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The District is doing so well that I am the envy of mayors across the U.S.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Thursday “State of the District” address was a proud one, with the mayor declaring that others “look at our talented workforce, our balanced budgets, our thriving nightlife, and vibrant neighborhoods—and they say, ‘I want that.’” She also talked standing up to Donald Trump, restricting firearm sales, tackling the District’s singularly high maternal mortality rate, and reforming the D.C. Public School system. Read the full speech here—then read the City Paper on why those promises might be hard to keep.


  • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson tweeted Thursday afternoon that Virginia and Maryland lawmakers won’t face “a fight in the Council” over increased funding for the Metro. The city will cough up $245 million more than what Maryland will pay over the next decade. [Twitter]

  • Washington-Reagan National Airport will add a selection of limited (free!) short-term parking to its property. [WTOP]

  • It’s not just D.C. whose public schools are plagued with chronic scandal. [WAMU]

  • The District’s school lottery causes parents great anxiety each year. Here’s why. [WAMU]

  • D.C. hasn’t kept close track of sexual harassment complaints against employees. [Post]

  • A reminder from the Department of Human Services that, if you see someone outside in need of shelter, you should call 202-399-7098.

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

  • Vince Gray had some thinly veiled criticisms of Bowser in his Ward 7 speech. [WCP]

  • Councilmember Gray gets subpoena power to investigate United Medical Center. [WBJ]

  • At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds reportedly believes that Amazon “should be subsidizing us.” (Can we get that in writing?) [Twitter]

  • Today on The Politics Hour: Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh talks water bills. [Kojo]

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

  • Hey, guess what’s back? The Jazz Setlist! [WCP]

  • How Suns Cinema creates a unique movie-going experience. [Post]

  • Ahead of Folger Theatre’s production of The Winter’s Tale, director Aaron Posner and actor Katie deBuys talk about making one of Shakespeare’s more complex plays. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Listen to The Messthetics debut record. [NPR Music]

  • Kelela talks about the themes of her new album with NPR’s Ari Shapiro. [All Things Considered]

  • What happens when you mix improv comedy with opera? Urban Aria’s Opera Improv. [BYT]

  • America’s inherent biases are at the forefront of Arena Stage’s Hold These Truths. [WCP]

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

  • Trinidadian food is having a moment in D.C. Don’t miss out. [WCP]

  • There are two different ways to win sex toys at this new Logan Circle bar. [WCP]

  • Trump hotel employees pout over a lack of food writer coverage. (Hey, we tried.) [Post]

  • Finally, a CSA for meat lovers. [Washingtonian]

  • Get your first taste of Bethesda’s Frida Beer Garden tonight. [Eater]

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

  • ICYMI: The D.C. Council has taken a step toward dramatically altering tenant protection laws. [WCP]

  • Op-ed: The District’s treatment of homeless families has long left children behind. [Post]

  • Four vacant properties in Anacostia owned by the D.C. government have been transferred to the L’Enfant Trust, which will rehabilitate and renovate the homes with the goal of selling them to those who make 120 percent of AMI. [Curbed]

  • Sixteen employees at a D.C. jail got sick after an employee in the mailroom opened a box filled with what authorities believe is fentanyl. [WTOP]

  • Conservative writer Andrew Sullivan is never leaving Adams Morgan. [Washingtonian]


  • The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting an eight-hour business expo today beginning at 10:00 a.m. 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW.

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