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Prince George’s police are investigating the county’s first two homicides of the year—-one in New Carrolton and the other in Clinton. A woman was shot dead yesterday in her Franconia home; Fairfax police have charged a man in connection with her death. And five people were stabbed early yesterday morning in Adams Morgan; D.C. police say they were assaulted amid a large fight that broke out in District, an 18th Street NW nightclub.


  • In happier New Year’s Eve news, a woman gave birth to twins at Washington Hospital Center—-one in 2013 and the other in 2014. [WAMU]
  • The D.C. area could see one or two inches of snow this evening. [NBC4]
  • Today is the deadline for candidates running in D.C.’s April primary elections to turn in petitions to get on the ballot. [Associated Press]


2014’s Best Nom Noms Noms: Ten upcoming restaurants and bars you’ll want to frequent this year. 

Potent Quotables: “Do you have the piece of the piece?” and other great quotes from the year in D.C. politics.

Gallery Adjustment: There was plenty of innovation in D.C.’s fine art scene this year, but also some major bummers—-the closing of several of the city’s most vital contemporary galleries.

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

  • Annual homicide rate up in 2013 [Times, Post]
  • The D.C. politics quotes of 2013, with a certain bribe-taking pol at the top [LL]
  • Today’s the deadline for nominating signatures. Here’s a look at the races. [WAMU]
  • Post columnist Robert McCartney calls the mayor’s race for Muriel Bowser. [Post]
  • Tommy WellsDavid Grosso to oppose new OSSE head Jesus Aguirre‘s nomination. [Post]
  • Lotto contract wrangling could cost D.C. $300,000. [Post]
  • Demerits and commendations in the annual D.C. statehood “Hoodie” awards [51st State]
  • New traffic cams will issue tickets next month. [Times]
  • Feds get smaller transit benefit, bigger parking benefit. [WAMU]

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

  • We nearly met Anthony Williams‘ goal of 100,000 new residents. [GGW]
  • Police investigate possible drug lab in Columbia Heights. [DCist]
  • Rural Anacostia in 1892 [Ghosts of DC]
  • Urbanist buzzwords to avoid in 2014 (including “urbanism”) [Atlantic Cities]
  • New traffic-camera fines will start on Feb. 1. [WJLA]
  • School Without Walls is D.C.’s most walkable school (but probably not for its students). [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Columbia Heights 1BR—-$395,509

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

  • Macaulay Culkin‘s dumb pizza band will play Black Cat in March. [Post]
  • State Theatre robbed on New Year’s Day. [WJLA]
  • Baltimore Museum of Art fights back against woman’s claim to the stolen (“flea market”) Renoir. [Post]
  • For Richard III, Folger Theatre will go in-the-round for the first time. [Post]
  • Former Smithsonian magazine editor Don Moser dies at age 81. [Post]
  • The most metal moments of 2013 [D.C. Heavy Metal]
  • Galleries’ not-so-great year in D.C. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Headline predictions for 2014 [Eater]
  • 13 restaurant trends that should no longer exist [NoVa Mag]
  • The year in beer and what’s ahead in 2014 [DC Beer]
  • New pastry chef at Trummer’s on Main [Zagat]
  • The best and worst meals of 2013 [Washingtonian]
  • Ivy & Coney opens in Shaw. [Post]
  • The best hangover foods in D.C. [DCist]
  • Ri Ra Irish Pub opens in Georgetown. [PoPville]