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“It’s no secret he’s thinking about running.”

Back in October Chuck Thies said that in an interview with Fox5. Thies, the campaign manager of then-mayor now-councilmember Vince Gray, floated the idea the Gray was interested in running against D.C. MayorMuriel Bowser for a second term. Gray seems to revel in keeping the mystery alive. In just five days, on Wednesday, March 14, he’ll host a “state of the ward” address—the day before Bowser makes her annual State of the District address on March 15. Register to attend both and break out the popcorn.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Metro officials are scrambling to rewrite the agency’s track inspection manual, after a damning federal inspection of certain rail lines was made public last week. [Post]

  • D.C.’s Attorney General Karl Racine announced Thursday that his office is suing the non-profit charged with restoring Howard Theatre. [Informer]

  • Officials at Arlington National Cemetery are confronting an increasingly small number of plots left on the site, and questions about how they’ll decide who can be buried there. [WTOP]

  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will drop the puck at the Congressional Hockey Championship next week. [Washingtonian]

  • The city’s annual Rock n’ Roll Marathon is this weekend: Plan your commutes accordingly. [Twitter]

  • ICYMI: This week’s issue of WCP examines the scandals that have plagued D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser over the course of her term, as well as the litany of challengers who have signed up to run against her. [WCP and WCP]

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

  • “I felt like I had to change my position.” DavidGrosso reneges on DCPS hearing. [Post]

  • Grosso says the D.C. Council’s resources could be better spent in other ways. [FOX5]

  • What does the ex-deputy mayor for education have to say about this scandal? [WAMU]

  • LGBTQ-focused Gertrude Stein Dem. Club gets face time with local pols. [MetroWeekly]

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

  • Woolly Mammoth announces Maria Manuela Goyanes as its new artistic director. [Post]

  • Flasher signs to Domino Records, announces new album, and shares new music video. [NPR Music]

  • And hey, Bad Moves share a new single and music video. Music videos for everyone! [The Grey Estates]

  • D.C.’s underground electronic scene is thriving, thanks to these DJs and collectives. [DC Music Download]

  • Olney Theatre announces its 2018/2019 season, featuring South Pacific, Elf the Musical, Once. [DC Theatre Scene]

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

  • Fast-casual Indian restaurant to serve dosas in the former On Rye in Chinatown. [WCP]

  • Highlights and lowlights of recent restaurant happenings. [WCP]

  • Hyperlocal rosé is on the horizon. [Washingtonian]

  • These tables come with bragging rights. [Eater]

  • Mike Isabella plants roots at The Wharf with a $2.2 million condo. [WBJ]

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

  • Housing prices have increased by an average of 207 percent across D.C.’s 20001 zip code, the second highest rate of inflation in the country. [Curbed]

  • The 14th Street Project is kicking into full gear: Expect lane closures, parking restrictions, and many, many headaches. [PoPville]

  • Take note, Ben Carson. It’s possible to redecorate your office for less than $30,000. [Washingtonian]

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