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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Federal agents arrest nearly 30 gang members in busts in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. [WUSA9]

  • Georgetown University won’t recognize graduate student union. [Post]

  • Investigators will search Stafford County for remains of Pamela Butler, a D.C. woman murdered in 2009. [WJLA]

  • Police seek suspect who held up a Northeast liquor store with an “AK-47 style gun.” [Post]

  • Residents express annoyance over dockless bikeshare parking at community meeting. [UrbanTurf]

  • Senior citizens ask Bowser for expansion of crowded senior centers. [WJLA]

  • D.C. forensic scientists investigate a new kind of ATM skimmer that allows crooks to steal your card number and PIN. [WTOP]

  • Extermination company Terminix names D.C. the nation’s pest-iest “state.” [WUSA9]

  • And a so-called “rat warrior” wants businesses to remove the waste rats feed on. [WJLA]

  • City Wildlife is currently treating a bald eagle for lead poisoning. [WTOP]

  • D.C. is a destination for urban wildlife. [WAMU]

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

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

  • Councilmembers want more info from developers who request parking subsidies. [GGW]

  • On satisfaction survey on living in the D.C. region, most people are fairly happy. [WAMU]

  • Activists oppose continued federal control of D.C. criminal justice system. [Afro]

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

  • How Ben Bradlee became the face of great journalism, both on screen and in real life. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to watch your favorite holiday movies on the big screen. [WTOP]

  • A look back at one of the most underrated D.C.-set films: Breach. [BYT]

  • The Sleigher: Merry DMXmas, y’all. [WCP]

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

  • Unconventional Diner opens Dec. 18 serving meatloaf and pot pie poppers. [WCP]

  • Merry or miserable: a guide to drinking in D.C. this holiday season. [WCP]

  • Hanukkah restaurant recommendations, including trays of 10 latkes for $10. [Eater]

  • Readers rant to Tom Sietsema about Sweetgreen’s controversial cashless policy. [Post]

  • The annoyingly named G.O.A.T. sports bar opens in Clarendon. [WTOP]

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

  • Sanford Capital, D.C.’s most infamous landlord, sells two Southeast properties. [Bisnow]

  • D.C. could soon implement a law allowing it to purchase affordable housing from landlords. [GGW]

  • Enormous Kalorama townhome with views of Virginia listed for $2.5 million. [Curbed DC]

  • Developer to turn historic apartment building at 3rd and G streets NW into new hotel/apartment hybrid. [UrbanTurf]

  • Editorial: Don’t just feel guilty about D.C. gentrification—do something about it. [Splinter]

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