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You asked. We answered. The 2014 Answer Issue is out today. Inside, Washington City Paper reporters tackle some of your toughest questions: Why is there an S1, an S2, and an S4 bus, but no S3? If “Washington” and “D.C.” now mean the same thing, why do we still use both? Read the issue to find out these answers and more.


  • The District is unlikely to become the next Silicon Valley, but the nation’s capital could corner the regulated-industries market. [Housing Complex]
  • Local mixologist JP Caceres, whose story of being locked in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center made headlines last week, is far from the only D.C. restaurant worker worried about his immigration status. [Young & Hungry]
  • A 2003 Georgetown Day School graduate was among those killed during a suicide attack Friday in Kabul. [Post]
  • Virginia’s newly elected attorney general announced Thursday that the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits. [AP]


East Side Mayor: Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser‘s proposal for a deputy mayor dealing with issues east of the river is turning out to be surprisingly controversial.

Snowy Marriage Woes: This guy lost his wedding ring during the Dupont Circle snowball fight while he was trying to document the melee on social media.

The G Word: Gentrification has long been a divisive word in the District, but new studies suggest that it may not actually be a bad thing for longtime residents in a neighborhood.

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

  • The District’s streetlight contract fight isn’t over yet. [WBJ]
  • District could take over charter school at center of self-dealing scandal. [Post]
  • Former principal pleads guilty to overbilling scheme. [Post]
  • DC Water scraps portion of tunnel plan. [Housing Complex]
  • SEIU backs Ward 1 incumbent Jim Graham and Ward 6 candidate Charles Allen. [LL]
  • Do Wards 7 and 8 need a dedicated deputy mayor position? Muriel Bowser says yes, opponents say no. [LL]
  • The 2014 election gets a .gif reactions Tumblr. [Tumblr]
  • What’s the point of being a councilmember if you can’t get priority snow-plowing? [WUSA9]
  • Andy Shallal tells The Nation that he’s a little bit Bill de Blasio, a little bit Michael Bloomberg. [Nation]
  • Whatta town. [City Desk]
  • Stealing a necklace leads to 43 years in St. Elizabeths. [Times]

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

  • All the answers to your most pressing development questions (and then some). [WCP]
  • There’s a correlation between college degrees and car-free living. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s plan for a deputy mayor for east of the river draws criticism. [LL]
  • Kaya Henderson‘s charter middle school statement wasn’t as controversial as it sounded. [GGE]
  • Time-lapse videos of the snowstorm. [DCist]
  • D.C. Council weighs big college scholarship program. [AP]
  • For bus riders, data trumps service. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Petworth duplex—$495,000

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

  • The Helen Hayes Awards will change venues and formats this year. [Post]
  • Listen to a go-go take on Lorde‘s “Royals.” [Post]
  • Northern Virginia’s RDGLDGRN drops a new video with an assist from Dave Grohl and Pharrell. [Huffington Post]
  • Drop Electric also releases a new music video, though without celebrity endorsements. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Ex-9:30 Club booking manager Lisa White discusses the frustrations of booking the big club. [Arts Desk]

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

  • The nine best wings and pub grub in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • Somebody stole Rose’s Luxury‘s “fuck perfect” sign. [Eater]
  • White House nutrition policy advisor/chef Sam Kass and Alex Wagner are “politics’ It couple.” [Vogue]
  • Longtime Bethesda pizzeria Red Tomato closes amid construction controversy. [Bethesda Now]
  • Executive sous chef Johnny Spero talks about life at Minibar. [Zagat]
  • Try Right Proper Brewing Company‘s chick filet sandwich. [Post]
  • Check out what BLT Steak‘s new chef Jeremy Shelton is serving. [BYT]