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Weed: Some residents are gifting it this holiday season, while the District is attempting to educate the youth on it. That’s the legal-pot landscape for ya.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • An afterschool program in D.C. offers healing through art to children affected by gun violence. [WAMU]
  • Police: On Monday night, two men were shot near C.W. Harris Elementary School. [WUSA9]
  • An amnesty program could save local business thousands of dollars in waived fees/fines. [City Desk, WBJ]
  • Metro riders couldn’t use credit/debit cards to put money on their SmartTrip cards on Monday. [City Desk]
  • Google search trends: District denizens care more about national than local news stories. [Washingtonian]
  • Will D.C.’s new and significantly higher traffic fines actually change people’s driving behavior? [GGW]

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

  • The Fresh Connection: Mayor Muriel Bowser’s chief of staff communicated with pro-Bowser political action committee FreshPAC, whose leaders were partners in a building project, to deal with some red tape.
  • Magnolia Room: Macon Bistro & Larder in upper Northwest will expand with a new dining area plus bar.
  • Alonzo Smith: The late man’s mother is expected to call for a second autopsy of his body this afternoon.

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

  • The Kreeger and Glenstone museums are under congressional investigation for allegedly being tax shelters. [Arts Desk]
  • Sunwolf talk new album, Follow the Dreamers. [Bandwidth]
  • All Songs Considered is throwing a sweet 16 birthday party at the 9:30 Club with Sharon Van Etten, Dan Deacon, and more. [DC Music Download]
  • When Nixon met Elvis: a Washington story. [Washingtonian]
  • Make the “Make D.C. Weird” campaign weird. [Stuck in D.C.]

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

  • The 10 best food cities in America, ranked [Post]
  • Argentinian beef and tapas to star at new Dupont restaurant. [Borderstan]
  • Eight reasons to drive to Charlottesville, Va., this winter [Zagat]
  • About 70 restaurants opened around D.C. this fall. [Eater]
  • Ripple turns into Mos Eisley Cantina for the Star Wars [PoPville]
  • Dave & Buster’s opens in Northern Virginia. [WBJ]
  • Man arrested for doing lines of cocaine off of table at Clarendon pizza shop. [ARLnow]