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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • How diverse and integrated are D.C.’s charter schools as compared with traditional public schools? [Post]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser has tapped ex-mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz to serve on the District’s Board of Ethics and Governmental Accountability. [Loose Lips]
  • On Thursday, the District disbanded a homeless camp near the Watergate building. Officials say the tenants who remained are working with the Department of Human Services to get housing. [WAMU, City Desk]
  • D.C. won a global award for green-energy initiatives at this year’s C40 Cities Awards in Paris. [DCist]
  • A new report finds that journalists in the District overwhelmingly cover the government. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Safer Streets: The D.C. Council held a first-of-the-kind hearing on Thursday focused on street harassment.
  • Beer and Groceries: Glen’s Garden Market is opening a second location, in Shaw, with a bigger beer garden.
  • Cop and Councilmember: Assistant Police Chief Diane Grooms and D.C. Councilmember LaRuby May got their groove on at a family game night held at the Malcolm X Opportunity Center in Congress Heights.

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

  • Muriel Bowser‘s campaign took over-the-limit contributions. [LL]
  • Phil Mendelson on today’s The Politics Hour. [WAMU]
  • Carol Schwartz makes it onto the ethics board. [LL]
  • Council backs Advisory Board tax breaks. [WBJ]
  • Adios to paper Metro cards. [WAMU]
  • Can Metro’s new budget win back riders? [Post]
  • District residents fret about housing costs. [GGW]
  • More on the end of the Watergate homeless camp. [WAMU]
  • Chill about bike lanes, says GGW. [GGW]
  • Potster Adam Eidinger gets a mistrial. [Post]

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

  • Listen to a new tune from Two Inch Astronaut, new album coming Feb. 5. [NPR Music]
  • The Goethe-Institut prepares to move, leaving behind a changing 7th Street NW corridor. [DCist]
  • The Smithsonian wants your rock ‘n’ roll photographs for a new book. [Arts Desk]
  • What would the D.C. version of It’s A Wonderful Life be like? [Washingtonian]
  • How stoner-pop trio Witch Coast came to be? Weed, feelings, and Buffy. [Bandwidth]
  • A D.C. holiday playlist, you know, to bring the family together. [DCist]
  • Local R&B-rock group Black Alley discusses playing the Verizon Center. [Bandwidth]

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

  • Eight ways to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah [Post]
  • Alexandria’s Morrison House set for a multimillion-dollar revamp. [Washingtonian]
  • Compass Rose turns its back patio into a Bedouin tent. [Eater]
  • Noodles & Company closes 19th Street NW location. [PoPville]
  • Convivial offers a new twist on s’mores. [Express]
  • Taste testing a televangelist’s apocalypse “survival food.” [NPR]
  • New bar from Vinoda Basnayake and Spike Mendelsohn will avoid speakeasy gimmicks. [Borderstan]