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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 12/30/2011

DeMorning Links: Freedom has a price

Retired security guard Dick Heller’s lawsuit against the city not only resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision allowing him and other Washingtonians to legally own handguns for the first time in three decades, it also means a nice payday for his lawyers. A federal judge ruled D.C. will have to pay $1.1 million to Heller’s attorneys — somewhat less than the $3.1 million they wanted.

In other news:

Why D.C. is actually not such a bad place for semi-employed guitarists (Arts Desk)

Two stabbed outside 9th Street NW nightclub (WRC-TV)

Five things Harry Jaffe is celebrating about D.C. in 2011 (Examiner)

Do local government missteps matter? (RPUS)

The murder rate again looks set for a significant decline in 2011 (DCist)

Peter Rosenstein still has Vince Gray’s back (HuffPo)

Southeast man charged in 2008 double murder (Post)

Candidate David Grosso: Cut out the scandals if you want true self-determination (HuffPo)

Arts grant checks are in the mail (WBJ)

West End library/firehouse project could get zoning approvals next week (Examiner)

Prosecutors drop charges against prominent Arkansas Democrat related to hotel incident (WBJ)

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