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President Barack Obama is expected to announce at the State of the Union address tonight that he will take executive action to boost the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts.


  • Marion Barry was released from Howard University hospital after being treated for a blood infection for 16 days. [Loose Lips]
  • Has Councilman Kenyan McDuffie finally brought Ward 5 together? [Post]
  • D.C. parents are concerned about plans to change school boundaries. [News4]
  • Mayor Vince Gray‘s timetable to get passengers on the H Street NE streetcars by early February is probably not going to happen. [WJLA]


The Answers Issue: ICYMI, in the 2014 Answers Issue, we tackled some of your toughest questions, including: If “Washington” and “D.C.” now mean the same thing, why do we still use both? Read the issue to find out that answer and more.

Meaty Days: Meat Week in D.C. has officially started.

Unlikely Duo: George Mason University is teaming up with Flashpoint, the gallery run by CulturalDC, to program exhibits and other creative collaborations.

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

  • Muriel Bowser goes east of the river. [LL]
  • Marion Barry gets out of the hospital. [LLPost]
  • Kenyan McDuffie and a disco ball kick off his campaign. [Post]
  • The Post poll could have underestimated support for the D.C. United stadium. [Housing Complex]
  • Crack is whack, D.C. [WAMU]
  • $8 billion in development predicted on streetcar lines. [Post]
  • Christian Carter‘s mayoral campaign is over. For real this time. [LL]
  • CSX tunnel wouldn’t transport much crude oil, company says. [Post]
  • When will D.C. get infographic justice? [Times]

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

  • No surprise: Streetcar won’t meet Vince Gray‘s ambitious schedule. [WJLA]
  • Are streetcars mainly a transit tool? [Atlantic Cities]
  • Here’s who benefits from the minimum wage hike. [DCFPI]
  • An update on the Hecht Company Warehouse development. [WBJ]
  • St. Elizabeths chapel to become demonstration space for coming “innovation hub.” [WBJ]
  • GSA plans more D.C.-area leasing. [WBJ]
  • LGBTQ homeless youth get undercounted. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Renovated 16th Street Heights rowhouse—$764,990

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

  • This is what the Kennedy Center may look like in a few years. [Arts Desk]
  • Vocalists compete to play the Cherry Blossom Festival. [WTOP]
  • After multiple stabbings, District nightclub remains closed. [PoPville]
  • Area reporter outraged about Academy Awards’ snub of Dave Grohl appeased by Grammy wins. [Post]
  • That time The Beatles came to the British Embassy and were miserable. [Washingtonian]
  • Flashpoint teams up with George Mason University. [Arts Desk]
  • All Things Go holds its own Grammy Awards, gives a big one to GEMS. [All Things Go]
  • Rockville venue The Fold hosts a crowdfunding party. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Where to see Grammy winners on D.C. stages. [Post]

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

  • Homemade moonshine is on the rise, but it’s still illegal. [NPR]
  • Inside GCDC‘s grilled cheese lab [Post]
  • Hangover observations from food and hunger benefit Sips & Suppers [Eater]
  • The best bars without TVs (so you don’t have to watch the Super Bowl) [BYT]
  • Eight killer versions of bar food favorites [Zagat]
  • Minimum wage hike will benefit 90 percent of fast food cooks. [DCist]
  • How not to embarrass yourself at the butcher counter [Thrillist]