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After more than a week of no recorded killings into the new year, the District saw three homicides this weekend in addition to a spate of shootings that started Friday evening. The first homicide—in Northeast—killed a father of four.


  • The D.C. football team got knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday. One of its QBs may not return. [Post, ESPN]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie may be feuding over crime. [Post]
  • District cabbies say police are writing them dubious tickets, mostly in Northeast, to make money. [WAMU]
  • Uber is cutting its prices for two of its services by 10 percent to help boost post-holiday demand. [WUSA9]
  • The D.C. Attorney General is suing property owners in Southeast for alleged housing-law violations. [Post]
  • No one won the U.S. Powerball this weekend, meaning the jackpot is now at a record $1.3 billion. [Yahoo!]
  • Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the Metro smoke incident that killed one and injured many. [FOX5]


  • Are the Traffic Fines Too High?: That question was sharply debated at a D.C. Council hearing on Friday.
  • Poultry Party: The owners of Logan Circle restaurant The Pig will soon open a Shaw spot called The Bird.
  • Reviews: Don’t miss our roundup of last week’s notable art reviews, including one of Leo’s The Revenant.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Why did Pepco pay so much for naming rights near the D.C. United stadium? [WAMU]
  • AG Karl Racine sues Congress Heights landlord accused of letting properties deteriorate. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser bets half-smokes on Packers game. [DCist]
  • InTownerVince Gray got hosed, so did voters. [InTowner]
  • More development ahead for Buzzard Point. [WBJ]
  • Don’t worry about $1,000 traffic fines, probably. [Post]
  • Readers react to story about ANC Kathy Henderson. [City Desk]
  • Foreign investors eye the District. [WBJ]

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

  • Rest in peace, David Bowie. [Post]
  • Director of Smithsonian Theaters Zarth Bertsch discusses switching Air & Space Museum’s IMAX from 70mm to laser digital projection. [DCist]
  • Get to know the NSO’s next musical director, Gianandrea Noseda. [Post]
  • Beauty Pill to debut new music in an upcoming art installation. [Twitter]
  • Complaints of Kennedy Center’s Matilda musical blamed on acoustic issues. [Post]
  • An interview with playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks and Lynn Nottage. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C.’s best guilt-free lunches [Thrillist]
  • Fresca Taqueria Rosticeria opens on H Street NE. [PoPville]
  • Cheap cans of beer, ranked [Post]
  • U Street Cafe closes. [Eater]
  • Latin-Asian restaurant Sakerum planned for 14th Street NW. [Borderstan]
  • Park Lane Tavern to open in Clarendon next month. [ARLnow]
  • Campbell Soup switches sides in the GMO labeling fight. [NPR]