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As 2013 comes to a close, Washington City Paper writers round up this year’s winners and losers in real estate and housing development; restaurants, D.C. politics; photography; theater; and local music.


  • The three major health insurance providers in the District will accept premiums as late as Jan. 15 from customers seeking coverage starting Jan. 1. [AP]
  • Four banks were robbed in the D.C. area over a three-day span. [Post]
  • A man dressed as Santa was shot on Christmas Eve by a pellet gun while delivering toys in Southeast D.C. [News4]
  • Jerry A. Moore III, a prominent D.C. land-use and government-affairs lawyer, was named a chairman of Mayor Vince Gray‘s re-election campaign. The campaign is expected to announce three more chairs in the days leading up to the campaign’s official launch on Jan. 11. [Post]


New Wave Politics: City Paper‘s Aaron Wiener introduces us to Ubertarians. The Post’s Clinton Yates responds with some definitions of his own.

Going Orange: The five strangest parts of Vince Orange‘s RFK Stadium plan. 

Happy Festivus: Sen. Rand Paul celebrated Festivus on Twitter, and took a jab at D.C. parking. 

LOOSE LIPS’ Will Sommer is on vacation. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • D.C. United could be spared taxes in stadium deal. [Post]
  • Energy Department headed to The Portals in Southwest. [WBJ]
  • NCPC’s plan for overhauling 10th Street SW [SWTLQTC]
  • Architects weigh in on the Height Act. [GGW]
  • Jim Graham‘s not very optimistic about Howard Town Center. [WBJ]
  • Merry Christmas, Metro, part one: First 7000-series railcar arrives. [GGW]
  • Merry Christmas, Metro, part two: Hurricane Sandy funds could be on the way. [DCist]
  • Homewood Suites coming to New York Avenue NW. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Tucked-away Dupont rowhouse—$1,200,000

ARTS LINKS by Ally Schweitzer will return tomorrow (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

YOUNG & HUNGRY’S Jessica Sidman is on vacation. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)