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Yesterday’s heck ton of rain—that’s an official unit of measurement, right?—blessed D.C. with a flood warning. Today, it’ll alternate between rain and intense gusts of wind. Happy Friday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The Charles Koch Foundation gifts George Mason University’s public policy school a $1.1 million grant. The university’s president acknowledged last year that some of the gifts it received in the last decade and a half “raise questions concerning donor influence in academic matters.”

  • Also included in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget: $30 million to build out three new child care facilities across the city.

  • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is asking his state’s congressional delegation to demand the National Park Service turn over control of its part of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. He said it’s the only way to efficiently repair the pothole-riddled road, which some drivers call “hell on earth.”  

  • On Thursday, the Wizards fell 108-113 to the Denver Nuggets, the team’s third straight loss.

  • The Hirshhorn has added 30 new pieces to its collection, including some from the defunct Corcoran Gallery.

  • The people of North Michigan Park, including First Dad Joe Bowser, definitely do not want a liquor store in their neighborhood. They’ve been successfully keeping them out since at least 1964, and will be celebrating another victory this weekend.

  • There are a lot of things to love about D.C.—by Curbed’s count, 101.   

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

  • EagleBank CEO Ron Paul retired abruptly citing health reasons. Paul and EagleBank are named in the subpoena delivered to the D.C. Council related to the investigation into Councilmember Jack Evans. [Bisnow]

  • Councilmember Trayon White says a friend was driving his BMW and got into a fender bender earlier this week. Police are investigating as a hit and run. [WJLA]

  • ICYMI: Chairman Phil Mendelson is, somehow, a low-key silver fox. [WCP]

  • The guy who’s been projecting images and messages—mostly in protest of President Donald Trump’s administration—on buildings around town got his stuff back from police. And he’s back at it. [DCist]

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

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  • Archipelago is now two tiki bars in one. [WCP]

  • Get 50 percent off at Bazaar Spices before they close onMarch 31. [WCP]

  • Three new Indian restaurants worth trying. [Washingtonian]

  • Chef Kwame Onwuachi provides teasers about his first book. [Eater]

  • GRK Fresh Greek closes on 19th Street NW. [PoPville]

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

  • Meet the local DJs carving out space for themselves and other women in the male-dominated music scene. [WCP]

  • Here’s the first—and, for fuck’s sake, hopefully the last—Beto O’RourkeFugazi think piece. Someone please get me off this 2020 ride.  [The Ringer]

  • With Faust and Eugene Onegin, the Washington National Opera celebrates country living. [WCP]

  • Read our conversation with the National Gallery of Art’s new director, Kaywin Feldman. [WCP]

  • Mary Timony on the newEx Hex album, Dischord’s Autoclave reissue, and more. [Bandcamp]

  • The Wheel’s The Seagull builds more stories into Chekhov‘s classic play. [WCP]

  • Aaron Posner celebrates the 6th President in Arena’s JQA. [WCP]

  • Actors examine the issues of the world in Studio’s Queen of Basel. [WCP]

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

  • Mortgage rates are at the lowest levels they’ve been in over a year. [Urban Turf]

  • ICYMI: Public housing residents are getting sicker and sicker the longer they live in dilapidated conditions. [WCP]

  • What local developers and housing officials think about the federal opportunity zone program. [BisNow]

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

  • Oysters at a baseball game? Yep. The Nats revealed their new concessions items, and among them are oysters, empanadas, and house-steamed buns. [WCP]

  • Maryland men’s basketball escapes with a 79-77 win in the first round of the NCAA tournament. LSU is up next. [AP]

  • 16-year-old Rajah Caruth is competing this weekend for a slot in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program. [DCist]

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

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