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A panel reviewing the Secret Service recommended, in part, that taller fences be erected around the White House in the wake of many concerning fence-jumping incidents.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The D.C. Court of Appeals rejected an appeal from the city and upheld homeless families’ right to private shelter. [Housing Complex]
  • The D.C. State Board of Education decided it wanted more community input before it voted on revisions to graduation requirements that would create more “flexible routes” to a high school diploma. [Washington Post]
  • A man suffered traumatic brain injuries after getting hit by a car on H Street NE while riding a Capital Bikeshare. [News4]
  • There’s still a “do-not-drink” advisory in place for parts of Shaw and Logan Circle as crews try to get rid of an oil-based substance that infiltrated the water. [Washington Post]

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Someone Thought This Was a Good Idea: Graffiato decided to take down its hip-hop tribute menu which featured dishes like “thug rice” and “chocolate chip blunts.”

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

  • Court says homeless families deserve private shelter. [Housing Complex]
  • Would-be soccer stadium neighbors cut a deal. [Housing Complex]
  • A gloomy goodbye speech from Vince Gray. [LL]
  • SBOE holds off on more flexible high school graduation requirements. [Post]
  • Pepco-Exelon merger opponents turn out at hearing. [WAMUPost]
  • Ex-jail guards want to carry guns. [Times]
  • Streetcar: still not happening. [WAMU]
  • For tied ANC’s, the riverboat treatment [WAMU, Post]
  • Blimps hit Maryland. [WBJ]

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

  • D.C.’s hottest housing market in 2014: Mount Pleasant. [UrbanTurf]
  • Rent Adrian Fenty‘s old Crestwood home for $4,700 a month. [WBJ]
  • Fewer D.C.-area motorists are dying. Cyclists and pedestrians, not so much. [DCist]
  • Rich and poor people bike more than those in the middle. [GGW]
  • Demolition underway, L’Enfant Plaza begins its major overhaul. [SWTLQTC]
  • Got a question about D.C.? We’ll answer it. [WCP]
  • Today on the market: Renovated corner house in Trinidad—-$749,900

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

  • Ari Roth says he was fired from Theater J for insubordination. [Post]
  • A profile of east-of-the-river artist Sheila Crider [East City Art]
  • Thievery Corporation‘s Eric Hilton says Baltimore has a “way better” art and music scene than D.C. [BYT]
  • Holiday-ish playlists from D.C. musicians, journalists, and bookers [D.C. Music Download]
  • In 2016, D.C. theaters will have to meet new minimum wage requirements for their actors, directors, and designers to be eligible for Helen Hayes Awards. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Komi returns to top spot on the 100 best restaurants list. [Washingtonian]
  • Crane & Turtle closing briefly for Japanese pilgrimage. [Eater]
  • Tadich Grill, opening early next year, has hired chef Wil Going. [Post]
  • Meskerem in Adams Morgan is for sale. [PoPville]
  • Eight great by-the-glass bubbly lists in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Where to dine out for Christmas and Christmas Eve. [DCist]
  • Red, Hot & Blue to close in Arlington. [ARLnow]