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“I saw a white man with a banana outside of my dorm room and my heart started racing. I really wanted to talk about it [publically] … I thought, ‘How can this be happening? How can we just let this go by?’”

Bananas in nooses. Racist attacks on social media. Cotton affixed to Confederate flag flyers. In this week’s City Paper cover story, black students at American University talk about the pervasive racism—both acute and casual—that accompanies life at a predominantly white institution.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Thousands of teens, many of them local, marched in support of gun control yesterday. [WCP]

  • Fort Myer and the District are embroiled in another lawsuit. [WCP]

  • The D.C. Housing Authority voted Wednesday to completely change how a series of affordable housing projects are funded. [WCP]

  • Chairman Phil Mendelson and Mayor Muriel Bowser are at odds over whether to increase funding for WMATA, threatening the viability of a landmark transportation bill passed in Virginia this weekend. [Post]

  • Read reviews from this year’s Environmental Film Festival. [WCP]

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

  • D.C. elected officials are doing quite well in raising funds for their re-election bids. [WCP]

  • Vince Gray wins subpoenas for former politically connected hospital consultants. [Post]

  • D.C.’s maternal mortality rate is twice the national average. Why is that the case? [Post]

  • Saga over four historic Anacostia homes comes to a close with acquisition. [Curbed DC]

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

  • Listen to “Ey Ajaba,” a new track off Time is Fire’s new EP. [DC Music Download]

  • Contemporary American Theater Festival announces its 2018 season, featuring The Cake, a newish play by This Is Us producer Bekah Brunstetter. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Watch a brief behind-the-scenes look at The Landing, Uptown Art House’s immersive piece of speculative fiction that debuts tonight at The Kennedy Center. [YouTube]

  • At Hemphill Fine Arts, the work of artists Steven Cushner and Willem de Looper show the discipline and effort that goes into great art. [WCP]

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

  • Dan dan noodles and four other must-order dishes coming to Philly-import Fancy Radish. [WCP]

  • D.C. dominates the list of finalists for the James Beard “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic” award category. [WCP]

  • Andy Shallal may double down in Ward 7 with two restaurants instead of one. [WBJ]

  • There’s now a place to get shave ice in Dupont Circle. [Eater]

  • The most reliable bars for watching the March Madness tournament. [Post]

  • Check out one couple that actually got married at &pizza on Pi Day. [DC Refined]

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

  • Homeless activists want to know what the rush to close D.C. General is about. [WAMU, WCP]

  • Opinion: How to think about urban development when D.C. is likely to hit one million residents in coming years. [GGW]

  • Watch this mesmerizing video of a functional gondola in Colombia to understand why some activists want them in Georgetown. [GGW]

HAPPENING TODAY:

  • Bowser will host a “State of the District” address tonight at 6:30 p.m.

  • ANC 7B meets at 7:00 p.m. 3200 S St. SE.

  • ANC 3E meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW.

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