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Today’s print Washington City Paper, in your neighborhood WCP box right now, is all about learning: Howard University’s real estate windfall, the UDC mortuary program’s attempt to revive itself, and George Washington University’s year ranked as high (or low) as an online school.


  • Are two D.C. agency directors a modern-day “Odd Couple”? [Times]
  • Narrowed D.C. streets get approval. [Examiner]
  • Vincent Orange wants to ban smoking near playgrounds. [Post]
  • Early childhood education in D.C. could be national model. [Post]
  • Twenty-five fire and EMS workers make out big. [Examiner]
  • Another round of suburban gold robberies aimed at Indian or Middle Eastern families. [WJLA]


Spoiled Orange: So many revelations in Loose Lips’ latest column about Councilmember Vincent Orange, including Orange comparing Chairman Phil Mendelson a “plantation owner” over an office dispute, and an Orange-headed nonprofit’s ties to embattled campaign financier Jeff Thompson. The question hovering above it all: Why is Orange feuding with Mayor Vince Gray?

Tagged: Remembering graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan‘s legacy in 1980s D.C.

Skull and Bulldogs: A secret society “scandal” has thrown Georgetown University’s student elections into turmoil.

Ice, Cubed: With a table saw and 25-pound blocks of ice, Washington mixologists are introducing artisan ice into their drinks.

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

  • Seriously, how long does it take for the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corp. to audit its books? [Times]
  • Jihad launched against District agency heads who may have violated the spirit of the city’s residency laws. [Times]
  • Vince Gray is all hat and no cattle when it comes to politically challenging green initiatives. [Post]
  • Marion Barry doesn’t think second-hand smoke is all that bad. [Post]
  • Congressional Republicans to open wallets for Pat Mara. [Post]
  • Sky is blue, water is wet, the fire department is still paying out a ton of overtime. [Examiner]

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

  • A map of where houses and condos were bought in D.C. last year. [R.U. Seriousing Me?]
  • Sequestration will hit D.C. parks hard. [DCist]
  • A view of D.C. from the Capitol in 1863. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Streetcars hold a trump card over buses: flexible capacity. [GGW]
  • Eighty-three-unit residential building coming to Hill East. [UrbanTurf]
  • Washington Latin Public Charter to move into Petworth’s old Rudolph Elementary. [WBJ]
  • Metro riders contribute a lot more to system revenue than most other American subway riders. [GGW]
  • Trinidad’s most expensive house finds a buyer. [UrbanTurf]
  • Who bid on Georgetown’s West Heating Plant? [Patch]
  • Today on the market: Live brutally, with a view

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

  • Conan O’Brien will host the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner in April [Post]
  • Local comic/reporter Elahe Izadi names the District’s best comedy venues [DCist]
  • A little history of The Renwick Gallery, slated to close for renovations from 2014-2016 [Around the Mall]
  • ICYMI: After relocating from D.C., Baltimore’s Pinball Museum is closing in March [Baltimore Sun]
  • Anne Midgette reviews opening night of the Nordic Cool festival at the Kennedy Center [Post]
  • Local man questions plausibility of House of Cards [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • If you read this, you will learn a fact about ponchos [Post]

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

  • Where to eat sushi in the D.C. area [Refinery 29]
  • Gifts diners have given chefs [Zagat]
  • Where to get Girl Scout cookies in Arlington [ARLnow]
  • More details on Bluejacket‘s state-of-the-art brewery [Post]
  • Bryan Voltaggio‘s Lunchbox coming to Chevy Chase. [Washingtonian]
  • A guide to pho from Pho 1 to Pho 2000 [NoVa Mag]
  • Just over a week until Standard reopens [PoPville]