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The memorial services for Marion Barry are still ongoing, but the search for his replacement to represent Ward 8 on the D.C. Council is already underway. A special election for the seat will be held April 28, and interested candidates can pick up ballot petitions starting Monday, Dec. 8. To qualify, candidates must get the signatures of 500 Ward 8 residents by Jan. 28.


  • It looks like the D.C. Council will approve spending $170 million to help complete the D.C. United stadium deal—-a deal that does not include the city trading the Reeves Center on 14th and U streets NW. [News4]
  • Mayor Vince Gray is expected to introduce legislation today to make the troubled New Communities Initiative—-an ambitious affordable housing strategy—-more transparent and accountable. [Washington Post]
  • Metro needs more money and is asking Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. for more funds to plug its budget hole. [WAMU]
  • District police are investigating a spate of gun violence that killed three people over the weekend. On Monday morning, two Dunbar High School students were wounded in gun fire. [Washington Post]


What a Life: A man went to a years worth of free 9:30 Club shows and now has a new appreciation for drummers.

Say What?: At a Marion Barry rally featuring Harry Thomas Jr. in front of the Wilson Building, a community leader threw out a gay slur.

A Go-Go Celebration: Marion Barry will get a go-go celebration featuring D.C.’s biggest names.

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

  • D.C. Council votes today on D.C. United bill without the Reeves Center. [WAMUPostWBJ]
  • Anti-gay slurs and Harry Thomas Jr. pop up at Marion Barry memorial event. [LL]
  • Muriel Bowser launches her inaugural committee, which can take up to $10,000 in individual donations. [LL]
  • Vince Gray wants to start the New Communities initiative again. [Post]
  • Kenyan McDuffie wants trash transfer station seized with eminent domain. [Housing Complex]
  • Gray tells Time why people loved Barry. [Time]
  • Ward 8 special election set for April. [Post]
  • Primary date could move back to September. [WAMU]
  • Chavouses want H Street and Benning Road renamed for Barry. [WAMU]
  • Barry remembrance, holiday party set for tonight. [Anacostia Coordinating Council]
  • Metro says it needs more money from the District and everyone else. [WAMU]
  • Watch this space: spreadsheet promises to track Bowser’s mayoral campaign promises. [D.C. Reporting Project]
  • Would-be bike protections on Pennsylvania Avenue NW still unfixed. [WAMU]

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

  • Downtown church tries to block K Street streetcar plans. [Post]
  • Dropping the Reeves Center from the D.C. United stadium deal could mean an extra $70 million in city debt. [WBJ]
  • D.C.’s total property tax assessments are at an all-time high. [Center for Regional Analysis]
  • DDOT still says the streetcar will open by year’s end. [DCist]
  • Rapid rehousing works for some, not for others. [Post]
  • A map of Columbia Heights with funny street names in 1887. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Columbia Heights poll: Readers predict Buffalo Wild Wings will replace Ruby Tuesday. [New Columbia Heights]
  • You can pay for the right to a 2017 inauguration reservation at the Trump Hotel, if you correctly predict the winner. [Post]
  • Today on the market: West End 1BR condo—-$425,000

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

  • Marc Eisenberg saw a year’s worth of free 9:30 Club shows and came out with a greater appreciation for drummers. [Arts Desk]
  • A Q&A with Luke Wyatt, aka Torn Hawk, on “video mulch” and making music in the “smudge zone” [Bandwidth]
  • D.C. hair salons are changing their schedules for the Kennedy Center Honors [Post]
  • Marion Barry will get a go-go celebration at Ibiza on Thursday. [Arts Desk]
  • The National Endowment for the Arts grants $100,000 to the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child art-education program. [Post]
  • A guide to December’s D.C. comedy offerings [BYT]

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

  • Rose’s Luxury auctions off reservation for $1,075. [Eater]
  • Rose’s Luxury will open up reservations for New Year’s Eve. [Washingtonian]
  • Five dishes to try from Pearl Dive Oyster Palace‘s new chef [Zagat]
  • One to One Lebanese Bistro coming to Adams Morgan. [PoPville]
  • Where to go for romance in December [Post]
  • Inside Guantanamo Bay’s kitchen [VICE]