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Local undocumented immigrants celebrated outside the White House last night after President Barack Obama announced a plan that would protect millions of people from deportation, though some still think more needs to be done. Before Obama made his announcement, there was a fighting match outside between the pro-immigration activists and counter-protesters.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was admitted to Howard University Hospital Thursday after complaining of discomfort.  [Washington Post]
  • A woman was arrested for carrying an unregistered handgun holstered on the front of her hip near the White House Thursday during a demonstration. [News4]
  • Metro is still having escalator problems. One of three newly installed escalators, for instance, at the Pentagon station has not worked for 40 days. [WAMU]
  • Mayor Vince Gray says his attorney has a standing offer to reject plea offers from U.S. Attorney Ron Machen. As such, Gray says he wasn’t involved in discussions with the attorney’s office that resulted in his lawyer rejecting a plea deal in September on his behalf. [Loose Lips]

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

The People Issue: The second annual People Issue is online and on stands this week. Pick it up to read interviews with the people who make life in the District so interesting—-from a prominent chef, to leaders in the cycling community, to Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser, to the in-game Nationals DJ. And make sure to check out the gorgeous portraits by Darrow Montgomery (this year, in full color!).

DC Cool: What’s cooler than cool? D.C. sidewalks, of course!

The Eagle Has Not Landed: D.C. Eagle, one of the city’s oldest gay bars, announced that it will postpone its Nov. 22 reopening date.

Hottest Reservation: Rose’s Luxury, the award-winning restaurant that famously doesn’t accept reservations, will auction off two reservations for charity.

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

  • The 50 best restaurants of northern Virginia [NoVa Mag]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s committee is holding up a deal with Akridge that could be leverage on the soccer stadium. [WBJ]
  • Marion Barry hospitalized “out of precaution.” [NBC4]
  • Vince Gray claims he wasn’t involved in rejecting a plea deal from the U.S. Attorney. [LL]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: Bowser’s transition isn’t built for change. [Post]
  • Bowser talks about the marijuana initiative and convicted ex-advisor Tom Lindenfeld. [LL]
  • Attorney General-elect Karl Racine promises to be an “independent dude.” [LL]
  • Councilgram catches another councilmember parking illegally. [Instagram]
  • What’s cooler than being cool? Sidewalks. [City Desk]
  • Top lobbyist Rod Woodson helps shopping center fight opening of gay bar. [Blade]
  • Ward 4 public charter school investigated for breaking test rules. [Post]
  • Superior Court judge Herbert B. Dixon Jrwill retire next year. [Post]
  • Could the Department of Health possibly allow a cafe with cats? [Post]
  • Is hiring a catering company for a dinner party worth it? [Post]
  • Restaurant folks share their hangover cures. [BYT]
  • StarChefs.com selects D.C.’s rising stars. [Eater]
  • Chef Andrew Evans is bringing barbecue to Union Market. [Washingtonian]
  • Five takes on the Thanksgiving sandwich [Zagat]
  • Late-night weekend happy hour begins at DC Harvest. [PoPville]

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

  • A small dose of clarity on the latest puzzling DC Cool ad [City Desk]
  • The Lanier Heights pop-up saga continues. [GGW]
  • Two councilmembers weigh in against zoning change for troubled Columbia Heights building. [SALM]
  • Home flipping is declining, but it’s more profitable than ever. [CityLab]
  • AG-elect Karl Racine seems open to using eminent domain for stadium deal. [LL]
  • The D.C. area’s violent crime rate is the lowest of any major metro. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: 1BR condo by Thomas Circle—-$374,000

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

  • Watch Tereu Tereu‘s gauzy, aquamarine new video for “Spanish Lynx,” filmed entirely on a cell phone. [Arts Desk]
  • Why the Smithsonian shouldn’t be immune from criticism for showing Bill Cosby‘s art collection [Post]
  • Listen to a compilation with tracks from Puff Pieces, Jack on Fire, the Sweater Set, Insect Factory, and other local music acts to benefit a church in Bloomingdale. [DCist]
  • Artist Amy Hughes Braden on how the Virgin Mary relates to “endless shrimp” [East City Art]
  • A preview of a new dinosaur exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History [Washingtonian]
  • The National Gallery of Art acquired the first comic books of its permanent collection. [Post]
  • DCist picks the best museums and galleries in D.C. [DCist]
  • Listen to Baby Bry Bry and the Apologists‘ new ballad, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • The 50 best restaurants of northern Virginia [NoVa Mag]
  • Is hiring a catering company for a dinner party worth it? [Post]
  • Restaurant folks share their hangover cures. [BYT]
  • StarChefs.com selects D.C.’s rising stars. [Eater]
  • Chef Andrew Evans is bringing barbecue to Union Market. [Washingtonian]
  • Five takes on the Thanksgiving sandwich [Zagat]
  • Late-night weekend happy hour begins at DC Harvest. [PoPville]