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You’ll need an umbrella, your duck shoes, and a slicker to get through the day. It’s going to be a nice weekend coming up, but we think treating yourself to hot drink mid-afternoon today would be justified.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is 66, has a lot of power, looks like your high school history teacher, doesn’t care all that much what you think of him, and, somehow, is a low-key silver fox.

  • A little girl living in DC Public Housing has an allergy to mold so severe that a recent episode sent her into respiratory failure at Children’s National Medical Center. Her doctors wrote, in a letter obtained by City Paper, that her living conditions put her at risk of readmission and, potentially, of death. Five months later, D.C. has failed to move her.

  • Here’s your rundown of key provisions in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget.

  • Look for Bethany Sachtleben at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. She walked on to the George Mason cross country team and found out, after stumbling in other sports, that she’s a running prodigy.

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

  • Bar temporarily loses license after Councilmember Vince Gray tussles with a bouncer. [Metro Weekly]

  • Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd was slapped with a $4,000 fine for mixing government resources with a campaign endorsements. It’s the second time he’s been hit with a campaign violation fine. [WCP]

  • Diapers for both adults and kids may soon be exempt from sales tax. [WAMU]

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

  • Why local non-alcoholic beverage producers risk their proud made-in-D.C. statuses when it comes time to scale. [WCP]

  • Rocklandshas been serving D.C. barbecue for nearly 30 years. [WCP]

  • Where to watch March Madness games in D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • Always question the Instagram influencer. [Eater]

  • Newcomer Rooster & Owl earns three-star review out of the gate. [Post]

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

  • How Kaywin Feldman spent her first week as the National Gallery of Art’s new director. [Post]

  • What to expect at the Kennedy Center’s second annual Direct Current festival. [Express]

  • Check out photos from ARTECHOUSE’s new cherry blossom exhibition. [BYT]

  • Film review: Good acting can’t save The Hummingbird Project‘s bland script. [WCP]

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

  • Disabled residents in the D.C. area encounter great difficulties when searching for housing. [Post]

  • D.C.’s greatest “workforce” housing need is for those who make less than 50% of the area’s median income. [GGW]

  • Councilmember David Grosso reintroduces a bill to make homelessness a protected class in D.C. [Twitter]

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

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

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, a play about a loving black family from Flint, Michigan who experience a heart-wrenching, pivotal moment in American civil rights history while on a trip to the South, continues its run at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $20–$50.

  • The Comet is Coming, a London three-piece which blends elements of jazz, funk, rock, and electronic music, perform at U Street Music Hall.7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.

  • The National Museum of the American Indian presentsSection 14: The Other Palm Springs, California, an exhibition chronicling the land battle between Indigenous peoples and those in favor of Western expansion. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.

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