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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • If the internet’s got you down, here’s how to shop local in neighborhoods throughout the D.C. area this holiday season.

  • George Washington University Hospital is reportedly pulling out of negotiations to run a new hospital that would be built in Ward 8, an area of the city that is seriously lacking in quality healthcare. The Washington Business Journal reports that negotiations between the District and the hospital might fall apart after the Council passed two measures that would ensure a unionized workforce at the new facility and require GW to partner with Howard University.

  • “I was a stranger, and you tear gassed me. … wait a second.” Meet the man behind a Capitol Hill church’s pointed messages.

  • As the funeral for President George H. W. Bush put the federal government on hold yesterday, a D.C. reporter reflects on covering his administration for the Washington Afro American.

  • There’s a miniature military parade under the National Christmas Tree.

  • Gun violence, gentrification and mental health support are among the most pressing issues for D.C. students, WAMU reports.

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

  • There were 100 items on this week’s Council agenda, and Chairman Phil Mendelson hopes they got at least some of them right. Here are some of the bills that caught our attention. [WCP, WCP]

  • And one we missed, but DCist caught: Lawmakers pumped the brakes on legalizing hedgehogs as pets. [DCist]

  • Frazier O’Leary will represent Ward 4 on the State Board of Education after this week’s special election. With support of the Washington Teachers’ Union, O’Leary beat the Green Team candidate Rhonda Henderson. [Post]

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

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  • Starved for sit-down restaurants, east-of-the-river residents share where they’d like to dine. [WCP]

  • Organizers have started collecting signatures to bring back Initiative 77, despite a lawsuit. [WCP]

  • These are your 2018 Eater Award winners. [Eater DC]

  • Drink in a snow globe at Bourbon Steak. [Washingtonian]

  • What everyone’s talking about: Arlington’s Cheesecake-gate. [Post]

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

  • Our photography critic names his favorite exhibitions of 2018. [WCP]

  • The Smithsonian Castle has needed a renovation for a long time, but more popular museums keep getting the cash. [Post]

  • Revisiting the D.C.-set comedy Charlie Wilson’s War, and how it got the city right. [BYT]

  • On his new album, Ras Nebyu raps about gentrification from a metaphysical perspective. [Post]

  • The Sleigher: This Michael McDonald tune is gonna get you ready for the holidays. [WCP]

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

  • Some Brookland Manor residents continue to resist proposed development along Rhode Island Ave. NE. [WCP]

  • A 96-year-old woman died in a Bloomingdale house fire. She reportedly did not have any fire alarms in the home. [Twitter]

  • Development in D.C. by the numbers. [Urban Turf]

  • A bill to establish more public restrooms passes an important hurdle. [WUSA9]

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

  • Amid the chaos of this season’s Wizards team, coach Scott Brooks and players have repeatedly praised third-year player Tomáš Satoranský. [WCP]

  • Tom Wilson is day-to-day with an upper body injury after a blindside hit by Ryan Reaves of the Vegas Knights. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

  • “The NFL is obviously belligerently freezing him out,” Richard Sherman told CBS Sports Radio after the Washington football team signed quarterback Josh Johnson and not Colin Kaepernick. [CBS Sports]

  • Chris Chase, a long-time Maryland resident and founding member of the sports blog For The Win, passed away on Wednesday at 37. [For The Win]

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

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