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Today’s weather will be unusually springlike—-until it turns into a thunderstorm.


  • Kennedy Center wants a floating pavilion on the Potomac. [Arts Desk]
  • Anne Arundel county executive found guilty of misconduct. [WTOP]
  • Courtland Milloy wants Pigskins’ other name changed. [Post]
  • Three-vehicle crash sends 10 people to the hospital. [Examiner]
  • Harry Jaffe thinks Pat Mara will win at-large contest. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Friday, Three Things.

Hey, Ladies: A steakhouse that bills itself as women-friendly is coming to D.C.

D.C. By the Numbers: New statistics about the District find, among others things, that the number of trees are up and the number of library books are way down.

Cabbie Gets Punchy: A D.C. cab driver has had his license suspended after being found guilty for assaulting a passenger.

Mayor Tommy? Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells is launching his mayoral exploratory committee on Monday.

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

  • The city is flush with cash, which Vince Gray is putting in the bank. [Post]
  • No, your taxes aren’t going down. [Examiner]
  • Yes, the city’s real estate market is booming. Also, the city has a ton of debt. [WBJ]
  • Public libraries keep losing books. [HC]
  • Jaffe: Pat Mara is the front runner, but other at-large candidates are great too. [Examiner]
  • If the CYITC’s funding is all public money, what’s the point of the CYITC? [Post]
  • Former head of the $39 billion Gates Foundation to run local food pantry. [Post]
  • Report says nonprofit didn’t help mentally ill man before he was shot by police. [Post]

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

  • At-large Council candidates on how to channel D.C.’s population growth. [Let’s Choose DC]
  • Vince Gray says Ray LaHood will be missed as transportation secretary, hopes for Ray LaHood Two. [Post]
  • Here are five ways in which Ray LaHood Two is needed. [Atlantic Cities]
  • A look at the progress at The Yards. [JDLand]
  • D.C. should be spending its budget surplus on affordable housing. [DCist]
  • Home prices are skyrocketing in Trinidad. [UrbanTurf]
  • Are we inflating a new housing bubble? [Economist]
  • The clustering of America’s highly skilled workers doesn’t appear to have trickle-down effects. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Former Gates Foundation CEO moves to Martha’s Table. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Logan condo for $225k

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

  • “My Jihad” ad campaign coming to D.C. Metro stations [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Police search for a suspect in last weekend’s D.C. Soundstage shooting [WJLA]
  • Politics & Prose hosts an open mic for authors who printed their books with the bookstore’s Opus self-publishing machine [Post]
  • Frau Eva drops a new EP [D.C. Music Download]
  • A look inside D.C.’s LGBT music scene [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Why chicken wings dominate Super Bowl snacking [NPR]
  • Super Bowl food and drink specials in D.C. [Drink DC]
  • Ruminations on the dive bar [Post]
  • D.C.’s most expensive dishes [Eater]
  • How the Inn at Little Washington beat Komi on the top 100 restaurants list [Washingtonian]
  • Eight restaurants to celebrate the Chinese New Year [Girl Meets Food]
  • Flavors of India opens in the West End. [PoPville]