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A judge has ordered the District to pay more than $13 million to a man who spent 28 years in prison after he was convicted of killing a taxi driver in 1978—wrongfully. DNA testing exonerated Santae Tribble, now 55, in 2012. His “ordeal…ruined his life, leaving him broken in body and spirit and, quite literally, dying,” Judge John Mott wrote in an opinion released Friday.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The H Street­–Benning Road streetcar opened to riders on Saturday. [City Desk, WAMU, WTOP]
  • D.C.’s Public Service Commission has left open the door to a Pepco-Exelon merger. [Loose Lips, Post]
  • Would building small-scale family homeless shelters across the city affect property values or crime rates? [Post]
  • Dave Oberting, a Republican candidate for At-Large D.C. Councilmember, has dropped out of the race. [Loose Lips]
  • February wraps up with relatively mild temperatures, but the District could see some snow by Friday. [Post]

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

  • Forward Pass: Tanya Snyder, the wife of the Washington football team’s owner, has donated to Donald Trump.
  • Bridge Delayed: The 11th Street Bridge Park won’t be done until at least 2019, the project’s director says.
  • Coca-Cola Meatloaf Sandwich: Hungry? You can get one of these for $16 at Boe, located 777 9th NW.

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

  • Public Service Commission rejects Exelon-Pepco deal. [Times, LL, WBJ, WAMUPost]
  • Streetcar, at last. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Republican Dave Oberting drops out of the at-large race. [LL]
  • Tax cuts triggered. [WBJ]
  • Appeals court won’t hear gun challenge. [Times]
  • Ron Machen: No, feds should prosecute District crimes.  [Post]
  • What could homeless shelters mean for their neighbors? [Post]
  • City ordered to pay $13 million in wrongful conviction case. [Post]
  • Dan Snyder‘s wife donated to Donald Trump. [LL]

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

  • The most awkward moments from last week’s Commedia dell Media. [Arts Desk]
  • According to the annual “TrendsWatch” report, museum-goers want more playtime in their museums. [Post]
  • Air & Space Museum’s Lockheed Martin IMAX gets a laser upgrade. [DCist]
  • At the American Dance Institute, 3,000 ping pong balls encompass Jonah Bokaer‘s new weird dance performance piece. [Post]
  • Watch a new music video from Near Northeast. [Bandwidth]
  • Read an interview with Oooh Child Ensemble/ElevatorsDrew Kid. [DC Music Download]
  • Read Martin Baron on the significance of Spotlight‘s Oscar nominations—and now, subsequent win. [Post]
  • At this year’s DC Fashion Week, the stakes are high for local designers. [Arts Desk]

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

  • The economics of bottomless booze for brunch [Eater]
  • Action Bronson visits Rose’s Luxury. [Vice]
  • Best trivia nights in D.C. [DCist]
  • The biggest mistakes restaurant kitchens make, according to chefs [Thrillist]
  • A look inside Sushi Ogawa from the Sushi Capitol team [Washingtonian]
  • Six must-try cheese fondues around D.C. [Zagat]
  • How to purge 30 years of cookbooks [Post]