band (along with Fred Armisen, Kim Thompson, and two members of Les Savy Fav). [Arts Desk, Post]
  • Despite an appearance by Mary J. Blige, dancing was shunned at last night’s state dinner. [Post]

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

  • Foie-diculous dishes in D.C. [Eater]
  • Eight Valentine’s Day sweets for your sweetie [Washingtonian]
  • Hula Girl pop-up coming to Pulpo space in Cleveland Park. [Post]
  • There’s a 90 percent chance Whole Foods will sell out of organic mac and cheese before D.C.’s snowstorm. [City Desk]
  • Five great chocolate shops in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Seoul Food truck retires to focus on restaurant. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Check out the line-up for Sweetgreen‘s Sweetlife Festival. [Arts Desk]