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What a year.

It was a year of finallys and firsts. D.C. sports teams continued their winning ways, and the Council recommended the expulsion of a sitting member for the first time. 

It definitely felt like the year of Jack Evans, but plenty of other things happened outside the confines of the Wilson Building. 

Congress held its first hearing on D.C. statehood in more than 20 years. Creative types took this year’s xenophobic and racist rhetoric and made art of it and more people of color and women dominated the culinary scene, opening new restaurants and earning more accolades. Beyond the Washington Nationals’ World Series win and Washington Mystics’ WNBA Championship, sports fans jeered and cheered athletes of all different stripes. 

D.C. is a complicated city and City Paper staff did its best to capture the District in all its beauty and nuance. Take a moment to say goodbye to 2019 before you say hello to the new decade. Amanda Michelle Gomez(tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Don’t remember everything that happened in D.C. this year? Here’s a moment-by-moment look back at the year of local news. [WCP]
  • Relive the year through the camera lens of longtime photographer Darrow Montgomery. [WCP]
  • How did D.C. teachers teach their students about impeachment? [WAMU]
  • D.C. surpasses last year’s murder count, with 161 homicides in 2019. [WCP]
  • How did D.C. teachers teach their students about impeachment? [WAMU]

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

  • Big lottery contracts, mayoral spats, and the continuing saga of Jack Evans’ defined the year in politics. [WCP]

  • The mystery of Evans’ other (potential) car collision. [WCP]

  • Federal spending bill prevents D.C. from building on RFK Stadium lot. [Post]

  • Six neighborhood commissions fined $4,000 for a retweet. [Twitter]

  • Justin Fairfax will run for governor of Virginia amid sexual assault accusations. [WAMU]

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

  • The year 2019 in food: Good news, bad news, lasting trends, and top dishes. [WCP]

  • Doi Moi taps new operators to give the Southeast Asian restaurant new life in 2020. [WCP]

  • Four women are suing Rewind by Decadesfor $2 million for selectively enforcing a pre-payment policy. [DCist]

  • Millennials tip less, and they’re stressed out about it. [Post]

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

  • The year in arts: The highs and the lows from the realms of visual art, theater, and music. [WCP]

  • Liz at Large: “Great” [WCP]

  • Here are DCPL’s most popular books of 2019. [DCist]

  • Take a look inside Miss Pixie’s colorful home. [Washingtonian]

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

  • This was the year D.C. sports fans learned how it feels to support winners—and they don’t need to settle for anything less. [WCP

  • Another week, another close loss to an NFC East opponent for the Washington football team. At least this one improved their draft position. [Fansided]

  • For one week, D.C. became the capital of squash. [WCP]

  • Isaiah Thomas calmly entered the stands and called out two 76ers fans for giving him the middle finger and cursing at him during a Wizards game in Philadelphia on Saturday night. As a result, the NBA has suspended Thomas for two games, while the fans have been banned from Wells Fargo Center for a year. [ESPN]

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

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