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Less than a week after receiving a vote of confidence from D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Yetunde Reeves, the principal of Ballou High School, was removed from her position. Willie Jackson, the principal of Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School, will take over Reeves’ responsibilities as officials investigate how 100 percent of Ballou’s senior class graduated despite many students not meeting attendance standards. At the same time, D.C.’s Graduation Task Force is considering waiving several class requirements, making it easier for students to graduate.


  • Why is controversial conservative Armstrong Williamsinterested in buying City Paper? [Post, Mother Jones]

  • Man arrested for throwing a bicycle on the tracks and lighting a small fire on the platform at the Minnesota Avenue Metro station. [WTOP]

  • Vince Graysupports United Medical Center nurses rallying for raises. [WBJ]

  • D.C. man sentenced to 20 years in prison for beating his 81-year-old mother. [WTOP]

  • $227 million Arlington Memorial Bridge rehab will begin next fall. [Curbed DC]

  • Ride-sharing services are ruining commutes, says local columnist. [Post]

  • Suspicious apartment fire in Southeast critically injures one person, displaces others. [NBC4]

  • Don’t hold your breath, but this week’s cold snap could yield some snow. [Post]


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

  • Baltimore City Council President comes to D.C. to fight for stronger enforcement of gun laws. [WTOP]

  • Proposed Metro board overhaul could result in increased federal funding. [WAMU]

  • Where to attend public meetings on DDOT’s dockless bikeshare experiment. [InTowner]

  • A new website will allow Metro riders to crowdsource on-time performance data. [GGW]

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

  • 75-year-old Georgetown professor John Glavin’s screenwriting class has influenced dozens of comedians and writers. [Post]

  • The Sleigher: Bret Michaels’ take on “Jingle Bells” is straight-up awful. [WCP]

  • A Trump-less Kennedy Center Honors still contained plenty of political jabs. [Post]

  • Check out photos of Priests at 9:30 Club. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Fine dining restaurant, bar, and Champagne lounge opens in Dupont Dec. 26. [WCP]

  • Another Duke’s Grocery is coming in 2018, this time to Foggy Bottom. [Post]

  • Restaurateur Mike Isabellasays this is the busiest year of his life. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to dine near the Renwick Gallery. [Zagat]

  • Now you can get Wendy’sdelivered to your door in D.C. [WTOP]

  • Supreme Court will soon issue a ruling on America’s most controversial cake. [Eater]

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

  • Reacting to Congress’ tax bill, Bowser frees up more affordable housing funds. [NBC4]

  • Here’s how the tax bill could affect local homeowners. [UrbanTurf]

  • Developers say The Wharf is helping projects beyond the waterfront. [Bisnow]

  • A 300-unit residential building might be coming to Navy Yard. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C. residents who want to build alley dwellings face regulatory challenges. [UrbanTurf]

  • The Peace Corps is moving to a 173,000-square-foot office in NoMa. [Bisnow]

  • A refurbished Tudor home in Spring Valley is on the market for $1.3 million. [Curbed DC]

  • See how Farragut Square has changed over the past 130 years. [GGW]

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