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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.

Nearly eight years ago, City Paperdetailed a local sex scandal involving staffers at the Marijuana Policy Project, an influential advocacy group focused on promoting non-punitive marijuana laws. The organization’s director and founder, Rob Kampia, was at the center of the scandal. Seven employees quit at the time, but he retained his job. For some past MPP employees, the present wave of alarm over sexual abuse has reopened old wounds.


  • D.C. spent $140,000 of taxpayer money to market its Amazon HQ2 bid. [Washingtonian]

  • As gentrification increases in D.C. neighborhoods, racial segregation decreases in D.C. public schools. [Post]

  • Undocumented immigrants detained in D.C. Jail continue hunger strike in support of the DREAM Act. [WUSA9]

  • Metro trains are shaking Petworth homes but not enough to cause structural damage, says General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. [WTOP]

  • Kojo and guests compare Inauguration Day protests to previous events. [WAMU]

  • Teenager shot and killed near Frederick Douglass Community Center in Southeast. [NBC Washington]

  • Chemotherapy prep room at D.C. VA Medical Center closed due to mold concerns. [NBC Washington]

  • D.C. firefighters rescue two women, dog from burning building in Northeast. [NBC Washington]

  • Washington City Paper owner Southcomm will slash salaries by 40 percent in January if a buyer isn’t found. [Washingtonian]

  • Individuals can safely dispose of opiates at 5 D.C. drugstores. [WTOP]

  • Local speedskaters qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team. [WAMU]

  • Sorry sneakerheads, footwear store Sports Zone Elite has filed for bankruptcy protection. [WBJ]


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

  • Bowserorders sexual harassment training for District employees. [Post]

  • Ballou controversy draws reaction from teachers around the country. [WAMU]

  • An economic analysis of D.C. since the Revitalization Act. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • ICYMI: Carol Schwartz’ outsized life is the subject of an outsized autobiography. [Post]

  • And she discussed it on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. [WAMU]

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

  • A Luke Stewartresidency at Rhizome, a farewell to D.C. hardcore band Bust Off, and other shows to check out this week. [DC Music Download]

  • Jack Boyle, owner of the legendary D.C. venue The Cellar Door, dies at 83. [WBJ, Post]

  • The Sleigher: North London trio Girl Raymakes a somber Christmas tune. [WCP]

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

  • Where does Caps player Brooks Orpiklike to dine in D.C.? [Washingtonian]

  • Seven dishes to try before the end of the year, including a poke bowl. [Zagat]

  • Annandale named one of the best U.S. suburbs for food. [Thrillist]

  • Should Chipotle just give up amid food safety concerns? [Eater]

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

  • Plans to move fully constructed homes from their sites near Dupont Circle doesn’t pan out. [UrbanTurf]

  • Special servicer forecloses on office building at 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW. [Bisnow]

  • “420” house parties are all the rage in D.C.’s vaguely regulated legal marijuana market. [UrbanTurf]

  • Ben Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development is still a mess. [Bisnow]

  • Price of two historic alley homes in Capitol Hill drops to $1.82 million. [Curbed DC]

  • And sellers are now asking $2.65 million for a Georgetown mansion. [Curbed DC]

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