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Trendy restaurant chain Fig & Olive’s president spoke publicly for the first time last week, to the Washington Post, after reporting by City Paper shed light on a September salmonella outbreak at the restaurant’s D.C. location as well as its behind-the-scenes business practices. “I apologize to our guests for being subjected to any misrepresentation by the media,” its president told the Post. Well, OK then.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Roughly 2.5 million people are expected to leave the D.C. area for the holidays, up a bit from 2014. [DCist]
  • A bill before the D.C. Council would reform the way D.C. assesses vacant or blighted properties. [WAMU]
  • Two local museums are part of a congressional probe into whether some private art collections should have to pay taxes. [Arts Desk]
  • Washington Football Team QB Kirk Cousins has filed a trademark for “You like that (!?).” [CBS, Yahoo]
  • D.C. could see record-high temperatures on Christmas Eve, and the rest of the week will be warm. [Post]

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

  • Year in Review: Feeling nostalgic about 2015? Read our Encyclopedia of D.C.
  • Bike Burnout: What do you do when you’ve biked so much you don’t want to anymore, Gear Prudence?
  • The Sleigher: Trying to get in the holiday spirit this week? Listen to our roundup of timely musical tunes.

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

  • Post ed board: FreshPAC is still doing damage. [Post]
  • GSA opposes Pepco-Exelon deal. [WBJ]
  • More on Vince Gray‘s comeback. [Post]
  • Colby King: Office of Campaign Finance could still play into investigation. [Post]
  • Proposed bill aims at vacant housing. [WAMU]
  • Questions about how the cab commission resolves complaints. [City Desk]
  • Bloomberg takes over WNEW. [WBJ]
  • Safety problem persists at Metro. [GGW]

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

  • Performance artist Brian Feldman will once again wash your dishes. [DCist]
  • Here’s the lineup for the 2016 Damaged City Fest. [Arts Desk]
  • How a Sterling, Va. man turned the idea of “mini museums” into a company. [Post]
  • D.C. Music Download’s best local songs of 2015. [DC Music Download]
  • Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile played Songbyrd on Friday night and shit got, well, physical. [Post]
  • At Anacostia Playhouse, Langston HughesBlack Nativity gets a welcomed modern update. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Fig & Olive president Greg Galy won’t apologize to salmonella victims in first interview since outbreak. [Post]
  • Boundary Stone reopens with expanded dining room and bar. [Eater]
  • Atlas Brew Works co-founder Will Durgin is leaving the brewery. [Washingtonian]
  • “Caviar fusion lounge” Odessa faces uncertain future. [Borderstan]
  • Windows smashed, register stolen at Halal Kabob House in Adams Morgan. [DCist]
  • Rasika West End sued over Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. [WBJ]