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WHEREIN: We bring you the developments (happening in and around D.C.) that we think are newsworthy, or, at the very least, almost newsworthy:

  • Your long read of the day is about the crabbing industry on Smith Island. I promise it’s much more interesting than it sounds. (via Eater)
  • And speaking of Maryland, they’re the second most charitable state. (via WTOP)

  • The Archdiocese of Washington is suing Metro because they rejected their Christmas advertising. (via WJLA)
  • Here is a legitimately good thing: violent crime is down 23% from last year. (via WTOP)
  • A fun reminder that the Post knows how to do their job.

  • Did you catch José Andrés on 60 Minutes? He was on 60 Minutes.
  • Also, José is offering a free drink to people who work for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (via Washingtonian)

  • Takoma Park has a new popup art gallery and it sounds damn cool. (via East City Art)
  • The folks behind Colony Club are opening a pizza joint right next door. (via City Paper)
  • And speaking of food, City Paper has the lowdown on all the best condiments at Maydan. (via City Paper)
  • Also, a bougier Olive Garden is coming to Capitol Heights. I have so many follow up questions. (via WTOP)

  • D.C. restaurants and bars are getting stricter with their definitions of craft beer. (via Post)
  • Seth Hurwitz talked to Kojo about The Anthem and D.C.’s music scene. (via WAMU)
  • And speaking of music, if you like drone-y stuff, the band Insect Factory is donating 100% of the proceeds from their recent EP to the local charity Sanctuary DMV. (via Bandcamp)