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How can you be an addict when you take a medication exactly as a doctor prescribed it? Chronic pain sufferers are learning this lesson the hard way. As politicians, doctors, and pharmacists limit how opioids can be used and distributed, the individuals who rely on these pills are caught in the middle. On this week’s cover, one D.C. woman chronicles what that saga is like.


  • D.C. police are still trying to figure out what happened to the special needs teen who was attacked at Ballou H.S. and later died. [WTOP]

  • Bowser signs bill that would allow D.C. pharmacists to prescribe birth control. [NBC Washington]

  • Residents ponder how gentrification and development will impact the historically black Deanwood neighborhood. [AFRO]

  • DOJ report shows that campus sexual assaults in D.C. are under-reported. [NBC Washington]

  • According to police, a woman was abducted and raped after attending a concert at Northeast D.C. venue Echostage. [WJLA]

  • Overnight water main break floods homes near South Dakota Ave. NE. [WJLA]

  • Twice as many PR professionals work in D.C. now than lobbyists. [WTOP]

  • According to a new survey, D.C. is the dating capital of the world. [WTOP]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, byCity Paper staff (tips? tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina representative who oversees D.C. in Congress, won’t seek reelection. [Washingtonian]

  • Council Chairman Phil Mendelson laments the economic development opportunities that will be lost if the FBI HQ stays in D.C. [Bisnow]

  • Marion Barry statue will debut outside the Wilson Building on March 3. [Curbed DC]

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

  • Air and Space Museum receives $28 million in donations from nine airlines for its renovation. [Post]

  • Attention vinyl fiends: The Mount Pleasant Library is hosting a big record fair on Saturday. [DC Music Download]

  • Go-go personalities weigh in on the new D.C. basketball team, the Capital City Go-Go. [Washingtonian]

  • How Oliver Stone’s JFKportrays D.C. [BYT]

  • Lightshow talks about his big plans for 2018. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

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

  • Don’t be the jerk who scams bars with help from your credit card company. [WCP]

  • Try a fondue grilled cheese sandwich the next time you’re hungover. [WCP]

  • The owner of Balkan restaurant Ambar will open a taco joint in Silver Spring. [Eater]

  • Tom Sietsema is a big fan of Indian fast-casual restaurant Rasa. [Post]

  • How to best make your way throughIsabella Eatery. [Arlington Mag]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone(tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Development experts want regions to stop offering huge incentive packages to companies like Amazon. [Post]

  • Former D.C. development official David Zipper says the only way to end these bidding wars is with external enforcement. [CityLab]

  • Akridge will gut the former U.S. Coast Guard HQ in Buzzard Point in the next few months to make room for its big River Point project. [WBJ]

  • Almost 2,500 new residential units are planned for Navy Yard. [UrbanTurf]

  • 27 construction cranes were active in D.C. in January. [UrbanTurf]

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