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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.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips? email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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]