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It's not on Google or Apple maps yet, but drivers looking for traffic relief downtown are starting to notice that, after 34 years, 10th and I streets NW is finally open to traffic as the CityCenterDC development gets closer to opening.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • An algebra teacher at the Friendship Tech Prep public charter school quit his gig, claiming his supervisors told him to artificially inflate grades so fewer students would fail his class. [Post]
  • Independent At-Large Councilmember David Catania says there is "an extraordinarily high probability” he'll run in the mayoral general election if Mayor Vince Gray wins the Democratic primary. [Post]
  • The D.C. Council is holding an emergency oversight hearing on safety and maintenance issues at Wilson Pool following allegations that employees there sexually assaulted women. [WAMU]
  • The testing of the H Street streetcar hit a couple bumps Sunday. The plan is to test it again today. [News4]

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

Stencil Pusher: ICYMI: Our latest cover story investigates the friendly graffiti messages stenciled on the city's bike lanes—and discovers the mysterious artist behind them.

Wailing Wale: The D.C rapper was upset when his record didn't make Complex's list of the top 50 records of the year. Not to pour salt on the wounds, but here are some other lists his album didn't make it on this year.

Political Love: Mayoral candidate and Councilmember Jack Evans followed Mayor Vince Gray's footsteps and officiated a gay wedding.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Kaya Henderson isn't leaving D.C. to work for Bill de Blasio. [Informer, WAMUPost]
  • David Catania says there's an "extremely high" chance he'll run in the general election if Vince Gray wins the primary. [Post]
  • Michael Brown gets a new court date. [Post]
  • So do Jeff Thompson associates. [LL]
  • Jim Graham likes poll, not enough to make sure it's paid for. [LLPost]
  • Post ed board goes in for another round of Catania slams. [Post]
  • Phil Mendelson's worried about where the new garbage can money is coming from. [Post]
  • Jack Evans officiates a gay wedding. [LL]
  • Teachers talk IMPACT evaluation system. [Post]
  • Colby King: cops gone wild! [Post]
  • Charter teacher says he was pressured to boost grades. [Post]
  • H Street streetcar tested. [NBC 4]
  • Alleged knockout game attack in Bloomingdale [WTOP]
  • Thirty-four years later, 10th and I streets NW reopens. [Post]
  • Metro passengers are getting more concerned about prices. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener, will return Tuesday. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Wale makes a rando appearance in a Saturday Night Live Digital Short. [NBC]
  • Sculptor Mark Jenkins installs some spooky, human-shaped sculptures in Georgetown. [D.C. Docent]
  • There is still hope for independent book stores. [Post]
  • Local radio personality Donnie Simpson's son is opening a muffin shop. [Post]

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

  • Bluejacket and 2 Birds 1 Stone named among the country's best new bars. [Thrillist]
  • Ten festively festooned eateries [The Plate]
  • The Post's Ezra Klein talks D.C. food, El Bulli, and Big Macs. [Food & Wine]
  • New bakery coming to 17th and U streets NW in January. [PoPville]
  • Holiday brunch guide [Washingtonian]
  • Try a cocktail with Greek yogurt at the Iron Gate. [Post]
  • Inside look at dealing with VIPs at Lima Restaurant Bar & Lounge [Eater]
  • Try the rosemary gin and tonic at Urban Butcher. [Zagat]
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