Afternoon Shots: January 8

Vince Gray opens up about his ethical scandals, Chris Brown's wild day in DC court, and more to talk about tonight.

DC Mayor Vince Gray apologizes for scandals revolving around his 2010 campaign. [WUSA9]

Haile Selassie gave the District some elephant tusks in 1954. They were stolen last year. [Capital Comment]

The National Book Festival is moving off the Mall. [Capital Comment]

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley says no to legalized weed. So much for Hamsterdam. [Post]

Chris Brown rejected a plea deal in his October assault arrest. He’ll be back in DC court next month. [City Desk]

Washington’s movie theater boom continues. [Open House]

Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach Jay Gruden is the apparent frontrunner for NFL’s worst job. [Post]

Weather in 2013 was “remarkably normal,” aside from a wet December. [Capital Weather Gang]

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.