We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to email@example.com.
It was good, it was bad, it was definitely boozy: Pick up our latest issue to flip through our annual Encyclopedia of D.C. to relive the year that was.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- D.C. schools reported a big jump in test scores, but, overall, still lag behind other urban school districts. [Housing Complex]
- After years of decline, the District’s homicide rate is up this year. [AP]
- The D.C. Council is considering legislation Thursday that would seal the criminal records of people convicted of marijuana possession if their cases did not involve violence. [AP]
- Metro planners have suggested adding 10 new stations and creating four “super stations” at the two Farragut Square stations, Union Station, the Capitol South station, and the Pentagon station. [Post]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Quotables: Submit your nomination for best political quote of the year to Loose Lips.
Real World Panda: Starting January 18, the public can visit the baby panda, Bao Bao, at the National Zoo.
Fancy Poison: The Japanese tora-fugu, a type of blowfish with deadly poison in its organs, is back on the menus at Kaz Sushi Bistro and Sushi Taro.
LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The 2013 D.C. Encyclopedia is here! Ambulance fires, Vince Gray making up his mind, Marion Barry as Scandal fan, and more. [WCP]
- Jim Graham wants office space on the redeveloped Reeves Center land. [Post]
- Test scores up, but D.C. still lags behind other systems. [WAMU, Post]
- Tax commission passes its recommendations. [Post]
- Attorney general’s office alleges WUSA9 anchor J.C. Hayward was even more involved in alleged charter school self-dealing. [Post]
- Post ed board: After parking meter spat, Council should ditch contracting approval. [Post]
- Homicides up in 2013. [WTOP]
- The Metropolitan Branch Trail still isn’t done. [WAMU]
- Police investigating vandalism of Blade, Metro Weekly boxes. [Blade]
- Developer proposes Congress Heights development. [WBJ]
- Metro planners consider “super stations.” [Post]
- What should the 11th Street Bridge Park look like? [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips? email@example.com)
- A modest but attractive redesign of the Metro map [Behance]
- Georgetown condo sells for a record $5.2 million. [WBJ]
- Jim Graham is treating the Reeves Center “like a building he can personally construct with Legos.” [Blade]
- Why is the northern segment of the Metropolitan Branch Trail taking so long? [WAMU]
- JBG’s planning a big project for Dupont. [WBJ]
- CBS is not so good on the Capital Bikeshare facts. [WashCycle]
- The streetcar barn has gotten a lot more expensive. [WAMU]
- Today on the market: Adams Mill Road 1BR—$385,000
ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans wants too put $25 million into D.C.’s currently dormant film incentive fund. [Washingtonian]
- ICYMI: Nude-focused Georgetown gallery MOCA DC has left the District, will hold one last pasties-fueled bash in semisecret location. [Arts Desk]
- What an exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts is doing at the Freer [Express]
- A close look at a “Ubuhle Women,” a seven-panel ndwango canvas on display at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum [Express]
- When D.C. Cab opened in 1983, you could see it at 18 Washington-area theaters. What are they now? [DCist]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- The ultimate bartenders’ guide to holiday punches [BYT]
- The man who duped millionaires into paying big bucks for fake wines [NPR]
- Ten gifts for foodies under $40 [Washingtonian]
- Bar Charley introduces new menu and chef. [Post]
- Chefs past and present talk about five years of Bourbon Steak. [Eater]
- Bryan Voltaggio‘s Lunchbox closes in Frederick. [Don Rockwell]
- Ten biggest food social media moments of 2013 [Zagat]