Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) looks for the reset button. (Marvin Joseph/WASHINGTON POST)

In other news:

Viola Drath, Albrecht Muth and “a quintessential Washington story of power and influence” — with exclusive excerpts from Drath’s unpublished manuscript (Post)

”There is no better illustration of the looming national [infrastructure] crisis” than the District’s water and sewer system (Post)

Union: Why 12-hour shifts will make firefighters more tired, not less (Post op-ed)

Colby King on the “toxic intersection of money and politics” in D.C. (Post)

Vincent Orange parks in the 15th Street cycletrack; later apologizes (@nikki_d, @VincentOrangeDC)

D.C. finishes 2008 with 108 homicides — only 11 more then Prince George’s County (Post, WaTimes)

How a man found dead on New Year’s Eve became the first homicide of 2012 (Homicide Watch)

Homicide detectives posted a 94 percent closure rate this year, but it’s complicated (Homicide Watch)

Restaurant training center set for DOES headquarters building (Capital Business)

Jonetta Rose Barras picks the best D.C. politics quotes of 2011 (Examiner)

Past year “has produced neither the achievements nor the momentum that might have been desired” from Gray and D.C. Council (Post editorial)

Children and Youth Investment Trust has moved to improve its grant accountability (Post editorial)

Citywide recall effort is a long shot (Examiner)

The federal “gravy train” is slowing; what can pick up the slack? (Post)

New Post real estate blog! (Where We Live)

Merit pay at work in DCPS (New York Times)

City releases latest test-erasure data, kind of (D.C. Schools Insider)

Kwame Brown says some city-funded job training nonprofits are “stealing our money” (Examiner)

Old Naval Observatory, “national treasure worthy of preservation,” is set to be transferred to State Department (Post op-ed)

What the Hamilton and the new Howard Theatre will mean for the performing arts in D.C. (Post)

Why the Union Square transfer makes sense, and why it might vex film producers (Post letters)

Gray, D.C. Council members return to New Hampshire to stump for D.C. voting rights (WaTimes)

Gray responds to police union claims about Occupy protests and violent crime spike: “ludicrous” (WTOP)

Man spotted driving stolen car escapes into Nationals Park before capture (Post)

Calvary remains mum about Anacostia shelter (Post)

Can Occupy D.C. survive the cold snap? (WAMU-FM, WaTimes)

Woman carjacked in Chinatown, then sexually assaulted with 15-month-old son in the car (Post)

Sinclair Skinner says he’s going to raise $1.5 million to re-elect President Obama (Politico)

Bob McCartney’s 2012 predictions (Post)

Vincent H. Cohen, pioneering black lawyer, is dead at 75 (Post)

Adam Clampitt wants police and prosecutors to get tougher on petty criminals (HuffPo)

Latest on the D.C. brewing boom (All We Can Eat)

Your new and expanded Fourth District (Petworthies)

Georgetowners join to subsidize neighborhood market (Current via Dish)

Anthony Williams is the only mayor Deborah Simmons likes (WaTimes)

Why does DCPS suspend so few students? (G.F. Brandenburg)

Not everyone is down with Uber’s “surge” pricing model (DCist)

Gray reappoints William Lucy, Natalie Ludaway to Judicial Nomination Commission (Legal Times)

Why taxation without representation might actually be a selling point (Post letter)