A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

The National Park Service has not yet granted any “First Amendment Permits” on federal lands for inauguration weekend, so the Women’s March on Washington has applied for a permit through the city. Plans have yet to be finalized.


  • Man is charged in Thanksgiving weekend murder of teen girl. [NBC4]

  • Montgomery County opens a new homeless shelter. [NBC4]

  • Obama gives civilian federal employees a 2.1% raise after a long pay freeze. [NBC4]

  • Howard University Hospital posts $21.3 million in profits this year. [WBJ]

  • She will install a cannabis garden in your home. [Post]

  • Arlington County will debate introducing Airbnb regulations. [WAMU]

  • Faulty furnace puts three in the hospital with carbon monoxide exposure. [ABC7]

  • New D.C. life coach subspecialty: getting retirees to stop working. [Washingtonian]

  • Fraternity brothers, post-college, keep strong partnership with men’s shelter. [WUSA]

  • Man found killed in a jaguar outside the western edge of Rock Creek Park. [Post, WTOP]

  • A controversial letter to Maryland on the history and purpose of cash bail. [Post]


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

  • Good question: Is Bowser losing control of her city? [Post]

  • Could a partnership with Uber boost Metro’s declining ridership numbers? [WAMU]

  • How murder convict Brian Ferguson became a mayoral appointee. [Post]

  • A D.C. Council bill would protect prospective tenants with criminal backgrounds. [Post]

  • Nothing says peace and love like a semi-automatic under the tree. [WTOP]

  • INYMI, CM-elect Vince Grayconvened gathering of Ward 7 residents. Said one, “We shouldn’t have to go across the river to get nice things.” [Afro]

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

  • How Mt. Pleasant’s Suns Cinema is finding its niche in the local film scene. [DCist]

  • For a day, the International Spy Museum transformed into a museum for people with autism. [WTOP, Post]

  • Read a Q+A with local comedian Natalie McGill. [Borderstan]

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

  • Americans say they love ethnic food but treat it as inferior. [Post]

  • Prepare for the Farmers & Distillers opening. [Eater]

  • Columbia Heights loses a donut shop. [PoPville]

  • Where to eat when you’re on jury duty. [DC Refined]

  • Head here to drink by a fire. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Tech giant Apple plans to open a flagship store in D.C.’s historic Carnegie Library. [WCP]

  • Proposed law would make it harder for D.C. landlords to weigh criminal histories. [Post]

  • Alumni of D.C. fraternity host football-watching events for city’s homeless men. [WUSA9]

  • Talking last week’s McMillan court decision on The Kojo Nnamdi Show today. [WAMU]

  • H Street NE shouldn’t be considered “emerging or up and coming” anymore. [UrbanTurf]

  • Local urbanism blog gets a new website. [GGW]

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