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This week’s cover story: D.C.’s craftiest landlord lawyer has found a new loophole that could seriously erode tenant protections.


  • The LLC loophole in D.C. elections is dead, but don’t worry! Politicians were ready for its demise. [Loose Lips]
  • In the deadly incident at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station last month, ventilation fans pulled smoke toward trapped passengers. [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. shuts down a store for selling synthetic marijuana. [Post]
  • A ruling from a federal judge in Texas could make out-of-state gun purchases easier for D.C. residents. [WAMU]


Spring Time: The Spring Arts Guide is here, with our picks for music, theater, comedy, talks, museums, and more.

Yes He Cans: After this D.C. firefighter got injured, his wife encouraged him to explore his other passions. Now he operates a mobile cannery for breweries in the D.C. area and beyond.

Gear Prudence: Reasons to be wary of buying a bike through an online listings site.

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

  • NTSB: Metro fans pulled smoke into train car in fatal incident. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • A new loophole could make affordable housing even rarer in the District. [WCP]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s ward picks raced to collect money before the LLC loophole closed. [LL]
  • Cathy Lanier prevails in Charlie Sheen whistleblower case. [Times, WAMUPost]
  • Booting procurement boss before his term was up will cost $40,000. [Housing Complex]
  • Post‘s Mike DeBonis leaves the local beat after eight years. [LL]
  • Paul Strauss will take his shadow senate fight to Iowa. [Post]
  • Bowser administration cites making sure Franklin School development would benefit “all eight wards” as reason to quash art plan. [Housing Complex]
  • Franklin School museum director: Bowser is just looking for excuses. [Housing Complex]
  • City shuts down convenience store over synthetic marijuana sales. [WAMU]
  • Getting a gun could be easier in the District, thanks to court ruling. [WAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Are low gas prices hurting Metro ridership? [PlanItMetro]
  • D.C. income taxes are rising as wages remain stagnant. Here’s why. [District, Measured]
  • Georgetown retail center moves forward. [WBJ]
  • Congress will hold a hearing on the Jan. 12 Metro incident tomorrow. [Roll Call]
  • Cycling advocates hone their safe-streets language. [CityLab]
  • Does a Georgetown gondola make any sense? [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Columbia Heights 3BR condo—-$750,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Freer Gallery will close for renovations next January, aiming to reopen by summer of 2017. [Arts Desk]
  • Inside the mystery of Mingering Mike [Guardian]
  • Six up-and-coming D.C. bands to watch [D.C. Music Download]
  • The Institute for Contemporary Expression’s Dani Levinas accuses Mayor Muriel Bowser of foul play. [Housing Complex]
  • A profile of Adam LeFevre, who’s currently acting in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The Metromaniacs [Post]

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

  • Seafood distributor Profish to open Ivy City Smokehouse. [Post]
  • 15 Baltimore bars that are worth the trip [Thrillist]
  • The best chocolate shops in and around D.C. [DCist]
  • Rhino Bar auctions off its stuff. [WBJ]
  • What’s on the menu at Stanton & Greene, coming to Capitol Hill [Washingtonian]
  • Domku owner Kera Carpenter looks back at 10 years in Petworth. [Eater]