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Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church, a longtime presence on gentrifying H Street, entered a space-sharing partnership with a new and growing congregation in an effort to preserve its space as the neighborhood changed. But after that partnership went sour, Douglas is back to the drawing board.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Local rapper Big Lyl is shot to death inside his Maryland home. [NBC4]

  • R&B artist Trey Songz claims he was ejected from MGM National Harbor. [Post]

  • American University will remove a statue of man convicted of killing FBI agents. [WJLA]

  • Neither the artist behind the statue nor the son of its subject is pleased. [WUSA]

  • Homicide count down in D.C. but up in some suburban counties in 2016. [Times]

  • The National Portrait Gallery hosts a pop-up children’s exhibit while philanthropists plan a full children’s museum in Fort Totten. [WBJ]

  • Marijuana advocates plan to hand out 4,200 joints on inauguration day. [WTOP]

  • Anonymous 911 caller reports abandoned truck full of ATMs in Southeast D.C. [WTOP]

  • An inmate at D.C. jail dies of an apparent suicide inside his cell. [Post]

  • Man dies after falling down a 10-story boiler shaft at the Dupont Circle Hotel. [WTOP]

  • Baggage handler arrives at Dulles trapped in plane’s cargo hold. [FOX5, Post]

  • Man who believes police are pursuing him hits several cars and light pole. [NBC4]

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

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Liz Garrigan (tips? lgarrigan@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Kojo and Post reporter Aaron Davis discuss flawed criminal justice system. [WAMU]

  • After shooting, NE ANC rep encourages neighbors to get involved. [WTOP]

  • Band at historically black Alabama college will perform at inauguration. [NBC4]

  • D.C. Councilmembers are sworn in, legislative session begins. [D.C. Council]

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

  • With a grammy nomination under her belt and new music out, Carolyn Malachi is ready for commercial success. [WCP]

  • How Amanda Kleinman of Heavy Breathing has been dealing with Pizzagate trolls: Tattling on their mothers. [Post]

  • Listen to a new EP from Jonny Grave. [DC Music Download]

  • The most memorable moments of 2016 on D.C.’s theater stages. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Check out DC Music Download’s favorite local songs of 2017. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Five Post employees, including critic Tom Sietsema, tackle different diets. [Post]

  • Highlights and awkward moments in D.C. dining 2016. [Washingtonian]

  • Food experts deliver tongue-in-cheek headline predictions for 2017. [Eater]

  • Get a look at Bethesda’s bagel menorah. [Bethesda Beat]

  • Why America’s restaurant industry bubble is about to burst. [Thrillist]

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

  • An ignoble distinction: D.C. has 124 homeless people for every 10,000 residents. [NYT]

  • A man was found dead in Franklin Square, a popular location for the homeless. [Post]

  • More on MLK Gateway, a significant commercial project planned for Anacostia. [WAMU]

  • The District’s booming population appears to be cooling, but hasn’t stopped still. [Post]

  • Predictions for D.C.’s real estate market in 2017. (Hint: even higher prices!) [Curbed DC]

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