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It’s Thanksgiving Week, which in D.C. politics means it’s Turkey Week. In turkey news yesterday, Councilmember Marion Barry doled out a record 3,000 free turkeys to Ward 8 residents. But, while good for the community, the practice also lacks transparency: Councilmembers (many of whom are also candidates) are not required to disclose who donates the turkeys. And in more lively turkey news: Get to know the two turkeys whose lives will be spared by the president today.


  • The D.C. Board of Elections now officially considers the Libertarian Party a “major party.” Will this help them in the next election cycles? [Loose Lips]
  • A developer whom no one knows just bought a big chunk of Congress Heights for more than $4 million, and no one really noticed. [Housing Complex]
  • It’s official: Vincent Orange finally registered his mayoral campaign committee. His campaign staff looks very similar to his 2011 at-large campaign, which received lots of fraudulent money orders. [Loose Lips]
  • An outside consultant completed an audit of  the D.C. fire department’s fire trucks, ambulances, and other vehicles—-and found the fleet is “generally in poor condition” and the vehicle management system “has been in disrepair for 15 to 20 years.” [AP]


Price Check: Some already-pricey D.C. restaurants are raising their prices soon after they open—-but not before they, and their opening prices, get reviewed

RIP: Reggie “Polo” Burwell, frontman of the band that founded D.C.’s bounce-beat go-go sound, passed away Tuesday.

Official Millennial Love: The D.C. office of the chief financial officer issued a memo detailing how an influx of young residents with considerable disposable incomes has been a great boon for the city’s finances.

LOOSE LIPS’ Will Sommer is on vacation. Links will return Monday. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

HOUSING COMPLEX’s Aaron Wiener is on vacation. Links will return Monday. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • TCB‘s Reggie “Polo” Burwell has died. [Arts Desk]
  • One Direction will play Nationals Park in August 2014. [Post]
  • The White House announces its first student film festival. [White House]
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company gets an $800,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation. [Post]
  • From Oman, the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum gets its biggest donation ever: $1.8 million. [AP]
  • A close look at the Takoma Park-born American primitivist John Fahey [The Guardian]
  • Title Tracks has some new songs forthcoming. [Title Tracks]

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

  • Where vegetarians can celebrate Thanksgiving [BYT]
  • Restaurants offer Thanksgivukkah dishes. [Zagat]
  • Presidential turkey pardon hype continues. [City Desk]
  • D.C. councilmembers win political points giving away turkeys they didn’t pay for (and whose donors they don’t have to disclose). [Loose Lips]
  • Black Friday dining deals and specials [Washingtonian]
  • Table introduces Tuesday tasting menus. [Post]
  • Where to drink mead without going to the Renaissance fair. [Eater]
  • Pho Factory owner to open Eden Kitchen in  Eden Center. [NoVa Mag]