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Decades from now, our descendants will think about 2012 and wonder: What did Kwame Brown mean when he cryptically said, “I am go-go”? When did hip-Mex become the only legal cuisine? Why did our ancestors worship Sulaimon Brown as a god?

Here’s what will explain it all: Washington City Paper‘s 2012 Annotated Guide, available in print today.


  • UDC president Allen Sessoms fired. [City Desk]
  • 2013 inauguration changes aim to avoid 2009 problems. [Post]
  • Is Michael Brown running again or not? Maybe! [LL]
  • Sen. Joe Lieberman attempts to complicate how people feel about him by introducing D.C. statehood resolution. [HuffPo]
  • No bond for alleged, recently-extradited NoVa butt slasher. [WTOP]
  • World not ending on Friday, assures Examiner [Examiner]
  • Afternoon delight: Internet makes daytime prostitution easier. Until you get busted in a police sting! [Post]


Photos of the Day: Art Basel Experience.

Art After Tragedy: Art has a role after atrocities like Sandy Hook, but it’s not meant to be doled out like antidepressants, writes Kriston Capps.

Doored!: A cyclist who says he was “doored”—-a car door opened suddenly in his path—-is suing for $70,000.

TFA Moves In: Teach for America wants to build a combination office and apartment complex in D.C. for its employees.

Awkward.: Councilmember David Catania faced a vote on a sure-to-die bill on the city’s CBE program Tuesday. Awkward enough. But to complicate matters, both Catania and new Councilmember Anita Bonds have potential conflicts of interest on the bill.

Sticky Rice Owner Dies: Joey Belcher, the co-owner of H Street’s Sticky Rice and a partner in other District restaurants, was found dead Monday.

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

  • UDC boots Navigator-driving, first-class-flying president. [Fox5]
  • Dotti Love Wade says her longtime friend Jim Graham is trying to throw her under the bus. [Post]
  • Some senators introduce token statehood bill.  [Buzzfeed]
  • Robert McCartney defends slow-moving Ron Machen. [Post]
  • Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown appears to have forgotten he pleaded guilty to campaign finance violation. [Post]
  • Metro needs tougher ethics rules, all thanks to Jim Graham. [Post]
  • David Catania wants to make it harder for Johnny Law to look at private emails. [Times]
  • Cora Masters Barry favors of gun control. [NBC4]

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

  • 41.5 percent of D.C.-area residents will leave town for the holidays. [Post]
  • Big-spending UDC president ousted. [City Desk]
  • Speed limits won’t go up after all. [WJLA]
  • D.C. statehood becomes a symbolic gesture. [Post]
  • 9th Street NW is all the rage. [UrbanTurf]
  • A few ways to make housing more affordable. [GGW]
  • The Silver Line could make things tougher for Arlington. [Sun Gazette]
  • A historic alley building faces a death threat. [Preserving DC Stables]
  • Today on the market: Live like a rendering in Dupont

ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Still deliberating about visiting the Nam June Paik video art exhibit at the American Art Museum? This video about the videos might help you make up your mind. [D.C. Docent]
  • Imagination Stage now presents sensory friendly performances for children with special needs. [HuffPost DC]
  • Dust off your Walkman: Sean Gray selects 2012’s best cassettes. [DCist]
  • All Our Noise shares a portion of Blues Control‘s show at DC9 from earlier this month. [All Our Noise]
  • If you’re a member of a three person jazz band looking for a place to perform, Dupont Circle’s Kababji Grill wants you. [PoPville]
  • The Library of Congress announced 25 new additions to the National Film Registry. Among the chosen ones: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Christmas Story, and A League of Their Own. [Huffington Post]

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

  • The top D.C. dining dramas of 2012 [Washingtonian]
  • Five best restaurants in Tysons Corner [Zagat]
  • The 10 most notable restaurant closings of 2012 [Eater]
  • How to entertain and endure your holiday guests [Post]
  • Beautiful photos of Table in Shaw, opening mid-January [BYT]
  • A gingerbread boutique [Express]
  • The mystery of salt [NPR]