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A deal to redevelop U Street’s historic Grimke School has collapsed two years after the city awarded the contracts. The developers say the costs of rehabilitating an old building and filling it with a significant number of subsidized tenants is too high. Neighbors have been outraged over extensive construction delays.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Cellular service is now available in 1.1 out of 49.9 miles of Metro tunnels. [Post]

  • Two nooses were found last week at a D.C. construction site. A worker was fired. [Post]

  • A look into the life and mind of the Comet Ping Pong gunman. [Post]

  • Businesses nearby Comet Ping Pong suffer threats and profit losses, too. [WAMU]

  • Meanwhile, community members are coming out to support the loved pizzeria. [WUSA]

  • A major Jewish organization will host a Hanukkah party at Trump’s D.C. hotel. [Post]

  • Martha’s Table expands free food markets in D.C.’s largest food desert. [WTOP]

  • D.C.’s first automated parking garage opened 65 years ago this week. [WTOP]

  • Bei Bei the toddler panda is greeting zoo visitors after recovering from surgery. [NBC4]

  • The iPhone thief covered her mouth, so she bit his hand. [Borderstan]

  • GW resident advisors want to unionize. [GW Hatchet]

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

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser will meet President-elect Trump today in New York. [Post, Times]

  • City administrator Rashad Young testifies about DGS contracts controversy. [Post]

  • D.C. Council votes today on paid leave. [Times]

  • Infighting within Metro’s union. [WTOP]

  • Aside: CM Elissa Silverman is a Guns N’ Roses fan. [Twitter]

  • ICYMI: Colby King disembowels D.C. Council as “laboratory for the left.” [Post]

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

  • Supporters plan a “Stand With Comet” event on Friday. [DC Music Download]

  • Pure Disgust’s self-titled debut is one of the year’s best albums. [NPR Music]

  • At Hemphill Fine Arts, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi‘s paintings consume and awe. [WCP]

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

  • Under-the-radar D.C. chefs you should know. [Zagat]

  • Are customers willing to pay more at Glen’s Garden Market? [Post]

  • D.C. restaurant makes Eater’s 38 best restaurants nationwide. [Eater]

  • Dacha Beer Garden has a holiday market this week. [Borderstan]

  • The best food and drink atIKEA. [Thrillist]

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

  • D.C. lawmakers look to “ban the box” on housing apps to stem discrimination. [Next City]

  • What the Bruce Monroe and Park Morton projects involve. [Greater Greater Washington]

  • A 110-unit condo building planned in Buzzard Point gets layout changes. [UrbanTurf]

  • Buildings at Southwest’s Wharf project are beginning to take registrations. [Curbed DC]

  • District expects to break ground on the McMillan Park project Wednesday. [Curbed DC]

  • Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will reportedly be moving to the District. [CNN]

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