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Friday’s weather certainly won’t be beautiful, but some cloud cover is still a step up from the one-two punch of snow and sleet D.C. saw this week.


  • Mayor Muriel Bowser announced yesterday that the District will end extended school years. The program added 20 days to low-performing schools, giving students shorter, more frequent breaks. Bowser said that “attendance rates at these schools are poor, teacher burnout is high and academic improvements have been insignificant,” the Post reports.  

  • A Coast Guard lieutenant who allegedly plotted a domestic terrorism attack against journalists and Democratic politicians was ordered held without bail on drug and gun charges, the Associated Press reports. Christopher Paul Hasson had 15 guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in his Silver Spring apartment. Federal prosecutors say he compiled a hit list that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senators Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris; and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough.

  • Survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of D.C.-area priests speak to Fox5, expressing a desire for the Catholic Church to more concretely respond to their allegations.

  • Alexandria is trying to cash in on Arlington’s slice of the HQ2 pie, courting other businesses that “want to be closer” to Amazon, WBJ reports.

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

  • Councilmember Charles Allen rejected Mayor Bowser’s pick for a seat on the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. Bowser countered by renominating the same person. [WCP]

  • An education on education:

    • Acting schools chancellor Lewis Ferebee announced some changes in his upcoming budget. [WAMU]

    • Ferebee and two other top education officials in D.C. all went to the same business-minded training program, which promotes the use of charter schools. [WAMU]

  • A pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle in Northwest. [Post]

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

  • Do restaurants still put style above sensibility when setting dress codes for hosts? [WCP]

  • Hear from someone who attended a sex party in Blagden Alley over the weekend. [WCP]

  • An unsettling dining experience sparks a broader conversation about criticism. [Eater]

  • Head here for National Margarita Day specials tomorrow. [DCist]

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

  • The Washington Ballet’s Gian Carlo Perez is making ballet relevant. [WCP]

  • BLKS celebrates the intimacy and exuberance of black female friendship. [WCP]

  • Georgetown is getting a new art gallery, courtesy of New York Dealer Todd von Ammon. [ArtNews]

  • Jason Gubbiotti‘s abstract paintings reach for new realms at Civilian Art Projects. [WCP]

  • Form is relative on Jeff Cosgrove, Matthew Shipp, and William Parker‘s Near Disaster. [WCP]

  • Film review: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden Worldis an elegant kids film for all ages. [WCP]

  • Film review: Fighting with My Family is chock-full of charming clichés. [WCP]

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

  • ICYMI: The federal government awarded D.C. millions of dollars to help remediate lead paint hazards in homes with low-income tenants and children under the age of six, who are most susceptible to lead poisoning. But the District agency responsible for administering the grant spent only a fraction of it, making the city temporarily ineligible to reapply. [WCP]

  • The costs of converting single-family homes into condos. [Urban Turf]

  • Judiciary Square could become a historic district in D.C. [Curbed]

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

  • Former Howard University football quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton will lead the yet-to-be-named D.C. XFL team when the league relaunches next year. [WCP]

  • The Caps have acquired Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings one day after waiving Devante Smith-Pelly, who has been assigned to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. [ESPN]

  • Dwight Howard is back. Kind of. The injured center is set to resume on-court work but still has a long way to go before competing. [NBC Sports Washington]

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


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