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D.C. started 2018 on a good note, with the news that the number of violent crimes in the District dropped dramatically in 2017. With the exception of thefts, crime dropped across all categories, and 71 percent of the city’s 116 homicide cases have been closed, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham announced on Tuesday. More alarming was the age of homicide victims—many of 2017’s most upsetting cases involved the deaths of teenagers.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • A federal judge blocked D.C.’s flushable wipes law on the grounds of free speech. [WBJ]

  • Park View residents want help addressing recent shootings in the neighborhood. [WJLA]

  • City Paper’s editor and new owner discuss its sale and future with Kojo Nnamdi. [WAMU]

  • D.C.’s Department of Forensic Science no longer has a rape kit backlog. [WTOP]

  • DDOT proposes major service changes to DC Circulator routes. [WTOP]

  • Police arrest woman who profited from murdered woman’s GoFundMe campaign. [Post]

  • It’s unclear if Loudoun County will financially profit from D.C. United HQ deal. [WBJ]

  • Don’t call 911 to report on dockless bikeshare users. [Fox5, WTOP]

  • Dear travelers, please stop bringing guns to local airports. [WTOP]

  • Because enough ink hasn’t been spilled about this week’s cold weather, here’s a look at how the Postcovered it. [Washingtonian]

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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Predictions from a “grizzled veteran” about education in 2018. [WAMU]

  • You can use your D.C. Public Library card almost anywhere in the region. [GGW]

  • Take a look at passenger usage of local airports—in graph form! [GGW]

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

  • City Paper writers share their favorite music, theater, visual art, and films from 2017. [WCP]

  • Luke Stewart, Sarah Hughes, and Kris Funn make Michael J. West’s list of 2017’s best local jazz artists. [The District Now]

  • Jamal Gray, Chris Naoum, and Ben Schurr talk about the best D.C. music of 2017 on Random Nerds’ Talking Like a Jerk podcast. [Random Nerds]

  • Check out shows from Lightshow, Boat Burning, and Junkyard Band this week. [DC Music Download]

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

  • The families behind NoMa’s Indigo and new Brookland restaurant Masala Story are feuding. [WCP]

  • Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant inside MGM National Harbor has closed. [WBJ]

  • Haidar Karoumwill open Chloe on Jan. 5 in Navy Yard. [Washingtonian]

  • Tom Sietsemahas a wishlist for restaurants in 2018, including cleaner restrooms. [Post]

  • The District says goodbye to its last Capriotti’s. [Eater]

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

  • Homeless adults explain why they remain outside in the frigid temperatures. [Post]

  • D.C. United’s new stadium and major mixed-use projects are coming in 2018. [Bisnow]

  • Taxpayer calls proposed tax breaks for Dupont Circle projects “ludicrous.” [HuffPost]

  • Developer will bring 90 mostly affordable units to Fort Dupont. [Curbed DC]

  • Development team tweaks plans for new building at Monroe Street Market. [UrbanTurf]

  • Washington Real Estate Investment Trust plans to sell Advisory Board Co. building to an unknown buyer. [WBJ]

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