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Mayor Vince Gray is expected to sign the minimum wage bill into law today, raising the city’s minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $11.50 an hour by 2016.


  • The federal spending deal that Congress is currently debating contains a provision that would exempt most of the District’s spending from a government shutdown through late 2015. [Post]
  • The latest poll shows incumbent Vince Gray crushing his competition in the mayoral race, even though just 24 percent of polled Democrats say they support him. [Loose Lips]
  • Giant’s Howard University advertisement uses a white student as a model, upsetting many in the community. [WTOP]
  • Despite pushback from the public, the National Park Service says it will continue to kill deer in order to keep the population numbers low and give the park’s vegetation opportunity to regenerate. [WAMU]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY: Fiction Issue: ICYMI, our second annual Fiction Issue, featuring tales of the District from best-selling author Louis Bayard and the three winners of our short story contest. If you like it, come to our reading Jan. 19 at Politics & Prose.

Theater Overload: Over the next few years the District will nearly double its number of movie theater screens in the city. Is that too many?

Grumpy Goodbyes: The biggest curmudgeons in the D.C. blogosphere are leaving town. Here is their exit interview.

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

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, District attorney general reach a deal on disputed Jeff Thompson documents. [Post, LL, NBC 4]
  • Ward 1 D.C. Council candidate Beverley Wheeler drops out, endorses Brianne Nadeau. [LL]
  • Post ed board goes hard on Gray’s kick-off apology. [Post]
  • Gray campaign debuts online video. [Post, LL]
  • Mayoral candidate Christian Carter has his petitions challenged. [LL]
  • Activists file legalization ballot initiative with the Board of Elections. [WAMU]
  • Taxi credit card processor goes out of business. [WAMU, Post, City Desk]
  • “At least a dozen LGBT activists” turn out for Gray kick-off. [Blade]
  • Vernon Jordan put in charge of search for new Howard president. [Post]

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

  • Once slated for Walmart, 15-acre New York Avenue NE site is for sale. [Post]
  • With supply on the rise, Class B apartment rents drop. [UrbanTurf]
  • Congress isn’t providing enough money for the Department of Homeland Security to move to St. Elizabeths. [WBJ]
  • Smart cities rise and fall and rise again. [Atlantic Cities]
  • With Vince Gray set to sign a minimum-wage hike today, Los Angeles gets jealous. [HuffPost]
  • The story of D.C.’s oldest house [Architectural Digest]
  • Farewell to the D.C. blogosphere’s biggest curmudgeons (and neighborhood fact-checkers). [City Desk]
  • Today on the market: Lanier Heights 1BR—$275,000

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

  • Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler responds to the Washington Post‘s negative review of the band’s last album, calling it “mildly uneducated” and himself a “fucking rock star.” [Stereogum]
  • Michelle and Barack Obama, besties with Beyonce and Jay Z 4 life. [Washingtonian]
  • Is there enough demand for all these new movie theaters opening in D.C.? [Housing Complex]
  • Also: More renderings released for the Atlantic Plumbing movie theater. [Curbed]
  • A new website is like LinkedIn (or OKCupid) for local theater people. [Post]
  • Exercise with sexy, sexy Synetic Theater. [Express]
  • Fairfax County bails out the struggling Lorton arts center for $30 million. [Post]
  • Anwan Glover honored this weekend. [For the DMV Only]
  • Goodbye, ONE Lounge. [PoPville]
  • Record Store Day is set for April 19. [Spin]
  • If you wanna see Outkast this summer, you’d better pack for a Delaware road trip. [Post]
  • Lauryn Hill returns! [Post]
  • Young Rapids release new music. [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Where to eat nachos [Eater]
  • Experiments in coffee brewing [Post]
  • Enter Hill Country Barbecue‘s chili cook-off. [PoPville]
  • Take a look at Roof in Bethesda. [Washingtonian]
  • 3 Salsas Mexican carryout opens at 3459 14th St. NW. [New Columbia Heights]
  • The best tables for Valentine’s Day [Urban Daddy]
  • Lavandou closing (at least temporarily) in Cleveland Park. [WBJ]
  • Five new restaurant fireplaces to check out in D.C. [Zagat]