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“When landlords won’t take the basic steps to make sure that their tenants live in safety and dignity in accordance with the law, we will work to move those bad actors out of the market and allow other owners who respect the law and respect their tenants to take their place.”

After years of furnishing deplorable housing conditions to its residents, notorious landlord Sanford Capital settled with the city in a deal brokered by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. It will have to divest all ownership in residential properties in the city within six months, per a copy of the settlement obtained by City Paper, which began writing about Sanford’s abuses more than a year ago. It also bans Sanford from acquiring ownership interest in affordable housing financed in any part by low-income housing tax credits and federal and local housing programs.


  • Meet the Maryland teen fighting for trans rights in his high school. [Post]

  • Coffee shops in D.C. host anti-bias trainings for employees. [WAMU]

  • An armed man held nearly a dozen hostage in Iran’s consular offices Thursday morning. [Post]

  • A record number of residents submitted applications to the D.C. public schools lottery. [Twitter]

  • D.C. Auditor Kathy Pattersonon D.C.’s emergency alert management system. [NBC4]

  • Black female students are disproportionately targeted for “inappropriate” clothing at school. [Post]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Hill East resident and consultant Andria Thomas launches shadow senator bid. [WCP]

  • Democratic primary challengers outscore Anita Bonds on urbanist rating tool. [GGW]

  • The “unity rally” for Trayon White got really awkward really quickly. [Twitter]

  • Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s bill simplifies city contracting. [Informer]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Snail Mail takes to the ice in her new music video. [NPR Music]

  • Heather Theresa Clarkaims for epic with her monumental political installation at Hamiltonian. [WCP]

  • Listen to a fresh new single from Styme. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

  • Hey, look, a WCP alum was recently on NPR’s Fresh Air! [NPR]

  • At the theater: GALA’s En el tiempo de las mariposas does not soar. [WCP]

  • And more theater: Round House Theatre’s “Master Harold”…hums with the music of a world-class ensemble. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes(tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Look insideLittle Havana, the Cuban eatery El Sol and Mezcalero owner Alfredo Solis is opening on 14th St. NW. [Eater]

  • Bar Dupont is getting a new look. [PoPville]

  • Questlove declares his admiration for Himitsu chef Kevin Tien’s food on Instagram. [h/t Eater]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • ICYMI: The U.S. Marshals Service overhauls eviction proceedings in D.C. [WCP]

  • D.C. Court of Appeals puts a temporary kibosh on the redevelopment of Barry Farm. [WBJ, WAMU]

  • Better bike access in L’Enfant Plaza. [PoPville]

  • What to do when your landlord waits a month to cash rent checks. [PoPville]

  • The difficulty of navigating homeownership for tenants with limited English proficiency. [GGW]

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