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Jeremiah Roberson, 9, holds his brother Kymari Roberson, 1, Tuesday morning outside the District’s Virginia Williams Family Resource Center. (Amanda Voisard / For The Washington Post)

Tuesday’s snowstorm and today’s arctic chill have inconvenienced many District residents, with schools closed for the second straight day and government offices opening late. For some residents, however, the problems are much more serious. Dozens of families lined up at the city’s homeless intake center Monday, the Post’s Bridgid Schulte reports, only to be told it would be closed like other city government office buildings. One couple, Melissa Castro and Daniel Young, left with their 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter, waiting at a McDonald’s on New York Avenue NE. After calling the city shelter hotline, they were given shelter at the Motel 6 on upper Georgia Avenue NW: “By early afternoon, Young had found the thermostat in the motel room and turned it to a comfortable 70. Castro peeled the snowsuits off the two children and handed them cheese puffs as they jumped on the single king-size bed in the bright orange room.”

In other news:

Washington Teachers’ Union files grievance over IMPACT miscalculations, calling evaluations “arbitrary and capricious” (Post)

Two found dead in Pleasant Plains basement identified, neither are Howard students (PostHomicide WatchWaTimesPoPville)

Man suspected of killing 88-year-old father in Georgetown dies of heart attack (Post)

Student is found dead in George Washington University residence hall (WTOPWNEW-FM)

We don’t pay enough heed to the plight of the mentally ill (Post column)

Why are D.C. lawyers prosecuting Georgetown financial adviser over one misfired shotgun shell? (WaTimes)

D.C. snowstorm, for once, doesn’t stand up Jim Cantore (Post)

City’s yearly beet juice budget is $18,000 (City Desk)

Muriel Bowser opposes dedicated bus lanes for 16th Street NW, cuing navel-gazing (SALMSlate)

Andy Shallal is doing a fundraiser in Falls Church (FCNP)

Ron Moten seeks to depose Vince Gray in Peaceoholics lawsuit (Loose Lips)

Peter Rosenstein to mayoral field: Try to bottle Bill de Blasio’s lightning at your peril (Blade)

Capital Bikeshare insists vendor’s bankruptcy won’t be an issue (DCist)

The X2 bus is super fraught (Post)

On “bike deserts” (ElevationDCHousing ComplexPortajohn)

Sting and Paul Simon will do benefit show for Duke Ellington School (GOG)

Check out the latest plans for the Klingle trail (WashCycle)

New brewery loses its head brewer (GOG)

Capitol Hill gains cheesemaker (WBJ)

You’re pressed to read up on D.C. student slang, mo (EdCentrist)

Mid City Deli starts getting gentrified in earnest (PoPville)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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