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Ex-D.C. Mayor Vince Gray is having a moment. On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office closed its four-year-old investigation into his campaign finances for the 2010 mayoral election, stating that the evidence was “likely insufficient” to obtain any more convictions related to over $3.3 million in various illegal contributions between 2006 and 2011. So what’s next for Gray? The next phase of his life “will no doubt be dedicated to service,” he says.


  • Police will resume their search for Relisha Rudd, who went missing in 2014 from D.C. General. She would have turned 10 in October. [Post, NBC4, Fox5/AP]
  • A barricade situation on the 1400 block of Oglethorpe Street NW that forced authorities to close off about six blocks yesterday ended peacefully after almost 10 hours. [NBC4, WUSA9]
  • A D.C. charter school is suing anti-abortion protestors who, the school claims, are targeting students. [Post]
  • Weed advocates are fighting a bill that would ban bars and clubs from letting patrons toke up on site. [WAMU]
  • Washingtonian goes long on “the infuriating history of how Metro got so bad.” [Washingtonian]
  • Single-family home prices have more than doubled since 2001 in certain D.C. nabes. [Housing Complex]


  • Winners and Losers: Loose Lips analyzes who’s most affected by the closing of the Gray investigation.
  • Old or New Money?: Old Ebbitt Grill, which calls itself the “oldest saloon in Washington,” says it’s on track to make more than $30 million in sales this year. Young & Hungry investigates how that’s possible.
  • Fit D.C.: The United Health Foundation reports that D.C. has low obesity and excessive-drinking rates.

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

  • Prosecutors close Vince Gray  [LLWAMUPostTimes]
  • Muriel Bowser  [LL]
  • Winners and losers from the Gray investigation. [LL]
  • Post ed board hopes judges in Gray-related cases will get answers. [Post]
  • Gray supporters: hurray! [Post]
  • Deborah Simmons expects Gray will run for at-large. [Times]
  • Ex-Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies talks investigation on WAMU. [WAMU]
  • Smart growthers: Don’t worry about cyclists making Idaho stops. [GGW]
  • Check out the new D.C. Water headquarters. [WBJ]
  • Charter school sues anti-abortion protesters. [Post]

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

  • 9:30 Club is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a massive, 264-page oral and pictorial history book. [Arts Desk]
  • A holiday gift guide to local private press records. [DCist]
  • Watch Janel Leppin perform under her new solo project, Mellow Diamond, at the Wilderness Bureau. [Bandwidth]
  • When Beyoncé digs your tunes, the only way to go for rapper Shy Glizzy is up. [Post]
  • Listen to a new track from NW D.C. rapper Kingpen Slim. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Why Eatonville is being reinvented as Mule Bone, with Carla Hall’s guidance. [Post]
  • This “speakeasy done right” is not another “modern speakeasy…” [Washingtonian]
  • Two new fried chicken dishes to try now. [Express]
  • DCity Smokehouse plans pop-up at Wicked Bloom this January. [Eater]
  • 14 must-try hot cocktails [Zagat]
  • Turkish bagel chain Simit & Smith coming to Georgetown. [PoPville]
  • Inside forthcoming Dupont restaurant, The Chickery [Borderstan]