Welcome to Wednesday, D.C. Today, we’ll hear Trump’s personal fixer Michael Cohentestify in front of Congress. The weather? Kinda sunny with temperatures in the 40s.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Today in food, Laura Hayes writes about a kind of wage theft that harms some “back-of-the-house” restaurant employees—the people who prepare your food. When restaurants pay these workers a fixed salary, employees can miss out on overtime and minimum wages. Those who are staring down this situation are often immigrants who already work demanding, low-paying jobs. Some have fought back by filing suits.

  • A topless demonstrator was arrested in Virginia but not D.C. In Richmond, activist Michelle Sutherland was dressed as Virtus, who is depicted on the Virginia’s state flag with one breast exposed.

  • A “very bad pastor, but very good con man” goes to prison.

  • The Department of Housing Services terminated its contract with the nonprofit that manages day-to-day operations of a homeless shelter in Ward 7. The development is a blow to the administration of Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has touted homeless shelters throughout the District as a major accomplishment during her tenure.

  • How Molly Donelan went from a dedicated teenage climber to one of the most famous faces in rock climbing.

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

  • Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay is still waiting for answers from D.C. officials to his questions about the District’s intention to award a sole-source sports gambling contract, despite Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s suggestion that he had dropped the inquiry. [Post]

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders is in favor of statehood for D.C. His solution leaves much to be desired. [CNN]

  • Yes, D.C. police stop and frisk residents, but it’s not the bad kind like they did in New York, says D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham in response to Councilmember Brianne Nadeau’s Post op-ed. [Post]

  • Couldn’t afford/didn’t want to pay $10 to ask a public official a question? Read the highlights. [GGW]

  • Maryland lawmaker Mary Ann Lisanti is being reprimanded by her colleagues for using the N-word. [WAMU]

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

  • 3 Stars Brewing Company’s beer hall will open in May. [WCP]

  • Why Eden Center is still such a hit. [DCist]

  • Dacha’s next big project will take over Navy Yard. [Washingtonian]

  • Meal delivery companies must pivot or die. [Eater]

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

  • There’s a new Ex Hex song and, spoiler, it rips. [Consequence of Sound]

  • Fowl play: For 40 years, this Maryland artist has been carving decoy ducks. [Post]

  • How many people did the Obama portraits bring to the National Portrait Gallery? About a million. [Post]

  • Rats and high rent drove Crooked Beat out of Adams Morgan. [DCist]

  • Blackbyrds drummer Keith Killgo talks about the band’s song about sex in Rock Creek Park. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Housing Complex is away from her desk today. 

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

  • Wizards owner Ted Leonsis tells WUSA9 columnist Mike Wise, “the fans are appropriately upset with us because we didn’t meet any of our goals.” [Twitter]

  • There will be two security lines to get into D.C. United’s Audi Field this season, one for fans without bags and one for fans with bags that meet the club’s specifications. Clear bags are no longer required. [D.C. United]

  • The Dodgers are now the betting favorites to land Bryce Harper. [Bleacher Report]

  • Former Washington football team coach Jim Zorn is a head coach once again. This time in the XFL. [ESPN]

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

  • Anacostia Arts Center hosts artist and climate change activist Monica Jahan Bose‘s WRAPture Woodblock Workshop, in which participants learn woodblock printing, create artwork that will be displayed, and discuss climate change.1:30 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Vanity Fair, the story of wily young Becky Sharpscaling social ladders, continues its opening week shows at the Lansburgh Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 450 7th St. NW. $49–$118.

  • City Winery hosts an evening of custom candle crafting in Mason jars with Yaymaker. 7 p.m. at 1350 Okie St. NE. $45.

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