A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Five days before the District unveiled a splashy proposal to court Amazon’s new headquarters, a top city planning official withheld key information about where it could go from nearly 30 Hill East residents who had gathered to discuss the future of their neighborhood. The District subsequently featured part of Reservation 13—a 67-acre site that includes several municipal buildings and the former D.C. General Hospital and has been the subject of planning talks for more than a decade—as one of four prospective sites in its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • DNAinfo and Gothamist CEO Joe Ricketts suddenly shuts down DCist and its sister sites around the country. [Post, Washingtonian, WBJ]

  • Washington Blade owner will launch a new weekly paper in Baltimore. [Washingtonian]

  • United Medical Center staff left major details out of report on nursing home patient’s death. [Post]

  • Premature birth rates rise in D.C. and Virginia, according to new March of Dimes report. [WAMU]

  • Second person arrested for setting a pregnant woman on fire in September. [NBC4]

  • 14-year-old boy arrested in connection with last month’s series of taxi robberies. [Post]  

  • Citing safety concerns, Ronald Reagan Building won’t host white nationalist-organized conference. [Post]

  • Caps star Alex Ovechkin pledges support for Putin, claims “It’s not about political stuff.” [WTOP]

  • DDOT gives Metropolitan Branch Trail extension to Fort Totten Metro the go-ahead. [NBC4]

  • This Metro timelapse video will make you wish trains actually ran this fast. [GGW]

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

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

  • Trayon White releases action plan to confront increase in Ward 8 homicides. [Afro]

  • I-Team exposes Clean Rivers fees, putting D.C. Water Board on the hotseat. [NBC4]

  • ICYMI: D.C. officials went out to test green infrastructure. [Current]

  • Simmons: D.C. doesn’t need a public hospital. [Times]

  • Metro begs for more funding from local governments. [NBC4]

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

  • With bold directorial vision, Jason Moran is turning the Kennedy Center’s jazz programing into performance art. [Post]

  • Murals DC turns 10, plans 11 new projects citywide. [WUSA9]

  • DMV rapperIDKgets personal on his debut album, IWASVERYBAD. [WCP]

  • Linling Lucontinues to explore colorful circles in her latest exhibition at Hemphill Fine Arts. [WCP]

  • Science and spirituality coincide in D.C. lawyer’s new children’s poetry book. [Afro]

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

  • Think Local First announces finalists for the first ever Local First Awards. [WCP]

  • Ted’s Bulletin splits with troubled Matchbox Food Group, finds new owner. [Washingtonian]

  • D.C. gets four new coffee shops this month and even more next year. [Eater]

  • Buyers purchased $5.4 million in wine the district’s first auction in a decade. [WBJ]

  • Where and how to eat if you only have one day to dine in D.C. [Zagat]

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

  • Neighbors express concerns about stage two of The Wharf’s development. [WBJ]

  • Some cities, including D.C., halt evictions during cold weather and rain. [CityLab]

  • Planned Poplar Point redevelopment gets a more pedestrian-friendly design. [UrbanTurf]

  • New GW School of Business study names D.C. America’s second-most walkable metropolitan area. [Post]

  • Politics and Prose is expanding its Chevy Chase flagship store. [Curbed DC]

  • Check out new renderings of the renovated Georgetown Canal project. [UrbanTurf]

  • Video: why housing availability is like a game of musical chairs. [GGW]

  • Editorial: A new exit at NoMa/Gallaudet Metro station will better connect it to Union Market. [GGW]

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