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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.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • 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]

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

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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