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This week’s issue is an encyclopedic retrospective of the ideas, trends, people, and events that shaped D.C. in 2014.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The D.C. Council gave final approval to the D.C. United stadium deal yesterday. Now, the city just has to convince the developer to hand over the land for the stadium without getting the Reeves Center on 14th and U streets NW in return. [Loose Lips]
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican soon to assume Congressional oversight over D.C. affairs, says he thinks the provision in the cromnibus spending bill invalidates D.C.’s Initiative 71 to legalize marijuana. [Washington Post]
  • Four D.C. public schools in the Shaw and Logan Circle areas are closed today amid fears of water contamination. [Housing Complex]
  • New Silver Line Metro signage is confusing riders. [News4]

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

RIP: A local sports bar is holding a funeral this weekend for the Washington football team.

Nothing Can Survive in Rosslyn: The Arlington County-run art space, Artisphere, will likely close in July because it is losing too much money.

 So Long, Vince: Read Mayor Vince Gray‘s farewell speech.

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

  • D.C. United stadium deal wins Council approval. [LL, WAMUWBJ,
  • Vince Gray talks up his record in goodbye speech. [LL,  WAMUPost]
  • Council votes for handgun bill. [WAMU,
  • Primaries will move to June, then September. [WAMUPost]
  • New subcommittee boss Jason Chaffetz: Don’t legalize pot. [Post]
  • Post ed board cheers Muriel Bowser administration picks. [Post]
  • Nine miles of new bike lanes add up to District record. [WAMU]
  • Clinton Yates: Time isn’t right for Marion Barry‘s son to take the Ward 8 seat. [Post]
  • DC Water tells parts of Logan Circle, Shaw to stay away from tap water. [Housing Complex,
  • When will the streetcar finally start? No one’s saying. [WAMU]
  • UDC finally starts looking for a new president. [WBJ]
  • Plan to close 395 is dead for good. [Post]
  • DC Water asks that you don’t pour fat down the drain. [WAMU]

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

  • Everything you need to know about D.C. in 2014. [WCP]
  • The D.C. Council approves the D.C. United stadium deal… [LL]
  • …and the Hill East and 5th and I NW developments. [WBJ]
  • The Farragut “virtual tunnel” is a success; do we need more? [GGW]
  • A big-name partnership at the Old Post Office: Donald Trump and José Andrés. [Y&H]
  • A big-name partnership in D.C. real estate: JBG and CBRE. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Renovated house off H Street NE—-$749,000

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

  • Artisphere will, in all likelihood, close in July. [Arts Desk]
  • The winners of the American Institute of Architects’ D.C. awards, including the Brookland arts walk and a Gallaudet residence hall [Architect]
  • Listen to “And It Tried To Rain,” a new track from D.C./New York electro-rock duo Astra Via [D.C. Music Download]
  • Scenes from the HOT 99.5 Jingle Ball at the Verizon Center [Washingtonian]
  • Remember when Hanson did a “Christmas in Washington” TV special and sang carols for the Clintons in 1997? [Post]

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

  • The best new restaurants of 2014 [DCist]
  • Taste testing 100 sandwiches at 100 Montaditos [Post]
  • Holiday cocktail recipes from local bartenders [Washingtonian]
  • Bastille moving to bigger location, replaced by sister restaurant. [Eater]
  • Boundary Road owners to open Nido this spring in Woodridge. [PoPville]
  • 12 most surprising spots for vegetarians in D.C. [Thrillist]