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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.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Muriel Bowser goes east of the river. [LL]
- Marion Barry gets out of the hospital. [LL, Post]
- 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 email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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]