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As the D.C. Council meets this morning for its last legislative session of the year, Mayor Muriel Bowser is siding with a rival legislative faction pushing a last-minute, paid-leave amendment supported by pro-business interests (which took out a full-page ad on page B4 of today’s Post.) The 11th hour change to a bill that has been in the works for a year seeks to avoid a new payroll tax and comes from Councilmembers Mary Cheh, who isn’t typically allied with Bowser, and Jack Evans, longtime business community water boy.


  • All that D.C. police body camera footage may be useless because MPD redacts everything important before releasing it. [FOX5]

  • What to do if conspiracy theorists or white supremacists target your business. [WBJ]

  • Borderstan, the hyper local D.C. news site, will cease publication Dec. 23. [Borderstan]

  • Bike advocates are growing impatient over a proposed lane in Shaw. [WAMU]

  • Life after Hoover’s 2.8 million-square-foot FBI building is demolished. [WBJ]

  • Solid gold Canadian coin found in a Maryland Salvation Army bucket. [NBC4]

  • 1986 interview with a homeless D.C. law student still rings true. [WUSA]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Liz Garrigan (tips?

  • CM David Grosso’s inexplicable “emergency” legislation to give up Ward 3’s only unused public school building. [Twitter]

  • Metro sues companies it says were negligent in Metrobus fire two years ago. [Post]

  • Would paid leave help in D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods? [WAMU]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • Watch a new music video from Tarica June. [WCP]

  • D.C.’s DIY music venues are being targeted by “alt-right” trolls. [Washingtonian]

  • African American Museum tickets are still being snatched up within minutes. [Post]

  • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open a location at Bryant Street development. [DCist]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes(tips?

  • The 10 most important restaurant openings in 2016. [Zagat]

  • Roaches and standing water spotted atBarcelona Wine Bar. [Washingtonian]

  • Hen Quarter is now open in Silver Spring. [Eater]

  • Get the basics on all of D.C.’s distilleries. [DC Refined]

  • Pineapple & Pearls named one of the best new restaurants in America. [Thrillist]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips?

  • Boston Properties to redevelop George Washington University sites. [WBJ]

  • Developer of modernized DCPS high school in Southeast sues its architect. [WBJ]

  • What an “Uber room” at a new residential building in Mount Pleasant will do. [UrbanTurf]

  • Trump Organization reportedly pressured Kuwait embassy to book Trump hotel. [TP]

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