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In March, Mayor Muriel Bowser commissioned District-wide inspections of over 65 buildings owned and managed by Sanford Capital, saying in her 2017 State of the District Address that Sanford could “face nearly half a million dollars in fines … or see [D.C.] in court.” Now the company is in court at D.C.’s Office of Administrative Hearings for those very fines, and is formally denying almost all of the allegations against it, insinuating that the inspections were politically motivated.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • D.C. teachers offered a tentative contract, the first in five years. [Post, DCist, NBC4]

  • Department of Health letter details costly mistakes at United Medical Center. [Post]

  • Racist body art, language, leads to man’s removal from Capitol Hill pool. [WAMU]

  • Protesters return to the White House to “vent or rant” about Charlottesville attack. [Post]

  • Firefighter is accused of being drunk on the job. His mom says “No way!” [WUSA9]

  • Police shoot man in Southeast while responding to a drug complaint. He’s expected to survive. [WTOP]

  • Monumental Sports Network aims to attract younger fans with new video initiative. [WBJ]

  • Developer of The Apollo: My building marks a “turning point” for H Street NE. [WTOP]

  • Hear loud planes overnight? They’re just Air Force jets on practice missions. [NBC4]

  • Metro trains are getting slower and might not be back up to speed until 2018. [GGW]

  • Caylin Newton, Cam’s younger bro, is ready to play at Howard. [Post]

  • Newest Nats relief pitcher reacts to racial violence on Twitter. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Not enough beds at St. Elizabeth’s for inmates in need of mental health services. [NBC4]

  • On the history of the architecture of St. Elizabeth’s. [WCP]

  • ICYMI: Top-down micromanagement is impeding improvements in teacher quality. [Post]

  • Memo to D.C. Council: Approve campaign finance reform measures this year. [Post]

  • Banning traffic on 18th Street is a questionable idea. [InTowner]

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

  • Five can’t-miss concerts this week. [DC Music Download]

  • Actor Will Gartshore discusses being cast in Signature Theatre’s A Little Night Music. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Man found stabbed to death in a San Fernando park identified as Fred Smith of seminal Dischord band Beefeater. [Los Angeles Daily News]

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

  • An easier and cheaper way to experience Pineapple & Pearls. [Washingtonian]

  • A Charlottesville white nationalist demonstrator lost his hot dog shop job. [Post]

  • For the first time ever, these veggie burgers look like actual beef patties. [WTOP]

  • Adams Morgan Vietnamese restaurant to be replaced by cajun food. [PoPville]

  • Too much bread and pasta could be making boys stinky. [NPR]

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

  • Southeast community activist works to promote culture, arts of Ward 7 and 8. [Post]

  • Long-awaited Skyland development in Ward 7 now faces even more delays. [WBJ]

  • Developer leading Fannie Mae HQ project seeks landmark status for HQ. [Current]

  • Vacant storefront in Shaw slated for redevelopment into new restaurant. [Bisnow]

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