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People protesting the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision to not charge police officer Darren Wilson with shooting and killing unarmed black teen Michael Brown blocked traffic on I-395 near the 3rd Street Tunnel Sunday afternoon. Dozens of people blocked the road and eight people were arrested.


  • Here are eight pieces of Marion Barry‘s D.C. that highlight his successes and failures and what he left behind. [Washington Post]
  • House Republicans introduced legislation to ban traffic cameras in D.C. [Washington Times]
  • Should Ben’s Chili Bowl paint over its big Bill Cosby mural? [Washington Post]
  • In D.C., some Walmart workers went on strike and protested for higher wages on Black Friday. [WAMU]


Give It Up, D.C.: Check out our annual “Give it Up, D.C.” guide, produced in partnership with the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington—-a list of 54 local nonprofit organizations that are worth your time and money.

Saying Farewell: The city’s schedule of the many Marion Barry memorial services.

Mall Shook Up: An edgy Danish architect’s big plans for the Smithsonian.

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

  • Marion Barry, remembered by his friends and sometimes foes [WCP]
  • Barry memorial and funeral events set for later this week. [LLWAMUTimesPost]
  • Jack Evans hits a pedestrian in his car, but says she’s fine. [Fox 5]
  • Barry’s troubled time on the D.C. Council [LL]
  • Bill from outgoing Republicans would outlaw speed cameras in the District. [Times]
  • Muriel Bowser transition team announces open houses. [WAMU]
  • Post ed board: Check out tax breaks in the D.C. United stadium deal. [Post]
  • District continues to monitor potential Ebola-exposed travelers. [WBJ]
  • Possible Wizards practice facility in Shaw gets a chilly reception in the neighborhood. [Post]
  • Remembering the 1994 shooting at Metropolitan Police Department headquarters [City Desk]
  • Churchgoers fret over the streetcar. [Post]

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

  • D.C. Olympics boosters try to downplay political discord. [AP]
  • So far this year, 482 pedestrians and cyclists have been hit by cars. [DCist]
  • Jack Evans is responsible for one of them. [FoxDC]
  • D.C.-New York travelers have shifted rapidly from air to rail. [CityLab]
  • Southwest plan would improve streets, but maybe not enough. [WashCycle]
  • How new highways nearly destroyed sections of town [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: End-unit rowhouse off U Street NW—-$1,800,000

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

  • Why Ben’s Chili Bowl should get rid of its mural of Bill Cosby [Post]
  • New music from Black Clouds, Fellow Creatures, Asheru, and Pentamon [DCist]
  • Painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby won the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary art prize. [Post]
  • Theater J artistic director Ari Roth says the DCJCC canceled his Voices From a Changing Middle East festival over concerns for conservative donors. [Washingtonian
  • What a Smithsonian paleontologist thinks of the new Jurassic Park trailer [Post]
  • The National Portrait Gallery asked the public to vote on three pieces for its “Recognize” wall, and a portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe won handily. [Post]
  • What President Obama bought at Politics & Prose on Saturday [Post]

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

  • Five new health conscious menus in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Five brunch spots to taste the globe [Post]
  • Daniel Boulud‘s D.C. DBGB doesn’t live up to its New York counterpart. [Washingtonian]
  • Ice cream sandwich business, Milk Cult, finds a permanent home in D.C. [Eater]
  • Holiday place setting guide [BYT]
  • Nagomi Izakaya opens with donburi. [Post]
  • Different kinds of alcohol don’t get you different kinds of drunk. [VICE]