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Happy Monday, D.C. Expect a chilly and cloudy one.


  • 34-0: That was how much the Giants led the Washington football team at halftime, a record deficit for the home team at FedExField. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson finally helped the team get on the scoreboard in the 40-16 loss, but not before fans expressed their anger and left the stadium in droves.

  • Pro-Initiative 77 activists are hurriedly collecting the 25,000 signatures necessary to get a version of that measure—which was passed by D.C. voters in June but overturned by the D.C. Council this fall—onto a special election ballot next year. They have just about a week to do so.

  • A team of citizen scientists found an eel in a tributary of Rock Creek—a surprising find, considering nobody has spotted an eel there since 2010. It’s a positive sign for a water system whose streams, scientists believe, are generally in poor health.

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

  • The Council is considering a nearly $6 million tax break for a company with a history of racially discriminatory hiring practices. [WCP]

  • The Post’s Ed Board is not a fan of Councilmember Vince Gray’s deal to build a new hospital in Ward 8. [Post]

    • “Nonetheless, taxpayers should thank the council for its ineptness. Vulnerable populations in Wards 7 and 8 do have urgent health needs, but a $300 million hospital is more aimed at meeting political needs.”

  • A top aide to Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans are lending their support to plans to build a new football stadium on the RFK Stadium site. The plans are slipped into a Congressional spending bill. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, who represents a District neighborhood near the stadium site, is opposed to a new stadium. [Post]

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

  • A new executive chef at Hazel ushers in a menu inspired by Turkish cuisine. [WCP]

  • D.C. bars are trying their hand at “medicinal cocktails.” [WCP]

  • S.O.S., but good. [WCP]

  • Todd Thrasher’s distillery is open for business at The Wharf. [Washingtonian]

  • Tom Sietsema tries D.C.’s new British restaurant. [Post]

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

  • The Sleigher: Ingrid Michaelson wants to “Let it Snow!” [WCP]

  • More Sleigher: Why Don’t We says “Feliz Navidad.” [WCP]

  • D.C. has a book desert problem, but these book stores and the DCPL are working to solve that problem. [DCist]

  • Watch Pearie Sol’s new music video for his tune, “Love is For the Loving.” [WCP]

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

  • A house for sale that’s merely “livable.” [WCP]

  • The D.C. Council won’t take up changes to the Comp Plan until next year. [Curbed]

  • The historic Maryland diner that’s set to become a pot dispensary. [Post]

  • Goodbye, Town patio. [PoPville]

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

  • Nats owner Mark Lerner doesn’t think free agent Bryce Harper is returning to the team. [WCP]

  • The Maryland men’s soccer team won the NCAA championships, its fourth national title. [NCAA]

  • Wizards players reluctantly said goodbye to big man and positive locker room presence Jason Smith, who was traded to the Bucks. [Wiz of Awes]

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

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