Today marks the first day of spring, but you wouldn’t know it by the cloud cover we’re expecting this afternoon. If you can, get a peek at the full moon tonight.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The D.C. Council voted on Tuesday to dilute the power of Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans’ powerful finance and revenue committee. The decision dismayed hundreds of Washingtonians and activists (and some councilmembers) who lobbied Chairman Phil Mendelson to temporarily—at the very least—revoke Evans’ committee chairmanship altogether.     

  • It’s the study everyone was talking about yesterday: D.C. had the highest “intensity” of gentrification out of any major American city between 2000 and 2013, a new report by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition says. It estimates that as many as 20,000 black residents were displaced by rising housing costs in that time.

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser will release the full content of her proposed fiscal year 2020 budget this morning.

  • Cheers @ The Big Chair, owned by former D.C. Council candidate Dionne Reeder, is closing this week. That’s one less sit-down restaurant in Ward 8. “I’m hurt,” Reeder says. “I would be lying if said I wasn’t.”

  • The Stanley Cup champion Caps are visiting the White House on Monday—well, most of them. Devante Smith-Pelly, one of the few black players in professional hockey, said last year that some of Trump’s comments are “racist and sexist” and implied he would not attend. Yesterday, Brett Connolly also declined the invitation, saying he’s supporting Smith-Pelly.

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

  • Trump’s lawyers argue to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him of illegally receiving payments from his D.C. hotel, in violation of the constitution. [WAMU, Politico]

  • Some schools are facing cuts in the next academic year. [Post]

  • ICYMI: Mayor Bowser’s prepared remarks from her State of the District address Monday night. [DC Line]

  • Attorney General Karl Racine is thinkin’ about suing Exxon. [The Hill]

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

  • Restaurateur behindLazy Kate’s opening in West End says it’s for millennials. [WCP]

  • Trump has only dined at the restaurant inside of his hotel and that’s fine. [Washingtonian]

  • Pepco is failing Ivy City restaurants and Union Market. [DCist]

  • Why you should visit the new iteration of the food hall inside Tysons Galleria. [Post]

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

  • Lol. Efforts to save the failing National Law Enforcement Museum. [Bloomberg]

  • Priests talk about the path to their new album, The Seduction of Kansas. [Pitchfork]

  • A look into D.C.’s wild world of square dancing. [Post]

  • Alternate universe post-apocalyptic D.C. is pretty cool. [Washingtonian]

  • How the Turkish Embassy had a surprising role in desegregating D.C.’s jazz scene. [WAMU]

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

  • There are very few homes for sale in these five neighborhoods. [Urban Turf]

  • Three takeaways from Bowser’s state of the District address. [Curbed]

  • ICYMI: Advocates for more housing says Bowser’s new plan doesn’t go far enough to close the affordability gap—several protesters loudly interrupted her speech with chants of “this is our home.”

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

  • Wizards Misery Report: Fans explain why they’re actively rooting for the team to lose. [WCP]

  • 16-year-old Griffin Yow is the latest homegrown player to sign with D.C. United. [FloFC]

  • Mike Trout has managed to one-up Bryce Harper once again. [New York Post]

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

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