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The latest campaign finance reports show that incumbent Vince Gray raised $627,000 since December three times more than what any other candidate raised during the same period. But Gray entered the race late and still trails behind some candidates in total money raised throughout their entire campaigns.


  • The wet, messy weather this morning will complicate today’s commute. And there’s a chance of snow and freezing rain in the area late tomorrow. [News4]
  • If you believe Potomac PhilD.C.’s local groundhogthere’s still six more weeks of winter to come. [Post]
  • D.C. recorded 14 homicides in 2014a murder rate significantly higher than the city’s five killings in January 2013. [Washington Times]
  • A hearing is scheduled today to determine whether former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife can talk to key witnesseswhich includes close friends and family membersin the federal corruption case against them. [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.

Caffeine Buzz: La Colombecoffee shop opened over the weekend in Blagden Alley.

Moon Sickness: D.C. rock band The Caribbean’s latest albumMoon Sickness, is like the third season of your favorite HBO show.

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

  • Vince Gray pulls in $627,000 in campaign contributions. [Post]
  • District reports $321 million surplus. [LL]
  • But it’s already spoken for. [Housing Complex]
  • No Office of Campaign Finance report on Gray for Vincent Orange [LL]
  • Ward 1 candidate calls Jim Graham a “warlord,” albeit not one as bad as Joseph Kony. [LL]
  • The new traffic cameras went online Saturday. [Times]
  • D.C. Council plans a pushback on the ethics board’s constituent service rules. [Post]
  • Primary date change could make general election bids more viable. [WAMU]
  • St. Elizabeths vendors will get free rent. [Housing Complex]
  • Ward 1 challenger Brianne Nadeau goes on Kojo. [WAMU]
  • January’s murder rate was higher than usual. [Times]
  • Cop accused of stealing from evidence room. [Post]
  • The Post defends the way it phrased its D.C. United poll. [Post]
  • Marion Barry liked the Super Bowl halftime show. [Twitter]

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

  • Southwest and JetBlue will soon offer many more flights out of DCA. [Post]
  • How to make D.C.’s tax system fairer [Hill Rag]
  • Preservation requires saving Anacostia facade while demolishing everything else. [GGW]
  • Here are the hoops you have to jump through to rent your place legally on Airbnb. [UrbanTurf]
  • Metro replaces carpets with slip-resistant floors. [GGW]
  • Complex history blurs line between public and private property on Capitol Hill. [Hill Rag]
  • Today on the market: Two-unit Bloomingdale rowhouse—$798,000

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

  • Money-losing LivingSocial will shutter its 918 F St. event space. [Post]
  • Phillips Collection scoffs at claims of forgery. [Post]
  • Corcoran awaits sale of valuable Monet. [Post]
  • Northeast Library reopens today. [DCist]
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company announces its 2014-15 season. [Post]
  • A profile of Robert Edsel, the guy who helped the Monuments Men film come to be. [Post]
  • Baltimoreans, get on the Wye Oak party bus to D.C. [Baltimore City Paper]
  • Seems like the Columbia Heights Pete Seeger tribute was a success. [WTOP]
  • Hank Willis Thomas discusses his “Black Males” video piece at Corcoran. [WTOP]
  • Sometimes, people drink too much. [PoPville]

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

  • Where to find macaroons [The Plate]
  • The 100 Very Best Restaurants ranking is now online. [Washingtonian]
  • Federal Aviation Administration shuts down beer drone. [NPR]
  • Amid legal dispute, chef R.J. Cooper to remain at Rogue 24 for “foreseeable future.” [Post]
  • Quench chef Ed Hardy developing “pot brownie” with applewood “joint.” [Eater]
  • Cafe Deluxe coming to 22nd and M streets NW. [PoPville]
  • The best dim sum in and around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Food producers to get free rent at the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion. [Housing Complex]