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Arthur Baldwin—a 30-year-old Secret Service officer who had most recently been assigned to the White House—was fatally shot in an alleged robbery incident in Southwest on Tuesday. Police are investigating his death as a homicide—the District’s 155th this year.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A new education task force will study relations between D.C. charter and traditional public schools. [Post]
  • The Congressional omnibus bill released on Tuesday restores $150 million in funding for Metro. [The Hill]
  • The same bill bars D.C. from regulating marijuana sales. But you can sled near the Capitol! [Mother Jones]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser yesterday unveiled a plan for Vision Zero—a transit-safety initiative. [City Desk]
  • The D.C. Council is considering legislation that would more strictly regulate “special police.” [City Desk]
  • Public records show the chairman of FreshPAC was paid by Exelon to lobby D.C. officials. [WAMU]
  • WAMU 88.5 is about to get some significant strategic changes. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Busboys & Businesses: Local restaurateur Andy Shallal’s appointment to a workforce council may affect his future political ambitions.
  • Body Camera Battle: A D.C. councilmember is questioning the ability of police officers to review body-cam footage before writing reports.
  • Bei Bei Got Back: Into the media spotlight on Wednesday morning, that is. And City Paper has pictures!

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

  • More traffic cams headed to the District. [Post]
  • Andy Shallal cagey about at-large plans. [LL]
  • Bus lane recommended. [GGW]
  • Still no pot, sez Congress. [WAMU]
  • Metro! [WAMU]
  • More criticism for minimum wage initiative. [Times]
  • Development news. [WBJ]
  • Adios, FBI. [Post]

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

  • David Combs talks The Max Levine Ensemble, the Spoonboy moniker, and death. [Punknews]
  • Spoil the new Star Wars in Big Planet Comics, get banned for life. [Arts Desk]
  • Escape Room overload? [Express]
  • The latest trend for D.C. area productions? Temporary tattoos to define a character. [Post]
  • Bandwidth’s 50 favorite local songs of 2015. [Bandwidth]
  • Watch the trippy, polar bear-worshipping new music video for cellist Gordon Withers. [Arts Desk]

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

  • The $20 Diner’s ten favorite cheap eats of 2015 [Post]
  • Justin Abad steps down at Cashion’sEat Place to expand Pop’s SeaBar. [Washingtonian]
  • Where to find caffeinated cocktails in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Whiskey bar and restaurant Marble & Pike opens on Columbia Pike. [ARLnow]
  • Five gift ideas for D.C. foodies [Express]
  • Invasive catfish dish to star in Fishnet’s Shaw reboot next month. [Borderstan]
  • Sospeso to bring Mediterranean food to H Street NE this spring. [District Cuisine]