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It’ll be a cool, cloudy Wednesday in D.C.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a strike in several major cities this morning to coincide with the former’s IPO. What’s their plan in D.C.? (Either way: Don’t be a jerk; don’t take a ride-hailing service this morning.)

  • Did 2018 feel particularly crowded around D.C. to you? That’s because it was. 21.9 million people visited the city last year, spending close to $8 billion––both of those record numbers, according to the nonprofit Destination DC.

  • The D.C. Inspector General criticized the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs in a new report, writing that because the agency has failed to consistently collect or track fines for violations, it allows bad actors to “continue to operate in the District without consequence.”

  • A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to fraud conspiracy in the college admissions scandal that has accused nearly three dozen parents of bribing their childrens’ way into elite universities around the country. The man paid $400,000 to secure his son a spot at Georgetown University.

  • D.C. chefs cleaned up at the James Beard Awards this week. Here’s a rundown of the city’s winners.

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

  • With traffic related deaths continuing to increase, councilmembers finally act. Here are more than 20 ideas to make D.C. streets safer. [WAMU]

  • Three University of Maryland Medical System board members resigned in the wake of a self-dealing scandal. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned last week. [Post]

  • Councilmember Vince Gray’s hospital deal falls apart. [DCist]

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

  • An evaluation of new condiment Kranch. [Post]

  • The local farmer who’s obsessed with conserving soil. [Edible]

  • A love letter to leftovers, the best part of a meal. [NoVa Mag]

  • Rosslyn-based Nestle is laying of thousands of workers. [WBJ]

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

  • Post art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott reviews the new International Spy Museum. [Post]

  • Dave Chappelle will be this year’s recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor—the first native Washingtonian to receive the award. [DCist]

  • The Washington Psychotronic Film Society celebrates 30 years. [BYT]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A tiff between Amazon and Arlington County officials on how many square feet the former will build out in the latter. [WBJ]

  • The D.C. Housing Finance Agency offers a new program for folks behind on reverse mortgages. [Urban Turf]

  • What is utopia? And how can we get there? [Curbed]

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

  • The reigning WNBA runner-up Mystics are eager to get the season started. “I’m ready to go kick some ass,” says star point guard Kristi Toliver. [WCP]

  • Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe is the NWSL Player of the Week after her shutout performance on Saturday. [washingtonspirit.com]

  • Kevin Durant, a Prince George’s County native, has partnered with the massive, over-the-top sports complex in Springfield, The St. James, to create a new basketball program. [Twitter]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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