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Thousands of line cooks work in D.C. restaurants every day. But while the city’s chefs receive acclaim from national publications, the people who cook the food struggle to make a living. They often work through injuries and illnesses, face high insurance payments, are shouted at and criticized in the kitchen, and lack vacation time. Many of them are in it for the love of cooking.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Senators declare Metro’s inspector general “not sufficiently independent.” [Post]

  • Policy that prevents corrections officers from asking inmates about their immigration status could violate federal law, according to Justice Department. [WTOP]

  • Police seek suspects who shot man while he was driving near 42nd and East Capitol streets NE early Wednesday. [WUSA9]

  • Winter is coming and Dulles Airport just had a snow drill to prepare. [WJLA]

  • 18 Woodson football players will miss the Turkey Bowl after on-field fight. [WTOP]

  • Nats pitcher Max Scherzer wins his second consecutive Cy Young Award. [Fox5]

  • Metro’s unlimited passes need an overhaul. [GGW]

  • Potential jurors in Inauguration Day riot trial are asked their opinions of President Trump. [Post]

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

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

  • Greater Washington Board of Trade taps New Yorker Jack McDougle as CEO. [WBJ]

  • D.C. officials offer little information about new United Medical Center operator. [Post]

  • Healthcare finance director Wayne Turnage discusses challenges an operator will face. [WAMU]

  • Black and Jewish residents of Ward 6 come together to condemn gun violence. [Afro]

  • While Ward 7 nonprofits unite to promote wholistic living through art. [Afro]

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

  • Listen to a new record from local thrash-metal band Red Death. [Revolver]

  • The Capital Fringe Festival temporarily moves to the Southwest Waterfront next summer. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • What to expect inside the Museum of the Bible. [WAMU]

  • Film review: Justice League is bad. [WCP]

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

  • The Sovereign is your source for genever all winter long. [WCP]

  • Getting bored at your regular bar? Visit these spots that offer booze and games. [Post]

  • Maybe your next group outing should involve alcohol and axes. [Washingtonian]

  • Area chefs give out their go-to turkey tips. [WTOP]

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches for the upper crust. [DC Refined]

  • Papa John’s apologizes in dramatic fashion. [Eater]

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

  • Families navigating D.C.’s shelter system encounter significant obstacles. [Street Sense]

  • Expungement fair helps citizens get their criminal records sealed. [Street Sense]

  • House’s tax proposal would negatively impact D.C.’s affordable housing plans. [Post]

  • Councilmembers propose bill that would tighten rent control for certain units. [UrbanTurf]

  • What should D.C. do with all its ‘80s and ‘90s office buildings? [GGW]

  • Capital City Real Estate moves ahead with plans for Buzzard Point condos. [WBJ]

  • Rent in Chinatown, Brookland, and Dupont for $3,200 a month. [Curbed DC]

  • Custom built house in 16th Street Heights on sale for $2.3 million. [Curbed DC]

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