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City Paper’s annual Encyclopedia Issue is here, designed to help readers refresh their memories of 2015’s biggest, funniest, and most local stories: pandas, Pope Francis, cat cafe, body cameras, FreshPAC, paid leave, and more. Study up!


  • A man found dead in Adams Morgan on Thursday is believed to have been a 19-year-old from Virginia who had been missing for hours. His family says it was likely a tragic accident. [Borderstan, Post, WTOP]
  • Two schools in Southeast were evacuated on Thursday after receiving bomb threats. [Post, DCist, Reuters]
  • The D.C. Board of Elections lacks a leader, and possibly the funds to buy new voting machines. [WAMU]
  • After fewer than two years on the job, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce president has stepped down. [WBJ]
  • On Jan 1., Metro will ring in 2016 with free rides for three hours… thanks to Miller Lite? [The Hill, WJLA]
  • Drivers could soon see higher fines; Metro riders could get personalized monthly passes. [Post; WAMU]


  • Post-Salmonella Price Increases: Fig & Olive raised its prices after a salmonella outbreak got diners sick.
  • Standing in Line for Star Wars: City Paper’s managing editor live-blogged her journey to a galaxy far, far away—at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. “Walked out tearful,” she tweeted. No spoilers!
  • Booze and a Doberman: A local bar owner is being sued over an alleged dog bite.

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

  • Budget deal hurts District’s attempt to spend Carefirst surplus. [Post]
  • D.C. Chamber of Commerce president resigns. [WBJ]
  • Ron Machen, the Green Team make the WCP Encyclopedia of 2015. [WCP]
  • More woes at the D.C. Board of Elections. [WAMU]
  • D.C. Water preps for water contamination hypothetical. [Post]
  • Bomb threats prompt evacuations at two schools. [Post]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton on The Politics Hour [WAMU]
  • LL covers the dark side of bar dogs. [City Desk]
  • Even Vision Zero’s press conference’s backdrop has problems. [GGW]

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

  • From Artisphere to the Washington Color School, the D.C. Encyclopedia of 2015 is here. [WCP]
  • Georgetown professors answer illogical Star Wars questions. [DCist]
  • Watch the Racing Presidents make their big debut at the Washington Ballet. [Post]
  • An interview with RDGLDGRN bassist Andrei Busuioceanu. [DCist]
  • When Trap Karaoke came to D.C. [Arts Desk]

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

  • D.C.’s best new restaurants of 2015 [DCist]
  • CakeLove is closing. Can its creator capture the next big baking trend in a jar? [Post]
  • Was that steak raised in the U.S.? Soon, it’ll be hard to know. [NPR]
  • 13 express lunches to try in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Cava Mezze opens in Olney, Md. [Eater]
  • New options for eating and drinking [Washingtonian]