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Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a $500,000 legal defense fund to help the city’s estimated 25,000 undocumented immigrants. Attorneys and nonprofits will be awarded grants to assist in asylum cases and efforts to obtain permanent U.S. citizenship.


  • Uber will offer ridership data to help city planners. D.C. is the first recipient. [WBJ]

  • A Guam Kingfisher died at the National Zoo. Now only 145 such birds are left. [Post]

  • Inauguration-related road closures begin on Jan. 18. [WBJ]

  • The Washington Monument lights went out again last night. [WUSA]

  • New app will help Washingtonians donate their unwanted stuff to Goodwill. [WTOP]

  • Silver Spring man has announced every inaugural parade since Eisenhower’s, but he’s not invited to announce this one. [ABC7]

  • Petworth dog left out in the cold. [WTOP]

  • D.C.’s federal workers are afraid. [Post]

  • A 22-year-old woman, last seen on Van Ness St., has been missing since Jan. 6. [NBC4]

  • A woman, 23, dies of stab wounds, and the killer is at large. [WTOP]


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

  • Marion Barry’s son led a privileged life, suffered a tragic death. [Washingtonian]

  • Vince Gray visits a rec center, doesn’t like what he sees. [FOX5]

  • Congress plans to block D.C.’s new assisted suicide law. [Times, Post]

  • Memo to federal workers: Jason Chaffetz is coming for your jobs. [Post]

  • Former schools chief Kaya Henderson is now a fashion model. [FOX5]

  • National Park Service threatens to ban e-cigarettes from parks. [WTOP]

  • Mayor Bowser seeks to opt D.C. out of driver’s license law. [DCist]

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

  • Local bands The Young Rapids and The El Mansouris announce breakup, final shows. [DC Music Download]

  • Get lost in the ambient intensity of Black Lodge and EM.G’s “Silencio.” [Bandcamp]

  • The North Countryplans an immersion experience to showcase new music. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Restaurants want both to take a stand and to avoid alienating Trump voters. [Post]

  • Get bonus days of the Stranger Things pop-up on 7th Street NW. [Washingtonian]

  • The best winter CSAs in D.C. [DCist]

  • Ten new brunches to get on your radar. [Zagat]

  • Warren Rojas is the new editor of Eater D.C. [Eater]

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

  • How low-income housing tax credits help produce affordable housing in D.C. [GGW]

  • Collegiate athletic directors book D.C. Trump hotel for influence-gaining gala. [Post]

  • A Logan Circle property slated for redevelopment sells above asking price. [UrbanTurf]

  • Georgetown mansion built in 1875 lists for $8.95 million. It has a pool. [Curbed DC]

  • More on the proposed redevelopment of D.C.’s RFK Memorial Stadium site. [WAMU]

  • HUD Secretary Julian Castro talks about the impacts Ben Carson could have. [NPR]

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