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Hello, D.C. Happy Pi Day! Expect a warm, Spring-like day with temperatures in the 60s.


  • Students in Fairfax County were routinely restrained and confined in isolation despite telling the federal government otherwise, WAMU reports.

  • DC Central Kitchen lost out on nearly half of the value of its contract, throwing the organization into financial turbulence.

  • D.C. Department of Human Services employee Demetrius McMillan is accused of giving out $1.45 million in food stamps and welfare benefits in exchange for sex and cash, according to federal charging documents.

  • After many years of harrowing statistics, it looks like D.C. will finally establish a committee on maternal mortality. More than a dozen women will testify about the need for such a committee today at the Wilson Building. But the lived-experience seat, reserved for someone who lost a loved one to maternal mortality, remains unfilled.

  • One of the only students accused of participating in the massive college admissions scheme is a Georgetown University junior Isabelle Henriquez, who, according to the feds, cheated on her SATs and fibbed about her experience playing tennis to gain admission.

  • The U.S. Attorney will refile charges against two men accused of killing a transgender woman. A D.C. Superior Court judge declared a mistrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips?

  • In addition to the federal investigation and pending Council reprimand, Councilmember Jack Evans could be facing a recall election. [WAMU]

  • A new Evans-inspired poster popped up in his home Ward 2, and it’s not friendly. [Twitter]

  • The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club approved a resolution calling for Evans to temporarily resign his posts on the Council’s Finance and Revenue Committee and as D.C.’s National Committeeman. [Blade]

  • Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will introduce a bill to bring more transparency to public D.C. charter schools. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau, Mary Cheh, and Elissa Silverman are co-sponsoring the legislation. Councilmember David Grosso, chair of the Education Committee, has no comment. [WCP]

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine disapproves of Trump’s budget proposal that would end a student loan forgiveness program. [Twitter]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • What makes restaurants sink or swim? We asked a woman who helps them stay afloat. [WCP]

  • Area restaurants will stray off menu for one week in April with experimental cuisine. [WCP]

  • Cauliflower main courses, and other food trends that should be cancelled. [Washingtonian]

  • Tom Sietsema’s salty about salsa as he dishes out a one-star review to Urbano 116. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • Green New Reels: Read our reviews of films playing at the 27th annual Environmental Film Festival. [WCP]

  • Maryland-based writer Laurie Loewenstein’s new mystery novel evokes the desolation of the Dust Bowl. [WCP]

  • DMV rapper Matt McGhee’s new EP is a three-arc love story. [Post]

  • How D.C. artist Juan Pineda turns Metro stations into his own canvas. [Express]

  • How local author Kwame Alexanderwrites children’s literature that everyone can read. [WCP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips?

  • What a new land bill means for D.C.’s ability to manage its own public space. [Curbed]

  • The McMillan Reservoir team applies for a two-year extension on the project. [Urban Turf]

  • Please, I’m begging you, do not turn this into a WaWa. [WBJ]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • With no clear-favorite in the NCAA tournament, the Maryland women’s basketball team has a chance to bust some brackets this month. [WCP]

  • Running back Adrian Peterson will be back in the burgundy and gold. []

  • The Nats have added a much-needed lefty reliever in Tony Sipp. [CBS Sports]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips?

  • Soul singer Remember Jones performs a tribute to late singer Amy Winehouse at Union Stage, recreating her album Back to Black with a 12-piece orchestra. 9 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$30.

  • Marking 400 years since the transatlantic slave trade began in the Americas, The Phillips Collection continues its run ofJeanine Michna-Bales: Photographs from the Underground Railroad, an exhibition featuring selections of Bales’ photos capturing the sites that freedom-seekers traveled to along the Underground Railroad. 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12.

  • U Street Music Hall hosts East London-based house DJ and producer Riva Starr.10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15–$20.

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