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Happy Tuesday, D.C. Hope you were able to hold on to your hat yesterday. Today promises to be less windy with highs near 50.

We’ve got a City Paper event coming up. Hear the winners of our D.C. natives essay contest tell their stories at Solid State Books on Sunday, March 3. Here’s a teaser: The oldest among them remembers a time when horse troughs were on the street corners and black and white residents rarely mixed. We’ll publish their work on Thursday.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A white Maryland lawmaker allegedly used the N-word to refer to a district in Prince George’s County. Del. Mary Ann Lisantimet with the executive committee of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland to discuss the allegations.

    • Asked by the Post if she ever used a racial slur, Lisanti said: “I’m sure I have … I’m sure everyone has used it. I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain.”

  • Attorneys for the two men accused in the murder of a transgender woman say the prosecutor improperly influenced a juror. They’re asking for the charges to be dismissed.

  • The bald eagle couple who built a home and raised baby eaglets for more than a decade in a nest above the police academy are splitsville, and love is dead. The eagles, Liberty and Justice, left behind two eggs. Justice, the male eagle, hasn’t been seen for weeks, and it appears Liberty has taken up with a new man.

  • Furloughed federal workers who set up a GoFundMe may have violated government ethics rules.

  • El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure, 29, is accused of sexually assaulting and murdering 34-year-old artist Corrina Mehielin 2017. His trial started yesterday in D.C.

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

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  • Councilmembers David Grosso and Jack Evans along with Chairman Phil Mendelson are called out by progressives. [The Nation]

  • Councilmembers Trayon White and Robert White voted “present” on the resolution to confirm Lewis Ferebee as schools chancellor. The resolution ultimately passed out of committee and will now go before the full Council.

    • Robert White on Twitter: “My concern is his unsuccessful record of closing the achievement gap while leading Indianapolis schools. Our schools need a permanent chancellor but I need a stronger reason to vote for him.” [Twitter]

  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (through a spokesperson) responds to President Donald Trump’s announcement of some sort of Fourth of July celebration in the District. [Post]

  • ANC Mark Eckenwiler, who has made it his mission to “unsuck” the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, is not impressed with the agency’s new dashboard that promises “transparency at your fingertips.” [Twitter, DCRA]

  • It was so windy yesterday. (How windy was it?!) I was so windy (up to 60 mph!) that Metro had to slow the trains down. [DCist]

  • Politics is person in D.C. author’s new novel. [DC Line]

  • The dog poop situation is getting out of control. [PoPville]

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

  • Our sandwich critic is smitten with one selection at Birds Eye. [WCP]

  • D.C. loves drag brunch. [WCP]

  • Ballston’s major food hall will start to gradually open on Wednesday. [ARLNow]

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

  • TIL: I.M.P. owner Seth Hurwitzwas in Green Book. [Post]

  • TIL, part II: There was a, uh, mermaid convention in Manassas over the weekend. [DCist]

  • How the Washington Improv Theater’s The Feminine Experience pays tribute to The Vagina Monologues. [Washingtonian]

  • Watch a new music video from Dove Lady. [Hometown Sounds]

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

  • Housing Complex is away from her desk at the moment.

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

  • Professional rock climber and Alexandria native Sasha DiGiulian is using her platform to fight for women’s equality in sports as rock climbing enters the mainstream. [WCP]

  • Azzi Fuddscored 32 points to lead St. John’s to its third straight WCAC girls’ basketball title. [Post]

  • Loudoun Valley High School alum Drew Hunter won his first national title in the two-mile at the USATF Indoor Championships from the “slow heat.” [LetsRun]

  • The Caps didn’t make any addition moves at the NHL trade deadline yesterday. [Washington Times]

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

  • Malian griot Cheick Hamala performs world music—with an assortment of guests—at Bossa Bistro. 9:30 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. Free.

  • Suns Cinema screens Black Wax, a portrait of poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron featuring highlights from his performances at the D.C. Wax Museum Nightclub in the 1980s. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $8.

  • Author Esmé Weijun Wang, a former lab researcher at Stanford and a person diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, explores how the medical community, patients, and society at large view mental illness in her book The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays, which she discusses at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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