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In this week’s City Paper, you’ll find:

  • Music in Review 2006: Are bloggers killing rockcrit? Is Cormac McCarthy the new patron saint of metal? Is there a decent Christmas album out there? Is Southern hip-hop dying? Is “Laffy Taffy” even hip-hop? Your questions answered, plus the City Paper Top 20.
  • Jonathan York on a Columbia Heights rooming house that’s long been accused of harboring prostitution. Its owner protests her rooming house is among a dying breed—especially now that a condo developer is threatening to buy.
  • In Loose Lips: James Jones on how Vincent Gray made sure Capital Community News got a Council handout. Plus: Is Adrian Fenty already reneging on his promise not to travel abroad?
  • In Show & Tell: Jessica Gould on how the city plans to crack down on restaurants that are actually bars come New Year’s.
  • In Cheap Seats: Dave McKenna names the Unsportsman of the Year. Surprise, surprise: It’s Dan Snyder. But probably not for the reasons you think.
  • In Young & Hungry: Tim Carman shows why one Brazilian barbecue joint outshines all the rest—even if you’re paying up the wazoo for it.
  • Plus film (Jenkins on The Good Shepherd, Levin on We Are Marshall and Rocky Balboa), food, and more