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It was poised to become one of those stories lost in the holiday madness, a well-reported but not entirely shocking explanation for why D.C. Councilmember Jack Evansis falling all over himself to aid and enrich the digital sign industry. But when a concerned constituent emailed him about it, the councilmember managed to call more attention to it. (And, Jack, say it ain’t so?)

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Due to a D.C. baby boom, parents start paying for daycare while still pregnant. [Post]

  • The Comet Ping Pong gunman pleaded not guilty. [WAMU]

  • Ex-inmates power this new landscaping and moving company. [DCist]

  • A high school for those who dropped out young but now want a path to college. [Post]

  • How employers should interpret the new marijuana laws. [WBJ]

  • Virginia family collects 1,600 pairs of socks for the homeless. [NBC4]

  • The memorial to military women at Arlington is going broke, and may close. [Post]

  • Local makeup art maven helps his mom in her battle with breast cancer. [WUSA]

  • A 5-year-old’s last wish: be the superhero who saves D.C. [FOX5]

  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrates his 50th year as a priest. [NBC4]

  • “When I was 16, I was arrested for first-degree murder.” He got a second chance. [Post]

  • Kidnappers shoved a woman in a van and robbed her in Mount Pleasant. [WTOP]

  • The District Yacht Club went down in flames this morning. [ABC7, Post]

  • Robber trend: Ask for cigarettes, in addition to cash. [Post]

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

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

  • Dear Santa, Metro needs $1 billion. Love, Paul Wiedefeld. [Post]

  • CMs Charles Allen and Robert White get no love from Colby King. [Post]

  • Conservative journalist Charles Hurtnamed new Times opinion editor. [Times]

  • Harry Jaffe: Why isn’t Mayor Muriel Bowser doing more to help the homeless? [NBC4]

  • ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp prevails over DOJ. [The Hill Rag]

  • ICYMI: How D.C. has changed over the decades of Diane Rehm’s show. [WAMU]

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

  • How Signature Theatre created its elaborate Titanic set in its smallish space. [Post]

  • Listen to a new Oddisee track. [NPR Music]

  • Working with soldiers at Walter Reed helped shaped cellist Wytold’s music. [Bandwidth]

  • How 1432 R became the go-to label for modern Ethiopian dance music. [Bandcamp]

  • A new song from GoldLink, Shy Glizzy, and Brent Faiyaz. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Matchbox Food Group decides to slow its growth plan. [WBJ]

  • These bars won’t charge you cover on New Year’s Eve. [Washingtonian]

  • Downtown BID has early numbers about SafeTrack’s impact on restaurants. [PoPville]

  • There are drinks in this town that cost between $20 and $900. [Eater]

  • Yelp is trying to save a Trump restaurant from bad reviews. [Post]

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

  • More than 50,000 square feet of commercial development is slated for Anacostia. [WCP]

  • Redbrick Partners plans major mixed-use project for Poplar Point in Ward 8. [UrbanTurf]

  • The history of Riggs Bank, aka “The Bank of Presidents.” [Atlas Obscura]

  • DDOT: No construction work on District roads and sidewalks during the holidays. [DCist]

  • DC Flippers portrays popular local hobby and premieres on HGTV Jan. 8. [PoPville]

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