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Happy Friday. Please don’t step on the tree roots around the Tidal Basin. Our annual Best Of D.C. issue drops on May 9, and we’re asking for your ideas for a new kind of Best Of celebration.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The D.C. government did not apply for millions of dollars in AmeriCorps grant money, thePostreports, which “jeopardiz[es] the future of several programs that help children improve their reading skills and support teachers in troubled city schools.”

  • More than a year after a draft was released to the public, Mayor Muriel Bowserdropped the city’s first Cultural Plan last night. At more than 200 pages, it outlines the past, present, and future of D.C.’s creative class, culminating in a robust framework for how the city can grow its cultural community.

  • Ubiquitous D.C. impresario Rock Newmanis being sued after he fondled a female performer’s breast on a stage in front of hundreds of people, according to a lawsuit filed in D.C. Superior Court. His attorneys argued that the woman consented because she didn’t object while he touched her in the middle of her performance.

  • For the fourth straight season, the Caps have clinched the National Hockey League’s Metropolitan Division. They will have home ice advantage in the playoffs starting next week against the top wild card team in the Eastern Conference. Not bad for a squad that lost seven consecutive games heading into the NHL All-Star break.

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

  • As the fall out from Councilmember Jack Evans’ scandal continues, here are some of its winners and losers. [WCP]

  • The D.C. Democratic State Committee punted on its resolution demanding Evans resign as national committeeman because of some last minute changes. The local Dems will take up the resolution at its May meeting. [Twitter]

  • An Advisory Neighborhood Commission had $23,000 stolen out of its bank account last year in what is apparently an international check fraud scheme. [WCP]

  • The Council wants tougher regulations on self-driving cars. [Curbed]

  • D.C.’s drinking water needs more monitoring for lead, an inspector general report finds. [WTOP]

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

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  • D.C. restaurants could do a lot more to accommodate diners with disabilities. [WCP]

  • Here’s when every local farmers market launches for the season. [Washingtonian]

  • A new app points people towards food-focused education and job training programs. [Edible DC]

  • How to use fresh herbs in cocktails. [Post]

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

  • Self-published authors, prepare your manifestos: The DC Public Library wants to add self-published e-books to its collection. [DCist]

  • It isn’t your typical snow day in Child Princess’ new music video. [WCP]

  • Film review: The Public is a noble effort that suffers from white saviorism. [WCP]

  • Film review: Dianehighlights the limits of character actors in leading roles. [WCP]

  • The National Gallery of Art has Tintoretto fever. [WCP]

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

  • ICYMI: The director of D.C.’s public housing authority, Tyrone Garrett, is named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in New Jersey against the city’s public housing agency. [WCP]

  • What will Amazon’s effect on housing in Virginia really look like? [Post]

  • What’s the status of Peebles’ Fifth and I deal? [WBJ]

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

  • The Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is this Sunday, meaning there will be street closures and thousands of runners in D.C. on what should be a warm and pleasant spring morning. It’s gonna be crowded. [WTOP]

  • Tommy Sheppard, the Wizards’ interim president, is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. [Post]

  • Hey look, the Nats won a drama-free game against the Mets. [Federal Baseball]

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

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