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Among the curious aspects of Councilmember Brandon Todd’s 2015 campaign, whose finances have drawn withering scrutiny from the Office of Campaign Finance and the media for failing to report or adequately document some $134,000 in campaign contributions, is a trio of expenditures totaling more than $100,000 in April of that year to a firm called Block By Block at an address in West Trenton, New Jersey. The company has a track record of get-out-the-vote services in New Jersey and a presence in D.C. that seems to have been designed to be elusive.


  • Sanford Capital blames tenants for awful conditions. [WCP]

  • Mass Ave. closed as police investigate suspicious package. [WJLA]

  • Here’s how the White House Correspondents’ Dinner went. [Times]

  • Starting today, D.C. takes aim at minimizing the stink of ginkgo fruit. [Post]

  • The freshman GW student who filed suit against Trump. [GW Hatchet]

  • On Saturday’s Climate March. [WAMU]

  • Saturday broke heat records. [Post]

  • Heavy storms possible tonight. [NBC4]

  • An all-girls afterschool club. [Post]


  • D.C.’s street art anthem: “F**k Trump.”

  • New look for Provision 14: “It’s like finding Christian Grey’s bedroom inside a bank vault inside a medieval castle.”

  • No go-go rivalry here: Rare Essence and Backyard Band collaborate.

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

  • Oops: D.C. government failed to withhold its employees’ Social Security and Medicare taxes for 10 years. [NBC4]

  • Prosecutors file more charges against protesters believed to be behind inauguration violence. [Post]

  • Capital Pride producer forced to resign. [DCist]

  • Most of Vince Gray’s slate win positions for ward’s Democratic club. [Afro]

  • Kaya Henderson handed out favors to officials. [NBC4, Post]

  • How D.C. is first to require college degrees for daycare workers. [WUSA9]

  • ICYMI: Soros bankrolled the People’s Climate March. [Times]

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

  • How local theater companies are tackling the Trump effect. [WAMU]

  • Beauty Pill’s Chad Clark breaks down the goth genius of Siouxsie and The Banshees’ “Christine.” [WCP]

  • Preservationists score victory in battle to protect the Smithsonian Castle from redevelopment. [Post]

  • At 75, Andrew White is still one of the D.C. jazz scene’s most powerful performers. [Post]

  • At the Mexican Cultural Institute, artist Betsabeé Romero reflects on identity and culture of Mexican immigrants. [WCP]

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

  • New Clarendon sports bar calls itself the greatest of all time. [DC Refined]

  • It’s time for Pilsners to have a moment. [Post]

  • Big Bear Cafeis expanding in Bloomingdale. [WBJ]

  • Silver Spring is getting a “French Diner” in the Piratz Tavern space. [Bethesda Beat]

  • The ongoing battle over displaying calorie counts. [WTOP]

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

  • In new court papers, Sanford Capital faults D.C. for its tenants’ suffering. [WCP]

  • American University professor with new book out talks D.C. gentrification. [WCP]

  • Woman in anti-Airbnb ad set in Anacostia is actually a New York actress. [NBC4]

  • Why does the District not have enough stock of mid-sized housing? [Urban Land]

  • Two Dupont Circle houses could be yours if you agree to move them. [UrbanTurf]

  • More than 300 units are slated for a mixed-use project in Eckington. [UrbanTurf]

  • Ten notable African-American architects who worked in the District. [Curbed DC]

  • When construction disrupts Northwest residents’ lives and peace of mind. [Post]

  • Inside JBG’s restoration of Woodley Park’s historic Wardman Tower. [Bisnow]

  • The best real estate deals in the D.C. region in 2016. [WBJ]

  • The U.S. affordable housing crisis, mapped. [CityLab]

  • Billboards near the White House? [Curbed DC]

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