A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Despite a 2010 D.C. court order directing eviction companies to pay their workers at least minimum wage, unchecked eviction outfits recruit homeless workers and continue to pay them as little as $5 for a full day’s work of putting families on the street. Some trucks even stock beer for the workers, docking their pay for every one they drink. “We have seen babies crying, grandmas. … You get a beer, so you don’t have any emotion.”


  • Mayor Bowser does the bidding of a giant digital sign company with powerful connections. [WCP]

  • GW students recalibrate in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. [GW Hatchet]

  • An African American church returns to D.C. after 30 years in the suburbs. [Post]

  • An early draft of the 8000 series Metro cars. [GGW]

  • Downtown parking meters will be priced based on demand, up to $3.25 per hour. [Post]

  • Newly-minted American citizens on Trump’s immigration policies. [NBC4]

  • District officials say more tourists are visiting the nation’s capital. [NBC4]

  • A man in a mask shot two construction workers in D.C. yesterday. [WUSA]

  • Jennifer Martinez, 17, went missing from Georgia Ave. NW two weeks ago. [ABC7]

  • Missing Va. girl may be with an Estonian national, and without her medication. [Post, NBC4]


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

  • Bowser proposes insurance companies bankroll first responders. [Post]

  • Councilmember Vince Gray again goes after the “yoga tax.” [Times]

  • Charter school teachers aim to unionize. [WAMU, Post]

  • Attempt to recall D.C. police union chairman fails—but just barely. [Twitter]

  • Brianne Nadeau introduces bill aimed at curbing street harassment. [DCist]

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

  • In one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the Hirshhorn’s history, Yayoi Kusama obliterates the idea of self. [WCP]

  • Behind the scenes of the Danny Gatton and Anacostia Delta documentary that’s premiering Saturday. [Express]

  • There’s been an awakening in Potomac. Have you felt it? The Real Housewives of Potomac is returning for season two. [DCist]

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

  • Pizzeria Paradiso’s new beer director wants you to try gruit beer. [WCP]

  • Real Housewives teaser suggests Oz Restaurant is in trouble. [ARLnow]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema digs Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern. [Post]

  • A new esoteric style of wine to geek out on. [DC Refined]

  • Eater launches a travel portal. [Eater]

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

  • Commercial tenant signs lease at Ward 7’s long-delayed Skyland development. [WBJ]

  • Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson buys pricey Kalorama home. [Washingtonian]

  • Can the District incentivize conversions of vacant office buildings into housing? [Bisnow]

  • Some major mixed-use projects in the works for Georgetown and West End. [UrbanTurf]

  • CityCenterDC unveils a new marketing campaign featuring kitschy dancers. [UrbanTurf]

  • 225-room hotel, 435 apartments, and retail all part of project planned for NoMa. [WBJ]

  • D.C.-area homebuyers spend less of their income on housing than renters. [WTOP]

  • Smart-growthers push for more transit-oriented development. [GGW]

  • Tiny house hunters: used Metro car edition. [Post]

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