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

Washington City Paper will soon have a local owner. Venture capitalist and philanthropist Mark Ein has agreed to buy WCP and the deal is expected to close in early January. Ein does not plan to make any drastic changes to the way the paper operates, so we look forward to bringing our readers more arts coverage, food news, investigations, and irreverence in 2018.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • More on the sale of Washington City Paper. [WBJ, Post, Washingtonian]

  • All six defendants in the Inauguration Day protest trial found not guilty. [WTOP]

  • Chinatown residents’ complaints about loud busking outside their homes continue. [Post]

  • Public Charter School Board votes to close two middle schools. [WJLA]

  • U.S. citizens plead guilty to assaulting demonstrators near the Turkish Embassy. [Post]

  • Tom Sherwood says farewell to News4. [NBC Washington]

  • Thousands have flocked to this over-the-top Christmas display in Alexandria. [WAMU]

  • Individuals march to raise awareness and support for homeless D.C. residents. [NBC Washington]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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

  • On his last night at NBC, Tom Sherwood won’t rule out a run for office. [NBC Washington]

  • Thieves smash windows of cars belonging to at-large councilmember Robert White and his family. [NBC Washington]

  • Kojoand guests remember the Washingtonians who died in 2017. [WAMU]

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

  • Twenty-five songs that prove 2017 was the best year for hip-hop in the DMV. [Post]

  • Luke Stewart, Kris Funn, and more jazz shows to check out this weekend. [Washingtonian]

  • This week’s film reviews: The Postand Downsizing disappoint. [WCP]

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

  • Mount Pleasant’s Beau Thaiwas robbed but no one was hurt. [Eater]

  • Problematic restaurateur says you can’t get to his restaurant in the Trump Hotel without going outside first. [Post]

  • D.C. restaurants offer comfort foods from around the world. [DC Refined]

  • Growing local chain Dolcezzahas raised $2.1 million over the past five years. [WBJ]

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

  • D.C. landowners with friends in high places want tax breaks for redevelopments. [WCP]

  • Letter to the editor: D.C. must invest more in affordable housing, first-time homebuyer funding. [Post]

  • JBG Smith releases new plans for Central District, its new project in Crystal City. [WBJ]

  • A step-by-step explanation of fixed and variable building costs in the D.C. area. [GGW]

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