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There’s no snow yet, but forecasters are still predicting about 4-7 inches of snow to hit the District later in the day. In the meantime, federal government workers, D.C. government workers, students, and just about everyone else, enjoy your snow day.


  • Marion Barry has been at Howard University Hospital for the past week fighting a blood infection and could be released as soon as today. [Post]
  • Two Subway sandwich shops—-one in Chinatown and one in the U Street Corridor—-abruptly closed in D.C. [PoPville]
  • Christian Carter dropped out of the D.C. mayoral race, leaving only eight Democrats to vie for the nomination. [Post]
  • D.C. police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and a woman found late Monday in a home near Howard University. [WJLA]

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Art of Darkness: A Q & A with D.C. photographer Timothy Hyde, who shot all the photos for his latest exhibit in Alexandria in the dark.

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

  • Marion Barry has been hospitalized since Jan. 11. [Post]
  • D.C. Public Schools, D.C. government, feds all closed for snow. [WUSA]
  • Vincent Orange kicks off his campaign with black-tie party. [LL]
  • Office of Campaign Finance should hand over its Gray 2010 report, says Post ed board. [Post]
  • D.C. principals get new evaluation system. [Post]
  • Adios to one-time mayoral hopeful Christian Carter. [Post]
  • How Barry’s arrest became one Post photographer’s big break [NPR]
  • Ethics board wants in on the Wilson Building. [LL]

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

  • Everything is closed today (except your friendly neighborhood City Paper, naturally). [Post]
  • The company that makes Capital Bikeshare bikes goes bankrupt. [WashCycle]
  • Who are the D.C. area’s transit commuters? [GGW]
  • The D.C. suburbs are having their tech moment. [Post]
  • City-hired consultant says Southwest has little retail or office potential but lots of housing potential. [SWTLQTC]
  • How to create a vibrant retail corridor [CHOTR]
  • Barack Obama visits DC Central Kitchen; Joe Biden stops by So Other Might Eat. [DCist]
  • Bike and Roll moving from Old Post Office to L’Enfant. [SWTLQTC]
  • Today on the market: Southwest Waterfront studio—$167,000

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

  • Southeast Neighborhood Library closes for a month, citing necessary repairs. [DCist]
  • In this interview, Barrelhouse poetry editor Dan Brady talks about the local lit group’s first book of poetry. [HTML Giant]
  • Predict the Helen Hayes Awards nominees! [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Local band Mission South is breaking up. [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Seven great bar snacks in D.C. [Drink DC]
  • Subway sandwich shops abruptly close in Chinatown and U Street NW. [PoPville]
  • Inspire BBQ trains young people. [NPR]
  • Obama family makes burritos at D.C. Central Kitchen for MLK Day. [DCist]
  • How to eat for $30 at seven top notch restaurants [Zagat]