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Happy Valentines Day, D.C. Here are 14+ reasons to love the District (featuring City Paper’s new publisher Katy McKegney).

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • On the cover this week, Food Editor Laura Hayes digs into Union Kitchen’s Accelerator. Is it helping or hurting aspiring food entrepreneurs?

  • DCHA says thousands of units are nearly uninhabitable. Tenants want to know: What’s next?

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser’s inaugural committee took in nearly $1 million in seven weeks—mostly from deep-pocketed donors looking to do business with the city.

  • Both of Virginia’s Catholic diocese released the names of 58 priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

  • Vanessa Tyson, who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, will meet with prosecutors, according to her lawyer. It’s unclear whether the meeting will result in criminal charges. Fairfax has denied the allegations and, through a spokesperson, indicated that he’s considering filing a criminal complaint of his own against Tyson for making false accusations.

  • A lot of people want to change the name of Woodrow Wilson High School, though some disagree. The school is named after the 28th president, who, according to historians, segregated the federal government, fired and demosted black employees, and stifled progress in the nation’s capital.

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

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  • More on acting school Chancellor Lewis Ferebee’s testimony in front of the Council on Tuesday evening. [WCP]

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing four Maryland parents for residency fraud. [press release]

  • Former Mayor Adrian Fenty pushes for better emergency response technology. [Post]

  • Is that … IT IS! Senior advisor to Councilmember Anita Bonds and Ward 6 committeeman David Meadows sitting behind Kacey Musgraves at the Grammys. [Twitter, DCist]

  • The Washington Post editorial board cautions Councilmember Jack Evans and other D.C. officials against a veto to bring back Metro’s late night hours. [Post]

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

  • Is the world’s saffron supply drying up? [Eater]

  • This couple thinks drinking made them terrible guests. [Post]

  • Brut in Alexandria woos diners with melted cheese and chocolate. [NoVa Mag]

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

  • Local students join Parkland artists in an exhibition on gun violence in Chinatown. [WCP]

  • Watch a tender new music video from Bad Moves. [Brooklyn Vegan]

  • The Smithsonian is having a reckoning with its connection to the Sackler family—a big donor who is also intrinsically tied to the opioid crisis. [Post]

  • Film review: Isn’t It Romantic both subverts and adheres to tired genre tropes. [WCP]

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

  • D.C. could get more control over the management of its federal parks. [Curbed]

  • Carver-Langston got a lot of love on Zillow last year. [Urban Turf]

  • JBG Smith submits plans for two residential buildings a block away from HQ2. [WBJ]

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

  • The path to political reporting is paved with former sports journalists. [WCP]

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is not continuing talks with the local NFL team “at this time” about the potential site for the team’s new stadium. [WTOP]

  • The Nationals pitchers and catchers have officially started spring training, but free agent Bryce Harper has not yet signed with a team. [NBC Sports Washington]

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

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