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  • Did you set fire to your couch after the Pigskins win Sunday? The Post told you not to! [Examiner]
  • MPD officer fighting speed-camera tickets could cost city $1.8 million. [Times]
  • New councilmember David Grosso to be sworn in. [Post]
  • Is Chief Cathy Lanier closing too many clubs? [Post]
  • What Harry Jaffe wants from Barack Obama. [Examiner]


Speak to Me of the Man, Muse: Local rapper Oddissee carried the Washington City Paper 2012 music critics’ poll.

The Nom Nom Nominations: Food awards high and low in this year’s Hungries.

What a Year!: Was 2012 at once the best and worst year for D.C. politics? Relive it all—-Kwame Brown pushing and shoving his way out of office, Mary Cheh and Vince Gray breaking up for good—-in the Loosies.

The Year in Real Estate: Winners and losers in the local real estate market in this year’s Plexies awards.

J’accuse!: Embattled D.C. campaign money man Jeff Thompson says corruption in the District is preventing his health-care firm from getting contracts.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • New York Times profiles Eric Payne, the man in the middle of the lottery contract imbroglio. [NYTimes]
  • Payne’s adversary, Nat Gandhi, gets his own profile in the Post, albeit with no mention of the word “lottery.” [Post]
  • Colby King predicts the feds will force two elected officials to resign and Nat Gandhi will quit too. [Post]
  • U.S. Attorney Ron Machen is moving back to Silver Spring, says he has no plans to resign. [Post]
  • MPD says city’s speed camera program is unfair. [Times]
  • David Grosso to be sworn in today, rundown of new committee assignments. [Examiner]
  • Ron Moten says Grand Theft Auto video games make kids to violent things. [Post]
  • 2013 starts as 2012 did, with Vince Gray under federal investigation. [Examiner]
  • Police Chief Cathy Lanier closes 15 bars in 2012. [Post]
  • Barack Obama could be a better friend to the District. [Examiner]
  • Barbara Lett Simmons, former school board members, dies. [Post]
  • D.C. homicide rate lowest its been since 1963. [Homicide Watch]
  • DCPS parents putting together pitches to prevent their schools from closing. [Post]
  • “A former D.C. police officer who was twice fired after being observed in the company of a transvestite prostitute has been reinstated.” [Examiner]

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

  • Kenilworth-Parkside gets a $25 million federal grant for cradle-to-career services. [Informer]
  • Renderings of the city’s Frederick Douglass Bridge plans. [DCist]
  • Urban trends to leave behind in 2013. [Atlantic Cities]
  • RIP, NextBus app. [Examiner]
  • Douglas Development redesigns its parking-free project near the Potomac Avenue Metro stop. [WBJ]
  • A look at The Yards’ big Parcel N building. [DCmud]
  • Lowe’s will join Costco at Dakota Crossing. [WBJ]
  • Women are just 22.7 percent of bikers in D.C. WABA’s trying to bring that number up. [WABA]
  • MPD arrest busts myth, proves that transit busts crime. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Cookie-cutter suburbia, Benning Ridge-style

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

  • R.I.P.: Dobro player, NEA National Heritage Fellow, and Seldom Scene member Mike Auldridge dies at age 73 [New York Times]
  • Is MPD Chief Cathy Lanier on a club-shuttering rampage? [Post]
  • Listen: Pinks Quieter blends pilfered go-go beats with ambient drones [Post]

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

  • The 10 best cookies ever [Girl Meets Food]
  • Best hangover foods in D.C. [DCist]
  • Best nightlife of 2012 [Post]
  • Belga chef Bart Vandaele talks about his time on Top Chef [Eater]
  • D.C.’s professional eaters rate the best and worst in dining [BYT]
  • The top five Vietnamese restaurants in the Washington area [Zagat]
  • Drinking highlights of 2012 [Drink DC]
  • Is Honey Pig Korean BBQ coming to H Street NE? [PoP]