They say peak cherry blossom bloom is April 1. Use this map to find (almost) every damn cherry tree. Temperatures into the mid-50s today and into the 70s by Friday.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C.’s public hospital, United Medical Center, needs taxpayers to shell out $40 million to stay afloat. UMC is the only hospital east of the Anacostia River. Plans for a new hospital are in the works, but a new facility won’t be completed for another few years.

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke against gerrymandering outside the Supreme Court yesterday as justices heard arguments in two cases about drawing boundaries for congressional districts.

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northamspoke in Northern Virginia for the first time since his blackface scandal. He was there to promote legislation on cell phone use while driving.

  • President Donald Trump says Alex Ovechkin has big hands.

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

  • Some members of the D.C. Democratic Party are trying to dethrone Councilmember Jack Evans as a party leader. [WCP]

  • Here is a list of things D.C. councilmembers have purchased with money that is supposed to be spent on “immediate constituent needs,” such as funeral costs, overdue utility bills, and emergency housing:  [Post, Public Citizen]

    • Mardi Gras supplies

    • Lapel pins

    • T-shirts with their names emblazoned on them

    • Professional sports tickets

    • Parade banners

    • Membership dues at the Economic Club of Washington D.C.

    • Tote bags

    • A $50 parking ticket

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

  • Stellina Pizzeria opens April 2 near Union Market with pizza and fried Italian food. [WCP]

  • Chefs Ian Boden and Edward Lee are cooking a Korean Jewish feast on April 7. [WCP]

  • The 10 best taco restaurants in the D.C. region. [Post]

  • The single best food to eat at an airport. [Eater]

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

  • Homme DC is an underground men’s fashion boutique that features D.C. artists and designers. [Washingtonian]

  • The Kennedy Center goes for laughs with its new monthly comedy show hosted by local comedian Reese Waters. [Express]

  • Jordan Peele brought his Us stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke to Howard University and it looked like a blast. [Washington Informer]

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

  • The General Services Administration “spent nearly $50 million it couldn’t recover by renting space it didn’t need in the D.C. region, in just one year,” according to an agency audit. [WBJ]

  • Housing Complex tries to get At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds to talk. [Twitter]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowserdiscusses D.C.’s implementation of the Opportunity Zone program. [Twitter]

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

  • Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which is supported by Betsy Devos, calls for nearly $18 million in cuts to the Special Olympics, a non-profit headquartered in D.C. that provides “year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.” [SI]

  • Less than a week until Bryce Harper returns to D.C. It’s going to be weird. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov tells Don Cherry, a notorious anti-fun hockey commentator, to “shut his mouth.” [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

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

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