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In his State of the District address last night, Mayor Vince Gray announced plans to invest the city’s “prosperity dividend” from economic growth in social services and raises for city employees.


  • Spending tops on Gray’s State of the District agenda. [Loose Lips]
  • Mayor wants $100 million in affordable housing. [Housing Complex]
  • Two killed in Southeast apartment fire. [Examiner]
  • Kenyan McDuffie won’t push emergency ethics bill. [Examiner]
  • Meter prices could increase in hot neighborhoods. [WTOP]
  • Fairfax County teen porn ring case continues. [Post]


Mm, Doughnuts: The District’s fried chicken and doughnut trend is going strong, with another pop-up scheduled to open soon.

The Sweet Life of Kendrick and Phoenix: The 2013 Sweetlife festival line-up is out. Among the acts set to appear: Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Second Best: One urban analyst thinks the District is set to pass Chicago and Los Angeles in the running to be America’s “Second City.”

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

  • Vince Gray wants to spend “prosperity dividend” on affordable housing, city worker pay raises. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells wants to ban coal from U.S. Capitol power plant. [Post]
  • Cops, firefighters and teachers all need new contracts. [Post]
  • Jack Evans and Vincent Orange want to keep the FBI headquarters in D.C. [Examiner]
  • David Catania proposes making it a crime to cheat on standardized tests. [Post]
  • NoMa should go back to being called “Swampoodle.” [Examiner]
  • Shy railroad heir leaves a fortune to local charity. [Post]

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

  • Mourning the Union Station Barnes & Noble [Atlantic Cities]
  • Car2Go has more 10,000 D.C. users but no plans to expand fleet. [UrbanTurf]
  • Take a ride on the old 82 streetcar to Branchville. [GGW]
  • Fairlawn fire claims two lives. [Post]
  • D.C.’s one of America’s top 10 cities for urban forests. [American Forests]
  • More important, we now own the Guinness World Record for longest chain of shoes. [Borderstan]
  • Could Post move could set off bidding war? [WBJ]
  • But preservationists may try to stop the current Post HQ from being demolished. [WBJ]
  • Jack Evans and Vincent Orange don’t want the FBI to leave D.C. [DCist]
  • MoCo underestimated plastic bag usage, fee still effective. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Do weird bead curtains a one-bedroom make?

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

  • This week in shirtless Fat Trel interviews: Trel talks to DJ Heat about striking tentative deals with Master P, recording in California, “pleasing pussy,” not marrying anyone except a millionaire, etc. Basically: watch this. [YouTube]
  • National Portrait Gallery hires a new director: Kim Sajet, president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Post]
  • A psychiatrist in New Jersey got an annual stipend from Arthur Sackler to collect many of the items that would eventually go into the Paul Singer Collection at Sackler Gallery. [Around the Mall]
  • D.C. native Renee Robinson, a dancer with Alvin Ailey‘s legendary American Dance Theater, begins her exit from the company. [Post]
  • More about No Rules’ residency at Signature Theatre [Post]
  • Deathfix drops a new EPK (electronic press kit) for its forthcoming debut on Dischord [AV Club]
  • This year, Wolf Trap drapes itself in the Italian flag [Post]
  • Listen: New music from Ra Ra Rasputin [D.C. Music Download]
  • Everyone in D.C. loves Justice Sonia Sotomayor because she lives in a kewl U Street condo and eats tacos from El Chilango, but let’s not forget the O.G. Sandra Day O’Connor. Girlfriend can still sell out a synagogue. [Post]

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

  • Where to drink on Valentine’s Day [Drink DC]
  • Will site of a crack cocaine bust become a Mexican restaurant? [PoPville]
  • Everything you need to know about Cordial wine shop in Union Market [Capital Cooking]
  • Port City Brewing Company launches limited edition “Maniacal” double IPA. [DC Beer]
  • Inside Graffiato‘s Industry Takeover Night [Post]
  • The Brixton switches to global small plates. [Washingtonian]
  • Kushi vet opening a Japanese restaurant called Yuzu in Bethesda. [Bethesda Mag]
  • More about The Carolina Kitchen, opening this summer near the Rhode Island Ave. metro. [Eater]
  • Five dishes to try at DGS Delicatessen [Girl Meets Food]