Hope you enjoyed the warmer weather Monday. Today looks to be blustery and chilly—low 40s.


  • Tax incentives worth $184 million intended to spur high-paying tech jobs in the District are only benefiting a few larger companies and come with no requirement to generate economic activity, an audit by the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer has found.

  • A D.C. police officer is blowing the whistle, saying the department is fudging its stats to make the city appear safer than it is. [Fox5]

  • The Affair. The Mob. The Murder. A chilling tale from The Washington Post about a murder that’s gone unsolved for more than 30 years.

  • D.C. police arrested a 14-year-old boy from Kramer Middle School in Southeast D.C. who pointed a gun at another student and said, “If you tell anyone I will shoot you.” The boy is being charged as a juvenile and has not been identified.

  • The man who held up the Whole Foods in Northeast D.C., and shot a cashier twice, was the subject of a 2012 Washington Post profile. With a scholarship to Tennessee State University, Michael Whatley seemed to have escaped the violence and drugs that captured many around him. He was arrested at least three times since 2013, and it’s unclear whether he graduated. He’s being held in the D.C. jail until his next hearing on the armed robbery case. The cashier was shot in the face and is recovering in the hospital.

  • A lawsuit brought by D.C. AG Karl Racine that accuses President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency took a significant step forward. A judge is allowing Racine and Maryland AG Brian Frosh to begin issuing subpoenas and gathering potential evidence against Trump.

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

  • The D.C. Council will vote today on whether to use new revenue from internet sales tax to give cuts to commercial property owners or spread the wealth among other programs, such as programs to end homelessness. [WCP]

  • Even on the red carpet, even when he’s professing his favorite Cher song, even when surrounded by celebrities, Councilmember Jack Evans can’t escape his legacy of suspect parking jobs. [Washingtonian]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser selected Lewis Ferebee to serve as the District’s next schools chancellor. At-large Councilmember David Grosso, chair of the Committee on Education, is skeptical. [WCP]

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

  • Gregorys Coffee has a new location to pour you CBD oil-laced lattes. [WCP]

  • Any guesses where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found dive bar staffers will Hill jobs? [Twitter]

  • Look inside Rappahannock Oyster Bar’s new digs at the The Wharf. [Washingtonian]

  • Make these bars and restaurants your Hanukkah destinations. [Post]

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

  • On the second day of December, my true love (City Paper) gave to me: A Sleigher review of the Memphis Ukulele Band’s “Mele Kalikimaka.” [WCP]

  • Listen to the debut EP from Mister Goblin and read the lovely accompanying essay by Sadie Dupuis about the album. [Talkhouse]

  • How this year’s Kennedy Center honors felt different, because of Hamilton. [Post]

  • D.C.-area film critics nameRoma the best film of the year in their annual year-end awards. [WAFCA]

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

  • How to build safer public housing. [CityLab]

  • A sad story about the sad state of housing in D.C. [Twitter]

  • As officials in Arlington redraw school boundaries, families wonder whether those changes will affect where their kids learn. [WAMU]

  • Looks like the National Park Service wants someone to renovate three golf courses in the city, along with the East Potomac Tennis Center. [Twitter]

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

  • Quarterback Colt McCoy fractured his fibula during the local NFL team’s 28-13 loss to the Eagles and will be out for the season, joining first string quarterback Alex Smith, who broke his leg two weeks ago. [ESPN]

  • D.C. esports Overwatch team has unveiled its official name: Washington Justice. [Twitter]

  • A dagger from John Wallin the final seconds prevented the Wizards from blowing its late fourth-quarter double-digit lead in Washington’s 110-107 win over the New York Knicks. [Bullets Forever]

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

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