D.C.’s big snow bust


Well, it’s nice to have the rain. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Meteorologically speaking, the reason for the biggest weather forecasting bust in recent memory was the faulty positioning of the “rain-snow line” — that is, it was simply too warm in the city for the ample rain to turn to accumulating snow. Politically speaking, the question is: We shut the schools, courts and the rest of government down for this? Marc Fisher explores the dimensions of officials’ second-guessing in today’s Post: “Did they pull the plug too early? Did they listen to the wrong experts? Did they act out of a surplus of bureaucratic caution, eager to avoid blame if they sent workers and schoolchildren into a hellacious storm? All they knew for certain was that no matter what they did, the potential for outrage was rich.” But, on the bright side, all you nonessentials got the day off.

In other news:

Deputy mayor pledges probe of injured cop’s ambulance wait (PostExaminerWaTimesWRC-TVWTOP)

FBI has lots of suitors for headquarters relocation (Capital BusinessWBJExaminer)

And GSA finds plenty of folks interested in “Federal Triangle South” redevelopment (Capital Business)

West Heating Plant auction ends with $19.5 million sale (WBJ)

Why turning the building into something worthwhile is going to be tough (WBJ)

Meet Paul Zukerberg, marijuana-focused at-large candidate who is “the race’s cranky truthteller, unafraid to throw elbows or stake out politically unpopular positions” (Loose Lips)

Verizon Center will have new digital signs by summer (Post)

In D.C.’s political scandals, why have the little guys gotten harsher treatment than the big shots? (Loose Lips)

Michael Brown: “Now that I’m cleared, people are focusing on my campaign” (Afro)

Sharon Baskerville joins new potential Medicaid contractor (WBJ)

Airports Authority seeks $90,000-a-year image-polisher (Examiner)

Civil rights lawyer Johnny Barnes explains school-closings lawsuit: “Black and brown children are treated differently than others in this plan” (Informer)

Gay activists fight over whether it’s OK to support a Republican (Blade)

Another case for letting the FBI leave (Housing Complex)

After winning his job back, bus driver gives back to those riding his route (Post column)

The state of poverty in D.C. (DCFPI)

Why does it cost $50,000 a year to shelter a homeless family at D.C. General? (Blade)

Protesters urge Barry to address “wage theft” (EJC)

D.C. government’s wind power goals aren’t entirely hot air (DCist)

Lots of downtown office space available, as long as you don’t need too much (WBJ)

Mary Cheh looks to free home bakers (DCist)

Jeff Thompson will no longer be renting space to a hair salon (Loose Lips)

A close look at the latest McMillan site plans (GGW)

Redskins name goes before trademark board a second time (AP)

Four shot in the course of three separate robbery incidents (PostExaminer)

Obnoxious “One Love” street sign stickers have not “come off naturally” as promised (DCist)

Double-deckers buses on Connecticut Avenue? (RPUS)

The secret history of the original Anacostia streetcar (GGW)

Ye gods: A decent restaurant in Friendship Heights? (Post review)

Marion Barry is 77 (City Desk)

Correction: An earlier version of this post inaccurately reported the cost of sheltering a homeless family at D.C. General. It has been corrected.


Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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