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When Amazon released its list of finalist regions for its second headquarters, the entirety of the region was represented—bids from D.C., Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia made the cut. Now, officials must decide whether to consolidate their efforts into one bid or pursue the goal separately. The president of the Capitol Riverfront BID believes his neighborhood is a logical choice, but other D.C. residents question the project’s transparency.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Government drops its prosecution of 129 inauguration day protesters. [WTOP]

  • According to officials, two babies have been born at United Medical Center since its labor and delivery unit was shut down. [Post]

  • D.C.’s economy is on the rise, but not as quickly as in other parts of the nation. [WBJ]

  • The trademark suit over the Washington Football Team’s name has been sent back to a lower court. [WTOP]

  • More details emerge about the woman killed in a drive-by shooting this week. [WUSA9]

  • Damage to Howard University buildings looks worse than initially described. [WUSA9]

  • Police obtain more information about the man who disappeared on his way to an online date. [NBC Washington]

  • American University president tries out a new role for the night: basketball coach. [Post]

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

  • A federal government shutdown will impact non-government workers, too. [WTOP]

  • The cracked rail that caused Monday’s Metro derailment broke in an unusual way. [NBC Washington]

  • The “resistance movement” has inspired more individuals to run for office and fight back. [NBC Washington]

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

  • Commission of Fine Arts sends back design plans for the Smithsonian’s South Mall. [Post]

  • Cardi B, Lightshow,Migos, andMiguelwill headline this year’s Broccoli City Festival. [DC Music Download]

  • Actress Katie Kleiger talks about starring in Studio Theatre’s high school soccer team drama The Wolves. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Seven museums in the area you can still visit if the government shuts down. [Washingtonian]

  • Object Collection’s It’s All True is so much more than a Fugazi opera. [WCP]

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

  • Craving roast chicken? D.C. restaurants are making it trendy. [WCP]

  • Where does the New York Times recommend you dine in D.C.? [NYT]

  • How Steve Salis went from nightclub doorman to local restaurateur. [Washingtonian]

  • Fine dining staple Marcel’s sustains severe water damage from a broken pipe. [Eater]

  • A definitive guide to the best brunches in the District. [Post]

  • Union Kitchen has plans to open two more small grocery stores. [WBJ]

  • Once you’ve sampled these 20 dishes, you can call yourself a Washingtonian. [Zagat]

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

  • The District forces homeless residents in NoMa to relocate for public art displays. [WCP]

  • The seller of four condo units in Columbia Heights is accepting Bitcoin. [WBJ]

  • The most expensive homes in the area sold in 2017 went for $35 million. [WBJ]

  • Developer Forest City requests extension for its movie theater project at The Yards. [UrbanTurf]

  • Capitol Riverfront will soon break even on $1 billion in investments. [Curbed DC]

  • Modern five-bedroom property in Georgetown lists for more than $3 million. [Curbed DC]

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