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In his re-election campaign kick-off speech, Mayor Vince Gray apologized for any harm caused by his last mayoral campaign, which is still under federal investigation.


  • In order to improve academic performance, some parents and alumni of Dunbar High School are pushing for it to have greater autonomy from D.C. Public Schools. [Post]
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is said to be considering Harriet Tregoning, D.C.’s director of planning, for the same post in NYC. [Crain’s New York Business]
  • It’s official: Democrat Terry McAuliffe is the governor of Virginia. [WAMU]
  • LivingSocial’s CEO to step down. [City Desk]


Fiction Issue: ICYMI, our second annual Fiction Issue, featuring tales of the District from best-selling author Louis Bayard and the three winners of our short story contest. Bonus: The winners of our first ever photography contest.

Bear Migration:  DC Eagle, the legendary gay bar and leather daddy hotspot, is moving east of the Anacostia River.

Lucky Dude: This guy just won two tickets to every 9:30 Club show in 2014 as part of the club’s annual holiday charity raffle.

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

  • Vince Gray kicks off his new campaign, apologizes for the last one. [LLWashingtonianPost]
  • Read Gray’s speech. [LLPost]
  • Business community heavies meet for Gray, plan to raise $1 million in three weeks. [Post]
  • Fringe candidate Christian Carter crashes mayoral debate. [LL]
  • It’s Vincent Orange party time. [LL]
  • Gray campaign tussles with reporter Tom Sherwood. [LL]
  • Tommy Wells wants affordable housing in D.C. United deal. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Darrell Issa ambivalent on bill that would lift the 30-day congressional review period. [Post]
  • D.C. not so hot of a moving destination anymore. [WBJ]
  • Chicago Bulls fan tied to carjacking. [WTOP]
  • District sells morgue photos to grieving relatives. [Post]
  • Best of luck to departing WBJ reporter Ben Fischer. [WBJ]
  • Architects love Metro architects. [Housing Complex]
  • Fatal shooting Sunday. [CBS]

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

  • Trump hotel plans get thumbs up from NCPC. [WBJ]
  • Mystery hotel bookings boom in the poor economy. [Post]
  • Using your SmarTrip on a bus just got a little easier. [DCist]
  • Mayor Vince Gray will meet with community about CSX rail risks. [Hill Rag]
  • Deer culling debate continues to brew. [WJLA]
  • Snow slide coming to St. Elizabeths. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Columbia Heights 1BR—$359,900

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips? aschweitzer@washingto

  • The not-actually-flea-market Renoir must return to the Baltimore Museum of Art, orders a federal judge. [Post]
  • More about the major Renwick Gallery renovation, which will close the museum for two years and install some technological upgrades, among other big changes. [Post]
  • Northeast Library scheduled to reopen Feb. 3. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Dismemberment Plan to play Coachella. [Stereogum]
  • Meet Marc Eisenberg, the guy who won two free tickets to every 9:30 Club show in 2014. [Arts Desk]
  • In an interview with DJ Heat, Pusha T talks Shy Glizzy, Fat Trel, and (pretty much confirmed) rumors of a Clipse reunion. [YouTube]
  • If you liked Washington City Paper‘s Fiction Issue, come to our reading Jan. 19 at Politics & Prose. [City Desk]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The president and vice president eat at The Coupe. [Eater]
  • Dino’s tenure extended until February, while Dino’s Grotto signs lease in Shaw. [Post]
  • Mama Chuy and Kushi now offering delivery. [PoPville]
  • Ten wintry desserts [The Plate]
  • Bistro Bis reopens after renovation. [Zagat]
  • How to host your own fondu party [Express]
  • Virginia’s Old Bust Head Brewing Company starts brewing. [NoVa Mag]