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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.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- 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]
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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- NTSB: Metro fans pulled smoke into train car in fatal incident. [Housing Complex, Post]
- 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, WAMU, Post]
- 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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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]