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Snowstorm mania! While he wait to see whether the “snowquester” will be worth the hype, here’s what’s closed and where to eat and drink during the storm.


  • Howard students sue over not getting into a sorority. [City Desk]
  • The storm has arrived. [Post]
  • Gun insurance headed to D.C.? [Examiner]
  • MPD has to call in Prince George’s to transport injured cop. [Examiner]
  • Metro operators save another attempted jumper. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Monday, Three Things.

Unsolicited Advice: If Mayor Vince Gray is as serious about fixing the city’s contracting program as he says he is, Loose Lips has some ideas.

Raise the Roof: Congressional overlord Darrell Issa made an appearance at an architect panel to talk about the Height Act.

Don’t Leave Us, Fedsy: Speaking of Gray, the mayor wants the FBI to move to Poplar Point.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. government and schools closed today.
  • Jeff Thompson loses appeal, feds can now start diving into his records. [Post]
  • D.C. ambulance not available for injured D.C. cop. [Examiner]
  • Two years ago today, Sulaimon Brown kicked off federal probe. [NBC4]
  • Vincent Orange wants to spend city cash on shadow legislators and lobbying Congress. [DCist]
  • Che Brown sentenced to three months in prison. [Post]
  • David Grosso, open data fan. [DCist]
  • Surprise. The company the city wants to buy Thompson’s Chartered Health Plan is one of the recommended winners of Medicaid contract. [WBJ]
  • CYITC still trying to reinvent itself after Harry Thomas Jr. debacle. [Post]
  • Yesterday’s legislative meeting grab bag. [Post]
  • Ten acres? Does the Gray administration really want to keep the FBI? [HC]

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

  • Everything is closed today. And the world is laughing at us. [dc.gov]
  • D.C. home prices rise slower than national average. [WBJ]
  • GSA gets 10 proposals to redevelop Federal Triangle South. [Post]
  • Southwest gets its first new apartment building in decades. [SWTLQTC]
  • Baby boomers could spark the next housing crisis. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Greater Greater Education launches. [GGW]
  • Virginia congressmen want to look into Metro expansion into NoVa exurbs. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: The rare one-bed, two-bath

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

  • Arlington County slashes Artisphere funding. [WTOP]
  • Kennedy Center announces its 2013-14 season. [Kennedy Center]
  • The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History adds a gem-laden, 77-carat brooch to its collection. [AP via WTOP]
  • “Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project” comes to National Archives. [Post]
  • An Adams Morgan mural is in dire need of repairs. [Hola Cultura]
  • More about Mingering Mike and how the outsider artist’s work eventually wound up in the Smithsonian [Around the Mall]
  • Dianogah’s Jay Ryan interviews Fugazi/Deathfix member Brendan Canty [Chicago Reader]
  • How the elaborate costumes for Arena Stage’s Mary T. & Lizzy K. were made [Post]
  • Astra Via releases a new video. [Pink Line Project]
  • U Street Music Hall turns three this week, and DJs Chris Nitti and Lxsx Frxnk have crafted a Spotify mix for the occasion. [Post]

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

  • Where to drink by the fire [Washingtonian]
  • Tom Sietsema and Joe Yonan go in search of vegetarian fine dining. [Post]
  • Estadio is one of the most underrated restaurants in America, apparently. [Eater]
  • What’s wrong with the word “zesty” in food writing, eh? [Hungry Lobbyist]
  • Eight unusual must-try dishes in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Trolley Pub visits Arlington ahead of launch. [ARLnow]
  • Food porn of new menu items at Boveda [BYT]