It is, as Capital Weather Gang says, “a frozen start to another chilly day.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Ascension, the company that owns and manages Providence Hospital, released more information on Monday about the changes it plans on making to the hospital. While emergency services will continue through April 2019, many of its services will end, as planned, by this Friday. Nurses, technicians, doctors, and labor advocates will protest the closure once more on the Providence campus at 10 a.m. this morning.

  • The Metropolitan Police Department has updated its annual homicide count, bringing the number to 154 this year—a 43 percent increase over last year.

  • Capitol Police arrested nearly 140 people across two different House office buildings on Monday. They were outside the offices of Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and were advocating for the development and implementation of a “Green New Deal,” an economic stimulus package anchored around sustainable development that combats climate change.  

  • Students in D.C. public schools, as well as those in some neighboring counties, will be able to select “non-binary” as a gender option on school forms next year.

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

  • A robo call is going around urging people not to sign petitions to put a referendum for Initiative 77 on the ballot. [Twitter]

  • Councilmember Vince Gray opened up on the Kojo Show about the teetering negotiations to build and run a new hospital in Ward 8. He says Councilmember Trayon White’s amendment, which has caused GW to stop negotiations, was a surprise to him. [Kojo]

  • Greater Greater Washington is pushing a campaign send messages to Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilmember Jack Evans demanding any deal for a new stadium be hashed out in public, not in a Congressional spending bill. [GGW]

  • D.C. officials are refuting local reports that the fire department’s lack of ladder trucks delayed the response time to a recent blaze that killed an elderly woman. [Washington Times]

  • The Washington Area Bicyclist Association has a whole host of demands for D.C. government officials: 25 miles of bike lanes per year, higher residential parking fees, and illegal right turns on red lights, to name a few. [Post]

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

  • Our sandwich critic digs one of the pita sandwiches at Little Sesame. [WCP]

  • Fancy, Susan Sarandon-endorsed ping pong is almost here. [DCist]

  • Eric and Ian Hilton take on Northern Virginia for the first time. [Washingtonian]

  • The Willard is quite the holiday destination. [Post]

  • There’s a fundraising page to help Sumah’s rebuild after last month’s fire. [PoPville]

  • CBD oil is trending, here’s where to find it. [DC Refined]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Today’s Sleigher: The Monkees want to “Unwrap You At Christmas,” which isn’t weird at all. [WCP]

  • Watch Priests cover The Waitresses’ Christmas classic, “Christmas Wrapping.” [Stereogum]

  • A dream day in D.C. for performance artist Brian Feldman. [Express]

  • How the Botanic Garden made those incredible plant-based recreations of train stations. [Express]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Activists plan a vigil for the dozens of deceased homeless in D.C. this year. [Curbed]

  • A breakdown of development in D.C. this year, courtesy of the Washington D.C. Economic Partnership. [BisNow]

  • Nonprofits looking for low-cost office space in Crystal City might be out of luck thanks to Amazon’s impending arrival. [WBJ]

  • Is D.C. getting a tiny IKEA? [PoPville]

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

  • Got what it takes to be a Nationals Racing President? The deadline to apply for a tryout is Saturday, Dec. 15. Auditions will take place on Sunday, Jan. 6.

  • According to local race directors, ultramarathons (any race that is longer than the traditional 26.2-mile marathon distance) are becoming more popular in the D.C. area. [DCist]

  • The local NFL team has compiled a 58-82-1 record in nine seasons with team president Bruce Allen in charge. But according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, another team may want his services. Allen is a potential candidate for the recently vacant Raiders general manager job. [NBC Sports Washington]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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