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“I am not resigning, I’m not backing down, I’m not discouraged, I’m not depressed, so run all the media stories you want because my people are going to support me.”

Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White delivered a lengthy statement on Facebook Live this weekend, telling residents he has no plans to resign from office. White has been accused of anti-Semitism and financial mismanagement after a series of Washington Post reports revealed that White used constituent service funds to donate to the Nation of Islam, and that he abruptly left a private tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last week. A handful of Council members have called for White to be censured, words that have prompted ire from other D.C. officials.


  • What does Jeff Bezosreally think of Washington? [Washingtonian]

  • The Wizards beat Toronto on Sunday, tying the playoff series at 2-2. [WTOP]

  • The Caps lead the Blue Jackets 3-2 in their playoff series and could close it out with a win tonight. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • The D.C. Council may create an independent research board to monitor schools. [Post]

  • March of Dimes charity walk in Southeast D.C. raises $500,000 for maternal health. [WTOP]

  • Reston residents grow nervous about the impact Metro’s Silver Line has on its development. [Post]

  • Prince George’s County gets a $20 million culinary arts center. [WTOP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone(tips?

  • Post editorial board: D.C. needs a real strategy for addressing maternal mortality. [Post]

  • White’s donation supported an event where Farrakhanmade prejudiced remarks. [Post]

  • At Ward 8 Democrats endorsement forum, incumbents come out on top. [Ward 8 Dems]

  • District officials have spoken with Maryland, Virginia officials about Amazon HQ2. [WBJ]

  • Local jurisdictions pitch “opportunity zones” to U.S. government for tax breaks. [WTOP]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • Rare Essencefounding member Rory “DC” Felton has died. [Post]

  • Woolly Mammoth’s Underground Railroad Game is an inventive and intelligent piece of theater. [WCP]

  • Meet D.C.’s newest record store, Home Rule Records. [DC Music Download]

  • Signature Theatre announces its 2018/2019 season, featuring Billy Elliot: The Musical, Blackbeard, and local playwright Heather McDonald’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • A new pop-up museum in Silver Spring celebrates the history of the Talbot Avenue bridge. [WAMU]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • Buttercream Bakeshop didn’t puff puff pass on the opportunity to build a bong cake for 420. [WCP]

  • Postmates starts delivering to Wards 7 and 8 after a resident penned a petition. [Post]

  • Concertgoers will soon be able to nosh on food from José Andrés at Wolf Trap. [Eater]

  • Old Ebbitt Grill’s half-off oyster happy hour is still worth it. [WCP]

  • D.C. will get an outpost of Taiwanese bubble tea joint Gong Cha. [Washingtonian]

  • Check out D.C.’s artsy new cocktail bar, Loves Me Not. [WCP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips?

  • World’s richest man’s new D.C. home will include 191 doors, because a mere handful isn’t enough. [Washingtonian]

  • The Smithsonian lobbies to designate the Hirshhorn as a historic landmark. [Twitter]

  • A Petworth gas station gets a new lease on life after a judge rules it can become an apartment building. [WBJ]

  • ICYMI: There’s a $40,000 parking space for sale. [WCP]

  • I am looking with scorn upon this 5th St. NE resident, who is just now tossing her or his Christmas tree. [PoPville]

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