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The Wizards beat the Celtics in double overtime last night. In an emotional post-game interview, guard John Wall dedicated the win to a 6-year-old friend who died of cancer Monday morning.


  • Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser reportedly tapped Alexandria’s top executive, Rashad Young, to be her city administrator. [Washington Post]
  • Metro has cleared up some safety oversight issues, and the new 7000-series Metro cars are coming to the D.C. area in early 2015. [WAMU]
  • Still-Mayor Vince Gray will give his farewell address on Dec. 17 at Dunbar High School, his alma mater. [Loose Lips]
  • Six people, including two young children, were killed yesterday when a jet crashed in Gaithersburg. [Washington Post]


High Way to Hill: Del. Eleanor Holmes doesn’t want the Federal Highway Administration to approve the closure of parts of I-395 for a construction project without consulting the relevant regional members of Congress.

Mouse Tale: The NoMa Harris Teeter was shutdown yesterday after inspectors found a live mouse in a food container, subsequent rodent feces, and flies.

Buy D.C.: Dozens of local holiday gift ideas for your lovers, your friends, their kids, their pets, and more.

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

  • Report: Muriel Bowser will name Alexandria city manager Rashad Young as city administrator. [NBC4]
  • Candidates declare for Ward 4, Ward 8 special elections. [LLTimes]
  • Vince Gray will give his farewell speech next week. [LL]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton wants officials to hit the brakes on 395 closure. [Housing Complex, PostWAMU]
  • A 2014 launch day looks less likely for the streetcar. [WAMU]
  • Congressman aims to quash District traffic cameras. [Roll Call]
  • Marion Barry‘s memorial service in photos [LL]
  • Why District police have taken a light hand with traffic-blocking protesters [WAMU]
  • Fight continues in court over handgun ruling. [DCist]

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

  • The neighborhoods where home prices are rising fastest, led by Hillcrest [UrbanTurf]
  • A look at Bethesda’s $10 million condo [Post]
  • BicycleSPACE is moving—-around the corner. [City Desk]
  • Southwest church set for redevelopment, with a big residential component. [Hill Rag]
  • NoMa Harris Teeter closed for mouse, feces. [City Desk]
  • Houses really are cheaper in the winter. But why? [CityLab]
  • Today on the market: Dupont 2BR condo—-$479,900

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

  • PaperhausAlex Tebeleff is fiddling around with a Moog in preparation for his band’s Kraftwerk cover show. [Arts Desk]
  • A photo gallery and Q&A with Jim Saah, whose photos of D.C. hardcore shows made it into the new Salad Days documentary [Vice]
  • Glenn Meade of ’60s D.C. folk band Vos Cantu Monemus on how the band’s limited-edition 1969 LP came to fetch $1,125 on eBay [DCist]
  • Eight D.C. music photographers explain how they got some of their best shots. [D.C. Music Download]
  • How the technocrat B.J. Novak plays on The Newsroom matches up to the New Republic‘s Chris Hughes [Washingtonian]
  • The creator of the Klingon language, Marc Okrand, plays Scrooge in a Star Trek adaptation of A Christmas Carol. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Start planning New Year’s Eve now. [Post]
  • A guide to Christmas Day dining [Washingtonian]
  • D.C.’s holiday dining survival guide [Zagat]
  • Sam Kass is leaving the White House. [Politico]
  • James Horn is leaving Mike Isabella‘s restaurant group. [Eater]
  • Pop-up cat cafe coming to Rock & Roll Hotel. [City Desk]
  • Salt and Pepper Grill III coming to former Chocolate Crust space. [PoPville]