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Residences of 777 7th Street NW claim they can hear music played by buskers at 7th and H Streets NW in their apartments several stories above street level. Office workers in Farragut Square say buskers’ music is so loud it can give them headaches. At a roundtable meeting, the concerned parties asked sympathetic councilmembers for new ordinances that would force the musicians to quiet down, and the councilmembers just might give them what they want.


  • Another snow event could bring flakes to D.C. this afternoon. [WJLA]

  • The Downtown BID’s vision for D.C. in 2017 involves streetcars and a lot of parks. [WBJ]

  • Unoccupied D.C. Department of Public Works vehicle crashes into woman in front of the Warner Theatre. She is expected to be OK. [WTOP]

  • Department of Health removes forensic psychologist who mistakenly received a license. [Post]

  • Party harder: Metro will stay open until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. [WUSA9]

  • Twenty-four more Metro stations now have free wi-fi. [WUSA9]

  • And Metro will soon reveal whether its trains are really shaking houses. [WTOP]

  • New mom and Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau brings a breast pump to the dais for the first time. [Post]

  • Closing arguments in the Inauguration protest trial continue today. [WTOP]

  • 8-year-old student poet begs Trump to stop tweeting in English and Spanish. [NBC Washington]

  • Barack Obamabrings holiday cheer to kids at a Northeast Boys & Girls Club. [Post]


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

  • D.C. Council hosts public meeting on Ballou grading controversy. [NBC Washington]

  • Parents call tipline with reports of grade manipulation at J.O. Wilson Elementary. [ABC7]

  • Metro’s current Red Line issues resemble defects that led to the 2009 Fort Totten collision. [Post]

  • ICYMI: Sherwoodon Ballou and whether David Grosso should run for mayor. [Current]

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

  • The Sleigher: Check out the DC Improvisers Collective’s jazzy jam, “Mall Santa’s on Break.” [WCP]

  • Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep,and Tom Hanks attend The Post ’s premiere at The Newseum. [Post]

  • Betsy Wright talks about her new hard rock band, Bat Fangs. [DC Music Download]

  • Turtle Island String Quartet, Michael Bowie, and other jazz shows to check out this week. [Washingtonian]

  • D.C. hardcore bands Closet Christ and Kombatplay their final shows tonight at The Pinch. [Post]

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

  • CIRCAwill close in Dupont on Dec. 31 but more locations are planned for D.C. [WCP]

  • Abuse pervades the restaurant industry, and it extends beyond celebrity chefs. [NPR]

  • Get ready to try traditional Tex-Mex in Truxton Circle. [Washingtonian]

  • Brescagets two and a half stars from Tom Sietsema. [Post]

  • Spike Mendelsohn will feed the masses at Springfield, Va. sports complex. [WBJ]

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

  • Housing Complex links will return on Dec. 18.

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