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Mary and Patrick Strauss signed 17 out of 19 loan documents purchasing Sanford Capital’s properties, where vermin, faucets that run feces-stained water, and vacant apartments left open to squatters are common conditions for hundreds of tenants. The Strausses claim they haven’t been involved in Sanford Capital since about 2012. A City Paper investigation reveals that they have. And they’ve also struck out on their own in real estate development in D.C.


  • D.C. fines Sanford Capital $539,000 for over 1,000 housing violations. [WAMU]

  • Pedestrian walkway over the Anacostia River project get $250,000. [UrbanTurf, WUSA9]

  • Put down that phone: D.C. drivers use their cells 2.26 times per trip. [Post]

  • Pedestrian deaths are down in D.C. and Maryland, but not Virginia. [WAMU]

  • Why some teens run away. [NBC4]

  • Elementary kids compete in robotics, courtesy of Pepco. [NBC4]

  • Thirty-one seconds of baby eagle hatching footage: [NBC4]

  • Two girls, 14 and 16, have gone missing from Southeast D.C. [WUSA9, WUSA9]


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

  • Land Grab: Developer-mayor asks Trump for a ton of federal land. [WJLA]

  • ICYMI: Only 17 percent of D.C. police live in the District. [Times]

  • Bowser asks feds for more money for Metro. [FOX5]

  • City will require childcare workers to go to college. [Post]

  • Tales from a white teacher in Southeast. [GGW]

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

  • A year after Bohemian Caverns closed, its namesake jazz orchestra soldiers on. [WCP]

  • Can you name five women artists? [The Gallery Gap]

  • In 1987, Kelly and Maze Tesfaye opened Twins Jazz—decades later, they never imagined it would become a local jazz institution. [Post]

  • Listen to a new Br’er single. [DC Music Download]

  • The best of local hardcore at this year’s Damaged City Fest. [Post]

  • Theater Alliance’s Mnemonic might be one of the area’s best of the year. [WCP]

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

  • Pamplona chef canned after some sort of altercation in the kitchen. [NoVa Mag]

  • Awkward: Both Toki Underground and Erik Bruner-Yang celebrate ramen anniversaries. [Washingtonian]

  • Area restaurants are offering small portions. [Post]

  • José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup gets a giant influx of cash. [WBJ]

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

  • Bowser makes affordable housing a centerpiece of annual District speech. [Post]

  • Bowser anticipated to maintain affordable housing funding this year. [Curbed DC]

  • The District’s famously designed libraries. [Curbed DC]

  • New York TimesDavid Brooks buys $2 million home on Capitol Hill. [WBJ]

  • Down to the final four FAR in super-nerdy zoning bracket tournament. [GGW]

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