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That the Washington Post isn’t keen on publishing pieces that openly criticize its actions should come as no big surprise. But the rejection of two recent op-eds that point fingers directly at the Postand how it has dealt with labor unions makes it clear that current management has no interest in sharing those opinions with readers. As owner Jeff Bezos considers slashing his employees’ benefits, perhaps, as one Post columnist recently lamented, it’s time to “bring back the ombudsman!”

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  • After New York terror attack, D.C. law enforcement officials advise residents to stay alert. [WTOP]

  • To prepare for the presidential inauguration, D.C. Police spent $300,000 on smoke bombs and other forms of “less-lethal” munitions. [DCist]

  • Pepco says it has spent $658 million to prepare for winter weather. [WUSA9]

  • A new map shows where in D.C. it’s easiest to get around without your own car. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • Office of Police Complaints annual report shows that officers only turn on body cameras two-thirds of the time. [WTOP]

  • One suggestion to bring back Metro riders: Make rail-to-bus transfers cheaper. [GGW]

  • During eviction of Speedy Tax Service, U.S. Marshals left boxes of sensitive information in public view on 8th St. NE. [Fox5]

  • Five American University students are suspected to have the mumps, according to DOH. [WTOP]

  • And in a new hospital safety ranking, D.C. comes in last in the nation. [NBC4]

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

  • Providence Hospital shut down its maternity ward two weeks ago but many patients still don’t know. [WAMU]

  • According to new budget, Metro service cuts will remain in place. [WUSA9]

  • Tom Sherwood reflects on Carol Schwartz, who has published an autobiography. [NBC4]

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

  • The Hirshhorn welcomed its one millionth visitor of 2017 yesterday. [WCP]

  • After 17 years of deliberation, officials will finally break ground on the Eisenhower Memorial on Thursday. [Post]

  • For local saxophonist Herb Scott, jazz and politics go hand-in-hand. [DCist]

  • Listen to a longform drone composition from local sound artists Jax Delucaand Phong Tran. [WCP]

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

  • Restaurants and bars really want you to post Instagram photos of their food. [WCP]

  • Old Ebbitt Grill is the 5th highest grossing independent restaurant in the country. [Washingtonian]

  • Check out local restaurant workers’ Halloween costumes. [Eater]

  • Researchers dug through trash and found out we’re not eating leftovers anymore. [Post]

  • A new bill would let customers buy hard liquor at Montgomery County grocery stores. [Bethesda Mag]

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

  • Attorney GeneralKarl Racineexplains his fight for protect affordable housing. [GGW]

  • The rules for smoking marijuana in a rented property are hazy. [NBC4]

  • Median home sale price in American University Park declined in 2017. [UrbanTurf]

  • TripAdvisor names Foggy Bottom’s Hotel Hive the country’s “best value hotel.” [WBJ]

  • Renovated Cleveland Park home sold for $2.85 million in 2016 is now listed at $5.795 million. [Curbed DC]

  • D.C. councilmembers will hold housing roundtable in Ward 8 next Wednesday. [D.C. Council]

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