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In a little noticed change, Mayor Muriel Bowser has retooled a key part of her 2018 campaign structure. Out is her long-time treasurer and D.C. political insider Ben Soto. In is Jodi Ovca, a lawyer, non-profit manager, and devotee of Feng Shui. Ovca is supposed to avoid incidents like the one last summer when the Office of Campaign Finance fined Bowser’s 2014 campaign $13,000 for accepting over-the-limit contributions.


  • 12-year-old student found dead at SEED Public Charter School of Washington. [NBC Washington]

  • And police are investigating sexual abuse allegations against a former staff member at another public charter school. [Fox5]

  • Church members express concerns about Union Station-to-Georgetown streetcar. [WJLA]

  • Metrobus drivers and transit workers rally for more safety measures, stronger pensions. [NBC Washington]

  • Former D.C. Lottery supervisor allegedly sexually harassed his assistant. [Fox5]

  • Surveillance video shows students putting up anti-immigration fliers at AU. [WTOP]

  • D.C. 911 dispatcher sends fire crew to wrong address. [WTOP]

  • Brianne Nadeau says unofficial Columbia Heights dog park not in danger. [Curbed DC]

  • This year’s nasty flu has come to Washington. Take precautions. [Post]

  • Please stop making bigoted assumptions about dockless bikeshare users. [GGW]


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

  • Councilmember Elissa Silverman introduces legislation that would help residents offset new income tax deduction limits. [WAMU]

  • MPD officers used more force in 2017 than they have in years past. [WTOP]

  • DCPS removes its chief of secondary schools in the wake of the Ballou graduation crisis. [Post]

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

  • Local rockabilly guitarist Billy Hancock, a frequent collaborator with the late Danny Gatton, died Monday. He was 71. [Post]

  • A look behind the scenes with artist Robin Bell as he projects anti-Trump images on the Trump Hotel. [Washingtonian]

  • The draft of the District’s first-ever cultural plan is 131 pages, but the information within it is vague. [WAMU]

  • At the Hillyer Art Space, three exhibitions by three recent area art school grads. [East City Art]

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

  • Do you recognize the person caught spitting on a Qualia Coffee employee? [WCP]

  • Bakery, bar, and restaurantEllēsoft opens Jan. 29 in Mount Pleasant. [Washingtonian]

  • Chinatown’s Beef ’N Bread is in danger of becoming another poke place. [Post]

  • These cocktails want their pictures taken. [DC Refined]

  • How restaurants nationwide are handling minimum wage increases. [Eater]

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

  • Expert suggests that D.C. region should consolidate its Amazon bids. [Washingtonian]

  • Residents ask for AirBnB regulation at National Press Club event. [WTOP]

  • National Association of Broadcasters sells its Dupont Circle HQ for $31.6 million. [WBJ]

  • The boutique James Hotel to open in a NoMa mixed-use development. [UrbanTurf]

  • Check out the Bjarke Ingels Group’s redesigned plan for the Smithsonian’s south campus. [Curbed DC]

  • Opinion: The District’s 40-year-old rent-control statutes don’t work anymore. [GGW]

  • New five-bedroom home in Cleveland Park hits the market for $2.2 million. [Curbed DC]

  • On the history—and future—of Washington football team stadiums. [GGW]

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