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“They are still in that first phase—that green bud phase.”

A cold snap this week has “baffled” the National Park Service and pushed back peak bloom projections for the District’s cherry blossoms, with temps expected to dip some 40 points below the season average tomorrow. (Monitor their progress with the cherry blossom cam.) Plan on seeing hundreds of high school students marching through that cold on Wednesday. Across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, school districts have offered public support for a nation-wide walkout of students and faculty to commemorate the one-month anniversary of the February 14 shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • At-Large CouncilmemberRobert White is the first to publicly chastise Mayor Muriel Bowser and at-large colleague David Grosso for refusing to hold a hearing about the circumstances of former public school chancellor Antwan Wilson’s resignation. [WCP]

  • U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in local distillery Jos. A. Magnus & Co, prompting Washingtonians to boycott the establishment. [Washingtonian]

  • Grosso makes an appearance on Kojo Nnamdi to talk universal basic income. [Kojo Nnamdi]

  • Amazon’s first bookstore in the Washington area opens today. [Post]

  • Our latest Washington City Podcast: Staffers Andrew Giambrone, Laura Hayes, and Morgan Baskin talk the week’s biggest news. [WCP]

  • Mark your calendars: Our next Luce Unplugged show, featuring Governess and Antonia, takes place on March 23. [WCP]

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

  • Bowser launches D.C. Infrastructure Academy, delivering on political promise. [WTOP]

  • D.C. will get its first all-girls public school by taking over a defunct charter school. [Post]

  • United Medical Center board releases closely guarded audio of closed meeting. [Post]

  • View: Amazon should locate HQ2 in or near D.C. to cozy up with regulators. [Economist]

  • Editorial: D.C. needs to disavow its obsession with record graduation rates. [Examiner]

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

  • A newly renovated Glenstone Museum is set to reopen on Oct. 4. [Post]

  • Oddisee, Irreversible Entanglements, Des Demonas, and other shows to catch around town this week. [DC Music Download]

  • It’s a Long Way Down, the ‘60’s psych rock album from forgotten local band Fallen Angels, is D.C.’s Sgt. Pepper you’ve never heard. [Washingtonian]

  • D.C.’s Unified Scene Theater is teaching improv classes to businesses. [WAMU]

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

  • Get to know the duo behind a new Capitol Hill Ethiopian cafe. [WCP]

  • Chef Victor Albisu is replacing Del Campo with Taco Bamba and Poca Madre. [Washingtonian]

  • Exploring the range of emotions regulars diners feel when a restaurant closes. [Post]

  • Head to Pizzeria Vetri tonight to soak in information on fermentation. [WTOP]

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

  • Is the famous Wisconsin Ave. spy house on borrowed time? [PoPville]

  • John first met Jackie in a charming Georgetown townhouse, now worth a whopping $1.75 million. [Curbed]

  • The top three fastest growing areas of D.C.? Southwest, Navy Yard, and H Street NE. But you already knew that. [Twitter]

  • A Mount Pleasant documentary project catalogues the changing neighborhood. [Post]

HAPPENING TODAY:

  • If you’re a homeowner or a renter with questions about inclusionary zoning, rent control, or other housing programs, you might consider swinging by the Department of Housing and Community Development’s 10:00 a.m. housing resource Q&A. 1800 MLK Ave. SE.

  • At noon, the National Immigration Forum hosts a workshop to help D.C. residents apply for citizenship. 200 I St. NE.

  • ANC 7D meets at 6:30 p.m. 3935 Benning Rd. NE.

  • ANC 6B meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

  • ANC 7E also meets at 7:00 p.m. 5601 E. Capitol St. SE.

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