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Happy Thursday, D.C. This bizarre February spring will continue through Friday. It’ll be winter again come Saturday. Also, heads up: Red Line closures this weekend.


  • St. John’s sophomore Azzi Fudd, a shy kid who didn’t want to try new things, stepped out of her comfort zone to become one of the best high school basketball players in the country.

  • Another day, another shit storm in Virginia politics:

    • Attorney General Mark Herring got out ahead of the news that he wore black face at a party in college in 1980 to impersonate a rapper. The president of the NAACP Loudoun Chapter says he should not resign.

    • Vanessa Tyson, the woman who is accusing Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 released a detailed account of the attack. Fairfax has denied the accusations.

    • With Gov. Ralph Northam facing calls for his resignation after his own blackface scandal, the line of succession goes from Fairfax to Herring. After that, next in line is House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican.

    • Last year, Republicans took control of Virginia’s House chamber when the crucial race was settled with a random drawing.

  • The social services nonprofit tapped to run a new Ward 7 homeless shelter appears to have falsified critical employee information, according to the Department of Human Services.

  • A Prince George’s County high school principal was put on leave. A video posted online appears to show him fighting with a student.

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

  • A former Ward 8 Democrats leader and minister is facing a federal indictment. [WCP]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to shift some gun crimes from D.C. Superior Court to federal court, drawing criticism from councilmembers. [Post, Twitter]

  • Every D.C. councilmember, ever, in a timeline. [Greater Greater Washington]

  • Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie wants to establish a new center to study gun violence. [Post]

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

  • Try supper at white hot deli Call Your Mother starting next month. [WCP]

  • DC Empanadas facility suffers a major fire. [WCP]

  • How Instacart was slighting its drivers out of tips. [Eater]

  • A local chef’s gripping story of addiction, recovery, and success. [Post]

  • Food poisoning can strike at farmers markets. [Post]

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

  • DJ Kool was pleasantly surprised to learn his song was played during the Super Bowl. [WCP]

  • Washington National Opera announces its 2019/2020 season, with six full productions. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • With the Newseum set to relocate, what is the state of D.C.’s private museum scene? Pretty fertile, actually. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

  • Remembering revered D.C. artist Michael B. Platt. [WCP]

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

  • Mayor Bowser nominates DCRA’s interim director, Ernest Chrappah, to permanently lead the agency. [WCP]

  • D.C.’s downtown day center for the homeless will finally open next week. [Curbed]

  • The District’s economy by the numbers. [Urban Turf]

  • What do you do if you’ve got mold? [WAMU]

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

  • The Wizards say goodbye to Otto Porter Jr., who was traded to the Chicago Bulls. [ESPN]

  • Gonzaga College High School alum Chris Lykes lets the doubters fuel him. Despite his small stature, he is currently one of the stars on the Miami men’s basketball team. [WCP]

  • Rugby is coming to D.C. The new Major League Rugby team, called the Old Glory DC, will begin play in 2020. [FloRugby]

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

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