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The D.C. government will open on a two-hour delay today. D.C. Public Schools will be closed the entire day. Frigid temperatures are expected to remain through Saturday. Overall, though, city officials and road crews seemed to stay ahead of the worst of Tuesday’s snowstorm.


  • The city has enacted emergency measures for the homeless during the cold weather. [WJLA]
  • A student was found dead in his dorm room Tuesday night on George Washington University’s Mount Vernon campus. [WTOP]
  • The mentally ill man accused of stabbing and killing his elderly father in their Georgetown home Sunday, died of a heart attack Monday before he was formally charged in the case. [Post]
  • An Apple store will not be coming to CityCenterDC. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY: The Bus Stops Here: ICYMI, photographer Darrow Montgomery traversed the city and, over a year’s time, captured stunning images from some of D.C.’s 11,490 bus stops.

Just Beet It: D.C. started this year’s snow season with 9,000 gallons of beet juice, which cost $18,000. The city uses a salt brine/beet juice solution to pre-treat roads before a snowstorm

Not Open: Heiner Contemporary, a Georgetown gallery that opened in 2011, closed its doors because its owner is moving to Connecticut.

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

  • Mayoral hopefuls pick their office locations with a purpose. [Post]
  • Vince Gray, snow mayor. [Post]
  • Peaceoholics’ Ron Moten wants to depose Gray over lawsuit. [LL]
  • Teacher’s union files a grievance over evaluations. [Post]
  • Food deserts, meet bike deserts. [Post]
  • The San Francisco Chronicle covers D.C.’s San Francisco anxiety. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Cold could affect March for Life. [Times]
  • Double homicide near Howard. [Post]
  • Homeless families seek shelter during storm. [Post]

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

  • A deeper dive on bike deserts. [Portajohn]
  • If your street is clear today, thank the city’s $18,000 investment in beet juice. [City Desk]
  • Emergency measures in place today to shelter the homeless. [WJLA]
  • There won’t be an Apple Store at CityCenterDC. [Post]
  • Free Sunday parking is bad for everyone. [Atlantic Cities]
  • D.C.’s number three in growth in car-free households. [Streetsblog]
  • It’s hard to find market-rate apartments in Ward 8. [CHOTR]
  • Today on the market: Cleveland Park condo—$399,000

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

  • Georgetown’s Heiner Contemporary gallery has closed. [Arts Desk]
  • Wow: Olney Theatre snags Sir Ian McKellen‘s voice. [Post]
  • More wows: Sting and Paul Simon to play a benefit for the Duke Ellington school. [Post]
  • And yeah, Kraftwerk is coming to the 9:30 Club. [BYT]
  • But will Bill Murray come to town for a Groundhog Day event? Ehhh, probably not. [Huffington Post D.C.]

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

  • Head brewer Megan Parisi parts ways with Bluejacket. [Post]
  • Jonas brother spotted at Bibiana. [Washingtonian]
  • Seven delicious half smokes beyond Ben’s Chili Bowl [Thrillist]
  • Six chain restaurants to love in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Shake Shack now has a happy hour. [Eater]
  • Progress at Hilltop Restaurant & Bar on Sherman Ave. [PoPville]
  • Den of Thieves taste test [BYT]