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

A North Carolina man with an assault rifle fired at least one shot yesterday at Comet Ping Pong, a D.C. pizzeria at the center of a fake news scandal. He told investigators he was there to “self-investigate” a conspiracy theory that the eatery is the center of a child pornography ring. City Paperfirst reported on the emerging alt-right obsession over Comet Ping Pong in early November. The frenzy has steadily intensified.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The man fighting to sell guns out of his suburban Maryland home. [Post]

  • Metro inspectors have long feared retaliation for reporting poor track conditions. [WAMU]

  • Thousands of policy-making jobs in the Trump administration open today. [Post]

  • The Washington Monument will close until 2019; a donor will pay $3 million to fix its elevator. [WBJ, WAMU]

  • Share your ideas for U Street’s Funk Parade at a public meeting next week. [Borderstan]

  • Exclusive art gallery, or front for pot sales? D.C.’s marijuana laws confound. [WAMU]

  • Man who sings at Chinatown Metro offers private concert for cancer patient. [WUSA]

  • A Petworth row house went down in flames this morning, displacing eight. [WUSA, Fox5]

  • On keeping a D.C. man in jail after someone else murders his mother, in case he retaliates. [Post]

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

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

  • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson bemoans “irresponsible rhetoric” in wake of Comet Ping Pong assault. [Twitter]

  • Op-ed: The D.C. Council should think again on paid leave bill. [WBJ]

  • Regulating supposedly flushable wet wipes. [WAMU]

  • Mayor has a plan to increase diversity in tech industries by adding 5,000 jobs. [DCist]

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

  • For D.C. theaters, 85 percent of audiences patronize a single theater troupe. [Post]

  • Surprisingly, this is not an SNL skit: Fashion Santa is coming to Georgetown. [Washingtonian]

  • Hamiltonian Gallery’s latest group show finds camaraderie in loneliness. [WCP]

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

  • Catch up on what’s opening at the MGM National Harbor. [WBJ]

  • Domku in Petworth to become Taqueria del Barrio. [Washingtonian]

  • Ten Penh reopens in Tysons Corner. [Eater]

  • The creator of General Tso’s Chicken has died. [Post]

  • Here’s what people really think of food science. [NPR]

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

  • Donald Trump could award FBI headquarters redevelopment project to a crony. [Post]

  • More on how Mike Pence’s neighbors are preparing him for a gay old time. [Curbed DC]

  • Massachusetts Avenue Heights home of BET’s CEO lists for $13.5 million. [UrbanTurf]

  • In what neighborhoods are next year’s record number of new apartments? [Bisnow]

  • New York developer boasts amenities and location with Capitol Riverfront project. [WBJ]

  • The skinny on the $1.3 billion Capitol Crossing development downtown. [The Real Deal]

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