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Washington Teacher’s Union president Elizabeth Davis says that Mayor Muriel Bowser’s secretive selection of Antwan Wilson as schools chancellor was an aggressive provocation against education stakeholders—who have a statutory review role in such hires—that followed “neither the letter nor the spirit of the law.” In a letter to D.C. Council Education Committee chair David Grosso and other members, she writes that Bowser “is again treating the stakeholders’ role with disdain.” Grosso tells City Paper he is asking for a legal opinion independent of the mayor’s office and plans to look into Davis’ concerns. Read more here.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • Metro managers ignored track issues leading to East Falls Church derailment. [Post, WTOP]

  • D.C. youth football team won division but struggle to pay for trip to nationals. [Post]

  • A new D.C. plan to treat HIV promises to end the epidemic by 2020. [NBC4, WJLA]

  • Casa Ruby serves D.C. transgender youth but feels left out of policy conversation. [WAMU]

  • After oil sheen appears on the Potomac, group offers $1,000 reward for clues. [Post]

  • Adams Morgan Safeway closed briefly after inspectors found mouse droppings and insects. [Borderstan]

  • The oldest building on the Mall will be moved and get a makeover. [WBJ, DCist]

  • Bei Bei the panda cub is feeling better after emergency surgery last week. [WUSA]

  • He escaped from a California halfway house but was shot dead in Alexandria. [Post]

  • Two shot, one dead, and six suspects on the loose in Northeast D.C. [Fox5]

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

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

  • Former DGS employee alleges he was fired for failing to award contracts toBowser political donor. [WAMU, Post]

  • ICYMI: WTU chief, activists lambast mayor on chancellor selection freeze-out. [WCP]

  • Councilmember Charles Allen names 2016 “Brickie Award” winners. [The Hill Rag]

  • More on post-SafeTrack Metro service reductions. [WAMU, WTOP]

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

  • Listen to the debut EP from D.C.’s Bad Moves. [WCP]

  • DC Music Download talks to Greenland about its new album. [DC Music Download]

  • Here are 11 movies to see at this year’s European Union showcase at the AFI Silver Theatre. [DCist]

  • Comet Ping Pong is beefing up security at shows, in light of recent controversy. [Washingtonian]

  • Title Tracks is back with an excellent new album. [WCP]

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

  • The hottest restaurants in December. [Eater]

  • Nakazawa owner tries to get his foot out of his mouth. [Post]

  • Previewing Sfoglina from Fabio Trabocchi opening this month. [WTOP]

  • The Bacaro Wine Bar concept won’t pan out in Shaw. [Washingtonian]

  • Here’s what really happens after a Guy Fieri visit. [Thrillist]

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

  • “Hidden” (that is, not listed) homes that are on the market in the District. [Washingtonian]

  • Pro-Israel lobbying organization AIPAC files application to triple its office space. [WCP]

  • Rapid development in Ivy City triggers affordability concerns in the community. [WAMU]

  • The District’s historic properties, mapped. [CityLab]

  • Which D.C. nabes have seen the biggest jump in home sale prices in 2016? [UrbanTurf]

  • More on the redevelopment plans for Parcel 42, a vacant lot in the heart of Shaw. [Post]

  • New National Building Museum exhibit shows downtown days of yore. [UrbanTurf]

  • Vacant buildings in historic Dupont Circle neighborhood draw resident frustration. [WCP]

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