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

An emergency room technician at United Medical Center in Southeast D.C. is under arrest after a patient accused him of sexually assaulting her while receiving treatment. D.C. police are looking to speak with anyone who has information on this crime or similar incidents.


  • Maps of the traffic problems MGM National Harbor casino will cause. [Post]

  • Should we start with the gun or the lies? Putting Pizzagate in context. [New Yorker]

  • A for-profit Virginia college closes; thousands are eligible for loan forgiveness. [Post]

  • Another independent retailer bites the dust in Georgetown. [WBJ]

  • How to make friends in D.C.: Deck the lawn in holiday lights. [Borderstan]

  • It’s Pearl Harbor Day. Memories of D.C. on the “date which will live in infamy.” [WUSA]

  • Lobbyist ups reward for clues in the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. [NBC4]

  • District rents declined for two months in a row this fall. [Post]

  • A D.C. woman was housebound for seven months because Kamko Medical refused to fix her broken wheelchair. [NBC4]


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

  • Bowser says Trump “supportive” of D.C., but statehood’s open question. [Post, Times]

  • Paid leave advances despite some D.C. Council division. [WAMU, Post, Times]

  • Dissenting CM Jack Evans’ “alternate headline” for the generous bill’s passage. [Twitter]

  • Group challenges lack of protest access to inaugural spaces as “unconstitutional.” [AP]

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

  • Listen to a new song by The El Mansouris. [Stereogum]

  • Damaged City Fest announces 2017 dates, unveils first round of bands. [DC Music Download]

  • PJ Harvey’s new album, which included a bunch of songs about D.C. that everyone had Serious Thoughts about, got a Grammy nomination. [Washingtonian]

  • Verses Records releases international compilation to benefit the ACLU. [WCP]

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

  • Did Comet Ping Pong’s inherent weirdness make it a target? [Slate]

  • Cheap cocktails coming to H Street from the DGS Delicatessen team. [Washingtonian]

  • But if you need cheap cocktails now, head here. [Post]

  • The most important upcoming winter restaurant openings. [Eater]

  • Where to head for D.C. dining on a budget. [DCist]

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

  • The District and Apple plan for the latter’s move into the historic Carnegie Library. [WBJ]

  • Ongoing court case prevents demolition work at the McMillan Sand Filtration site. [DCist]

  • More on the delay of a mixed-use project at a gas station. [Greater Greater Washington]

  • New project is latest in development advancing farther east along Benning Road. [WCP]

  • The District nabes where homes sold for higher than asking prices this year. [UrbanTurf]

  • What housing experts say about Trump’s nomination of Ben Carson to HUD. [Next City]

  • D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), explained. [UrbanTurf]

  • Did you know the District has its very own Spanish Steps? [Curbed DC]

  • Lawmakers will review D.C. mayor’s proposed homeless shelter reforms in 2017. [WCP]

  • What two apartment buildings at Southwest’s Wharf development will look like. [WTOP]

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