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A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

The number of residents who have signed up for health care coverage through D.C.’s insurance marketplace has jumped nearly 30 percent in the last month, with 26,180 sign-ups since Oct. 1. Individuals have until Feb. 15 to sign up for coverage that begins March 1.


  • The city terminated negotiations with the companies that were supposed to redevelop the Park Morton housing complex along Georgia Avenue because of unacceptable delays. [Washington Post]
  • A Safeway on Piney Branch Road NW that closed for three days because of rat, mouse, and vermin infestations is now back open. [WTOP]
  • Mayor Vince Gray picks up another labor endorsement, this time from the Service Employees International Union. [Loose Lips]
  • A local nonprofit has been successful in placing dozens of homeless D.C. veterans into homes of their own. [WAMU]


Busboys and Politics:ICYMI, our latest cover story is a 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.

Bowling Big: Pinstripe, a new bowling, bocce, and Italian/American bistro, opened in a 34,000-square-foot space in The Shops at Georgetown Park over the weekend.

Forecast Certainties: No one can really accurately predict whether it will snow this week, but one thing’s for sure: D.C.’s weather-related anxieties will prevent the city from functioning at a reasonable level. Here is your Winter Storm Anxiety Advisory.

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

  • Tommy Wells tries to get beyond white voters. [Post]
  • Vince Gray lands the SEIU endorsement. [LLPost]
  • City cans Park Morton developer for delay. [Post]
  • Mice can’t stop the Piney Branch Safeway. [WTOP]
  • Muriel BowserReta Lewis make their pitch at women’s forum. [Times]
  • Irv Nathan wants to squash a plan to keep the attorney general election in 2014. [Post]
  • D.C. Health Exchange sees membership bump. [WBJ]
  • Flip hipsters, or flip for hipsters, right here in D.C. [WBJ]
  • Pro-gay banner set on fire. [Blade]

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

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

  • Local cabdriver/rock star Hailu Mergia talks music with booker Jim Thomson. [Vinyl District]
  • An oral history of The Beatles’ D.C. invasion [Post]
  • Hey, it’s local native Dave Grohl (and some other famous people) playing The Beatles. Nope, The Beatles stuff ain’t stopping anytime soon. [Spin]
  • Michael Kaiser says: Beware of silos, arts organizations! [Huffington Post]
  • New Veep trailer, folks. [Huffington Post]
  • The Washington Post will certainly not report that stuff about the president messing around with Beyoncé. [Poynter]
  • Cards Against Humanity + House of Cards = this. [DCist]
  • Actor/director Holly Twyford on We Are Proud to Present… [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • I thought I was gonna read something about Priests here, but I got this kind of bad thing instead. Welp. [BYT]

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

  • Firefly offers a brisket ice cream. [UrbanDaddy]
  • Where to eat breakfast tacos [Post]
  • BlackSalt closes briefly due to fire. [Eater]
  • Starbucks responds to parody art project Dumb Starbucks. [USA Today]
  • Scottish brewery introduces “protest beer” called Hello My Name is Vladmir. [Drink DC]
  • Alero becomes El Tio Tex-Mex Grill in Columbia Heights. [PoPville]
  • Upscale version of Silver Diner coming to Bethesda. [Bethesda Mag]
  • California-based Blaze Pizza coming to Westfield Montgomery Mall. [Bethesda Now]