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2016 represents new beginnings for many, but how much can that be said for Mayor Muriel Bowser? After her inaugural year in office, which saw rising concerns over crime and housing affordability among residents, the mayor recently told the Washington Post that she’ll focus on “the things we’ve laid the groundwork for already.” She kicks-off a tour promoting her crime-prevention bill today.


  • As part of that tour, Bowser will appear on The Kojo Nnamdi Show at noon today to discuss challenges facing D.C. [WAMU]
  • Police said a shooting in the 1800 block of L Street NW forced road closures this morning. [Post, NBC4]
  • D.C. saw no homicides in the first two days of 2016, but experienced a reportedly violent Sunday. [Post, FOX5]
  • A bunch of new D.C. restaurants are set to open this year, and locals are excited. [Young & Hungry, DCist]
  • Shakespeare’s First Folio is leaving the Folger Library today to go on a tour honoring the Bard. [WAMU]
  • A driver was charged with a DUI after he hit several people in downtown D.C. on Friday. [NBC4, FOX5]
  • Post editorial by Colby King: “In D.C. schools, the racial gap is a chasm, not a crack.” [Post]


  • Dysfunctional Democracy: How broken can an Advisory Neighborhood Commission be? Very, as ANC 5D, chaired by Kathy Henderson, shows.
  • Political Predictions: What should residents look out for in local D.C. politics this year? Loose Lips is here to help.
  • In Other ANC News: A commissioner’s home was adorned with a sign claiming he “supports baby killing.”

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

  • The saga of ANC Commissioner Kathy Henderson. [WCP]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s new home cost over $800,000. [WBJ]
  • Bowser: You get different enemies as mayor. [Post]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton wants financial restrictions on Metro reimbursement changed. [Times]
  • Colby King: D.C. students face “chasm” in racial achievement gap. [Post]
  • Remembering 12 of the District’s 2015 homicide victims. [Post]
  • ANC commissioner’s home postered over Planned Parenthood fight. [City Desk]
  • Post ed board: how to get more people on juries. [Post]
  • The Blade‘s top news stories of 2015 includes DC GOP changes. [Blade]
  • Reminder: The styrofoam ban is on. [WAMU]

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

  • For 35 years, the 9:30 Club has remained a venue ahead of its time. [Post]
  • These were the 12 best gallery shows of 2015. [Arts Desk]
  • Local musicians share their favorite music moments of 2015. [DCist]
  • How one-handed artist Matt Sesow is seizing D.C.’s art world. [Post]
  • DC Theatre Scene writers’ top shows of 2015. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • In Arlington, Moving Words is bring poetry to commuters via a new competition. [DCist]
  • Here’s what to local forward to in local museums in 2016. [Post]

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

  • The 10 dishes that shaped D.C.’s food scene in 2015 [Express]
  • Vegetables are likely to take more of your plate in 2016 [NPR]
  • Why a Virginia winery has started making California wines [Post]
  • Nine new restaurants you need to try [Washingtonian]
  • New restaurant The Bird coming to Shaw. [Borderstan]
  • Restaurant headline predictions for 2016 [Eater]