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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced legislation that would eliminate the congressional review period of laws the D.C. Council and mayor approve. Under the bill, D.C. laws would take effect as soon as they are signed by the mayor.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The District’s employment services agency announced that it would update its minimum wage for contractors from $12.50 an hour to $13.40 an hour. Workers could be entitled to back pay for the three years that the wage wasn't updated, which it is required by law. [Post]
  • The D.C. Council gave unanimous preliminary approval to legislation that would eliminate property taxes for District seniors who make less than $60,000 and have owned property in the city for at least 15 years. [LL]
  • Singer Chris Brown is due back in D.C. court today for a status hearing for his misdemeanor assault case in which he allegedly punched someone in October outside the W Hotel. [News4]
  • The trial of Albrecht Muth, who is accused of killing his wife, Georgetown socialite Viola Herms Drath, started Tuesday. Drath's daughter took the stand and said that Muth was talking about how her possessions would be divided in the months before her death. [Homicide Watch]

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

Good to the Bone: Vincent "Bones" Blackson worked a 16-hour day yesterday, driving a truck for the United Planning Organization to make sure the city's homeless were safe and warm during the polar vortex.

Mo Foie: For an extra $12, Mount Vernon Triangle's Alba Osteria is allowing patrons to put foie gras on any dish they want.

Polar Vortex Man: Need to talk to someone about the polar vortex? Ask this man on the street. Everyone else seems to be doing it.

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

  • Eleanor Holmes Norton pitches eliminating 30-day congressional review period. [WAMU]
  • Anita Bonds-backed property tax breaks for seniors pass first vote. [LLPost]
  • Marion Barry to meet with candidates courting his endorsement—but not Andy Shallal. [LL]
  • Jim Graham no fan of rats. [LL]
  • Jack Evans tries to redirect money away from Howard Town Center. [Housing Complex]
  • "Living wage" for city contractors finally gets an increase. [Post]
  • Council approves undergrounding plan. [NBC 4]
  • Another D.C. United Stadium deadline blown. [Housing Complex]
  • Surprise: Gray supporter says councilmembers running for mayor are out of hand. [Huffington Post]
  • D.C. real estate investment numbers dropped in 2013. [WBJ]
  • Driver braves freezing temperatures to help the homeless. [Housing Complex]
  • New Metro cars are more in line with transportation recommendations. [WAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener. (tips awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Nationals owner tries to lure FBI to Landover. [Post]
  • Wonder Bread Factory is 75 percent leased. [WBJ]
  • Ward 2 residents like the plastic bag fee a lot more than Ward 6 residents. [DCist]
  • D.C. bus fares aren't cheap when you factor in transfers. [GGW]
  • Zoning board unconvinced by Logan development's planned parking prohibition. [UrbanTurf]
  • Council gives preliminary approval to senior property tax elimination, with reservations. [LL]
  • Today on the market: 2BR Columbia Heights condo—$674,900

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer. (tips? aschweitzer@washingto

  • Chris Brown expected back in D.C. court. [AP]
  • Pacman and Peso return from North Korea, talk about experiences. [Guardian]
  • Here are some of the ways Mark Twain spent his short time in D.C. [Jack Limpert]
  • Reflecting on Shudder to Think's non-single single [AV Club]
  • Cool Mars rover images to go on view at Air and Space Museum. [AP]
  • The Washington Post launches a local music series. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Yet more new music from Ploy [D.C. Music Download]
  • An interview with Meena's Dream creator Anu Yadav [DCist]
  • For a House of Cards appearance, Chris Matthews got coached by Robin Wright. [Post]

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

  • Fifteen dishes that will warm your belly [Post]
  • The new restaurant from the owner of Vinoteca will be called The Royal. [Washingtonian]
  • Apparently a Velveeta shortage is coming. [Eater]
  • Eight must-try salads to kick off that New Year's resolution [Zagat]
  • Sixteen hours with the owner of Cheesetique [NoVa Mag]
  • What it's like eating in Antarctica [NPR]
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