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  • Mystery: A violin case full of weapons found in a boathouse on the Potomac. [Fox5]

  • Five people under age 22 have been arrested in an MS-13 gang murder in Md. [AP, Post]

  • With two weeks left before inauguration, activists say feds are stonewalling demonstration permit requests. [Post]

  • Group wins protest permit after threatening to take Park Service to court. [WAMU]

  • Local contractors say they have not been paid for work on Trump’s hotel. [Post]

  • SafeTrack is on break until February but expect some weekend delays. [WAMU]

  • Gentrifying Ward 4 may get two new middle schools. [Post]

  • Va.’s lieutenant governor wants to give low-income women and girls free IUDs. [NBC4]

  • The business of inaugural balls, explained. [WBJ]

  • More “snow” might fall on Saturday. [Post]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips?

  • District andAG Karl Racine chided for treatment of whistleblower Eric Payne. [Post]

  • More contractor ankle biting over Trump’s D.C. hotel. [DCist]

  • Deb Simmons counsels the Congressional Black Caucus on inclusiveness. [Times]

  • Feds raid Prince George’s Liquor Board. [WJLA]

  • Obama, on how presidents can shape criminal justice reform. [Harvard Law Review]

ARTS LINKS, byMatt Cohen (tips?

  • Where to catch the Women in E after Ragnar Kjartansson’s Hirshhorn exhibition closes. [Post]

  • Yes, Trap Yoga is a thing that happens in the District. [DC Music Download]

  • Friends and family of slain actor and yoga instructor Tricia McCauley create memorial fund in her honor. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Jazz plans for the weekend. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • The most exciting forthcoming cheap eats restaurants. [Post]

  • A $465 Trump Tour of Washington includes RPM Italian. [WBJ]

  • Want a cocktail at Trump’s hotel? That’ll be at least $24. [Washingtonian]

  • Rosslyn gets a new restaurant serving Irish and Belgian food. [Arlington Mag]

  • The battle between fake meat and real meat. [Thrillist]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips?

  • Proposed facilities at the RFK Memorial stadium site will cost half a billion dollars. [Post]

  • A gas station at a historic Dupont Circle site slated for redevelopment has closed. [WCP]

  • Smart-growthers and NIMBYs find common ground over a planned parking deck. [GGW]

  • A homeless man found dead in Franklin Square on Monday has been identified. [Post]

  • A local architect argues for converting abandoned offices into affordable housing. [GGW]

  • New transitional housing for homeless LGBTQ youth debuts today in Northeast. [Blade]

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