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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.

The events of 2017 caused many people to despair over the state of the world. The Washington Ethical Society was no exception. Members of the humanist congregation on 16th Street NW have had trouble believing in the goodness of all people as the President rails against immigrants, queer people, and minorities. Senior leader Amanda Poppeiand congregant Genevieve McDowell Owen spoke about their beliefs with City Paper editor Alexa Mills on the latest episode of Washington City Podcast. Listen now online or wherever you get podcasts.


  • Discovery Communications will leave downtown Silver Spring for New York. [WBJ]

  • How will Discovery’s departure impact the region? [GGW]

  • Site of 2015 “Mansion Murders” in Upper Northwest hits the market for $4.5 million. [WBJ]

  • Pepco, Washington Gas will pass their savings under the new tax bill on to customers. [WTOP, Post]

  • Metro may use outside maintenance companies to take care of the Silver Line. [WJLA]

  • Police seek hungry criminal who broke into a downtown Chipotle on New Year’s Day and ate a tray of barbacoa shredded beef. [WTOP]

  • George Washington University was placed on lockdown while police searched for a suspect who shot a man near GW Hospital. [WUSA9]

  • Smart growthers react to the imminent closure of Johnson’s Garden Center in Tenleytown. [GGW]

  • The Caps have won 10 straight games on their home ice. [Post]


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

  • Council passes bill that allows women to access birth control without a doctor’s prescription and protects other aspects of the Affordable Care Act. [NBC Washington]

  • It also unanimously voted to publicly finance local government campaigns. [Post]

  • But Bowser still opposes using tax dollars to fund the bill. [WAMU]

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

  • It’s All True, the opera based off of Fugazi’s live recordings, comes to Rock & Roll Hotel on Jan. 27 and opens in Brooklyn next month. [Rock & Roll Hotel, Bedford + Bowery]

  • At the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, a new exhibition highlights D.C. from middle schoolers’ perspectives. [Post]

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery director Stephanie Stebichdiscusses how the two institutions are reshaping art museums in the District. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Dorjee Momo will serve hot pot at its residency at Capitol Hill’s Bullfrog Bagels. [WCP]

  • An Arlington bar owner got catfished and lived to tell the tale. [Washingtonian]

  • Chefs make their menus confusing in an attempt to sound fancy. [Post]

  • Cocktail club 1 Ounce or 2 is popping up in Brookland starting Friday. [Eater]

  • Check out the offerings at Union Market’s Burmese bodega. [DC Refined]

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

  • The District alters its Comprehensive Plan for development with hope that it will limit court appeals. [Bisnow]

  • New project in Southwest includes plans for a black box theater and a diner. [UrbanTurf]

  • Metro considers developing surface parking lots at Deanwood and Shady Grove stations. [NBC Washington]

  • Check out renderings for the development replacing Martha’s Table on 14th Street NW. [UrbanTurf]

  • For $1,600 a month, you can rent English basements and studio apartments. [UrbanTurf]

  • Office building near Union Station will be renovated and seek new tenants after prison bureau leaves. [Bisnow]

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