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Photographer Darrow Montgomery traversed the city and, over a year’s time, captured stunning images from some of the District’s 11,490 bus stops.


  • A new poll finds that support for legalizing marijuana in the District is growing rapidly, with 63 percent of residents now in favor of legalization. [Washington Post]
  • Lobbyist John Ray has a special friend in mayoral candidate and At-Large Councilmember Vince Orange. [Loose Lips]
  • Mayor Vince Gray signed the minimum wage bill into law Wednesday. Here’s what it means for D.C. workers. [Housing Complex]
  • The jury is deliberating in the trial for the murder of Georgetown socialite Viola Drath. [News4]

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Criminal Endorsements: Crime writer George Pelecanos endorses Andy Shallal for mayor.

Fiction Issue: If you liked our Fiction Issue, featuring tales of the District from best-selling author Louis Bayard and the three winners of our short story contest,then come to our reading Jan. 19 at Politics & Prose.

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

  • Sixty-three percent of polled D.C. residents back pot legalization. [Post]
  • Vince Gray signs bill for an $11.50 minimum wage. [Post, Housing ComplexWBJ, WAMU]
  • Vincent Orange told to “lean on” D.C. Council colleagues on bill, asks lobbyist for Jeff Thompson advice. [LL]
  • Sixty-one percent of Washingtonians want to keep the Height Act how it is. [Post]
  • Surprising demographic numbers in the Washington Post mayoral poll [LL]
  • Fine for pot possession drops to $25 in pot decriminalization bill. [WAMUWTOPLLTimes]
  • Andy Shallal‘s endorsed by the best The Wire writer. [LL]
  • Judge keeps WUSA 9 anchor J.C. Hayward on charter school lawsuit. [Post]
  • Post ed board: District should consider runoffs or instant runoff voting in mayor’s race. [Post]
  • Cops find elementary school burglary suspects. [Post]
  • Michelle Rhee gets a chilly reception on Twitter. [Post]
  • Incumbents angle for gay vote. [Blade]

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

  • A photo tribute to the bus stop, pre-streetcar commemorative edition. [WCP]
  • Most D.C. residents don’t want taller buildings. [Post]
  • But they have no say over a 175-foot ferris wheel just outside city limits. [Post]
  • Mayor Gray will discuss controversial CSX expansion with neighbors today. [WUSA]
  • JBG sells H Street Walmart building. [WBJ]
  • Want to be Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin‘s roommate? (Probably not.) [UrbanTurf]
  • Components of the 11th Street Bridge are set to open between now and summer. [JDLand]
  • The Northeast Library is nearly ready to reopen. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Anacostia rowhouse—$350,000

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips? aschweitzer@washingto

  • Arena Stage and Washington Post critic Peter Marks will host conversation series about issues in American theater. [Post]
  • Smokin’ hot crime writer George Pelecanos endorses Andy Shallal for mayor. [Loose Lips]
  • Fort Belvoir has the precious art—now it just needs a museum to put it in. [Post]
  • Thievery Corporation‘s Eric Hilton is (again) transforming one of his 14th Street spots. [Post]
  • Dischord to release S.O.A.‘s first demo. [Dischord]
  • Wale documentary to premiere on Diddy‘s Revolt channel. [Post]
  • Meet D.C. flier artist Lindsay Graham. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival announces 2014 lineup. [AP]
  • Listen to new music from ex-D.C. DJ/producer Steve Starks. [Spin]
  • A brief history of museum theft in D.C. [Arts Desk]
  • Kewl video: Folger Theatre going in-the-round for Richard III [YouTube]
  • This is not a selfie of Bao Bao the panda, but I will not contest its cuteness. [City Desk]

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

  • Watch a trailer for what could be D.C.’s next food reality show. [Eater]
  • What’s happening with Maketto? [Post]
  • Mari Vanna to add Sochi dishes for the Olympics. [PoPville]
  • One Lounge DC closes in Dupont. [Washingtonian]
  • Try the Mexico City sandwich at Sundevich [Zagat]
  • Five food mash-ups you need to know about [BYT]
  • Cook-your-own-meal delivery services around D.C. [DCist]