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The results of a recent count of the city’s homeless on a single night found the number of homeless people in D.C. declined four percent from the previous year.


  • A D.C. Council committee will consider a bill Monday that would raise the minimum wage in the city to $11.50 by 2016. [AP]
  • Police are increasing patrols around Benning Ridge and Marshall Heights after two fatal shootings in two weeks around the 4900 block of G Street SE. (News4)
  • The mayor says the H Street streetcar will be running as early as January, but that seems like an overly ambitious deadline. [Housing Complex]
  • The D.C. Council is considering a measure that would increase the penalties for people who harm police animals. In attendance yesterday’s Wilson Building hearing on the issue: Sam the bloodhound, who is trained to find missing people. [WAMU]


People Issue: ICYMI, we asked, they answered—20 interviews with people who make D.C. what it is. And pick up a print copy for all the gorgeous portraits.

D.C.’s Strip Club: The D.C. government seized Stadium Club, a high-end strip club, over unpaid taxes owed by the now shuttered TruOrleans, with which it shares an owner.

Swiped: How many credit cards to people leave behind at bars on weekend nights? A lot, it turns out.

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

  • Vince Gray announces $187 million for affordable housing. [Housing Complex, Post]
  • WCP‘s People Issue is here! Featuring taxi commish Ron Linton and councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie and David Grosso. [WCP]
  • Ron Machen won’t be rushed. [LL, Post]
  • Fire department could encrypt some transmissions. [LL, Post, WAMU]
  • Gray says planning commission’s rejection of Height Act changes was “disappointing.” [WBJ]
  • D.C. still wants some control over building height. [Housing Complex]
  • Prosecutors want company tied to alleged Options charter scheme to start paying back money. [Post]
  • Gray gets a health exchange factcheck from the Business Journal. [WBJ]
  • Marc Morgan—Republican, gay ANC commissioner–enters the at-large race. [Blade]
  • No leads in death of transportation planner Ron Kirby. [WTOP]
  • ABC Board lifts East Dupont liquor license ban for restaurants and liquor stores. [City Desk]

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

  • City seizes Stadium Club over tax debt. [Y&H]
  • Streetcar test vehicle took an hour to go five blocks. [NBC4]
  • Adams Morgan is languishing under its booze ban. [Blade]
  • BID officials think 103 years later was too soon to reconsider the Height Act. [WBJ]
  • RideScout officially launches. [City Desk]
  • Metro’s about to get a little brighter. [PlanItMetro]
  • Coming not so soon: 70 miles of protected bike lanes? [GGW]
  • HPRB green-lights Randall School project. [UrbanTurf]
  • The latest CityCenterDC tenant is…another upscale retailer. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Benning/East Capitol fixer upper—$115,000

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypape

  • District seizes the rapper-approved Stadium Club for unpaid taxes. [Young & Hungry]
  • News organizations formally protest the White House’s restrictive photography policy. [Post]
  • GEICO listens to angry Baltimoreans and edits its embarrassing video about the Baltimore music scene. [Baltimore City Paper]
  • U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has a problem with the Eisenhower Memorial. [AP]
  • After some patrons criticize Theater J for putting on an allegedly anti-Israel play, the D.C. Jewish Community Center hosts workshops and panels that address clashing perspectives on Israel. [Post]
  • National Gallery of Art acquires a Honthorst masterpiece. [Post]

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

  • Every turkey President Barack Obama has pardoned is now dead. [Obama Foodorama]
  • Del Ray Pizzeria to host benefit for victims of Honduras tragedy. [Post]
  • Changes in store for The Source‘s wine menu. [Eater]
  • Joe Biden says the country’s best sandwiches come from Delaware during trip to Capriotti’s. [Washingtonian]
  • Bonefish Grill coming to Pentagon Row. [ARLnow]
  • Vidalia pastry chef heads to Ris. [Zagat]
  • NSFW racy restrooms at 2 Birds 1 Stone [DCist]
  • Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner if you’re vegan or on the Paleo diet. [Express]