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Over the past decade, Washington’s football team has usually compensated for performance failures and a diminishing fanbase by firing coaches. Never did owner Dan Snyder fire the main guy at top.But that changed by the end of 2019.  

So what happens now that the team president and object of fans’ ire, Bruce Allen, is out? 

Ask City Paper’s Matt Terl, and he’ll tell you nothing will really change as long as Snyder is the decision maker. 

“The theory seems to be that the dismissal of former team president Bruce Allen, combined with the swift hiring of former Panthers coach Ron Rivera, will usher in an age of discipline, transparency, and professionalism that will right the team’s fortunes and bring back the fans who have been jumping ship in droves,” Terl writes. “Which sounds great, except that it is exactly what everyone believed when this happened a decade ago, and so, so much of it appears to be happening the exact same way again.”

That said, let’s try to stay positive. Terl has outlined seven reasons fans should be more optimistic than they were last year. So here’s to a new decade! —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Wage theft alert: Two District employers must pay workers $500K in unpaid wages after reaching a settlement with the Office of the Attorney General. [OAG]

  • Police believe a security guard fatally shot a trans woman on Dec. 29. Four other trans women died in D.C. during the month of December. [Blade]

  • Council holds 5-hour hearing on bills that rein in e-cigs and youth vaping. [Post

  • Meanwhile, the Trump administration softens the terms of its proposed vaping ban, outlawing most flavored pods instead. [NYT]  

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals(tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Two newly elected Virginia prosecutors say they won’t charge adults with simple marijuana possession. [Post]

  • Only a small portion of the $13 million available to offset high water bills for D.C. residents and nonprofits has been used. [NBC 4

  • Director of the D.C. Housing Finance Agency Todd Lee died earlier this week. [Twitter]

  • Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is on The Politics Hour this afternoon. [WAMU]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Spice Route: The tibs at Zenebech bring four-alarm heat. [WCP]

  • Modern Korean restaurant Anjuearns three stars from Tom Sietsema. [Post]

  • minibar loses its head chef. [Washingtonian]

  • Restaurant criticism is having a midlife crisis. [LA Review of Books]

  • Do you know the difference between lox, nova, and smoked salmon? [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Yayoi Kusama’s work returns to the Hirshhorn this year. [DCist

  • Local clothing exchanges invite trans and non-binary people to freely give and receive clothes. [Post]

  • D.C. writers honor now forgotten local novelist E.D.E.N. Southworth. [WAMU]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Stephanie Rivera, Ron Rivera’s wife, already has a connection to D.C. sports. She was an assistant coach with the Mystics in 2000. [Bullets Forever

  • D.C. native Walter Wiggins, better known as the “Pump It Up Man” at Capital One Arena and FedExField, has captivated crowds at Wizards and local NFL games with his signature dance move for decades. [WCP]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Emma Sarappo is away from her desk. She’ll be back on Monday. 

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