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  • An American University student was sexually assaulted in a dorm Wednesday by a person the student knows, the school says. [Washington Post]
  • Georgetown University’s basketball team staged an “I can’t breathe” protest last night. [News4]
  • The D.C. Taxicab Commission will begin testing its new e-hailing app in March. [DCist]
  • The six lives of a Ikea coffee table in D.C. [Washington Post]


Corporate Spending: D.C. companies spend big on their holiday parties.

Fresh Meat: D.C. Council freshman get ready for the dais.

Wishful Thinking: A booze delivery service announced plans Wednesday to start delivering weed if, of course, Congress allows weed to be legalized in D.C.

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

  • Congress sticks with budget deal that blocks marijuana legalization. [Times, Politico, WAMUWBJ]
  • D.C. Council freshmen prepare to take the dais. [LL]
  • How District developers get around rent control laws. [WCP]
  • Vince Gray sets up a committee to handle Marion Barry renaming requests. [LL]
  • Marijuana backers march on Congress. [Post]
  • Olympic bid wants Muriel Bowser to come to final pitch, but a D.C. Council meeting has to be moved first. [Post]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton thinks Congress may have accidentally kept legalization in place. [WAMU]
  • Post ed board on marijuana deal: “The hypocrisy is stunning even by the standards of Capitol Hill.” [Post]
  • Solar activists are wary of the Pepco merger. [WAMU]
  • Chinatown program will test performance parking rates. [WAMU]
  • No commitments on when the streetcar will start up. [WAMU]

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

  • Grading the city’s performance on homeless services since last winter. [DCFPI]
  • The challenge of Capitol Crossing [Post]
  • D.C. takes over its first (small) chunk of Walter Reed. [WBJ]
  • Inside that strange annual institution, the holiday office party [Y&H]
  • D.C.-area home prices hit highest November mark since 2006. [UrbanTurf]
  • Former NFL player Domonique Foxworth buys upper Northwest house for $4 million. [WBJ]
  • Holiday gift ideas for the D.C. urbanist [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Cleveland Park 6BR house—-$1,988,888

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

  • Jack on Fire’s newest diss track tells Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, who’s messing with our pot legalization, “Have a hit of this bong.” [Arts Desk]
  • How local dream-pop act Young Rapids almost broke up, added guitarist Alex Braden, and recorded a second album in an isolated house in Maryland [BYT]
  • The American Film Institute has tapped Michael Lumpkin as the new head of AFI DOCS. [Post]
  • Chris Rock showed up at a D.C. screening of his new film, Top Five. [Post]
  • Corcoran students don’t feel all that welcome at GW. [Washingtonian]
  • Shy Glizzy talks himself up to the Fader, telling reporter Briana Younger that as far as Mike Brown and Ferguson go, “I don’t really feel that [it could’ve been me]. I don’t ever fear stuff. I’m not worried about no police.” [Fader]

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

  • Former CityZen chef Eric Ziebold reveals plans for his next restaurants. [Post]
  • The best new bars of 2014 [DCist]
  • The most expensive burger in D.C. is now $39 at Decanter. [Washingtonian]
  • Thip Khao and Bangkok Golden chef Seng Luangrath‘s son now works at Minibar. [Eater]
  • Three new reasons to check out Bloomingdale [Zagat]
  • A guide to giving Virginia wines this holiday season [NoVa Mag]
  • Chef Nick Stefanelli has left Bibiana to open his own restaurant. [Post]