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Staff Sergeant Peter Taubbrother and son to D.C. sandwich shop Bub & Pop’s owners Jonathan Taub and Arlene Wagner—died Monday in Afghanistan, one of six Americans killed by a suicide bomber. Taub was 30.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Census: The District was the third fastest-growing “state” from July 2014 to July 2015. [City Desk, Post]
  • A Secret Service agent’s gun and other belongings were stolen in downtown D.C. Monday. [CNN, NBC4]
  • The Washington football team won a legal victory over trademarks Tuesday—by proxy. [City Desk, NYT]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser is doing some end-of-the-year interviews after her first in office. [DCist, DCW50]
  • What does the National Park Service do with deer it hunts in Rock Creek Park? Donates venison! [WTOP]
  • Residents near Barracks Row say they’ve seen more rats recently in tandem with more restaurants. [FOX5]
  • D.C. police shot and killed a dog Tuesday night while executing a search warrant near Gallaudet. [FOX5]
  • Put away those ugly Christmas sweaters: D.C. will likely get record-breaking warmth tomorrow. [Post]

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

  • Sound City: What was the best local music of 2015? City Paper’s Arts Desk helps to answer that question.
  • Blood on the Red Line: A man was assaulted, allegedly by a group of juveniles, on Metrorail this Monday.
  • Museum or Private Art Collection?: Congress is probing two D.C.-area museums as to whether they should continue to enjoy tax-exempt status.

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

  • This is just a great video piece on blind concert photographer and local music enthusiast Ahmad Zagal. [BBC]
  • Some local theaters are extending runs of hit musicals into January. [Post]
  • Check out Ras Nebyu‘s new music video. [Arts Desk]
  • DC Music Download shares their favorite concert photos of 2015. [DC Music Download]
  • National Park Service joins the chorus of federal agencies who also don’t like the Renwick’s new signs. [Post]