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The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 by 2016 and expand mandatory paid sick leave to tipped workers in the District.


  • A suspect died and a police officer was injured after a gunfire exchange last night near Gallaudet University in Northeast D.C. [News4]
  • D.C. Councilmember David Catania is considering a mayoral run. He’d be running as an independent, which means he’d face off against whoever wins the competitive Democratic primary in the general election. [Post]
  • The Center for Public Integrity gave D.C. a failing grade over its judges’ lack of financial disclosures. [WAMU]
  • The Post editorial board says Mayor Vince Gray needs to address the corruption of his 2010 campaign and owes the voters more than just “I didn’t do anything.” [Post]


Walmart Wednesday: The District’s first two Walmarts are opening today. Here’s a photo tour of the H Street shop.

Poets Takeover: Another Busboys and Poets is opening in the District. This time it’s coming to the almost-completed Monroe Street Marketplace development near the Brookland Metro station.

Bring it On: Is the already-crowded Democratic primary field ready for Mayor Vince Gray‘s entrance into the mayoral race?

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

  • David Catania will launch a mayoral exploratory committee today. [Post]
  • Vince Gray gets testy when asked about campaign scandal, economic record. [LLTimesPost]
  • Video: Gray harrumphs at WCP‘s own Aaron Wiener over past mayors’ accomplishments. [NBC 4]
  • Reading the tea leaves on Gray’s hiring of Chuck Thies. [Post]
  • Post ed board: Does Gray seriously think he’s done answering campaign questions? [Post]
  • Council backs $11.50 minimum wage bill. [City DeskPostWBJ]
  • New David Grosso bill would let legal residents vote in elections. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Andy Shallal‘s restaurant empire gets another location. [Housing Complex]
  • Georgia Avenue and H Street Walmarts open this morning. [TimesWTOP, Housing Complex]
  • District trying to lure the “Silicon Valley of China.” [WBJ]
  • Don’t ask Marion Barry about Rob Ford. [Toronto Star]
  • Marijuana group will take your Bitcoins. [WAMU]
  • Cop accused of making child pornography. [WTOP]
  • New food truck rules prompt new strategies for trucks. [Post]
  • Women be loving shoes, says Metro. [WTOP]
  • Deborah Simmons: Gray has “something to prove.” [Times]


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

  • Council votes to raise minimum wage, extend paid sick leave to tipped workers. [City Desk]
  • Snow slides at St. Elizabeth’s? [WBJ]
  • Rush hour on Wisconsin Avenue in 1960. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Metro accused of sexism for “can’t we just talk about shoes?” ad. [WJLA]
  • Dolcezza opens gelato factory behind Union Market. [WBJ]
  • Ward 8 condo values are dropping. [CHOTR]
  • Madrid launches a war on cars. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: West End 2BR condo—$459,000

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

  • Mariah Carey will perform at this Friday’s National Christmas Tree lighting. [WTOP]
  • No, no, no—Daft Punk is not playing U Street Music Hall. [D.C. Music Download]
  • The green-paint vandal makes a courtroom appearance. [DCist]
  • Rep. John Lewis donates digital copies of his civil rights memoir to every member of Congress. [Post]
  • Will Ferrell talks Anchorman at the Newseum. [WTOP]
  • Neighbors protest Mova Lounge’s liquor license renewal. [Short Articles About Long Meetings]
  • Faces Lounge expects to open in Logan Circle. [PoPville]
  • Punk rock is still fun for aging white guys? No kidding. [BYT]
  • Upon a big Drag City reissue, Royal Trux looks back. [Spin]
  • Rockville, Md., has a new(ish) DIY venue: The Fold. [D.C. Music Download]
  • On Friday, chat with author Anthony Marra and the Washington Post‘s Ron Charles. [Post]

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

  • Where to celebrate Repeal Day in D.C. [Drink DC]
  • Former White House chef John Moeller talks cooking for three presidents. [Washingtonian]
  • Former C.F. Folk’s chef will head kitchen at Silo near Mount Vernon Square. [Post]
  • Ketchup comes from Asia? [NPR]
  • Sweetbites food truck to open retail shop in McLean. [Twitter via Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Ripple team opening Roofers Union in Adams Morgan. [Zagat]
  • D.C.’s eight best happy hour deals [Thrillist]