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Tenants at the rent-controlled 3003 Van Ness Apartments in Ward 3 are tired of negotiating with their building’s owner, Equity Residential, about the price of rent. As City Paper reported last year, Equity offers rent concessions of hundreds of dollars, then tries to raise the rent based on the unit’s “true value.”Now, the Office of Attorney General Karl Racine is suing Equity Residential under D.C.’s consumer protection laws and asking for rent restitution on behalf of the residents.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • Outgoing Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffededicates $150 million a year to Metro in his final budget. [WTOP]

  • Metro train strikes man at Cleveland Park station. Expect more Red Line delays. [NBC Washington]

  • Former mayor Tony Williamssays good public policy has helped the District grow. [Post]

  • D.C. turns to data scientists for help with rat problems. [WAMU]

  • Actions of man who attacked individual in Columbia Heights with a baton are being investigated as a possible hate crime. [WTOP, FOX5]

  • ISIS propaganda poster shows Washington National Cathedral in flames. [FOX5]

  • Plans for Long Bridge renovation include path for walkers and cyclists to cross the Potomac. [WTOP]

  • D.C. Office of Planning won’t approve the 3-foot security fence the owner of Steve Bannon’s Capitol Hill rowhouse requested. [Post]

  • Activists who want Washington football team named changed rallied outside FedEx Field. [WTOP]

  • And hey, the football team managed to win yesterday’s game. [Post]

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

  • House GOP bill would preempt D.C. laws that police the student loan market. [Post]

  • D.C. Council’s Finance Committee will hold hearing on establishment of Dupont Circle BID. [InTowner]

  • Metro workers brace for increased privatization of transit system’s services. [Afro]

  • ICYMI: Columbia Heights Educational Campus beefs up STEM curriculum. [Afro]

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

  • After more than a year in prison, rapper Fat Trelmakes a joyful return to U Street Music Hall. [Post]

  • The stage adaptation of David Simon’s The Wire may continue against his wishes, just not in Bethesda. [Washingtonian]

  • New apartment complex in Prince George’s County’s Gateway Arts District sets aside space for local creators. [East City Art]

  • In Theater J’sLast Night of Ballyhoo, a Jewish family loves and laments. [WCP]

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

  • Try some Sichuan food the next time you visit U Street NW tiki bar Archipelago. [WCP]

  • Restaurant professionals who left D.C. reflect on the city’s evolving food scene. [WCP]

  • L’Academie de Cuisine, the local culinary school that trained some of D.C.’s top chefs, closes abruptly. [Post]

  • Pizzeria Paradiso spin-off Velocecalls it quits downtown. [Washingtonian]

  • According to Yelp, these are the District’s most popular restaurants for delivery. [DC Refined]

  • Unlike other cultures, Americans don’t eat horse. [Eater]

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

  • How Equity Residential’s practices could subvert D.C.’s rent control laws. [GGW]

  • Congressional tax plan will likely preserve bonds that support D.C. affordable housing projects. [Post]

  • Deanwood, Hillcrest, and Mayfair could welcome many new homeowners in 2018. [Curbed DC]

  • Meridian International Center seeks zoning approval for 111-apartment building at 16th and Belmont streets NW. [UrbanTurf]

  • Behold, the D.C. apartments you can rent for roughly $1,000 a month. [Curbed DC]

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