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The D.C. Council passed legislation Tuesday that allows the city to fine people $25 and businesses $125 for not clearing their snow 24 hours after a storm. The bill includes exemptions for the disabled and elderly.


  • Arlington officials spiked two long-planned streetcar projects Tuesday because of resident opposition. [Washington Post]
  • Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser says she wants to complete a D.C. United stadium deal, but without the city trading the Reeves Center on 14 and U streets NW as part of it. [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. Police are investigating a double shooting that happened Tuesday night two blocks away from Gallaudet University. [News4]
  • Giant grocery stores are warning customers that they sold packages of vacuumed smoked salmon that may be contaminated with listeria in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and D.C. [Washington Post]
  • The new Republican House oversight committee chair wants D.C. to be part of Maryland. [City Desk]


Cat Cafe: It’s real. It’s coming to D.C. And there will be a cover charge.

Standing by Cosby: Despite more than a dozen rape allegations against him, Ben’s Chili Bowl says Bill Cosby is still part of the family and he can get free food whenever he wants.

Happy Thanksgiving!: A look at the best and worst times to travel in and out of D.C. around Thanksgiving.

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

  • Muriel Bowser says she’ll take the Reeves Center out of the soccer stadium deal. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Council passes asset forfeiture reform. [PostTimes, WAMU,
  • New snow bill could actually put teeth in shoveling law. [LL, WAMU,
  • Council approves shelter definition, even though Vince Gray told them not to. [Housing Complex]
  • Despite rape allegations, Bill Cosby is still in at Ben’s Chili Bowl. [City Desk]
  • Andy Shallal will finally open a restaurant in Anacostia. [WBJ]
  • Uber doesn’t want to report data on handicap-accessible trips. [WAMU]
  • Even minor Height Act change might not happen. [WBJ]
  • District tries to place homeless families ahead of cold weather. [Post]
  • Charter board looks to pull Potomac Prep’s license. [Post]
  • Shaw developers want a break on parking requirements. [Post]
  • Inclusionary zoning program headed for overhaul. [Housing Complex]

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

  • The Arlington streetcar is dead. [Post]
  • Don’t expect the Height Act penthouse change to go into effect anytime soon. [WBJ]
  • Meet D.C.’s new congressional overlord. [City Desk]
  • The Spy Museum could move to L’Enfant Plaza. [Post]
  • The gentrification index gets dangerously high with planned new cat cafe for busy young people. [City Desk]
  • Logan Circle rowhouse sells for $3.9 million. [Post]
  • D.C.’s middle class is more likely to be able to afford homes here than northern Virginia’s. [UrbanTurf]
  • Get ready to pay up if you don’t shovel your sidewalk this winter. [GGW]
  • Council votes to support $100 million minimum for the Housing Production Trust Fund. [CNHED]
  • Conversion of Shaw halfway house to luxury residences gets zoning approval. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Hill East 2BR condo—-$529,000

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

  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company will give out 1,000 free tickets for each of this season’s mainstage productions. [Arts Desk]
  • Despite rape allegations against him from 14 women and counting, Bill Cosby will always eat free at Ben’s Chili Bowl. [City Desk]
  • The Spy Museum might move to L’Enfant Plaza. [Post]
  • Deleted Scenes, the Caribbean, and Tereu Tereu have remixed each other’s songs for an album to benefit HIPS. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Local ’90s pop-punk act Tuscadero will reunite for two shows at Galaxy Hut to benefit a friend with leukemia. [Post]
  • Listen to a tight new album from D.C. R&B six-piece Lowercase Letters. [D.C. Music Download]
  • The Kennedy Center’s Little Dancer has been showing for nearly a month. Why is tomorrow considered “opening night”? [Post]

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

  • Second State will reward “girls who wear dresses and men who wear jackets.” [Post]
  • D.C.’s cupcake ATM has been delayed again. [Eater]
  • Bill Cosby still eats free at Ben’s Chili Bowl. [City Desk]
  • The ultimate guide to Thanksgiving in D.C. [Zagat]
  • The Black Squirrel will offer an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet for $7. [PoPville]
  • D.C.’s best new restaurants of 2013 [Thrillist]
  • Virginia approves booze price increase. [WBJ]