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David Rubenstein’s latest project is a $3 million donation to fund the restoration of the Washington Monument’s elevator system, but his stamp is on more than a dozen cultural institutions throughout the region.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. made nearly $200 million in fines in 2016, mostly from traffic tickets. [WBJ]

  • D.C. advances plans for three new family homeless shelters. [WCP]

  • Terminally ill woman awaits Congressional approval of death with dignity bill. [WTOP]

  • On writing a victim impact statement after a man murdered their parents. [Post]

  • Montgomery County’s waste incinerator has been plagued with issues for months. [Post]

  • Cold weather doesn’t stop Dupont Circle farmer’s market. [NBC4]

  • D.C. woman arrested for animal cruelty after her cat dies of dehydration. [WTOP]

  • Two are dead after a 3:15 a.m Saturday crash on New York Avenue. [AP]

  • Hoverboards cause house fires, like this one in Southwest D.C. [FOX5, DCFEMS]

  • Mother of New Year’s Eve murder victim asks killer to turn him/herself in. [NBC4]

  • Man found dead of gunshot wounds in a vehicle in Southeast. He was 23. [ABC7]

  • A 15-year-old D.C. girl has been missing since early December. [FOX5]

  • A 12-year-old D.C. girl has been missing since Friday. [FOX5]

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

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

  • More reason why the D.C. Council should have offered meaningful deliberation of Antwan Wilson’s appointment as schools chief. [Post]

  • Mark Lee urges Mayor Muriel Bowser to veto paid leave bill. [Blade]

  • ICYMI: Bowser warns that Obamacare repeal would cost D.C. more than $600 million. [Times, Post]

  • RIP Nat Hentoff—jazz master, social critic, outsider. [Post]

  • False arrests, complaints against police cost D.C. $31.6 million. [Post]

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

  • WCP’s inaugural Mix of the Week: a new age primer from Chris Richards. [WCP]

  • The “Women in E” reflect on months of being living art. [Post]

  • D.C. hardcore legends Battery will reunite for Damaged City Fest. [DC Music Download]

  • Actress Dawn Ursula played in seven D.C.-area productions in 2016. How did she do it? [DC Theatre Scene]

  • DC Flippers premiers, is sadly not a show about D.C.’s pinball scene. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Yard House chain taking over Goethe-Institut space in Chinatown. [WBJ]

  • You need these sexy George Washington memes in your life. [Washingtonian]

  • Five new ideas for brunch. [DC Refined]

  • New food court, The Block, opens in Annandale. [NoVa Mag]

  • Eater’s head critic says these are the biggest food trends of 2017. [Eater]

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

  • Planned micro-unit development in Blagden Alley hits snag at appeals court. [UrbanTurf]

  • Judge sentences perennial Dupont Circle package thief to 18 months in prison. [Post]

  • A housing center for LGBT youth run by nonprofit SMYAL opened this weekend. [WTOP]

  • The Urban Institute, a D.C.-based think tank, gets a big tax incentive to stay here. [WBJ]

  • The proposed RFK Memorial Stadium site redevelopment, by the numbers. [Curbed DC]

  • Taking stock of McMillan and the latest court ruling’s impact on its development. [HuffPo]

  • New research illustrates the connection between falling crime and gentrification. [NYT]

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