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Looking back now, 2017 seems pretty terrible. From the reemergence of hateful neo-Nazi rhetoric to the drastically different local media environment, it was a year characterized by anger and change. LongtimeCity Paper staff photographer Darrow Montgomery captured both the seminal events and the everyday occurences through the lens of his camera, and shares his favorites, both joyful and searingly sad, on this week’s cover.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • State Board of Education delays vote on investigating accountability practices in D.C. schools. [WJLA]

  • Appeals court says Metro doesn’t have to post Archdiocese of Washington’s ads. [WAMU]

  • Growth in Capitol Riverfront and Southwest risks straining Metro’s rail capacity. [GGW]

  • Prepare for more major Metro track work in the new year. [WUSA9]

  • Santas protest Walmart’s holiday pay policy outside Georgia Avenue NW store. [NBC Washington]

  • Police search for suspects who robbed sneaker sellers in Woodley Park. [WTOP]

  • D.C. United wants new offices and a stadium for its second division team in Loudoun County. [WBJ]

  • Virginia and Maryland hesitate to reveal the details of their Amazon HQ2 bids. [WBJ]

  • The LINE hotel finally opens in former church in Adams Morgan. [WBJ]

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

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  • Ballou parents weigh in on graduation scandal. [WAMU]

  • Despite drop in crime rate, problems remain in D.C.’s 7th District. [Afro]

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

  • ICYMI: Our next Luce Unplugged Community Showcase is Jan. 19 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with Time is Fireand Light Beams. [WCP]

  • A year after Baltimore DIY space Bell Foundry was shut down, the city’s art scene is still recovering. [Post]

  • DC Music Download shares its best concert photos of 2017. [DC Music Download]

  • 267 plays, 50 musicals, 15 operas, and more: analyzing theater in the D.C. area in 2017. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • The owners of Anacostia’s MahoganyBooks discuss their offerings. [Washingtonian]

  • Actress Allison Janney is now the celebrity curator of a luxury hotel in Georgetown. [WBJ]

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

  • Facing declining revenue, food trucks find new ways to survive in a saturated market. [WCP]

  • Ten times Trump got himself into a food-related debacle in 2017. [Washingtonian]

  • Meridian Pint owners bring their next beer bar to Arlington. [Eater]

  • Which fast-food chain has the best biscuits? [Post]

  • Where vegetarians should eat at National Airport. [Edible]

  • The best places to stock up on holiday sweets. [DC Refined]

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

  • Higher standard deductions and other ways the tax bill impacts D.C. homeowners. [Post]

  • Could a redeveloped Georgetown Canal serve as the D.C.’s own High Line? [UrbanTurf]

  • Beacon Capital Partners sells renovated Capitol Hill office building for $175 million. [Bisnow]

  • This penthouse in Logan Circle luxury building is listed at $3.9 million. [UrbanTurf]

  • Residents of a Wesley Heights condo property can buy a poolside cabana for $40,000. [UrbanTurf]

  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW office building finally has some tenants. [Bisnow]

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