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Meet your newest interim councilmember, as chosen by D.C. Democratic State Committee: Anita Bonds, the head of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. How about that?


  • Man accused of fatally shooting girlfriend, injuring daughter on Metro bus found dead in New York in apparent suicide. [Examiner]
  • Taxi design options are ugly. [LL]
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art staying in D.C….but how? [Arts Desk]
  • Chairman Phil Mendelson to firm up Council committee assignments by Dec. 19. [Post]
  • Chilly mice set up shop in BWI. [Sun]


Photo of the Day: Man Reading to Child.

Fourth Brew: The District is getting a fourth brewery, headed to Ivy City: Atlas Brew Works.

Mom I’d Like to Christmas: The Sleigher, our annual Christmas song takedown, rolls ever forward. The latest victim: the sort of cozy, sort of saucy “Mama’s Too Hot for Christmas.”

Park It: A D.C. judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a controversial bus parking lot in Ivy City.

Hurray for Hollywood: Ned Martel, the once-ousted editor of the Washington Post‘s Style section, is headed to Los Angeles after a year in steerage. A look back.

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

  • Meet the new boss: Anita Bonds. [Post]
  • Why didn’t top officials do anything with 2008 report saying Jim Graham engaged in questionable behavior on lottery contract? [Examiner]
  • Yvette Alexander says Ron Moten is behind false allegations regarding lottery contract; Moten says that’s false. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser rips elections boss for showing up to council hearing unprepared. [Examiner]
  • Cherrie Doggett rips Marion Barry for ripping Barbara Lang. [WBJ]
  • Suspect in Metro bus shooting dead of an apparent suicide. [Times]

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

  • As change comes to the Logan Circle area, carryouts hang on. [GGW]
  • Phil Mendelson weighs potential candidates to chair Economic Development and Housing Committee. [Post]
  • Neighbors want to turn RFK parking lots into a park. [DCist]
  • Housing sales surged in November, but new contracts were down. [RBintel]
  • Homes moved particularly quickly in Adams Morgan and Dupont. [Curbed]
  • D.C. proposes four taxi color schemes. [DCist]
  • Red and white is best, but really, the schemes aren’t that hot. [GGW]
  • A women’s history museum could come to the Mall. [DCmud]
  • An investment in Anacostia pays off. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: The Capitol Gateway Walmart boom begins

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

  • Corcoran Gallery of Art won’t leave its historic building on 17th Street NW [City Paper]
  • Bohemian Caverns temporarily closed after alleged sexual assault [Post]
  • Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser: The arts is nearing its own fiscal cliff, and orchestras face the biggest risks [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Sockets Records, which is shutting down, announces plans for its final showcase in February [Sockets]
  • Olney Theatre’s artistic director, Martin Platt, is leaving after only six months on the job. He’ll be temporarily replaced by actor, director, and Olney Theatre board member Alan Wade. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • South Korean YouTube star Psy‘s Christmas in Washington performance goes off without a hitch despite those anti-American comments he made nearly a decade ago [Post]
  • The Smithsonian’s American History Museum displays second-rate metal band’s leather chaps [DCist]

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

  • Where to sip hot chocolate around D.C. [Eater]
  • Check out the menu for Table, coming soon to Shaw. [Washingtonian]
  • Psy (of Gangam Style fame) eats Peking duck at Peking Gourmet Inn in Virginia. [Reliable Source]
  • Top five hangover cures [Girl Meets Food]
  • Pho 14 in Adams Morgan will open on Dec. 12 with free Vietnamese coffee. [PoP]
  • Ten D.C.-area restaurants with the best service [Zagat]
  • How to make a 64-degree egg [Borderstan]