Lots of cloud cover and rain in the forecast today, with a high that just scratches 50 degrees.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Arlington County already plans to forward Freedom of Information Act requests about Amazon to the company, ARL Now reports, despite the fact that the county has yet to sign its $23 million incentives agreement. Arlington’s agreement with Amazon says the county will “give Amazon not less than two (2) business days written notice of the request to allow Amazon to take such steps as it deems appropriate with regard to the requested disclosure of records.”

  • Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that she will take an “indefinite leave of absence” from her job to focus on recovering from pneumonia. The news comes shortly after the Baltimore Sun reported that Pugh accepted $100,000 from Kaiser Permanente for 20,000 copies of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books.

  • The Council will vote today on diluting Councilmember Jack Evans committee—the second half of his discipline for attempting to leverage his public office for private gain.

  • There have been 15 homicides in Ward 7 so far this year, triple the number that had occurred by this time last year. Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray says “Enough is enough,” calling for the city to deploy more police officers and violence interrupters.

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

  • Sergio Hill, the 28-year-old man who was driving Councilmember Trayon White’s BMW and then ran from the scene of a collision, was charged in D.C. Superior Court. [Fox5]

  • Councilmember Gray’s tussle with a bouncer that got him kicked out of a bar raises questions about the enforceability of D.C.’s ID laws. [Blade]

  • A special police officer has shown a history of aggressive behavior and assaultive behavior. [NBC]

  • Another week, another profile of D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, who is suing everybody in his way. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Top of The Hour: Discounted sangria pitchers and tapas at Bodega. [WCP]

  • Pizzeria Vetri closes after three years. [WCP]

  • Look inside La Betty from the team behind A Baked Joint. [Washingtonian]

  • Burger King debuts a meatless whopper. [Post]

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

  • D.C.’s Arts Commission faces major changes in Council shift, Mayor’s budget. [WCP]

  • Thank god April Fools Day is over. [DCist]

  • Priests premiere a new song and accompanying music video. [Stereogum]

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

  • Older buildings house fewer people than they used to. Why? [Slate]

  • Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh asks Attorney General Karl Racine to investigate The Community Partnership’s subcontracting practices. [Twitter]

  • Does the phrase “Uber, but for housing inspections” make you want to hurl? Us too. [WAMU]

  • Howard University picks a development group for its town square project. [WBJ]

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

  • Dear Ted Leonsis: Don’t let Steve Buckhantz leave. [WCP]

  • Bryce Harper returns to Nats Park tonight. Max Scherzer will be pitching. Expect both boos and cheers. [USA Today]

  • Wizards rookie Troy Brown Jr. dedicated his career-best performance to Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper who was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Sunday. [NBC Sports Washington]

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

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