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You asked, and we answered. Washington City Paper‘s Answers Issue hits the street today, with the truth about the District’s most important issues. Why does Metro smell like rotten fish? Does D.C. have an Israeli-style “Iron Dome”? What’s the least-gentrifying neighborhood? Where’s the D.C. mafia? Pick it up!


  • Snow! About an inch of it. [WJLA]
  • Council bill would make big box retailers pay living wages—-$3.50 more than minimum wage. [Examiner]
  • At-large race winnowed to eight. [Loose Lips]
  • Metrobus with no passengers crashes. [Post]
  • “Dooring” bill passes Virginia senate. [Post]
  • DCPS at “tipping point” as students leave for charters. [Post]
  • Police looking for person of interest in stabbing. [Times]


Photo of the Day: Three Heads.

Fenty Flashback: A 2010 groundbreaking on the Deanwood Recreation Center has turned into a fiasco for its contractor.

Hail to the Catfish: At least four Redskins victims fell victim to a duplicitous online “Catfish,” although not as dramatically as Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o says he did.

Making Concessions: Can the Verizon Center, home to hot dogs and metal bottles of beer, go gourmet?

Radio Ga Ga: Mysterious Fairfax County-based video game Radio the Universe has raised over $78,000 on Kickstarter, and promises that players who die in the game will also die in real life. But its creators identity isn’t so clear.

School Without Walls: The neighborhood around Gallaudet used to be home to drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III and police checkpoints. Now, the university’s opening up to the community—-just as residents become richer and whiter.

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

  • If your bathroom signs aren’t gender neutral, you could pay a fine. [WBJ]
  • David Catania says traditional public schooling in D.C. is on verge of extinction. [Post]
  • Marion Barry pooh-pooh’s David Grosso’s plan to chat with Ward 8 residents. [Informer]
  • Darrell Issa not a fan of budget autonomy referendum. [Post]
  • Phil Mendelson‘s higher-wages-for-large-retail-workers bill has plenty of cosponsors this time around. [Examiner]
  • Former D.C. jail doctor pleads guilty to trying to give an inmate an unwanted blow job. [Examiner]
  • Vince Gray also concerned about appointing Jim Graham to CYITC board. [Post]

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

  • It doesn’t just suck if you’re on your bike: The cold weather can crack Metro tracks. [Post]
  • D.C.’s number one in LEED-certified buildings. [DCist]
  • Crowdfunding for 7th Street building brings in $300k in just two hours. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells is hosting a public meeting tonight on the Capitol Power Plant. [JDLand]
  • Will Anacostia turn the corner on development this year? [GGW]
  • In a bike crash? There’s an app for that. [DCist]
  • A survey on complicated driving revenue schemes shows people prefer a simple gas tax hike. [WJLA]
  • Metro proposes to fix capacity issues by building some new tunnels. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Condo in a quiet corner of Georgetown

ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Brace yourself for “The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan,” coming to AFI later this month. [YouTube]
  • Post blogger Alexandra Petri declared that poetry is dead. Local poets disagree. [Coldfront, Chicks Dig Poetry]
  • Virginia-based electronic music producer and WCP favorite Martyn will release a new EP this year. [Brooklyn Vegan]
  • Learn about the documentary the one percent doesn’t want you to see. [HuffPost DC]
  • Chris Richards’ opinion on the Beyonce controversy: let it be. [Post]
  • John Waters loves Justin Bieber. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Best bars for wings in D.C. [Drink DC]
  • Upscale to-go options [Express]
  • Help get hushpuppies back on the menu at Food Wine & Co. [Washingtonian]
  • Hilltop Restaurant and Bar coming to Girard and Sherman Ave. NW [PoPville]
  • Five best Thai restaurants in the D.C. area [Zagat]
  • When spilled food makes a huge mess on a tunnel or on a road [NPR]
  • Distillery coming next door to Family Meal in Frederick (but not affiliated with the diner) [Eater]