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To pay contracts and cover the gap left by decreasing admissions, United Medical Center, the city’s only hospital east of the Anacostia River, needs $17.1 million in subsidies from the D.C. government. The largest portion, $7.5 million, will go to the George Washington Medical Faculty Associates to run the UMC emergency room, and an additional $4 million will go to providing back pay for nurses. This isn’t the first time the hospital has relied on city funding: Between 2007 and 2014, United Medical Center received $169 million in subsidies from the District.


  • Pennsylvania Avenue is the 6th-most expensive office addresses in the U.S. [WTOP]

  • After two weeks of closures, another Red Line problem causes further delays. [NBC Washington]

  • Body of woman missing since Thanksgiving found in Northeast D.C. alley. [WUSA9]

  • Bundle up: Single-digit wind chills are expected throughout the region today. [NBC Washington]

  • As Inauguration protest trial winds down, character witnesses describe defendants as peaceful and nonviolent. [Post]

  • Construction of new National Airport terminal will bring more traffic, delays. [NBC Washington]

  • Those empty-looking buildings in your neighborhood might be camouflaged Pepco substations. [WTOP]

  • After knee procedure, John Wall might return to the Wizards’ lineup this week. [Post]

  • The lock that kicked off the Watergate investigation is up for auction, with a starting bid of $50,000. [Washingtonian]


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

  • Bowser has raised $1.4 million for reelection bid, most of it from individuals. [Post]

  • Improved PR and rising fees mark the legacy of DC Water’s George Hawkins. [WAMU]

  • D.C. area commuter transit patterns, mapped: [GGW]

  • Jumbotron near Capitol features DREAMers who received DACA aid. [NBC Washington]

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

  • Listen to Arts Editor Matt Cohen discuss D.C.’s DIY arts spaces with Jamal Gray and Janel Leppinon The Kojo Nnamdi Show. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

  • A stage version of The Wire is scheduled to come to the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, but no one toldDavid Simon. [Washingtonian]

  • John Kanderto receive Signature Theatre’s 2018 Stephen Sondheim Award. [Post]

  • Local artistLA Johnson presents new traveling art gallery Neon Cat at Cherry Blossom Creative. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Outback Steakhouse or Applebee’s: Tom Sietsema ranks the nation’s top 10 sit-down chain restaurants. [Post]

  • Coffee couldn’t be more complicated at this cafe imported from New York. [Washingtonian]

  • The Front Page will close in Ballston on Dec. 31. [Eater]

  • Craft beer predictions for 2018, including the rise of sour beers and beers that go great with food. [WTOP]

  • Only three of six restaurants will be ready when The LINE DC Hotel opens Jan. 1. [Post]

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

  • With government leasing down, overall commercial leasing in D.C. decreases. [Bisnow]

  • The planned Temple Courts redevelopment is a win for its former tenants. [GGW]

  • 10.4 million square feet of development broke ground in D.C. this year. [UrbanTurf]

  • Since 2012, Douglas Development and JBG Smith have been D.C.’s “most active” developers. [WDCEP]

  • An 11-unit pop-up project is planned for 12th Street NE in Brookland. [The Brookland Bridge]

  • Cities across the country sell homes for cheap to kickstart redevelopment. [GGW]

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