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Our annual Fiction Issue is back this week, with five short stories about and for D.C. Plus: Take a look at the winners of our second annual photography contest, chosen by staff photographer Darrow Montgomery.


  • D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton has resigned. [WAMU]
  • Marion Barry’s godson dropped out of the D.C. Council race in Ward 8, backing Barry’s son. [Loose Lips]
  • City employees bring the homeless in from the cold. [Post]
  • The cold weather caused delays on five Metro lines this morning. [ABC7]


Pressing Business: Juice cleanses are booming, but are they healthy? Jessica Sidman details her own three-day cleanse and looks at how the craze is playing out in D.C.

Show Superlatives: Music venues staffers pick the best, loudest, and strangest shows of the past year.

Affordable Housing: Advocates are calling for changes to D.C.’s struggling inclusionary zoning program.

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

  • Police bullet strikes bystander in Anacostia. [Post]
  • Two Ward 8 candidates drop out, one to back Christopher Barry. [LL]
  • Inclusionary zoning keeps not producing results. [Post]
  • And here LL thought the potheads were the disorganized ones. [DCist]
  • David Grosso talks about his plans for the Council’s education committee. [GGW]
  • Commuter woes still loom for 395. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Muriel Bowser faces the immediate challenge of sheltering the homeless. [Post]
  • What to expect from new DDOT chief Leif Dormsjo [GGW]
  • …and what to expect from new education committee chair David Grosso. [GGW]
  • Streetcar crashes into car—-again. [NBC4]
  • Brookland Metro development pushed back by at least three years. [WBJ]
  • Capitol Hill auto repair shop could become 45 townhouses and condos. [UrbanTurf]
  • Maybe we should heed Courtland Milloy and build a bike superhighway. [Washingtonian]
  • Why Washingtonians should hope to land the 2024 Olympics. [CityLab]
  • Fine print in the federal budget could complicate the search for a new FBI headquarters. [WBJ]
  • Feds quietly revise forecasts to reflect decrease in driving. [Streetsblog]
  • Today on the market: Adams Morgan 1BR condo—-$289,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Farewell tributes to Dimensions Unlimited promoter Bill Washington, who, four decades before he died in December, produced a festival at RFK Stadium that some called a “black Woodstock.” [Post] [Facebook]
  • A preview of Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club at GALA Hispanic Theatre [BYT]
  • Why some actors don’t join the Actors’ Equity union [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Listen to local rapper Ardamus‘ “If Only I Gave Ah,” featuring production from Diamond District‘s Oddisee. [Bandwidth]
  • Backstage photos of the Old Trout Workshop puppets and puppeteers at Woolly Mammoth’s Famous Puppet Death Scenes [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • The 10 best bars to remind you of summer [DCist]
  • Tom Sietsema gives Marcel’s 3.5 stars. [Post]
  • Todd Kliman defends Inn at Little Washington‘s drop in best restaurants ranking. [Washingtonian]
  • Grand Trunk, “serving South Asian American fast food,” opens Jan. 15 in Penn Quarter. [PoPville]
  • Chef Tim Ma shares more details about Chase the Submarine sandwich shop. [Eater]
  • Cuban sandwiches get a makeover at Duke’s Grocery. [Express]