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A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced that teachers will not be evaluated on how many students pass their classes this year. A recent DCPS investigation showed that teachers in the system report feeling pressure to pass students who are not yet ready to move to the next grade level. Councilmember David Grosso supports this move.


  • Former chief medical officer of United Medical Center Julian Craig sues the hospital. [WBJ, Post]

  • Investigation finds UMC at fault for patient who died on floor after crying for help. [Post]

  • Update: A military parade down Pennsylvania Ave. NW could cost as much as $50 million. [NPR]

  • Amtrak may stop service on tracks that don’t have sophisticated speed controls. [AP]

  • Despite high temps this week, Saturday may bring snow and a wintry mix. [WUSA9]

  • Prepare for traffic and lane closures at DCA as construction begins. [NBC Washington]

  • John Walton of the Caps is in PyeongChang giving the play-by-play for hockey games. [NBC Washington]

  • Last night firefighters rescued 26 people trapped in an elevator at the Marriott Marquis. [Post]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by City Paper staff (tips? tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Simmons says D.C.’s fair elections bill is not fair. [Times]

  • Should ATVs and dirt bikes be registered, regulated, and allowed in D.C.? [WAMU]

  • Sherwood wants drivers to stay in their lanes. [Twitter, Twitter]

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

  • Producer Jack Inslee talks about the LINE Hotel’s in-house radio station. [DC Music Download]

  • Playwright Heather Raffo discusses her latest work, Noura, currently on stage via the Shakespeare Theatre Company as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • With Cabaret Rising, immersive theater comes to D.C. [WCP]

  • Three words: Custom pet portraits. [Washingtonian]

  • Author George Saunders talks about the Georgetown cemetery that inspired his latest best-selling novel. [WAMU]

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

  • The best thing to order at Espita Mezcaleria is Oaxaca’s signature bar snack. [WCP]

  • This arcade-themed bar has a claw machine that grabs sex toys. [Washingtonian]

  • Losing Hank Dietle’s Tavern is losing a divey piece of history.  [Post]

  • D.C. netted several handfuls of James Beard semifinalist nods. [Eater]

  • Swing’s Coffee Roasters has reopened after two year hiatus. [WBJ]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • The District will invest tens of millions of dollars to redevelop Parkway Overlook. [WCP]

  • District Attorney General Karl Racine sues Sanford Capital over two properties. [Post]

  • A buyer is serious about getting Georgetown home where JFK met Jackie. [Curbed DC]

  • A smart home steps from the National Cathedral lists for roughly $6 million. [Curbed DC]

  • Former Airbnb “party house” in Dupont Circle relists for almost $4 million. [Curbed DC]

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