Welcome back to the grind. There’s nothing like hours and hours of rain to say happy Monday.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Starting today, anyone who rides the Yellow Line to commute to work needs to find an alternate route: WMATA is shutting down service on the line through December 9 because of track work in Pentagon and L’Enfant Plaza stations.

  • The D.C. Council recently gave initial approval for a bill that sweetens the deal for GW to operate a new hospital to be built in Ward 8. It would serve an area that desperately needs one, with about 150,000 people living in about 20 square miles, and virtually no specialty care services. But the bill waives the project’s Certificate of Need—a months-long regulatory process that evaluates whether a proposed health facility is, well, needed—which would also apply to the 270 beds GW wants to add in Foggy Bottom. 

  • It became hard this year to focus on the good things people were doing locally to make D.C. a place better for its residents. City Paper’s annual giving guide, presented in partnership with the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, allows us to focus on the different organizations serving the District.

  • Wizards fans at Capital One Arena finally had something to cheer about as Otto Porter Jr. scored a season-best 29 points to help Washington beat the Pelicans, 124-114.

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser hailed mumbo sauce as “iconic” before unleashing a pre-Thanksgiving Day diss. Lots of people are pissed. Even former Secretary of State John Kerry weighed in. [Post, Facebook, Twitter]

  • The D.C. Council passed pay-to-play legislation on a first vote last week. [DCist]

  • That pack of squares will cost you about an extra $5 in D.C. after a new cigarette tax hike went into effect last month. D.C.’s tax is higher than any state. [Post]

  • Bowser nominated LeJuan Strickland to replace Joshua Lopez as a commissioner on the District’s Housing Authority Board. [D.C. Council]

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

  • Ventnor Sports Cafe space claimed before the sports bar even closed. [WCP]

  • Try some cheesy cauliflower pasta at Valor Brewpub. [WCP]

  • The 50 best restaurants in Northern Virginia. [NoVa Mag]

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

  • Arena Stage’s Anything Goes takes audiences on a toe-tapping sailing trip. [WCP]

  • A World War I ceasefire comes to the Stage in WNO’s Silent Night. [WCP]

  • Behind the scenes of the technical marvel of the Shakespeare Theatre’s production of An Inspector Calls. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • This is a really big replica of the White House made out of Legos. [Washingtonian]

  • Studio’s Cry It Out finds humor in the agony of early motherhood. [WCP]

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

  • Mike Isabella sells his condo on the Wharf to D.C. United chair Jason Levien. [WBJ]

  • How gentrification and displacement affects D.C.’s houses of worship. [Post]

  • A new plaque in an Adams Morgan park commemorates a woman once enslaved in D.C. [WAMU]

  • Opinion: The D.C. Council is squandering good opportunities to lessen income inequality and homelessness in D.C. [Post]

  • Opinion: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about the cost of housing in D.C. [Curbed]

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

  • The race for the NFC East title is far from over. The Cowboys (6-5) now sit atop the division after beating the Washington football team (6-5) on Thanksgiving. The Super Bowl defending champion Eagles (5-6) also have a chance after beating the Giants (3-8). [Sporting News]

  • Maryland football’s tumultuous season ended with a blowout loss to Penn State, which prevented the team from being bowl eligible. [The Diamondback]

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

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