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Residents of a condemned building at 5509 9th St. NW are set to be forced out today, and will likely have only two weeks to find new housing. They say it’s gone neglected for years: No hot water, common power outages, and more.


  • The D.C. medical examiner says an ex-aide of Vladimir Putin who was found unconscious in a Dupont Circle hotel in November died of blunt force trauma. [Post, Post]
  • The District erroneously withdrew $7 million from almost 600 residents’ bank accounts this week. [Post, NBC4]
  • Come July, Metro will reimburse rail riders who exit stations they had entered, provided they do so within 15 minutes. [City Desk, WAMU, DCist]
  • Report: The victim of a shooting in Southeast had to wait almost 30 minutes for medical transport. [FOX5]
  • A firefighter gave his breathing mask to a senior in an apartment fire in Southeast on Wednesday. [NBC4]
  • In its first 10 days of service, the D.C. streetcar carried nearly 30,000 passengers, city officials say. [DCist]
  • D.C. farmers markets can now sell alcohol thanks to a new law. [Young & Hungry, Washingtonian, DCist]


  • PoP Psychology: Dan Silverman runs the widely popular Prince of Petworth blog. But just who is he?
  • Step Aside Tequila: Will mezcal fuel the next local booze-boom? A new restaurant in Shaw sure hopes so.
  • Priciest Menus: Look at all these restaurants that will make a dent in your wallet for their prix fixe dinners.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • At the bottom rung of the housing market, tenants deal with crooks, squatters, and DCRA. [LL]
  • Bad news, as usual, in WMATA report. [WAMU]
  • Study: The District’s early childcare program needs tens of millions more. [Post]
  • People can’t stop riding that streetcar! [Times, DCist]
  • Ted Leonsis will give us arena football at last. [Post]
  • New law will let farmers markets sell booze. [Y&H]
  • Some Pepco-Exelon talk on today’s The Politics Hour. [WAMU]

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

  • D.C.-bred saxophonist Ron Holloway returns home. [Post]
  • Listen to the first song from new D.C. band Brushes. [Bandwidth]
  • The latest on the condition of Bad Brains Know. [Arts Desk]
  • And a new song from The Greatest Hoax. [DC Music Download]
  • Watch Asheru freestyle about D.C. neighborhoods at SXSW. [Washingtonian]
  • Hamilton (the cast) is coming to D.C. [DCist]
  • Classical Trax is bringing experimental sounds from across the globe to D.C. [Arts Desk]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • At Sushi Ogawa, enjoy a peaceful room and a master’s touch. [Post]
  • Spike Mendelsohn prepares luncheon for Canada’s prime minister. [Washingtonian]
  • Dupont’s The Huxley fined $5,000 for giving bottle service to teens. [Borderstan]
  • Breakfast sandwiches are coming to Smucker Farms. [Eater]
  • D.C.’s six newest sports bars [Zagat]
  • Beer garden near Nationals Park to open for season in April. [Hill Now]