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The D.C. Council passed legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50 by 2016. Mayor Vince Gray, who previously backed a $10 minimum wage, is expected to sign the bill.


  • Councilman and mayoral candidate Tommy Wells introduced legislation that would give police and firefighters cost-of-living salary adjustments. Mayor Vince Gray called the bill election-pandering. [WAMU]
  • A D.C. cop charged with prostituting teenage girls is due in court today. [WJLA]
  • The Council rejected plans to fund Mayor Vince Gray‘s proposal to replace all residents’ trash cans and recycling bins. [Post]
  • Family and co-workers of Ronald Kirby, the murdered director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, are collecting money to create a reward fund to help solve the crime. [News4]


Stencil Pusher: ICYMI: Our latest cover story investigates the friendly graffiti messages stenciled on the city’s bike lanes—-and discovers the mysterious artist behind them.

Exclusive Eats: The year’s toughest restaurant reservations.

Pocket Change: This Georgetown rowhouse can be yours for the bargain price of $6 million. 

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

  • Council gives final approval to $11.50 minimum wage, Vince Gray expected to sign. [LLWAMU]
  • Bad news for LivingSocial: “The daily deal is looking deader than disco.” [WBJ]
  • Council bounces Gray’s Supercan funding plan. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells backs cost of living increase for cops, firefighters. [NBC 4]
  • WUSA9 anchor J.C. Hayward deals with attorney general lawsuit. [Post]
  • WBJ looks bad at the Walmart fight. [WBJ]
  • Gray angles to put Wizards practice facility in D.C. [Post]
  • Why is Qatar interested in D.C. real estate? [Post]
  • MedStar wants to head downtown. [WBJ]

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

  • The most popular non-work Metro ride: Gallery Place for shopping or eating. [PlanItMetro]
  • Georgetown dreams of Metro but also has shorter-term goals. [WBJ]
  • Wisconsin Avenue traffic calming doesn’t calm neighbors, gets nixed. [GGW]
  • D.C. Council likely to get D.C. United stadium proposal by Christmas. [DCist]
  • One hundred and ninety affordable apartments and 71 townhouses planned for Congress Heights. [WBJ]
  • We’re no Provo, Utah, but D.C.’s the seventh most walkable city in America. [Governing]
  • Fewer D.C.-area homeowners are underwater. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Capitol Riverfront 1BR—$323,900

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? jfischer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Library of Congress adds Pulp FictionMary PoppinsThe Magnificent Seven, and others to the National Film Registry. [Post]
  • How D.C. Cab got D.C. right [DCist]
  • Obama wishes Washington worked more like House of Cards [Mashable]
  • An Arena Stage program for creative youth is visiting India. [Post]

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

  • What to give when you give the gift of booze [Drink DC]
  • Rogue 24 investor Hilda Staples sues chef/owner RJ Cooper for breach on contract. [Post]
  • Macon Bistro & Larder coming to Chevy Chase this spring. [WBJ]
  • 3 Stars Brewing Company to launch Illuminati Reserve Society, giving members beer perks. [DC Beer]
  • Alexandria’s Mango Mike’s to close after 18 years. [Post]
  • H Street NE residents and restaurants spar over longer rooftop hours. [District Cuisine]
  • The most anticipated winter restaurant openings [Eater]
  • Roof Bethesda slated to open Dec. 28. [Bethesda Mag]
  • The best dishes of 2013 [Zagat]