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In 2013, D.C. reported nearly 1,400 robberies involving a gun—-a drop of 6 percent from 2012.


  • Get ready: On Tuesday, D.C. could see temperatures with a wind chill factor of -20 degrees. [News4]
  • D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says she wants more community input before she outlines a plan for how to improve the city’s long-struggling middle schools. [Post]
  • Albercht Gero Muth, the husband of Georgetown socialite Viola Herms Drath and the man accused of murdering her, goes on trial today. Because of health reasons, he will not be present for his trial, but will listen in via an audio feed. [Post]
  • A family located its missing son after USA Today published an AP photo of him taken in D.C. for a story about the cold weather. [AP]


Bad Rap: The mayoral campaign is officially underway, and Mayor Vince Gray already has a diss song.

Geography Bee: All the D.C. maps you could ever need.

Food Porn: Some pictures of the food offerings at Mount Vernon Triangle’s newest restaurant, Silo.

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

  • David Catania and schools chancellor Kaya Henderson spar over middle schools. [Post]
  • Options charter scandal gets a new allegation. [Post]
  • Post ed board surveys mayor’s race, leaves Vincent Orange off list of “capable” councilmembers running. [Post]
  • David Grosso wants a larger list of medical conditions eligible for marijuana prescriptions. [WAMU]
  • Vince Gray trash-talked in rap. [LL]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: candidates lack education ideas. [Post]
  • The Rock Creek Park deer culls return. [WAMU]
  • “New” developments on the D.C. United stadium deal aren’t so new after all. [Housing Complex]
  • Every D.C. map you’ll ever need. [Housing Complex]

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

  • Today, D.C. and Maryland leaders welcome the first 7000-series Metro train. [WMATA]
  • Metro commuters stand to lose thanks to Congress. [Mobility Lab]
  • A closer look at the contest to redesign MLK Library. [Architect]
  • Lots of details on Metro’s hopes for development around five stations [Post]
  • Work will start soon on the big office complex atop I-395. [WBJ]
  • With Coast Guard settled in, Homeland Security aims to move to St. Elizabeths. [WBJ]
  • More details on the Spy Museum’s move to Mt. Vernon Square. [Hill Rag]
  • Various experts predict a better-but-not-great 2014 for the D.C. region. [Post]
  • London considers bike highway through the sky. [Guardian]
  • Today on the market: Chancellor’s Row townhouse—$834,180

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Pigskins percussionist dies at age 53. [Post]
  • New book explores Mark Twain‘s years in D.C. [Arts Desk]
  • Ahhhh House of Cards director commentaries!! [Huffington Post]
  • Yeah, let’s just watch TV all winter. [Post]

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

  • Where to drink warm cocktails [Eater]
  • Food predictions for 2014: tea, cauliflower, ice cream sandwiches, and more [NPR]
  • Ten New Years resolution-friendly restaurants [The Plate]
  • Chef Chris Watson parts ways with Ovvio Osteria. [Post]
  • Custom Fuel opening near Howard University on Tuesday. [PoPville]
  • The 25 most anticipated restaurant openings across the country [Zagat]
  • Taste test at Sugar Daddy’s Bakery in Adams Morgan [BYT]