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While the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs struggles to stop landlords from financially benefiting off the poor treatment of their tenants, At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman introduced legislation Tuesday that would prevent the worst of the worst from acquiring new business licenses and building permits. Those slumlords with more than five “Class 1” infractions in a given year would be denied permits and licenses while the offenses are being remediated and for one year after the last offense was remediated. As Silverman said yesterday, “Being a slumlord shouldn’t be a viable business model.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. Council votes down contract extension for United Medical Center operator Veritas. [WBJ, Post]

  • Pennsylvania Avenue between West End and Georgetown will reopen this week. [WTOP]

  • Repairs will close Red Line between Silver Spring and Fort Totten for 16 days. [Post]

  • In darker Metro news, an employee went to the hospital with an electrical injury after his tool touched the third rail last month. [GGW]

  • One man is dead and another is injured after shooting in Northwest D.C. [Fox5]

  • A new app will turn a visit to the National Mall into a “mobile gaming experience.” [WJLA]

  • Man arrested for vandalizing Embassy of Austria, setting fire to Embassy of Malaysia. [NBC4]

  • Activist who laughed at Attorney General Jeff Sessions won’t face criminal charges. [Post]

  • VA Medical Center honors 91-year-old who’s volunteered more than 20,000 hours over the past 25 years. [NBC4]

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

  • Brandon Todd proposes plan for donating unused prescription meds to seniors. [Post]

  • He also moves to curb Clean Rivers water fees on cemeteries. [NBC4]

  • Hendley Elementary School placed on lockdown after daytime shootings. [WUSA9]

  • Labor unions say Wharf Phase II developers aren’t paying living wages. [WAMU]

  • Ka-ching: Where are the red light camera hot spots? [WUSA9]

  • Marion Barry statue to be erected “a couple of blocks from the White House.” [Post]

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

  • After 25 years in charge, National Gallery of Art directory Rusty Powellwill retire in early 2019. [Post]

  • DC Metro Theater Arts founder Joel Markowitzdies at age 60. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • The Washington National Opera tries valiantly to make Handel’s Alcina exciting. [WCP]

  • U.S. Commission of Fine Arts pans new design of Douglass Memorial Bridge. [WBJ]

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

  • Acclaimed sushi restaurant O-Ku will open near Union Market in 2018. [WCP]

  • The Passenger’s new chef will add more vegetables to the bar’s menu. [WCP]

  • A comprehensive guide to the best bar bites in town. [Washingtonian]

  • Long-delayed speakeasy Morriswill test its drinks at Republic Restoratives. [Eater]

  • Expect twists on retro drinks during D.C. cocktail week. [WTOP]

  • A slate of new chocolate desserts worth trying. [Zagat]

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

  • Check out two new concepts for Hill East’s former Boys and Girls Club building. [WCP]

  • Home prices in Congress Heights appreciated by more than 36 percent in 2017. [UrbanTurf]

  • Op-ed: Ward 5 community association leader welcomes Brookland Manor project. [Post]

  • Real estate search firm ranks the District third among cities most likely to get Amazon HQ2. [WBJ]

  • Redesigning Starburst Plaza could transform H Street NE. [GGW]

  • Everything you need to know about “accessory dwelling units.” [GGW]

  • Georgetown mansion built in 1875 sells for just under $9 million. [Curbed DC]

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