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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Arlington County residents are critical of a proposed incentives agreement with Amazon, which is poised to receive $23 million in benefits for establishing its East Coast headquarters in Crystal City—ahem, National Landing.

  • The D.C. Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to confirm Lewis Ferebee as the new chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools system. “It has been nearly one year since DCPS has had a chancellor,… it is our duty it is to create more stability, not instability,” At-Large Councilmember David Grosso said of the vote.  

  • 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.

  • Twenty-year-old Dupont gay bar Cobalt has officially closed. The building that housed it was sold to a developer last summer, and owner Eric Little wrote in a Facebook post that “the combination of the sale of the buildings, the start of demolition, costly infrastructure repairs and upgrades that we would need to shoulder to remain open for the short remainder of our lease (without an opportunity to extend the lease) along with a slow decline in sales we decided it was the right time to close the business.”

  • The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum will close for seven months.

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

  • Councilmember Jack Evans is sorry. For what, exactly, he doesn’t say. [WCP]

  • Councilmember Brandon Todd’s bill that would have given a bigger tax break to homeowners was not met with a warm welcome by his colleagues. [DC Line]

  • Councilmember Mary Cheh’s new bill allows minors to get vaccinated without their parents’ consent. [WAMU]

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

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  • New Kitchens on The Block returns April 7 with an impressive line-up of coming-soon restaurants. [WCP]

  • Fried chicken from mega chef David Chang is now at Audi Field. [Eater]

  • Try all-you-can-eat soup dumplings Wednesday nights at Maketto. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Olney Theatre Center announces its 2019-2020 season, with 16 plays, concerts, and presentations. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Watch a new Loi Loi music video. [Hometown Sounds]

  • To be honest, the National Children’s Museum’s new D.C. home sounds like a blast. [WAMU]

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

  • The Council sends a controversial bill to increase the homestead exemption tax back to committee. [Urban Turf]

  • Is HUD secretary Ben Carson getting ready to leave his post? [Curbed]

  • Councilmember Elissa Silverman’s new bill would penalize landlords who discriminate against people who use housing vouchers. [DCist]

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

  • Jessie Govan returned to Georgetown for his senior season citing “unfinished business.” His decision to stay has helped Patrick Ewing rebuild the program. [WCP]

  • D.C. is atop the list of potential trade destinations for quarterback Josh Rosen. [USA Today]

  • Atlanta Hawks rookie and former Maryland men’s basketball player Kevin Huerter grew up idolizing Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade. On Monday, the two swapped jerseys after the game. [CBS Sports Network]

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

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