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On Tuesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser released footage from a police body-worn camera that depicts D.C. police officers’ response to the Alonzo Smith incident at the Marbury Plaza Apartments in Southeast. Smith, who died after being held in special police custody on Nov. 1, was given CPR by an officer who realized he was unconscious. The video was the first of its kind that Bowser has disclosed under new rules the D.C. Council approved yesterday.


  • Police have charged a D.C. teacher at a school in Southeast with attempted cruelty towards children. [Post]
  • A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a visiting judge’s earlier decision to throw out D.C.’s concealed-carry regulations was outside of his jurisdiction. The original case may be retried. [City Desk, WAMU, WSJ]
  • A new hope? The H Street–Benning Road streetcar has began final testing today. [DCist, Washingtonian]
  • Ex-Mayor Vince Gray says he wants an apology from the man who tried to prosecute him. [Loose Lips]
  • Local marijuana advocates say the District needs dispensaries that can legally sell cannabis. [WTOP]


  • The Force Awakens: Our Arts Desk got early access to the new Star Wars film and it wasn’t too shabby!
  • Fig & Olive FOIA: Young & Hungry requested public documents relating to the chic D.C. restaurant’s sourcing practices after a salmonella outbreak there sickened several. Turns out they use a fair number of pre-made meals.
  • Gray vs. Green: Vince Gray also took a potshot at the now-defunct pro-Bowser political action committee.

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

  • Vince Gray is back, blasts Ron Machen and Muriel Bowser. [LL, LL, WAMU]
  • Bowser releases the District’s first public police body camera footage. [City DeskPost]
  • District wins a victory in gun lawsuit. [Times, WAMU]
  • Is the elections board operating legally? [WAMU]
  • The streetcar gets a little closer to running. [WBJ]
  • Peter Rosenstein: Machen should be censured. [Blade]
  • Council backs body cameras bill. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Marijuana companies eye the District. [WBJ]
  • Feds tell Metro to shape up. [Post]
  • Considering bills aimed at traffic deaths. [GGW]

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

  • Hey, guess what!? The new Star Wars movie doesn’t suck. [Arts Desk]
  • Speaking of Star Wars, here’s how the original created chaos in D.C. when it opened in 1977. [Washingtonian]
  • DC Music Downloads favorite concert pics of 2015. [DC Music Download]
  • Venerable house venue (and record label) Babe City has a new home. [Bandwidth]
  • This year’s holiday smackdown: Holiday-themed improv comedy shows. [Arts Desk]
  • Ghostbusters, Top Gun, Imitation of Life, and others selected for the National Film Registry. [Post]

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

  • “Compassionate” vegan chain lays off D.C. employees with little notice. [Washingtonian]
  • Den of Thieves to close after New Year’s Eve. [Post]
  • Where to find ugly sweater parties [Eater]
  • Two Ray’s locationswithdraw Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings. [WBJ]
  • Where to drink when it’s 60 degrees in December [BYT]
  • Where to eat around D.C. on Christmas and Christmas Eve [Zagat]