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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.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • 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]

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

  • 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]