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WAMU releases the first of its five-part series today revisiting the crack epidemic in D.C. Today’s piece provides an overview of the history of the drug in the city and talks to a dealer who sold crack in the ’80s and ’90s.


  • It’s official: Ezra Klein is creating a new publication at Vox Media. [The Verge]
  • Six in 10 District residents oppose Mayor Vince Gray‘s land swap plan to finance the new D.C. United soccer stadium [Washington Post]
  • Rep. Trey Radel, the Republican Florida congressman who was busted for buying cocaine from an undercover police officer in Dupont back in October, will reportedly resign from Congress today. [Politico]
  • Mayor Vince Gray lost last week’s Ward 8 straw poll, and now his deputy campaign manager who was involved in organizing turnout for the event is no longer with the campaign. The Gray campaign would not say whether he was fired. [Loose Lips]


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.

Mayoral Power Rankings: Muriel Bowser fared well Friday in Loose Lips’ weekly rankings of the mayoral candidates.

Trolling at the Post: The Washington Post should have left the anti-D.C. op-ed whose author’s identification it couldn’t verify online as a “memorial to the kind of deeply shitty trolling that the Post opinion pages ought to be above.”

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

  • D.C. United stadium plan opposed by 59 percent of D.C. residents. [Post]
  • Jack Evans says Vince Gray situation reminds him of Richard Nixon. [LL]
  • Post ed board hits Gray again on shadow campaign questions. [Post]
  • Mayoral power rankings return, with a new candidate at the top. [LL]
  • Gray finds Supercan funding after all. [City DeskPost]
  • Deputy campaign manager leaves Gray campaign after straw poll loss. [LL]
  • Colby King: other states have crooked pols, too. [Post]
  • Howard employees rally against job outsourcing. [WAMU]

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

  • The company formerly known as the Washington Post Co. will move to Rosslyn. [Post]
  • The tale of the housing crash and recovery, as told by a house in Bowie, Md. [NYT]
  • The percentage of homes being bought with all cash has more than doubled in the past year. [Planet Money]
  • Virginia houses more than 500 homeless families through rapid rehousing. [Post]
  • Coupon booklets: the future of visitor parking passes? [GGW]
  • Poor people are slightly more likely to bike to work than rich people. [Streetsblog]
  • Despite lack of bike lanes, people in Ward 8 do bike a lot. [CHOTR]
  • Today on the market: City Vista 1BR—$459,000

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

  • NSO conductor Christoph Eschenbach takes home a Grammy for “best classical compendium.” [Post, New York Times]
  • Baltimore native Maysa on her Grammy nomination [Post]
  • Max Roach records go to Library of Congress. [AP]
  • Bob Mould will play Workbook in its entirety at 9:30 Club in March. [9:30 Club]
  • Mt. Pleasant library evacuated. [PoPville]
  • Weather delays The Best Man at Keegan Theatre. [Arts Desk]
  • More House of Cards images released. [Huffington Post]
  • Hank Stuever reviews Herblock, the biopic about the late Washington Post cartoonist. [Post]
  • A history of racial appropriation onstage, in awkward and too-incomplete-to-even-bother list form. [Post]

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

  • The top five strip mall restaurants around the D.C. area [Express]
  • Mockingbird Hill and 2 Birds 1 Stone named among the country’s best new bars. [Garden & Gun]
  • Where to eat tacos [Eater]
  • Taj of India now open in Crystal City. [ARLnow]
  • Try these 10 soups. [The Plate]
  • Get excited about the steak and kimchi grilled cheese at GCDC, opening February/March. [PoPville]
  • Food trucks face off during Meat Week. [Post]
  • Inside the new Spanish tapas art exhibit [BYT]