“The sun is getting stronger, and the days are getting longer,” Capital Weather Gang tells us, but we’re still not really seeing the warmth we (I) want. Expect temps to stay mostly in the 30s today, with snow and/or rain likely tomorrow.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • You had questions, D.C.: about bounce houses and Sulaimon Brown and pink bathrooms. And in this week’s cover package, City Paper’s got answers: As in years past, we’ve dug into archives, probed the depths of Twitter, and pestered D.C.’s public information officers to resolve your lingering queries about life in the District.

  • The Department of Human Services has developed projections for moving homeless families out of the motels it uses as emergency shelter, in some cases as soon as those contracts expire. But some advocates warn that the reduction in beds doesn’t reflect a reduction in need.

  • Major Metro shutdowns will hit Alexandria this summer, leaving the city to fill the vacuum with increased service among its DASH Bus, water taxis, and King Street Trolley.

  • Haven’t filed your taxes yet? Here’s how your kids could figure into a refund.

  • The National Park Service released its prediction for cherry blossoms’ peak bloom. Expect 70 percent of the buds to flower between April 3 and 6, right on schedule.

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

  • The Democratic party is calling for Councilmember Jack Evans to resign from his post as national committeeman; progressive groups are calling for Evans to be removed from prominent Council committees. [Post]

  • D.C.’s US Attorney Jesse Liu was picked for for the No. 3 job in the Justice Department. [DCist]

  • The D.C. Auditor Kathy Patterson is launching a new blog. It’s wonky and oh so necessary. [Twitter]

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

  • Where to try comforting Indo-Chinese cuisine in the D.C. area. [WCP]

  • How will the forthcoming Anacostia Busboys and Poets be a good neighbor? [WCP]

  • Ask for Angela in Arlington bars if you feel unsafe. [Washingtonian]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema provides guidance on the etiquette of food photography in restaurants. [Post]

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

  • The New African Film Fest returns to highlight the continent’s thriving film culture. [WCP]

  • Listen to the debut track from new D.C. trio Too Free. [Soundcloud]

  • Here’s all the Smithsonian properties you can get married at. [Washingtonian]

  • Film review: True ’90s kids will treat Captain Marvel with guarded skepticism. [WCP]

  • The complete oral history of Little Feats 1977 Lisner Auditorium show. [Washingtonian]

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

  • ICYMI: Through a Freedom of Information Act request, City Paperobtained emails from the Department of General Services showing that its former chief knew in September 2017 that the construction of a Ward 7 homeless shelter was three months behind schedule––despite testifying otherwise in front of the D.C. Council.

  • Opinion: Why it makes sense for the Purple Line to Largo, but not National Harbor. [DCPC]

  • More changes at Providence Hospital. [WBJ]

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

  • D.C. United is one of only two MLS teams that charges for its academy. It probably doesn’t need to. [WCP]

  • After outrage from its backpack ban, the Nationals will be providing storage lockers for a fee. [WTOP]

  • NBC Sports Washington recently informed longtime Wizards broadcaster Steve Buckhantz it would not pick up the option on the third year of his contract “at this time,” according to thePost.

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

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