After a foggy and rainy weekend, today promises to be warmer, and a bit sunnier. We’re talkin’ highs in the 50s, D.C.


  • D.C. police arrested the man who shot a Whole Foods cashier during an armed robbery attempt Sunday morning. The suspect reportedly used a red Zipcar to get away. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

  • Indianapolis schools superintendent Lewis Ferebee and interim chancellor Amanda Alexander are finalists to become D.C.’s permanent school chancellor, Chalkbeatand The Post are reporting.

  • A woman in Baltimore held a sign that read, “Please help feed my baby.” When Jacquelyn Smith rolled down her window to give the woman some money, a man approached and tried to grab her wallet. He fatally stabbed Smith before running away with the woman.

  • Despite an announcement from Ascension Health, Providence Hospital’s parent company, just a few months ago that the facility would close in mid-December, the District of Columbia Hospital Association announced that the hospital will stay open until April 2019.

  • Adult film actress Stormy Daniels will perform a strip show in D.C. this evening, but first she’ll do an interview with Sally Quinn. (Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for interview event details.)

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips?

  • In a news release sent out after 6 p.m. last Friday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced several more changes to her administration. See here and here for more shake-ups announced after her re-election in November. [EOM]

  • A D.C. Public Schools employee used his District job to drive business to his private catering company. [WCP]

  • One more election: Ward 4 residents will cast ballots for their State Board of Education rep tomorrow. Here’s a rundown of the candidates: [Post]

  • “It’s not that we don’t know how to address the pay-to-play problem,” writes Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, in support of the Council’s bill to ban certain government contractors from donating to campaigns. “The solution is right at our fingertips.” [Post]

  • Howard University says Councilmember Vince Gray’s potential deal with George Washington University Hospital to build a new facility in Ward 8 could imperil its medical school going forward. HU med school trains a large number of African-American physicians. A demonstration is planned for today in front of the Howard med school. [Howard College of Medicine, Twitter]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • Jamaican food lands in Brookland inside Tastemakers. [WCP]

  • Inside D.C.’s newest Indian restaurant. [Washingtonian]

  • Downtown has a new spot for Shawarma. [PoPville]

  • Netflix’s The Final Table wasn’t the best, especially when it came to diversity in the final episodes. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • HO HO HELL YEAH: THE SLEIGHER (our annual holiday music column) IS BACK. [WCP]

  • Performance artist Brian Feldman is back at it this Chanukah. [DCist]

  • Check out the work of artist and AFRO editorial cartoonist Kofi Tyus at the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan. [AFRO]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips?

  • Neighborhoods that have seen the highest appreciation in 2018. [Urban Turf]

  • AG Karl Racine sues a local property management company for allegedly refusing to rent apartments to housing voucher holders. [DCist]

  • The University of Maryland needs to upgrade its air conditioners if it wants to prevent the growth of mold in its dorms, a report says. [WAMU]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • Markieff Morris is a difference-maker on the bench for the Wizards, who beat the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday to improve to 9-14. [Bullets Forever]

  • The Washington football team plays against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football for a pivotal game in the NFC East race, but the attention surrounding the team remains on the baffling decision to claim Reuben Foster off waivers. [CBS Sports Network]

  • D.C. will have another professional football team when the XFL relaunches in 2020. [NBC Sports Washington]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips?

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