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On Friday, WAMU 88.5 reported that in all likelihood the H Street–Benning Road NE streetcar won’t carry passengers in 2015, despite earlier indications from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser that it’d be up and running by the end of her first year in office. So far, the streetcar project has cost the District $200 million and is nine years late.


  • “I am the mother of the shooter in the murder-suicide incident in Largo.” [Post]
  • Rand Paul continues to behave like a D.C. councilmember. [WAMU]
  • A police investigation into a suspicious package shut down several streets in Northwest this morning. [Post]
  • On Sunday, police closed streets and evacuated stores in Brightwood after a person brought an unwanted grenade to a police station on Georgia Avenue NW. [NBC4, Fox5, Post]
  • Hundreds of Shia Muslims marched against the Islamic State near the White House this weekend. [Post]
  • Sunday marked the first night of Hanukkah. Here’s a roundup of ways to celebrate it in the District. [DCist]


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

  • Why the streetcar still isn’t running. [Post]
  • Don’t mess with the streetcar. [LL]
  • No streetcar this year. [WAMU, City Desk]
  • Business types fret over paid leave. [WBJ]
  • Pols not happy with Rand Paul gun amendment. [WAMU]
  • Portion of the Wharf coming soon than expected. [WBJ]
  • Charter schools go for a broader student base. [Post]

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

  • Listen to Soft Punch‘s new holiday tune, “Get Your Shit Together For The Holidays.” [BYT]
  • The Kennedy Center’s first “Declassified” concert, with Ben Folds and the National Symphony Orchestra, disappoints. [Post]
  • C3 Presents hires firm to lobby for more concerts on the National Mall. [Arts Desk]
  • Listen to the new album from snarky electro-punks Jack on Fire. [Bandwidth]
  • Philip Kennicott on Renwick sign: “Smithsonian should set standard on public signs, not fight oversight.” [Post]

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

  • The most prominent voice of the D.C. food truck movement is stepping down. [Post]
  • This university is offering a degree in pizza. [VICE]
  • Native Foods Cafe closing both D.C. locations. [Borderstan]
  • Iron Gate has a new family supper on Sundays and Mondays. [Eater]
  • Restaurants and bars celebrating Hanukkah around D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • Mediterranean Sospeso Restaurant coming to H Street NE. [PoPville]