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In some late-breaking news Friday, a driver for sedan service Uber was accused on a neighborhood e-mail list of raping a customer. The company confirmed that it's working with police on the investigation.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayor and D.C. Council deal with fallout after killing red top handicap meter program. [Examiner]
  • Yet another marathon D.C. Council session for Tuesday. [Examiner]
  • Three D.C. agency heads have drivers. [Examiner]
  • Metro plagued by cracked rails. [WTOP]
  • Behind the Taft Bridge lions' Christmas decorations. [Post]
  • Admitted shadow campaign operative Jeanne Harris due in court today. [Post]
  • No snow this week. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Photo of The Day: Man With Hand Truck.

Lips, Sealed: New documents related to the city's lottery contract reveal, once again, that Councilmember Jim Graham ain't no snitch.

What's the Password?: Capitol Hill's getting an invitation-only speakeasy.

Streetcar Slogan: The city is looking for a slogan for the streetcar line. WCP readers have suggestions, but there can be only one winner.

He Destroyed Your Love: D.C. soul legend Terry Huff died at 65 Friday.

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

  • Did OCFO employees turn a blind eye to possible wrongdoing on lottery contract? [Post]
  • Vince Gray spokesman on Mary Cheh: "The woman is obviously confused." [Examiner]
  • Former Wilson High School cheerleading coach must register as sex offender after having student's baby. [Examiner]
  • Three little-known agency heads have their own chauffeurs. [Examiner]
  • Board of ethics "may also want to address the ethical risks inherent in allowing a legislative body to play a role in a sensitive area such as contracting." [Post]
  • Gray remembers Lawrence Guyot. [Post]
  • D.C. pols don't like reforming campaign finance laws. [Post]
  • Gray against plan to reimburse Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park flood victims. [Post]
  • Tim Day doesn't like DCGOP [Examiner]

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

  • Vince Gray doesn't want to reimburse flood victims, fearing precedent. [Post]
  • How the city blew $700,000 on a parking program that never materialized. [Examiner]
  • City to move $7 million from other projects to fund West End affordable housing. [WBJ]
  • D.C. looked rather different in the 1840s. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Ivy City deserves environmental justice. [Post]
  • JBG gets Fort Totten Walmart permit, will start construction "late this year." [WBJ]
  • Neighbors want more input on matter-of-right Chevy Chase development. [Ward3DC]
  • 11th Street Bridge park could be done in 2016, feature orchard and canoe launch. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Live small in Columbia Heights for under $200k

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

  • Corcoran shows a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, uniquely portrayed without facial hair, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation [Post]
  • National Children's Museum reopens in National Harbor [City Paper]
  • In the aftermath of Friday's school shooting in Connecticut, Washington Post staffers round up artwork that resonates during a time of grief [Post]
  • City Paper contributor Chris Klimek drops his annual holiday mix [chrisklimek.com]

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

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