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“The fundraising aspect is what troubles me. It’s fraught with conflicts.”

An examination of dozens of pages of constituent service fund records show that councilmembers have made dubious financial decisions with their funds. City Paper also learned that the Council quietly approved a dramatic increase in the amount of money politicians can spend using these accounts, but did not hold a usual public hearing before the change was enacted two years ago. The increase raised the annual expenditure limit by $20,000—a change that, as of this week, had not yet been publicly disclosed by D.C.’s Office of Campaign Finance. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allenis considering legislation to tighten restrictions on the accounts, or even prohibit them.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A Takoma warehouse fire has prompted Metro to suspend service in the area. [WTOP]

  • Officials in Virginia, meanwhile, are miffed about the agency’s decision to totally halt rail service south of the airport next summer without consulting them. [WTOP]

  • How to navigate Montgomery County’s at-large county council race. [WAMU]

  • Good news, crab lovers: Maryland’s blue crabs are “healthy and sustainable,” even after a long winter. [WTOP]

  • D.C.’s attorney general is cracking down on out-of-state parents, some of whom work for D.C. government and enroll their kids in the District’s public schools. [Post]

  • The Trump administration looks to make it easier to interrogate and deport undocumented minors. [Post]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • Off-duty D.C. police officer shoots and kills armed man in his 20s in Northeast. [FOX5]

  • A teenage boy is shot and killed and two men are injured in separate incidents. [WJLA]

  • Trans United Fund endorses opponents of Phil Mendelson and Anita Bonds. [Blade]

  • Domestic tourism to D.C. increases 4.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, sets record. [WBJ]

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

  • In the latest entry of Chad Clark’s One Song series: Gillian Welch’s “My Morphine.” [WCP]

  • How Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society is creating its own jazz scene. [Post]

  • Four hundred Cuban artists will take center stage the Kennedy Center this month for Artes de Cuba. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • A look back at the oft-neglected D.C.-filmed classic, Dave. [BYT]

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

  • Heat and anger mount within the restaurant industry as D.C. readies to vote on the tipped minimum wage. [WCP]

  • H Street NE is getting a barbecue restaurant in the former Kitty’s Saloon space. [PoPville]

  • After the settlement, what does the future hold for Mike Isabella Concepts? [Post]

  • It’s finally warm enough to enjoy The Wharf as it was intended. [WTOP]

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

  • What $350,000 gets you in the D.C. housing market. [Urban Turf]

  • A charming and incomprehensible D.C. bus map from 1975. [GGW]

  • Hello, gratuitously large pond. [PoPville]

  • Crystal City’s BID considers an expansion into Arlington. [WBJ]

HAPPENING TODAY

  • ANC 3B meets today at 7:00 p.m.4000 Calvert St. NW.

  • ANC 6A also meets at 7:00 p.m. 601 15th St. NE.

  • ANC 7C meets at 7:00 p.m. 5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE.

  • ANC 3E meets at 7:30 p.m. 4300 Military Rd. NW.

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