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“It’s a time for us to remember that we still have a lot of freedom to fight for, so that we can be just like every other American and become the 51st state.”

It’s been 156 years since Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, a law that freed over 3,000 slaves in D.C., and 13 since District officials made its anniversary a city-wide holiday. The act gave $300 to former slaveholders for each person they owned, and $100 to newly freed residents who wished to emigrate to another country. All D.C. government offices are closed today in observance, and a handful of roads that typically reverse during rush hour won’t. Mayor Muriel Bowser used Saturday’s parade to reinforce her support for statehood.


  • A storm system will bring flash floods and thunderstorms to the D.C. area into Monday morning, along with a cold spell. [WTOP]

  • D.C. police are investigating the assault and hospitalization of two men near the U Street Metro station this weekend, perpetrated by assailants who yelled anti-gay slurs. [Post]

  • Democratic candidate for Maryland’s governorship, Ben Jealous, received the coveted endorsement of the state’s largest teachers union. [Post]

  • The city is finally shaking its winter doldrums, and it shows. [GGW]

  • D.C. has chronically misspent millions intended to help the city’s poorest students. [Post]

  • Quoting Frantz Fanon, WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi joins the D.C. Hall of Fame. [Twitter]

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

  • D.C. has improperly spent millions of dollars in funds for at-risk students. [Post]

  • Ward 2’s Jack Evans defends secrecy around D.C.’s HQ2 bid and Metro funding. [Kojo]

  • Following his anti-Semitic comments, conspiracy theorists emailed Trayon White. [Post]

  • Last week, Bowser met with the Emir of Qatar over lunch at CityCenter DC. [Twitter]

  • Andria Thomas, a candidate for D.C. shadow senator, scores an endorsement. [Twitter]

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

  • Listen: Luna Honey‘s “Honey” is a spooky slow burn. [WCP]

  • Praise for “Carne y Arena,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual-reality voyage. [Post]

  • Lynne Ramsay‘s You Were Never Really Here is more lucid nightmare than film. [WCP]

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

  • The best new bar in D.C. doesn’t have a name. [WCP]

  • Denizens Brewing Co. is expanding to Hyattsville. [Washingtonian]

  • Pete’sNew Haven pizzeria is closing in Columbia Heights to make way for Wawa. [Eater]

  • Rooftop bars to visit now that the weather has warmed. [Post]

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

  • A bill that could help chip away at homelessness in D.C. continues to languish in the Council. [StreetSense]

  • The Ivy League university that could benefit from Amazon’s HQ2. [WBJ]

  • Opinion: Build more bridges between Brookland and Edgewood. [GGW]

  • Mapping the future of D.C.’s development boom. [Washingtonian]

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