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During the course of the city’s recent biennial 5×5 Project—-a government-funded, city-wide, public art exhibit—-the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities yanked two pieces that created a public outcry. Our latest cover story explores what led to the decisions to remove these already-commissioned art pieces and just how much public input there should be in public art.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A deep look at the complicated D.C. United deal and the battle Mayor Vince Gray is facing with a skeptical D.C. Council. [Housing Complex]
  • After a year of turmoil for the D.C. Fire Department, Gray tried to portray a healthier department during a press conference Wednesday—-showing off a fleet of new equipment and new recruits. [Washington Post]
  • The man convicted of killing Chandra Levy in 2001 was back in D.C. Superior Court Wednesday as the latest round of hearings in his request for a new trial begins. [Washington Post]
  • Registered nurses rallied outside the White House and D.C.’s Providence Hospital Wednesday, protesting what they say is the hospital’s refusal to properly address Ebola-related health and safety concerns. [WAMU]

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

Refugee to Restaurateur: The story behind Thip Khao—-D.C.’s first Laotian restaurant opening in Columbia Heights in early December.

Underground Economy: An illustrated look a the Dupont Underground space.

Say What?: Where is talk about this Wizards practice stadium in Shaw coming from? Administration officials say that for the last few months talks have been stuck in a preliminary and hypothetical stage.

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

  • After a summer of government intervention in public art, how much of the public should be in public art? [WCP]
  • Tommy Wells and Andy Shallal make Bowser’s transition team. [LL]
  • Vince Gray backs a Wizards practice facility in the District but won’t commit to proposed Shaw location. [LL]
  • But then again, it might not actually be a thing. [Housing Complex]
  • The D.C. United stadium deal heads to the Council. [Housing Complex]
  • Interim fire chief wants to be considered for the Bowser administration. [Times, Post]
  • Post ed board backs David Grosso‘s electoral bills. [Post]
  • Council looks kindly so far on McMillan development. [WBJ]
  • Committee of 100 sues over CSX tunnel. [City Desk]
  • Park Morton housing complex gets closer to development. [Housing Complex]
  • Bike bill gets stuck again. [Post]
  • Housing Authority HQ gets a developer. [Housing Complex]
  • Gray stands behind District’s healthcare implementation. [WBJ]
  • District covers up a blighted corner. [WBJ]

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

  • What’s the public’s role in public art? [WCP]
  • D.C. Council seems to view McMillan project favorably. [WBJ]
  • Get ready for a bold design for Georgetown’s Exxon station redevelopment. [UrbanTurf]
  • A hand-drawn tour of the Dupont Underground and its progress [City Desk]
  • An attempt to mask D.C.’s most infamous vacant bank [WBJ]
  • D.C. is the most Uber-friendly city in the country. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: 2BR Bloomingdale condo—-$529,000

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

  • When asked by Rolling Stone to describe D.C. punk act Priests, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo came up with “charming.” [Bandwidth]
  • Listen to Clones of Clones‘ catchy, slinky-turned-sludgy new track, “I Don’t Need Your Love.” [Arts Desk]
  • At the University of Maryland, a play about the killing of Mike Brown and unrest in Ferguson, Mo. [Post]
  • YouTube highlights from the Concert for Valor [Stereogum]
  • Photos of the Nels Cline Singers at the Atlas Performing Arts Center [BYT]
  • The Phillips Collection is raising money to build a website featuring all 60 panels of Jacob Lawrence‘s “The Migration Series.” [Post]

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

  • The Passenger will close Jan. 1, and Columbia Room will relocate to Blagden Alley. [Post]
  • Recap of D.C. Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight [Eater]
  • Ten best nachos in D.C. [DCist]
  • Ten new happy hours to try [Washingtonian]
  • Beer garden season countdown begins. [PoPville]
  • Taste test of Mike Isabella‘s Pepita pop-up at G [BYT]
  • Seven year-round outdoor spots in D.C. [Zagat]