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Washington Pigskins Coach Mike Shanahan is reportedly on his way out after three years running a Jim Zorn-esque operation (and one year winning the NFC East). Who will be the next future Hall of Famer to come here and destroy his reputation?


  • Parts of Connecticut Avenue will close in Woodley Park today. [Post]
  • More than 100 new traffic enforcement cameras, which—among other things—enforce pedestrian safety at crosswalks, will start ticketing drivers Monday. [WJLA]
  • Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth talks about the newspaper in the Jeff Bezos era and says the biggest difference is that people have stopped wearing ties in the newsroom. [Bethesda Magazine]
  • The widow of recently murdered Ron Kirby, the longtime director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, is still looking for answers in her husband's unsolved case. [Post]


Demand Answers: What mysteries about life in D.C. can Washington City Paper solve for you?

Laws of Nature: A wild deer apparently jumped into the cheetah yard at the National Zoo and, well, things didn't turn out too well for the deer.

Non-Profit: The Shaw "philanthropub" Cause is shutting down because it wasn't making any profits, which meant it couldn't fulfill its mission to donate its profits to charity.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer. (tips?

LL is on vacation.

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener. (tips?

  • A farewell to Nat Gandhi. [Post]
  • A map of the original landowners in D.C. [Ghosts of DC]
  • America lags in broadband speed, but D.C.'s faring pretty well. [NYT]
  • Is it possible for a city to end homelessness? [Atlantic Cities]
  • Shipping-container architecture comes to D.C. [Post]
  • Drunk man falls over Metro wall. [WJLA]

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips?

  • The recent documentary Chinatown looks at a D.C. neighborhood with an increasingly meaningless name. [WAMU]
  • Senior Historian David Ward talks history and controversy at the National Portrait Gallery. [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray to launch his re-election campaign at THEARC. [WTOP]
  • In advance of his New Year's Eve concert at the Hamilton, Dr. John drops science and some creative lingo ("pathetical," "slicknosity"). [Express]
  • A brief profile of Dave Grohl's favorite band from Reston, RDGLDGRN [Post]
  • The year in Tiny Desk concerts [NPR]
  • Anyone surprised that Flashdance: The Musical is an "unimaginative" rehash? [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman. (tips?

  • No-cover bars for New Year's Eve [Washingtonian]
  • Why you shouldn't drink vodka tomorrow night [Express]
  • How forthcoming U Street restaurant El Rey was built out of shipping containers [Post]
  • Food writers share their restaurant standbys. [Eater]
  • The 10 best new restaurants of 2013 [The Plate]
  • Sugar Daddy's Bakery opens in Adams Morgan. [WBJ]
  • Taking the snobbery out of studying wine [NPR]
  • Steakhouses get an update. [WSJ]
  • The most scathing restaurant reviews of 2013 [Eater National]
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  • john l bailey

    Hi C.E.O Katharine Weymouth once the word relavant is discarded say goodbye to your readership I would like to mention two points...on a business level location is important even in this digital age.. the World has a major problem I call this the B.I.P factor ( badly informed populous )..never before has the global community been so well connected yet how well their country performs & this effects their hip pocket...would come in way below social info.. political apathy reins supreme..2013 was a flop for the Administration even Russia performed better (amazing )solution become a spokesperson for the have access to some of the sharpest minds in America I know this is difficult for U.S mr/mrs average they have yet to grasp America is not the font of all wisdom they have many international friends..who can help & advise..lastly I only joined wapo a few days ago...the 84% inducement surely was kmown before I signed up most corperations infomm clients to price changes..i had intended to migrate away from the NYT ,.....john