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A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

On Dec. 27, notorious slumlord Sanford Capital signed control of three buildings on Alabama Ave. SE over to CityPartners, a real estate development firm. This news shocked the D.C. Attorney General’s office because in November, a judge ordered Sanford to negotiate directly with tenants about the sale. As the AG’s office considers further legal action, tenants worry about what will happen to their homes and whether they’ll be forced to vacate their units.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Remains of D.C. man missing since April 2017 found along Maryland road. [WUSA9]

  • United Medical Center leaders planned to close its obstetrics ward before it was shut down by the health department. [Post]

  • Events D.C.’s Congress Heights basketball arena will open in September. [WBJ]

  • Parents sue Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School and its leaders for failing to protect their children from teacher who sexually assaulted students. [Post]

  • Woman testifies in Maryland courtroom about being raped on a Metro train. [Post]

  • The rise and fall of D.C. tech incubator 1776. [Washingtonian]

  • D.C. students may soon be free to wear sunscreen. [WTOP]

  • Historian who stole WWII dog tags from National Archives and tried to sell them on eBay pleads guilty. [WJLA]

  • Petworth’s Armed Forces Retirement Home sued over unpaid water and sewage bills. [NBC Washington]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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

  • How could publicly funded elections change D.C.?Kojo panelists explain. [WAMU]

  • Grade inflation also appears to take place at Columbia Heights Education Campus. [WJLA]

  • Mayor Bowser, thrilled residents, enjoy the new express bus on 14th Street NW. [GGW]

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

  • National Geographic photographer Mike “Nick” Nicholsreflects on a life in the wild. [WCP]

  • Get to know rising rapperLul Big Brother. [Post]

  • Playwrights and theater leaders express their excitement about the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Jazz shows to check out this weekend: Stanley Jordan,DeAndre Shaifer,Veronneau, The Joe Vetter Quartet. [Washingtonian]

  • Deconstructing one of the best D.C.-set movies: Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading. [BYT]

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

  • Philanthropic falafel shop Falafel Inc. to open at The Wharf by early summer. [WCP]

  • Stay warm and make a Caribbean Hot Toddy this weekend. [Post]

  • Have you tried all of D.C.’s most influential Ethiopian restaurants? [Eater]

  • Founding Farmers’ D.C. location has received more than 10,000 Yelp reviews. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to spend your money during Restaurant Week. [Zagat]

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

  • Bowser administration issues $2.5 million loan to preserve affordable housing units in Ward 5. [Curbed DC]

  • Should Kingman Park and Bloomingdale get historic designations? [GGW]

  • More than 25 percent of D.C. home sold for above asking price in 2017. [Curbed DC]

  • Airbnb says 6,400 hosts welcomed 428,000 total guests in D.C. last year. [UrbanTurf]

  • Rents at high-end D.C. apartments fell almost four percent from 2016 to 2017. [Bisnow]

  • Looking for an affordable home near H Street NE? Consider Rosedale. [UrbanTurf]

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