THE NEWS:

Whose epic driveway cuts through Rock Creek Park, a national park? What’s the story behind Dan’s Cafe, the spot where drinks are served out of squirt bottles? Is Mayor Muriel Bowser doing a good job?

These are just some questions readers submitted to City Paper staff for our annual Answers Issue. We did our best to answer them.

“As always, this issue is a learning experience, both for the staff who put it together, and, we hope, for those reading it,” writes City Paper’s Caroline Jones for this week’s cover story, available in print or online. “So pour yourself a drink (in a squeeze bottle, perhaps?), crank up some music (we recommend Rare Essence’s cover of ‘Pieces of Me’), and settle in to discover something new about the District.”

Have a question? There’s always next year! —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)  

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Landlord that Attorney General Karl Racine has sued for uninhabitable housing conditions lands in jail for contempt of court. [DCist]

  • Without seeking permission or approval, ICE has run facial-recognition searches on millions of Maryland driver’s license photos. [Post]

  • Updates on the coronavirus in the DMV:  

    • D.C. health director fields questions about government preparedness. [NBC4]

    • Two potential cases surface in Virginia. [WAMU]

    • WMATA gets ready for the spread of the coronavirus. [WTOP

    • Fear and discrimination around the virus impact Chinese businesses. [Washingtonian

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • A Dupont home renovation riles tensions among neighbors with accusations of weaponized children and back alley meetings. [WCP]

  • The D.C. Gay & Lesbian Activist Alliance will not include Jack Evans in its Ward 2 candidate rating. [Blade]

  • Business community picks a side in the Ward 2 race. [DC Line]

  • The anatomy of a rent strike. [WAMU]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • How restaurants find the sweet spot between educating and alienating diners with menus. [WCP]

  • Rodents, crime, and employee transportation are three of the top 16 concerns of D.C. nightlife businesses, according to a new report. [WCP

  • Meet the all-you-can-eat king of D.C. dining. [Washingtonian]

  • Why you should try Mencho’s Dominican Kitchen. [Post]

  • D.C. has a strong showing in this year’s list of James Beard Award semifinalists. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Alexandria’s Brave Spirits Theatre is making an epic two-year repertory out of Shakespeare’s history cycle. [WCP]

  • Head to Ireland with the Capital Irish Film Festival. [WCP]

  • Lost City Books in Adams Morgan will reopen this Saturday. [DCist]

  • NextAct Cinemas, a black-owned movie theater in Maryland, celebrates its first anniversary next month. [Baltimore Sun]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Local senior athletes have found a sport for a lifetime at the Washington DC Table Tennis Center, which was founded by 67-year-old Charlene Liu, the world No. 1 female table tennis player age 65 and older. [WCP]

  • Darryl Morsell played the role of hero this time. The Maryland men’s basketball team trailed by 16 points at the half, but the Terps fought back and Morsell hit the game-winning three with less than five seconds remaining to beat Minnesota, 74-73. [Big Ten Network]

  • The Washington Spirit have announced their schedule for 2020, which will include home games at three separate stadiums: Audi Field, the Maryland SoccerPlex, and Segra Field. The season opener will take place on April 18 at Audi Field. [Black & Red United]

  • Ron Rivera is “excited about” second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., but he’s keeping all his options open. Rivera told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine that his team will host quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa in pre-draft visits. [ESPN

CITY LIGHTS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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