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Police Chief Cathy Lanier was forced to defend the professionalism of her department after two of her officers were accused of serious crimes this week. First, an officer was charged in a child pornography case in which he reportedly photographed a teen girl while investigating a complaint that she had run away from home. And on Thursday, news surfaced that an investigation into another missing teen led D.C. police to a cop’s apartment. Inside his apartment, they found evidence of sex trafficking of a minor and child pornography.


  • Local D.C. leaders pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. [WAMU]
  • The Metro Board is considering fare hikes as large as 4 percent and charging bus passengers paying with cash up to $2.10 as a basic fare. [Post]
  • The District doesn’t really stand a chance at keeping the FBI headquarters within city limits. [Housing Complex]
  • A Metro station could be coming to Georgetown…by 2040. [WAMU]


Buy D.C. ICYMI, This week’s Washington City Paper has our comprehensive holiday shopping guide, with tons of advice on finding the perfect gifts for your friends and loved ones right here in the D.C. area.

Going Indie: The Howard Theatre is looking to book more rock and indie shows and appeal to a “younger” clientele.

Fast Facts: All the lively and not-so lively details on the District’s many Christmas tree displays. (Spoiler Alert: The Wilson Building tree is fake.)

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

  • Vince Gray hits the campaign trail. [Post]
  • Inspector general documents youth rehabilitation woes. [WAMU]
  • Tommy Wells pitches youth violence plan. [Current]
  • Petula Dvorak divides D.C. into Fentyland, Gray Area… [Post]
  • District gives up attempts to keep FBI headquarters. [Post, Housing Complex]
  • D.C. police officer tied to prostitution ring. [WTOP, City Desk]
  • Nelson Mandela‘s ties to D.C. [WAMU]
  • Dating app housed in the 1776 incubator plans move to New York. [Post]
  • At least some women thought the Metro shoe ad was a great idea. [Post]
  • Car commuters drop by almost 5 percent in D.C. [WAMU]
  • Adios to WTOP mastermind Jim Farley. [WTOP]
  • Federal transit subsidy could drop, hurt Metro. [WAMU]

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

  • D.C. startup: “D.C. is the right place to get started and New York is the right place to scale.” [Post]
  • DCA apparently has one of the world’s scariest runways. [WJLA]
  • Capitol Riverfront site slated for temporary park and trapeze school. [JDLand]
  • Behold, the Metro map of the future! [PlanItMetro]
  • The president approves of the D.C. Council’s minimum wage hike. [DCist]
  • GAO rejects JBG effort to prevent energy agency from moving. [WBJ]
  • Kennedy Center is $40 million closer to expansion. [DCist]
  • The affordable housing shortage has grown much worse over the last few decades. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: A mansion—$7,500,000

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

  • The Kennedy Center pulls in an additional $40 million for its expansion project. [Post]
  • Howard Theatre looks to book more and “younger” shows, tightening competition with 9:30 Club and other nearby venues. [Arts Desk]
  • Wild Flag (officially) breaks up. [Arts Desk]
  • “Renoir Girl” may have been shopping around her mom’s stolen Renoir painting without her knowledge. [Post]
  • Another profile of local MC Prinz-D, who calls himself the first deaf rapper [WAMU]
  • If you’d like to visit the Renwick Gallery, better do it soon before it closes for renovation. [Eye Level]
  • An advance look at the new Rubenstein Gallery at the National Archives [Washingtonian]
  • Ex-Holocaust Museum staffer Sam Eskenazi continues to push his idea for a Museum of the American People. [WBJ]
  • ICYMI: Our big feature this week looks at the legacy of TCB‘s deceased lead talker Reginald “Polo” Burwell, the engineer of D.C.’s bounce beat sound. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Neighborhood Restaurant Group wine director Brent Kroll chronicles a week of drinking. [BYT]
  • Cocktails make a comeback at Cork Wine Bar. [Eater]
  • Pinstripes opening in Georgetown in January. [PoPville]
  • Five winter cocktails to sip at P.O.V Lounge at the W Hotel [Girl Meets Food]
  • Baltimore bar-hopping cheat sheet [Post]
  • Try The Dude sandwich at Each Peach in Mount Pleasant. [Zagat]
  • New chef at the Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Va. [NoVa Mag]