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In this week's Washington City Paper, on the streets today, for free: inside the turmoil at community radio station WPFW, as it tries to stay financially viable while remaining the voice of the city's underprivileged.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Rep. Jim Moran's son pleads guilty to attacking his girlfriend, Moran claims it's an accident; so does the girlfriend. [WCP, WCP, WCP]
  • Through settlements, D.C. tax assessments were lowered another $1.2 billion. [Post]
  • Airports board getting federal oversight. [Examiner]
  • Biking up in D.C. [Examiner]
  • Military use map as big as a gym to show their role in the inauguration. [Post]
  • Howard County executive picks up trash in Prince George's after losing bet on Pigskins game. [WTOP]
  • GWU dean falls on her sword for college ranking screw-up that got school dropped from U.S. News and World Report. [Post]
  • Burger justice: Clyde's employee gets 2 years for embezzling almost $650,000. [Examiner]

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Bun in the Oven: Can D.C.'s shared kitchen spaces create more culinary small businesses?

New Councilmember: Will Anita Bonds, the District's newest councilmember, govern as old school as her pedigree?

Bad News for Bar: The Passenger bar will close by the start of 2014 for construction, according to one developer behind the project.

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

  • Vince Gray: I'm not a tool of The Plan. [NBC4]
  • Council's favorite local lotto partner Emmanuel Bailey teaming up with Canadian firm to bid on new lottery contract. [Times]
  • Depositions in lottery case to be made public. [Examiner]
  • What's the point of appointing Anita Bonds to a council seat for four months? [Post]
  • Speaking of Bonds, the executive at city's biggest road paving company says the city needs to pave more roads. [Post]
  • Colby King test runs being Jack Evans' staffer, preps questions to ask at council hearing on Nat Gandhi's office. [Post]
  • Gray's hiring program surpasses 5,000 mark. [WJLA]
  • Surprise: feds still investigating Gray's mayoral campaign. [WUSA9]
  • Post investigation finds that pilot program designed to settle more property tax cases settled more property tax cases. [Post]

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

  • City wants to lease out U Street NW's Lincoln Theater. [WBJ]
  • How to green Chinatown. [GGW]
  • Some of the schools set to close might be spared. [DCist]
  • Rental myth, busted: 93 percent of Millennial renters plan to buy someday. [Trulia]
  • Swanky new condos coming to Harvard Street NW. [Lock7]
  • Cathedral Commons finally gets its permits. [WBJ]
  • Smut shop turns salon. [PoP]
  • More on D.C.'s selection of Davis Brody Bond for St. Es pavilion. [Architects Newspaper]
  • Today on the market: 2br Washington Harbour condo for a $1.4 million

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

  • The Hirshhorn's board met again yesterday to discuss the fate of, what else, the Bubble. The meeting comes on the heels of board member Beth Dozoretz's resignation, the third board member to step down since October. [Post]
  • In need of a theater? Good news: the District is planning to lease the Lincoln Theatre to a commercial entity or nonprofit in order to keep the aging theater afloat. [Washington Business Journal]
  • If you missed the mania at Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball, local journalists have you covered. And what do you know, Ke$ha upstaged everyone. [Post, Washingtonian]
  • ICYMI: The ABC Board voted to suspend the liquor license for Tap & Parlour and Bohemian Caverns in the wake of the assault that took place there on Saturday. A public hearing on the suspension takes place at 4 p.m. today. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Mumbo sauce-inspired sneakers are here [City Desk]
  • Where to have Christmas dinner in Washington [Washingtonian]
  • D.C.'s most crave-worthy dishes [Eater]
  • Rumor has it that the owners of Russia House opening a place are opening an Italian spot at 1212 U St. NW [PoP]
  • Eight things you don't know about restaurants [Zagat]
  • A guide to D.C. ramen [Express]

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