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Penrose Square bicycle racks (Flickr pool photo by Bekah Richards)

Mt. Vernon Trail Unplowed After Snowzilla — The National Park Service did not plow the Mt. Vernon Trail, a major bicycle commuter route, after the January blizzard. The snow-covered trail was, however, used by cross-country skiers. Cyclists would like the park service to consider changing its no-plowing policy. [Greater Greater Washington]

Va. GOP Does Away With Loyalty Oath — The State Board of Elections has approved a request from the Republican Party of Virginia that the state discard the loyalty oath the party originally wanted voters to sign during the March 1 presidential primary [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Agencies Investigate Oily Sheen on Potomac — A number of federal and local agencies investigated an oily sheen spotted on the Potomac River yesterday from Gravelly Point down to Alexandria. The source of the oil has not been determined but efforts to contain it were deployed. [Washington Post, Patch]

No Local News in Washington Post App — Steve Thurston, founder of the defunct Arlington Mercury local news blog, isn’t pleased with the Washington Post’s decision last year to leave local news out of the official Washington Post iPhone and iPad app. Post subscribers who want to read local content via an app now have to download a separate “Washington Post Classic” app. [ipadreporter]

New Novel from ‘Beast of Barcroft’ Author — Arlington author Bill Schweigart has a new novel coming out. “Northwoods” is Schweigart’s sequel to supernatural thriller “The Beast of Barcroft.” Both books feature Arlington-based characters and other local references. The 277-page Ebook is being published by Penguin Random House on Feb. 16. [Penguin Random House]

Crystal City Office Complex Up for Sale — The so-called Polk and Taylor office buildings in Crystal City are up for sale. The Department of Defense is leasing the 912,000 square foot office complex along Crystal Drive and 26th Street S. until 2025, but owner Beacon Capital Partners is seeking to sell before the lease expires. The buildings are assessed at $351.2 million. [Washington Business Journal]

Flickr pool photo by Bekah Richards

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