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Take a deep breath in, D.C. Do you smell it? Fresh cut grass, pine tar, and a Nationals line-up devoid of that overrated manchild. Happy Opening Day!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • On the cover this week: One Day in D.C. What did you do on Friday, March 22?

  • For more than a year, At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, who chairs the housing committee, has dodged Housing Complex’s multiple requests for interviews. So this week, HC waited in her office until she showed up. Here’s the result: a 9-minute interview with Anita Bonds.

  • Local Division I athletic programs are taking steps to meet student-athlete demand for sports psychologists and mental health resources, but more work can be done.

  • A University of Mississippi professor argues that D.C.’s walk-left-stand-right Metro escalator system actually slows everyone down. Well, uh, GTF outta here with that shit.

  • Drag is becoming more popular in Arlington.

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

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  • Councilmember Anita Bonds (or someone in her office) blocked a Fox5 reporter on Twitter. They say it was a mistake. [WCP]

  • ICYMI: Some in the D.C. Democratic Party are looking for a way to remove Councilmember Jack Evans in the midst of an ethics scandal and a criminal investigation. Their next meeting is April 4. [WCP]

  • Evans filed a response to a recall petition. In it, he highlights his work to renovate schools and libraries and his support of LGBTQ rights, but does not address the basis for the recall. [Post]

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a $15 minimum wage bill. [WTOP]

  • Attorney General Karl Racine is suing another batch of Maryland parents falsely claiming to live in D.C. so their kids can attend District public schools without paying tuition. [Post]

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

  • Where to find opening-day specials near Nats Park. [Washingtonian]

  • Because inside the ballpark, food will cost this much. [Post]

  • Kwame Onwuachi, Amy Brandwein among James Beard Award semi-finalists. [Eater]

  • DC Brau zeroes in on branding and marketing to combat saturated market. [WBJ]

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

  • In a new addition to a Shaw mural, Mothra reigns supreme. [Post]

  • Arlington’s drag scene is growing. [ARLNow]

  • TIL: There’s a hip-hop architecture camp. [Curbed DC]

  • How Near Northeastincorporates community into its band. [Post]

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

  • What “finding your village” means in a city like D.C. [WAMU]

  • Experts weigh in on what to expect with this year’s condo market. [Urban Turf]

  • The East End office building that tech giants like Facebook and Yelp call home is for sale. [WBJ]

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

  • Happy Opening Day: The Nats take on the Mets today and the weather, according to meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts, “couldn’t be any better!” And if you’re going to the game, don’t forget that the team has banned backpacks this year. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Colt McCoy drinks raw, unpasteurized milk every day. (The FDA does not recommend this.) [Post]

  • As expected, Capital One Arena is getting a sportsbook. [WTOP]

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

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