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Corcoran students are fed up with the ongoing renovations to the 120-year-old Flagg Building, where many of their classes take place. At a November town hall meeting, students complained of rashes, nose bleeds, and respiratory issue, in addition to nuisances like jackhammering, rats, and cat calls from construction workers. But even as students document their health issues and ask for some relief, officials at George Washington University, which absorbed the Corcoran in 2014, insists the building is safe and continue to ask the students for patience.


  • Police chief Peter Newsham’s new year’s resolution: Identifying repeat offenders. [WTOP]

  • Howard University dorms are without heat and hot water. Classes start Monday. [WJLA]

  • DC Water crews fixed more than 50 water mains broken by freezing weather. [Fox5]

  • Chicago-based NPR host on the weather: “Stop complaining, Washington!” [WAMU]

  • Documents reveal worrisome details about Metro’s Fire Marshal office. [GGW]

  • D.C. was spared the worst of it but air travelers are still dealing with the impact of today’s winter storm. [WJLA]

  • 84-year-old Johnson’s Florist in Tenleytown will close Jan. 14. [WTOP]

  • Cold weather and drought make for prime skating conditions on the C&O Canal. [WTOP]

  • But please, don’t park your dockless bikes in the canal. [WTOP]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Bowserpromotes “Every Day Counts!” attendance initiative at Jefferson MS. [Post]

  • D.C. Police say the number of crimes against LGBT people increased last year. [Blade]

  • An analysis of the inferior bus service east of the Anacostia River. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • ACLU alleges police injured 10-year-old and his mother during Inauguration Day protests. [Post]

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

  • ’90s indie-pop trio Unrest reflect on D.C.’s music scene of yesteryear. [Post]

  • All the free shows you can check out over the next week (there’s a lot of them). [DC Music Download]

  • In advance of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, playwrights explain why a female-fronted festival is important to D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • Local artist Melvin Nesbitt Jr.’s sketches of Metro passengers gains popularity on Instagram. [GGW]

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

  • Bring your vegetarian dinner date to Chloe when it opens Friday. [WCP]

  • How bad is sexual harassment in local restaurants? [WAMU]

  • TheTimber Pizza Co. team is bringing bagels to Park View. [Post]

  • Zen Taco to replace Custom Fuel Pizza near the White House. [PoPville]

  • Eater’s 2018 food trend predictions include Mexican and mushrooms. [Eater]

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

  • D.C. has collected more than $50 million in pre-paid 2018 property taxes. [UrbanTurf]

  • Local nonprofit So Others Might Eat offers housing and counseling to residents. [Post]

  • Kojoand guests discuss winter homelessness in D.C. [WAMU]

  • The D.C. area office market’s last quarter of 2017 was its best in five years. [Bisnow]

  • A Balducci’s grocery store is added to a new Spring Valley development. [UrbanTurf]

  • Capitol Hill neighbors are divided over a church’s proposed parking lift. [CHC]

  • A bed and breakfast in Mount Vernon Square sells for $2.25 million. [Curbed DC]

  • Buy a sleek new single-family home near Chevy Chase for $2.9 million. [Curbed DC]

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