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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.


  • 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]


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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