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Some tenacious residents in Congress Heights are looking to own their apartment buildings. As part of a civil suit between the landlord, Sanford Capital, and the tenants, a D.C. Superior Court judge has ordered that Sanford “negotiate exclusively with the tenants, or the tenants’ representatives, regarding the terms of a sale of the Property” over the course of 60 days. The apartments have fallen into disrepair under Sanford’s watch, but the land on which they sit is in close proximity to public transportation and the planned mixed-use development coming to St. Elizabeths East Campus.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Former Metro Inspector General says the job needs more autonomy. [Post]

  • Father of White House fence jumper says his son may need psychiatric help. [WJLA]

  • Trial for Inauguration Day protesters begins today. [Post]

  • Police search for man who burgled and sexually abused a woman in her home Saturday morning. [WTOP]

  • Unconscious man found in Southeast D.C. dies of gunshot injuries. [WTOP]

  • Metro should consider these cosmetic fixes during its Back2Good initiative. [GGW]

  • Protestors rally for Puerto Rico relief efforts on the National Mall. [WJLA]

  • And 100 adoptable puppies arrived at Dulles from Puerto Rico on Saturday. [NBC4]

  • The Washington Football Team is still bad and blew a 15-point fourth quarter lead. [WJLA]

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

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

  • D.C. extends deadline for childcare workers to get newly required degrees. [WAMU]

  • Council Committee on the Environment hears complaints about exorbitant water bills. [WTOP]

  • D.C. isn’t the only local jurisdiction struggling to recruit Republican candidates. [Post]

  • Civil rights report gives mixed reviews to D.C. police for body camera policies.[Afro]

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

  • Robert E. Leeportrait moved from Alexandria City Hall to city’s history museum. [Post]

  • Daniel Kitson‘s cryptic Short Series of Disagreements… at Studio Theatre blends mystery and obsession. [WCP]

  • The Sniffs talk about their new album and coming back after a long hiatus. [BYT]

  • A new art exhibition at the Department of Education highlights young artists with disabilities. [Post]

  • American Portrait Gala celebrates Rita Moreno,Bill T. Jones, Spike Lee. [WTOP]

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

  • A pizzeria from the Cucina Al Voloteam should open within weeks downtown. [WCP]

  • The restaurant industry has a pervasive sexual abuse and harassment problem. [Post]

  • Here comes another pop-up bar. This time, the theme is Star Wars. [Post]

  • Alexandria’s new whiskey bar offers more than 100 bottles of brown booze. [Eater]

  • What to expect at Montgomery County’s forthcoming Asian food hall. [WBJ]

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

  • Got $1 million or $2 million? You can buy a home in Spring Valley or Kent. [UrbanTurf]

  • Report ranks D.C. region’s renters among the most content in the country. [Curbed DC]

  • Seven-story mixed-use building with 40 apartments is coming to Tenleytown. [Current]

  • A pair of Capitol Hill alley homes goes on the market for almost $2 million. [Curbed DC]

  • Study: Lower home prices have not yet lured Washingtonians to Baltimore. [D.C. Policy Center]

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