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If you haven’t noticed, it’s painfully cold outside this morning, with temperatures in the area already hitting a record low of 3 degrees and wind chills reaching into the negative.


  • The D.C. Council is scheduled to consider a bill today that would prevent taxes on homes from increasing more than 5 percent per year. It will also weigh a bill that would eliminate property taxes for people who are at least 75 years old, have lived in the city for at least 25 years, and earn less than $60,000 annually. [AP]
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected a pork rind company’s application to trademark the term “[Pigskins] Hog Rinds” because it contained “a derogatory slang term.” [Post]
  • Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser wouldn’t say whether she would keep Kaya Henderson as chancellor of D.C. public schools if she wins the election. [Post]
  • Actor and activist Danny Glover endorses Andy Shallal for D.C. mayor. [AP]


Ride It: Take a look at Metro’s new 7000 Series railcars, coming soon to a track near you.

Not Happening: Some ideas, including a Brown Line, that didn’t make the cut for Metro’s proposed update plans for 2040.

Elite Truckers: Could a food truck win a RAMMY award this year?

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

  • Muriel Bowser won’t say whether she’d keep Kaya Henderson in charge of schools. [Post]
  • Danny Glover backs Andy Shallal. [WTOP]
  • Vince Gray will propose bills capping property tax increases. [Post]
  • Police union boss Kris Baumann won’t run for re-election. [LL]
  • The population of single homeless people is declining, while the number of homeless families is up. [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. Council, meeting today, will take up Pepco undergrounding. [WAMU]
  • Rejected Metro lines. [Housing Complex]
  • Metro Weekly talks gay candidates Jim Graham and David Catania. [Metro Weekly]
  • Metro unveils new train cars. [WAMU, City Desk]
  • Developers pitch Ward 8. [WBJ]

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

  • Behold, the Metro railcar of the future! [City Desk]
  • Today in meaningless rankings: D.C. is the gayest city in America. [Advocate]
  • And we’re the fourth-coziest city in America. [Honeywell Heaters]
  • Is the housing bubble back? [NYT]
  • Low earners spend more than 60 percent of their income on housing, and other visual statistics. [R.U. Seriousing Me?]
  • Dupont house likely to remain bed and breakfast after auction. [UrbanTurf]
  • Anacostia’s not taking part in D.C.’s boom. [GGW]
  • But Ward 8 development is picking up. [WBJ]
  • Photo of D.C. warmth-seekers leads to family reunion. [AP]
  • We’re no longer the pioneer or leader in bike sharing. [GGW]
  • New mayor aims to banish cars from central Brussels. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Make Costco your neighbor—$448,000

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

  • Ford’s Theatre raises $77,000 for Covenant House. [AP]
  • Danny Glover endorses Andy Shallal for mayor. [AP]
  • NSO in Your Neighborhood concerts begin today. [DCist]
  • Bye bye, emo band Monument. [DCist]
  • Watch this new House of Cards trailer. [DCist]
  • Photos from the Modern Moves Festival [BYT]
  • My God, poor acoustics at the symphony! [Post]
  • Sigh: U.S. Royalty on World Cafe [NPR]

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

  • Where to drink by the fire [Eater]
  • D.C.’s most innovative kitchens [Zagat]
  • Dino owners launch crowdfunding campaign for new Shaw restaurant. [Washingtonian]
  • Bidwell to open Thursday in Union Market. [Post]
  • Restaurants to look forward to in 2014 [BYT]
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl hopes to open Arlington location next month. [DCist]
  • Hamburger Hamlet closes in Crystal City. [ARLnow]