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A suggested amendment to a law that allows the D.C. government to file civil charges against property owners who allow drug-related activities to flourish in their buildings might soothe residents’ fears but it has advocates concerned. The Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act of 2017 would allow the city to file the same types of charges against commercial tenants. Those in opposition to it call it “a relic of tough-on-crime policing” that would adversely impact at-risk groups.


  • Damaged rail that led to Jan. 15 Red Line derailment showed signs of wear. [WTOP]

  • 10 injured in Metrobus and car collision in Southeast D.C. [WUSA9]

  • But starting today, you’ll receive a refund if you’re delayed on Metrorail for more than 15 minutes during rush hour. [WAMU]

  • 16-year-old girl shot in the head near Gallaudet University. [Post]

  • MPD’s “Dumpbusters” track down individuals who leave waste in public areas. [NBC Washington]

  • Parents say SEED PCS hasn’t done enough to ease their worries after student’s apparent suicide. [WJLA]

  • Another SEED parent says a classmate sexually abused her son. [NBC Washington]

  • National Zoo welcomes two red pandas to its Asia Trail habitat. [NBC Washington]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by City Paperstaff (tips? tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Local leaders explain why D.C.’s annual homeless tally matters. [Times]

  • Grading and attendance issues are widespread throughout DCPS, according to teachers’ union. [WTOP]

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

  • That time Trump’s White House asked the Guggenheim to borrow a Van Gogh, but was offered a golden toilet instead. [Post]

  • Constellation Theatre’s The Skin of Our Teeth features a creative cast and… dinosaur puppets? [WCP]

  • Strathmore founder Eliot Pfanstiehl to retire this summer. [WBJ]

  • National Gallery of Art pulls two shows featuring artists accused of sexual misconduct. [Post]

  • Get to know Maryland pop trio Shaed. [Post]

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

  • In our new feature, bartenders spill the beans on badly behaving guests. [WCP]

  • Métier named the number one restaurant in the D.C. region. [Washingtonian]

  • Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington adds sexual harassment training. [WBJ]

  • You’ll be able to eat Shake Shack at Logan Circle’s new bar Players Club. [Eater]

  • Must-try meals for vegan diners in D.C. [DC Refined]

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

  • Experts think D.C. may be offering Amazon free land for the company’s new HQ. [WCP]

  • D.C. conducts its annual homeless census. Results are expected in May. [Post]

  • Amazon’s arrival could raise area rents an additional 0.5 percent annually. [WBJ]

  • Metro advances plans to redevelop a parking lot at Deanwood station. [UrbanTurf]

  • Four-bedroom Federal home in Georgetown hits market for $2.49 million. [Curbed DC]

  • Construction continues on former YMCA building near Dupont Circle. [Curbed DC]

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