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Ward 6 Councilmember and mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells is continuing his crusade against Gamestop and other alleged resellers of stolen cell phones, proposing legislation that would temporarily shut down any business selling the phones. Previously, Wells tweeted about Gamestop’s alleged criminal profits until police asked him to stop.


  • A look at the 2014 mayoral race [Post]
  • Woman-on-woman robbery suspects sought [Examiner]
  • Flashily-dressed D.C. barbershop owner pleads guilty to organizing huge ID theft ring [Examiner]
  • Police chase near Nats Park ends with suspect getting away [WJLA]
  • Post continues Pigskins name fight [Post]


Headache: A new ride-sharing coming to the District doesn’t even cost money—-and could be a thorny question for cab regulators.

Washed Out: Will Mayor Vince Gray have better luck with his water board nominee the second time around?

Moving Up: Top D.C. rapper Fat Trel has aligned himself with Master P, and the results so far are good.

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

  • Vince Gray, two-term mayor? [Post]
  • Not sure what this means, but it sounds ominous: “The election creep has threatened the balance of power between the mayor and the council members rumored to want his seat.” [Post]
  • UMC turn-around contract coming up for vote. [Times]
  • Walmart plans getting tweaked. [Post]
  • Former DCPS principal accused of boundary fraud. [Post]

Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener is on vacation.

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

  • Clinton Yates: Why Cool “Disco” Dan mattered to D.C. through some of its toughest years [The Root D.C.]
  • On President’s Day—that is, today—see the Library of Congress as you usually cannot see it. [Post]
  • A history of go-go’s iconic Globe posters, on view starting this weekend at Corcoran’s “Pump Me Up” exhibit [Post]
  • Mount Vernon’s $47 million National Library for the Study of Mount Vernon is expected to open this September. [AP via Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Meanwhile, Prince George’s County libraries are in for a painful year. [Post]
  • Montgomery County officials think young people don’t want to live there because it lacks sufficient hipsters and food trucks. [Post]
  • District-supported program brings go-go into public schools [Post]
  • The Smithsonian pairs up with a British design firm to build an app for presidential portraits. [WTOP]
  • MuralsDC is looking for new mural sites [Art 202]
  • Artwork falls at the National Gallery! [Post]
  • A Q-and-A with local dancer and choreographer Christopher K. Morgan [WTOP]

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

  • The most adequate bagels in D.C. [DCist]
  • President’s Day food and parties [BYT]
  • Lines out the door for Daikaya‘s opening night [Eater]
  • Fried chicken and waffles is not a Southern thing. [NPR]
  • Inside Mothership, opening in a few weeks [PoPville]
  • Eight boozy brunch spots [Zagat]