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The unprecedented increase in the number of homeless families in D.C. this winter is costing the city at least $20 million more than anticipated. If the trends continue, more than 1,000 new families are expected to need shelter this winter, with only 250 of the families currently in shelters projected to leave.


  • D.C. police officers will finally get a 4 percent raise after six years without one. [News4]
  • D.C. Public Schools are creating a Parents Cabinet and are looking for applicants, including prospective DCPS parents, to fill the 16 slots. [WAMU]
  • The historic and vacant Franklin School on 13th Street NW will become an art museum. [Housing Complex]
  • Eight people were injured last night on a Metro bus after a pick-up truck rear-ended the bus and fled the scene. None of the injuries appeared to be serious. [Post]


Rough Ride: ICYMI, our latest cover story examines what it would take to transform the struggling and underenrolled Roosevelt High School in the now-booming Petworth neighborhood.

X2 Rated Love: This engaged couple first met on the notorious X2 bus line.

Vince Green: Incumbent Vince Gray reported raising the most money in the latest campaign finance reports. Here’s a breakdown of who donated to his and the other candidates’ campaigns.

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

  • David Grosso: time for fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe to step down after Cecil Mills‘ death. [Statter911]
  • Public pot-smoking provision could hamper decriminalization bill [Times, LL, WAMU]
  • Vince Gray leads rivals in mayoral fundraising, lags in cash on hand [LL]
  • More than 40 percent of mayoral campaign donations come from outside of D.C. [WAMU]
  • Andy [Shallal] can make a good city great. You dig?” [Post]
  • Post ed board wants David Catania‘s D.C. Promise proposal postponed [Post]
  • Shadow Rep. Nate Bennett-Fleming hopes to ditch the Hill perks for a D.C. Council seat. [Roll Call]
  • New Gray video features Secretary of Education Arne Duncan [LL]
  • DCPS looks for recruits for a “Parent’s Cabinet.” [WAMU]
  • Mayoral candidates turn out for D.C.’s Groundhog Day. [Post]
  • The Franklin School will become an art museum. [Housing Complex]
  • Sinkhole traps Circulator bus [NBC 4]

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

  • Meet D.C.’s most valuable property. [WBJ]
  • Clean Currents turns out the lights. [Post]
  • D.C. General residents complain of lack of heat and hot water. [DCist]
  • D.C.’s smallest home is sold. [UrbanTurf]
  • Is art the right use for the Franklin School? [GGW]
  • A new condo project may be coming to The Yards. [JDLand]
  • Capital Bikeshare operator signs a deal with a new technology provider. [WashCycle]
  • Today on the market: Dupont 1BR condo—$324,500

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

  • The historic Franklin School to become a contemporary art museum with rotating exhibits. [Housing Complex]
  • Dani Levinas, the entrepreneur and arts patron that will retool the Franklin School with his Institute for Contemporary Expression (ICE), talks about the project’s next steps. [Post]
  • But is an art museum the best use of the building? [Greater Greater Washington]
  • The Ex Hex 7-inch is coming! [Pitchfork]
  • There’s a new trailer for the Captain America movie filmed partially in D.C. [Post]
  • D.C. author Anthony Marra‘s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is now available on paperback. [Post]
  • Game of Thrones diehards want to “map D.C. to Westoros and Essos.” [City Desk]
  • Benefit show for the family of deceased garage rocker Travis Jackson is set for Feb. 13. [DCist]
  • Split This Rock says it’s trying hard to be ADA compliant. [Split This Rock]
  • Here’s what comedy you should see in February. [BYT]
  • Maryland synthpop duo Ploy releases even more new music. [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Bonchon‘s Arlington location sold 10,000 wings for the Super Bowl. [Washingtonian]
  • Fast casual &pizza coming to 14th and K streets NW [WBJ]
  • Maggie’s closes in Bethesda. [Robert Dryer]
  • 1905 to offer brunch for dinner on Tuesdays [Eater]
  • The nonconformist’s guide to Valentine’s Day [Zagat]
  • In-N-Out imitator CaliBurger coming to D.C. [Post]
  • Taste test of Menu MBK [BYT]