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D.C. is expected to see between three and six inches of snow during this morning’s commute. D.C. Public Schools, the D.C. government, and the federal government all called a snow day.


  • At the Washington Teachers’ Union mayoral debate last night, Mayor Vince Gray struggled as his opponents pounced on his education record. [Loose Lips]
  • Local cops are reportedly mining cell phone data of hundreds of people at a time, even if they’re not suspects, to figure out crime locations, identities, and call information. [WUSA9]
  • Washington Pigskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan won’t comment on his reportedly strained relationship with team owner Dan Snyder. [WAMU]
  • Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham announced he is running for re-election and sort of commented on allegations of impropriety surrounding a lottery contract: “I certainly wish I hadn’t said what I said, if I said it.” [Loose Lips]


Sign, Sealed, Delivered: The Board of Elections started collecting signatures to get on the mayoral ballot Monday, and Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal, and Muriel Bowser turned in a combined 13,000 signatures, with Bowser accounting for 8,000 of those. (Candidates are required to submit 2,000 legitimate signatures to get on the ballot.)

Moonie Love Child: The Washington Times’ founder, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who also founded the Unification Church, reportedly made the paper’s publisher raise his love child decades ago.

Bitecoin: The Peruvian Brothers food truck will start accepting bitcoins.

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

  • Vince Gray faces a tough crowd in his first debate. [LLPost, NBC 4]
  • Ward 1 councilmember Jim Graham is running for re-election. [LLPostWashingtonian, WAMU]
  • Graham opponents should consider dropping out to avoid splitting the vote, Post ed board says. [Post]
  • Muriel BowserAndy Shallal, and Vincent Orange turn in combined 13,000 signatures. [LL]
  • One tax commission plan costs around $20 million, the other, $141 million. [Post]
  • None of the fire department’s pumper trucks has been tested since 2010. [WJLA]
  • More on alleged rape at Wilson Pool. [Post]
  • D.C. health exchange says it’s not as bad as Congress says. [WBJ]
  • D.C. cop accused of making child porn set to be released. [Post]
  • Good thing D.C. ditched Stadium Club. [City Desk]

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

  • As economies improve, should cities cut transit fares or increase service? [Streetsblog]
  • Metro explains why it’s considering Option C: raise fares. [PlanItMetro]
  • Big commercial property on Congress Heights’ main drag failed to sell at auction. [CHOTR]
  • D.C.’s fire vehicle safety is way behind other cities’. [WJLA]
  • Vince Gray‘s schools agenda doesn’t go over well with teachers union audience. [LL]
  • Why green bike lanes are valuable. [GGW]
  • Bus priority lanes aren’t very effective. Time for enforcement or contraflow lanes. [PlanItMetro]
  • Today on the market: Bungalow on steroids—$4,500,000

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

  • Old people be talkin’ during movies. In a crazy ironic twist, they’re also the first to shush you in the library. John Kelly should write a column about that, too. [Post]
  • This forthcoming animal art in Capitol Hill had better be damn cute. [DCist]
  • Billy Joel is overwhelmed by the Kennedy Center Honors. Overwhelmed! [Los Angeles Times]
  • Let D.C. poetry organization Split This Rock tell you what poetry to read. [Split This Rock]
  • Dave McKenna goes deep on Neil Young at the Cellar Door. [Post]
  • D.C. movie critics weigh in on their 2013 picks. [DCist]
  • Comics talk about their favorite comics. [BYT]

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

  • Where to take an afternoon tea break [Zagat]
  • The 11 most messed up things that happened in food this year [HuffPost]
  • Find grandmotherly Greek food at YiaYia’s Kitchen in Beltsville. [Washingtonian]
  • Where to get goat [Eater]
  • Logan Circle Chipotle opening Dec. 12. [PoPville]
  • 2013 cookbook gift guide [Serious Eats]
  • Stripper sues steakhouse/strip joint Stadium Club for failure to pay wages. [City Desk]
  • Photos from the Repeal Day Ball [BYT]