Commuters wait for a train Monday at the Virginia Railway Express station at L’Enfant Plaza. (Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

The District is now enjoying the coldest temperatures it has seen in decades, courtesy of the “polar vortex” — a band of air that usually confines itself to the Arctic. The weather has city residents bundling up this morning, and it has taxed the District’s services for the homeless. With the city’s family shelters filled, officials said, another 250 families are being housed in hotels. As for the schools, Hardy Middle School and Anacostia High School did not open this morning due to building issues. But otherwise — to parent Petula Dvorak’s delight — the D.C. Public Schools got flinty and kept schools open as normal.

In other news:

New CFO could nix budget autonomy referendum (Washington Post)

Kris Baumann is stepping down as police union chairman (Loose LipsWashingtonian)

Big property tax breaks likely to get council’s initial approval today (Post)

Behold the new 7000-series Metro cars (Dr. GridlockWRC-TVGGW)

D.C. is America’s gayest city, America’s gayest magazine says (Advocate)

The coming D.C. elections are pretty gay, too (Metro Weekly)

Danny Glover will stump for Andy Shallal this weekend (Reliable SourceAP)

Muriel Bowser wants five additional high-quality DCPS middle schools (Post)

I-395 will start getting decked over later this year (WBJ)

“At times, it seem[ed] like the DGS had astonishingly little information about the building they proposed to swap” (SALM)

Marijuana policy expert says D.C. legalization “likely won’t pass this year but isn’t more than two or three years away” (Washingtonian)

Human Rights Watch says council sexual assault bill is flawed (HuffPo)

Anacostia isn’t keeping up with other neighborhoods (GGW)

Wheeler Road site latest major Ward 8 project pitched to Zoning Commission (WBJ)

Albrecht Muth jury is picked; opening statements today (PostHomicide Watch)

Trademark agency rejects “Redskins” … pork rinds (Post)

Crazy mayoralty-seeking council members are “going overboard pandering to grasp every vote they can” (HuffPo)

Why OSSE needs stable leadership (DCFPI)

Cable bill said to have prompted domestic dispute, resulting in D.C.’s first killing of 2014 (Post)

Teen’s April killing was allegedly rooted in revenge (Post)

D.C. police captain pleads guilty to choking wife in Prince George’s (Post)

Bike riders can now get a legal jump on cars (WashCycle)

H Street apparently hates cheesesteaks (Young & Hungry)

Sit-down restaurant opens in Union Market (GOG)

Ford’s Theatre donates $77,000 to Covenant House (AP)

Beware yoga thieves! (PoPville)

Death of a philanthropub (Capital Business)

Is this town big enough for multiple City Dogs? (SALM)