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  • The Washington Monument won’t reopen until August, thanks to the discovery of “possibly contaminated soil” (whatever the heck that means) near the construction site.

  • In D.C., a small increase in income can have devastating consequences for seniors relying on Medicaid for their care. These lawsuits say that’s illegal.

  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has bowed out of plans to serve as the commencement speaker at his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, as he has skipped several other planned speaking engagements. His spokesperson has cited “safety concerns” associated with activists protesting the events; the Post attributes his absences to “lingering controversy over his blackface scandal.”

  • Montgomery County public schools’ superintendent will hire an outside firm to assist in the investigation of a sexual assault case, as well as oversee reporting practices.  

  • The Carolina Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov got far more than he bargained for when he challenged Alex Ovechkin to a fight. More than a decade older and over 50 pounds heavier, Ovi knocked out the 19-year-old with a flurry of punches. (Carolina won Game 3, 5-0).

  • The Washington Post’s editorial board published a take this weekend that proved quite contentious (among journalists, at least): That one of Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen’s bills, which would expand the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to include charter schools, “is not designed to benefit the public or help students.” In particular, the board takes issue with his desire for the public to obtain a list of charter school employees and their salaries—hard to see how that’s critical to student learning but easy to see how it might help unions in their bid to organize at charter schools

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

  • A man who sat on the Nixon grand jury still lives in Capitol Hill, and he’s watching what’s happening with Trump. [Post]

  • Twenty Democratic state attorneys general support D.C. statehood. There are six holdouts. [WTOP, Twitter]

  • Is a free Circulator bus really the right way to go? [WTOP]

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

  • Bandoola Bowl opens April 23 with fast casual Burmese salads in Georgetown. [WCP]

  • How does CHIKO’s bulgogi hoagie stack up? [WCP]

  • sweetgreen borrows from hip hop culture extensively even though 95 percent of its stores are in white zip codes. [The Nation]

  • This is Meridian Pint’s last week in business. [PoPville]

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

  • Folger Shakespeare Theatre will undergo a 12,000 square foot underground expansion, which will begin later this year and finish in 2020. [Post]

  • D.C. artist Tim Tate to represent the U.S. at the 58th Biennale di Venezia. [East City Art]

  • Local authors Kwame Alexander and Eloise Greenfield, and hip-hop artist Ayinde Sekou discuss the world of children’s poetry and spoken word on the Kojo Nnamdi show. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

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

  • D.C. apartment rents rise 2.5 percent. [Bis Now]

  • JBG Smith Properties says it plans to sell 9 million common shares. [WBJ]

  • Do Arlington and Alexandria have enough housing units to meet the HQ2 demand? [Urban Turf]

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

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

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