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Chaos reigns inside Metro Police Department’s Fraternal Order of Police, where 850 members—or about a quarter of total membership—have signed a petition to recall chairman Matthew Mahl. Experts say it doesn’t bode well for the department or District residents.


  • Labor Department takes action against federal contractors owing back pay to food service workers at the Senate cafeteria and other federal agencies. [Post]

  • House GOP enables lawmakers to cut individual federal workers pay to $1. [Post]

  • Listen to this recording of the mysterious Petworth rumble. Is Metro to blame? [Post]

  • Why has only one college signed on to Metro’s discount student pass program? [GGW]

  • Two Metro workers were hurt while making track repairs. [WTOP]

  • Another Metro worker fell 35 feet down an elevator shaft. [Post]

  • POSSE Foundation awards 17 D.C. public school students a full ride to college. [WJLA]

  • Police video shows man police killed Dec. 25 had a knife. [Post, FOX5, NBC4]

  • Police chase from D.C. to Va. ends in crash, and a girl found in suspect’s car. [FOX5]


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

  • Ivanka’s NW pad was owned by Latvian-born financier with ties to Russian opposition leader. And a Washington fur heiress. [New York Times]

  • D.C. applies criminal penalties for tampering with GPS monitors. [Times, Post]

  • Yes, you can opt out of the Capital Bikeshare arbitration clause. [Public Justice]

  • No, you can’t raise money for your elementary school by letting people park their cars there on Inauguration Day. [NBC4]

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

  • Months after its opening, African American Museum tickets are still tough to get. [Post]

  • Blind Whino to host “Thanks, Obama” event. [DCist]

  • Wale’s got a new anti-Trump song with Phil Ade. [Washingtonian]

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

  • What being designated a historic district means for Union Market. [NYT]

  • Michael Schlow’s restaurants hire Alex Levin as pastry chef. [Washingtonian]

  • Michelin-starred chef will run the kitchen in the formerPanache space. [WBJ]

  • The eight best bars that opened in 2016. [Post]

  • Spend your winter Restaurant Week dollars here. [Zagat]

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

  • Architect talks recent renovations to Ivanka Trump’s future Kalorama residence. [WBJ]

  • The District submits glassy designs for a family homeless shelter in Ward 6. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C. officials have also advanced plans for a family homeless shelter in Ward 5. [Twitter]

  • A smart-growther’s guide to discussing urban “density” in a jurisdiction like D.C. [GGW]

  • Developers want to build a marina on the Anacostia as part of a future project. [WBJ]

  • How much will Donald Trump shape the relocation of the FBI’s headquarters? [Bisnow]

  • What industry analyst are saying about the city’s real estate market. [Construction Dive]

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