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There were fewer than 3,800 police officers in D.C. as of Dec. 17, the lowest number in a decade, the Washington Post reports. The Metropolitan Police Department says it hasn’t been able to keep up with retirements, while the union puts the blame on bad management.


  • An attorney for Nationals player Ryan Zimmerman calls Al Jazeera America’s doping report “inexcusable and irresponsible.” [ABC6]
  • The Kush God isn’t too worried after being arrested. [DCist]
  • Plan for affordable housing threatens popular park. [Post]
  • Improved Metro security camera system leads to more arrests. [WTOP]
  • Developers turn their gaze to Rhode Island Avenue. [Post]
  • Man on ATV killed in collision with SUV in Capitol Heights. [NBC4]
  • ANC commissioner calls out DCRA’s “unwillingness to follow the law and protect District residents.” [Post]


  • Unobstructed View: When the Washington football team’s gain is your loss.
  • Grayed Expectations: Why are so many homes in D.C. gray?
  • Gear Prudence: What should I do with all the terrible bike gifts I get over the holidays?
  • It Was a Very Good Year: The best in local politics, food, and music, according to City Paper writers.

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

  • The best in filmimages, and local music in 2015. [Arts Desk]
  • Meet the local ten-year-old blind jazz piano prodigy. [Post]
  • A guide to finding D.C. murals guides. [DCist]
  • The year in local theater. [Post]
  • Filling the local drag king void with F*CK BRUNCH! [DCist]
  • Justin Jones has eight rules for not being a dick at concerts. [BYT]
  • How independent bookstores are making a comeback in D.C. [Post]
  • Ahead of their gig at Black Cat tonight, Lorelei looks back at their seminal album Everyone Must Touch the Stove. [DCist]

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

  • Four gut-busting dishes to eat before New Year’s resolutions hit [Express]
  • D.C.’s best food and drink of 2015 [Thrillist]
  • How to have a no-hassle New Year’s Eve [Post]
  • Bars where you can watch hockey [Eater]
  • Hello Cupcake says goodbye to Dupont. [Borderstan]
  • Getting raw dairy in the District [DCist]