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When all was said and done, a total of 2.4 inches of snow fell in D.C. during this weekend’s snowstorm. That was enough, however, to excite residents and give the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency an excuse to pat itself on the back for its cleanup efforts. Even the pandas at the National Zoo enjoyed rolling around in the fresh powder. The snow wasn’t good for everyone, however: A driver lost control of his car during the storm and smashed into a house on 15th Place SE.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Federal judge allows Metro to reject Archdiocese of Washington’s Christmas ad. [WTOP]

  • Shuttle bus driver shot to death at former Walter Reed campus. [WUSA9, Post]

  • Stray bullet hits ambulance in Southeast D.C., but no one was injured. [WUSA9]

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton proposes subtly changing Rock Creek Park’s name to Rock Creek National Park. [WTOP]

  • To improve Ballou High, education writer suggests clearing it out and starting over. [Post]

  • Armed robber enters McDonald’s on Georgia Avenue NW through drive-thru window, escapes with cash. [WJLA]

  • Another pair of armed robbers held up Annie’s Ace Hardware in Petworth. [FOX5]

  • GW students will investigate university’s ties to slavery in a course this spring. [Post]

  • Will these transportation initiatives change life in D.C.? Probably not. [Washingtonian]

  • The Washington Football Team loses again, this time to the L.A. Chargers. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • But Georgetown men’s basketball team remains undefeated. [WTOP]

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

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

  • Pioneering black reporter Simeon Bookerdies at age 99. [WAMU]

  • Mendelson says Council is eyeing sensitivity training for employees. [The District Now]

  • Editorial: Takeover of Washington Gas is a bad deal for ratepayers. [Intowner]

  • Moten Elementary School gets a visit from former White House photog. [Post]

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

  • This Georgetown law firm hired artist Gabriel Dawe to channel the Renwick Gallery’s Wonderexhibition in its offices. [Washingtonian]

  • CriticPhilip Kennicott reflects on five of the best art exhibitions he saw this year. [Post]

  • The region’s 10 best theater productions of 2017, according to Nelson Pressley. [Post]

  • Listen to Dove Lady’s new EP, E. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Drum roll, please, for the most popular cocktail in D.C. [WCP]

  • Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop is now open in Petworth. [PoPville]

  • At these parties, you can ring in the new year for $50 or less. [Post]

  • Give the gift of booze this holiday season. [DC Refined]

  • Where to enjoy a feast of the seven fishes if you don’t feel like cooking. [Washingtonian]

  • Mario Batali is the latest big-name chef to face sexual harassment allegations. [Eater]

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

  • To keep older millennials in the city, D.C. encourages developers to build more “missing middle” housing. [Post]

  • Homes are selling the fastest in Crestwood and North Cleveland Park. [UrbanTurf]

  • Historic preservation board grants Fannie Mae HQ landmark status. [Current]

  • What are the year’s best new buildings? [Curbed DC]

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