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Commutes will be messy this morning, as a massive wind storm has blown branches and other debris into roadways. The federal government’s closed, as are several schools. MARC and VRE commuter rail services have suspended service for the day and Metro is reducing speeds on trains that run above ground. If you have to go outside today, proceed with caution. The heaviest winds are expected to hit D.C. between 5 a.m. and noon.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Despite the storm, spring is still on its way. The cherry blossoms will hit peak bloom between March 17 and March 20. [WBJ]

  • An increasing number of D.C.’s residents aren’t outsiders—they’re born in the city. [GGW]

  • D.C. finally has a lan to fix those confusing street parking signs. [WTOP]

  • The District might pay for your car’s pothole damage if it’s bad enough. [WTOP]

  • Is D.C. really getting too loud? Neighbors hash it out in a magazine. [Washingtonian]

  • The first event booked for D.C.’s newest arena is an eSports competition. [Post]

  • It’s panda insemination time. We’ll find out if there’s a cub in a few months. [WTOP]

  • Litigation over the Glover Park Whole Foods renovation continues. [Current]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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

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  • At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman grills Events DC over Wizards arena. [WCP]

  • D.C. Council public safety committee ends MPD oversight hearing early due to disruptions. [Post]

  • Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, activist Phil Pannelltalk Marion Barry. [WAMU]

  • Almost three-fifths of high school seniors aren’t on track to graduate this year, according to DCPS data. [WAMU]

  • With Duke Ellington revelations, D.C. could pursue more cases of residency fraud. [Post]

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

  • D.C. actor Alexander Strainreturns to the local theater scene in a one-man show about suicide, Every Brilliant Thing. [Post]

  • A play about Frederick Douglass is running less than a mile from his former home. [WCP]

  • The Mingus Big Band, Michael Weiss, and other jazz gigs to scope out this week. [Washingtonian]

  • March is a big month for music festivals, with Direct Current, the Washington Women’s Jazz Festival, and the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival. [DC Music Download]

  • Legendary folk label Smithsonian Folkways broadens its scope with the release of a hip-hop anthology. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Parking meter fees at Petworth’s farmers market totaled $990.64 in 2016 and $8,841.69 in 2017. [WCP]

  • Little Beast will bring pastries and wood-fired pizza to Chevy Chase. [WCP]

  • D.C.’s new meatball shop may feature a neon sign of a pig butt going into a grinder [Washingtonian]

  • Northwest D.C. might get an Ambar in 2019. [Eater]

  • Hockey: It’s how to get free Chipotle today. [DC Refined]

  • Just in time for the Oscars, the history of popcorn. [NPR]

  • Where do chefs travel for winter vacations? [OpenTable]

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

  • How to protect your home during today’s massive winds. [WUSA 9]

  • Opinion: D.C.’s private sector businesses should fight homelessness. [WBJ]

  • You’d have to make roughly $83,000 a year—and put down 20 percent—to afford a moderately priced home in D.C. [Curbed DC]

  • Check out new renderings of the D.C. Public Library’s $18 million Southwest branch. [PoPville]

  • The homeownership gap between white and black households is less disparate than in other U.S. cities.

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