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

In order for D.C. to become a state, the Constitution has to be amended, the District has to petition Congress for admission to the union, or Congress has to pass a bill granting D.C. statehood. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has recruited 141 co-sponsors for her statehood bill in the House of Representatives, but organizers are now turning their attention to places beyond D.C., hoping to explain to elected officials and their constituents why D.C. should become a state.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • United Medical Center will permanently close its obstetrics ward. [WBJ, Post]

  • Officials and activists debate building a new prison for D.C. inmates. [Post]

  • Upset over tax issue, D.C. pulls support from Metro funding proposal. [WAMU]

  • Introducing NoMa’s Swampoodle Park, named after a former neighborhood moniker. [WBJ]

  • No, the Washington Football Team did not change its name to the Washington Redhawks. [WJLA]

  • Why is the Newseum still selling Al Franken’s book? [Washingtonian]

  • Bad karma: Suspects who robbed a CityCenterDC store arrived and departed in a church van. [NBC Washington]

  • Parents and caretakers want Metro to reconsider its stroller policy on buses. [FOX5]

  • Woman charged with voyeurism after sharing video of teen undressing in a school bathroom on Snapchat. [WJLA]

  • Due to dominance of Uber and Lyft, airport authority votes to decrease the number of cabs at Dulles. [WJLA]

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

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

  • Judiciary Committee approves public financing of political campaigns. [WAMU]

  • Judge says D.C. officials mishandled the Medicaid contract process. [Post]  

  • Transit authority to test machines intended to detect suicide vests. [FOX5]

  • Tom Sherwood is leaving NBC Washington but he’ll still co-host WAMU’s Politics Hour. [Washingtonian]

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

  • The Sleigher: Cheap Trick takes on the modern classic “I Wish It Was Christmas Today.” [WCP]

  • The life and mysterious death of Beefeater’sFred “Freak” Smith. [NPR Music]

  • Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club will postpone a stage version ofThe Wire after David Simon called to complain. [Washingtonian]

  • The new Star Wars movie is one of the beloved franchise’s best. [WCP]

  • Producer Cameron Mackintosh remembers Les Misérables’ U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Meet the servers who have worked at the same restaurant for decades. [WCP]

  • When it’s this cold outside, you must eat soup. [Post]

  • A Grinch-themed pop-up bar is now open inside Town Tavern. [Washingtonian]

  • Goodbye Bruegger’s Bagels, you were average but appreciated. [WBJ]

  • D.C. food writers recap 2017 with rants and raves. [BYT]

  • Get Korean fried chicken in Adams Morgan starting Friday. [PoPville]

  • The District’s inaugural Wawa opens downtown today. Get an early look inside. [WBJ]

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

  • Developers plan hotels, residences, and retail at long-untapped Brookland site. [Bisnow]

  • D.C. lawmakers consider creating a task force on office-to-residential flips. [Street Sense]

  • Neighbors continue to oppose Shakespeare Theatre Company project in Southwest. [Curbed DC]

  • The top 10 most important D.C. real estate stories in 2017, ranked. [Bisnow]

  • LGBTQ nonprofit and technology firm collaborate on website that connects homeless D.C. youth with resources. [Street Sense]

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