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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • It’s not looking great for Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, whose private business dealings appear to be catching up to him.

    • Federal authorities have subpoenaed three or four private clients of Evans and his firm, NSE Consulting LLC. That’s in addition to the initial subpoena sent to the D.C. government.

    • Three councilmembers are calling for a special committee to investigate Evans’ relationship with the owner of a digital sign company, as well as his apparent efforts to sell his status and relationships gained as a public official.

    • So is the Post editorial board.

    • WMATA’s board of directors also directed its ethics officer to investigate Evans.

    • Some advisory neighborhood commissioners are also calling for Evans to be stripped of his committee chairmanship.

    • But Evans appears unruffled. He spoke at an ANC meeting last night, closing his remarks with a laugh, saying that “if you talk long enough there are no questions!” Then he breezed by reporters and grabbed a cookie on the way out.

  • A new report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that women who live in D.C. are waiting longer to have children than are women in other states, if they choose to have children at all.

  • Metro ridership hit a record low, with average weekday train rides dipping down to 595,000 between July and December of 2018. The last time ridership was that low, it was, apparently, the year 2000.

  • Construction on the Carnegie Library’s Apple store will likely be complete in April, with the store slated to open in the late spring.

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

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  • Lindsey Parker is likely to be D.C.’s next chief technology officer. She will face a lot of hard work. [WCP]

  • Chief Peter Newsham did not like Councilmembers Charles Allen and Brianne Nadeau’s criticisms of his department. [Post]

  • Virginia’s Gov. Ralph Northam and its Attorney General Mark Herring were both caught in blackface scandals. Yet, Herring still called for Northam to resign while remaining in office himself. Why? [WAMU]

  • Donald Trump has a feeling he knows D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. [Twitter]

  • Emad Hajassan pleaded guilty to bribing officials in two D.C. agencies. [Post]

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

  • City selects two urban agriculture companies to farm plots in Ward 4 and Ward 6. [WCP]

  • New Food & Friends partnership helps get nutritious meals into the hands of new and expectant mothers. [WCP]

  • D.C.’s witchiest bar will have tarot cards, zodiac cocktails, and unicorn taxidermy. [WCP]

  • Get a free shot at a D.C. sports bar if you’re willing to relinquish Bryce Harper gear for charity. [Washingtonian]

  • Diving for oysters in the Chesapeake. [Post]

  • There are still people eating in restaurants owned by men accused of sexual misconduct. [Eater]

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

  • Classical music is overwhelmingly male. The Boulanger Initiative wants to change that. [WCP]

  • Good news for the local theatre community: Joy Zinoman’s Studio Acting Conservatory will continue at Garnet-Patterson Middle School. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • (And you can listen to the whole Kojo Nnamdi segment with Zinoman and D.C.’s theater community here). [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

  • Quotidian’s 2019 will feature two new plays. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Get to know local experimental funk ensemble Black Folks Don’t Swim? [DCist]

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

  • Kenyan McDuffie wants to rejigger Dave Thomas Circle, demolishing the existing Wendy’s in the process. [GGW]

  • Progressive advocates are pushing back against Councilmember Brandon Todd’s bill that would reduce property taxes for homeowners. [WAMU]

  • One way to boost transit ridership? Bikeshare. [Curbed]

  • Amazon has plans to open a grocery store in D.C. [Urban Turf]

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

  • Championship or bust: Anything less than a title would be a disappointment for D.C. United this season, at least according to one player. [WCP]

  • The Nationals’ rejected offer to Bryce Harper reportedly included $100 in deferred money and would’ve paid the 26-year-old until he turned 60. The Phillies offer did not include deferred money. [SI]

  • The Washington Spirit has started training camp at the Maryland SoccerPlex for the season that begins on April 13. [Black & Red United]

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

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