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Jurors were quick to rule in favor of Eric Payne. After being railroaded by the District government for exposing fraud, he sued the city for 11 violations of the Whistleblower Protection Act—and won all. His case took years to litigate, during which time he and his family paid dearly for ultimate vindication.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The Supreme Court will hear a gruesome 1984 D.C. gang rape and murder case. [Post]

  • Looks like Trump will try to keep his D.C. hotel, even as president. [Post, WBJ]

  • Metro will investigate why train passings feel like small earthquakes in Petworth. [WTOP]

  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board will now travel often and in style. [Post]

  • Rather than drive drunk, get a free cab ride this holiday season. [Borderstan]

  • And a beer company will make Metro free after midnight on New Year’s Eve. [WBJ]

  • Homeless can paint and sell mugs with a new group called District Mugs. [Borderstan]

  • D.C. students will spend two years restoring a 64-year-old plane. [WUSA]

  • Virginia death row inmate requests firing squad over lethal injection. [NBC4]

  • Vox is wrong to argue that federal jobs should move to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee. [GGW]

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

  • Welcoming the new District schools chief. [Blade]

  • Officials work to bring the homeless in as Arctic air arrives. [Post]

  • D.C. has highest homeless rate among 32 major cities. [WAMU]

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

  • To record his first comedy album, Jeff Simmermon is coming home to D.C. [WCP]

  • Oddiseereturns, will perform at the 9:30 Club in April. [DC Music Download]

  • The music team behind Signature Theatre’s Titanic musical talk about bringing the iconic score to life. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • DC Music Download’s favorite local concert photos of 2016. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Rounding up some of the best eats of 2016. [Washingtonian]

  • Someone finally went on a Jumbo Slice crawl. [Eater]

  • Making punch? M. Carrie Allan finds its best to start with wine. [Post]

  • Food writers weigh in on the highs and lows of 2016. [BYT]

  • Arlington restaurant pulls in a chef from The Partisan. [Arlington Mag]

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

  • Why there isn’t more affordable housing in D.C., even though everyone says there should be. [GGW]

  • Major developments planned for Northeast. [UrbanTurf]

  • Change comes to Brightwood, just south of the Walter Reed site. [Post]

  • Federal Election Commission to occupy long vacant NoMa office building. [WBJ]

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