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The most demoralizing moment forJim Trainum, former D.C. homicide detective, might have been the time he came to work to find that his database of cold case murders dating back to 1968 had been deleted. It had taken him years to compile.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • An explosion at D.C. police drug lab yesterday where evidence is stored. [Post, NBC4]

  • Crane-climbing 101: how activists hung a “resist” banner high above K Street. [WBJ]

  • The seven protesters who hung the banner are now facing charges. [WTOP]

  • Major cities were defiant against Trump’s threats to immigrants yesterday. [Post]

  • More local reactions to the federal hiring freeze. [NBC4]

  • Report suggests Maryland should legalize marijuana to close its budget gap. [WBJ]

  • Contractor who worked on Trump’s D.C. hotel sues for more than $2 million. [WTOP]

  • “March For Life” expects about 50,000 to attend Saturday Mall demonstration. [NBC4]

  • A 2017 calendar of gridlock-inducing events in D.C. [Post]

  • Niyana Carrington, 16, went missing Tuesday near 1100 1st Street NW. [WUSA]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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

  • Keeping tabs on federal issues that could affect D.C. in the age of Trump. [WAMU]

  • Bowser to Trump: We are still a sanctuary city. [Post, DCist]

  • Congress requests info from D.C. on legal aid for undocumented immigrants. [Twitter]

  • Security breach at behavioral health contractor leads to identity theft. [FOX5]

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

  • Here’s why journalists don’t really like the Newseum. [Post]

  • Local artists fight back against the “drain the swamp” comments. [Post]

  • Pictures of Friday’s “NO THANKS: A NIGHT OF ANTI-FASCIST SOUNDS” at Black Cat. [DC Music Download]

  • Listen to a new song from Sneaks. [NPR Music]

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

  • A June pop-up from married industry pros. [WCP]

  • How a Trump executive order could destroy restaurants. [Eater]

  • Look forward to these Chinese New Year specials. [Post]

  • Sean Spicer’s “truly chilling” gum habit. [Washingtonian]

  • Early reports Donburi is coming to 19th and M Street NW. [PoPville]

  • D.C.’s 30 essential dishes. [Zagat]

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

  • D.C. officials and advocates conduct a “point-in-time” count of homeless people. [Twitter]

  • JBG hopes to sell a mixed-use project on U Street NW before it’s even complete. [WBJ]

  • D.C.’s black population is in fact growing in absolute terms, but not relative ones. [GGW]

  • A mixed-use project with 75 apartments is planned for end of Barracks Row. [UrbanTurf]

  • Here are some homes in the D.C. area that you can purchase for $2 million. [UrbanTurf]

  • Rock Creek Property Group buys Dupont Circle corner properties for $7.5 million. [WBJ]

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