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Growing season is officially dead, thanks to the below-freezing temperatures the region finally reached this weekend. Happy Monday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Those responsible for building The Line Hotel face renewed scrutiny from the subcontractors who performed construction work on the glamorous Adams Morgan hotel. Dozens of them have complained publicly and privately that they still haven’t been paid––in some cases, for work completed about four years ago. Four of those subcontractors spoke with City Paper about their experiences.

  • Two things are clear about this season’s Washington football team after Sunday’s 16-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jay Gruden’s team wins games off defense (Tampa Bay had 501 total yards, but only scored three points), and has the ability rebound the week after a discouraging loss. [ESPN]

  • If you’re traveling out of Reagan National Airport today, plan on leaving a bit early. The airport’s Metro stop is still closed though today, though airport and transit officials say traffic should normalize today despite the closure.

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

  • D.C.’s paid family- and medical-leave law has split the city in two, Post columnist Colbert King writes. [Post]

  • ICYMI: Mayor Muriel Bowser reverses course on a free speech-limiting amendment to D.C. arts grants; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton approves. [WCP, Twitter]

  • “Can you say ‘vote’? No? How about ‘Democracy is in peril?’” says a father to his toddler in line at a D.C. polling place. [DCist]

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

  • Cocktails you might need this holiday season. [Washingtonian]

  • These coffee shops are conducive for working and studying. [Post]

  • University of the District of Columbia says goodbye Coke, hello Pepsi. [WBJ]

  • ICE is targeting 7-Eleven employees and in some cases, the convenience store company doesn’t have a problem with it. [Eater]

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

  • The story behind Diablo Rojo, that colorful bus you’ve probably seen around town. [DCist]

  • Long-defunct callboxes situated in downtown D.C. will be turned into art celebrating women. [WAMU]

  • Check out local funk band Aztec Sun’s debut album. [Post]

  • The Superfine! art fair brought art of all kinds to the city. [East City Art]

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

  • Bowser was named as chair of the League of Cities’ task force on housing. [Twitter]

  • Amazon is (allegedly) coming to Crystal City, so naturally, owners are already trying to capitalize on the rush. [WCP]

  • Eviction is as much about race as it is poverty. [Post]

  • Opinion: Five steps new condo associations should take. [Post]

  • Opinion: How Amazon’s arrival could help the region make smarter housing choices. [WBJ]

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

  • The Wizards (3-9) picked up a much-needed win against the Miami Heat. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • The top-seeded Georgetown women’s soccer team survived a windy test and a halftime deficit to advance in the NCAA tournament. [WCP]

  • In a conversation with City Paper, the Capitals season ticket holder who donated his $19,285 raffle winnings to the Tree of Life synagogue community says he did it not for attention (he is choosing to remain anonymous) but to push back against hate and help those in need. [WCP]

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

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