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After enjoying record high temperatures this week, Washingtonians are ready for spring, and it appears that the cherry blossoms are ready as well—several blooms have been spotted on the National Mall. Don’t pack up your hats and gloves, however. A weather pattern called a Greenland Block is forming and could dump some snow on D.C. late next week.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Metro’s ban on issue-oriented advertising is now affecting Amnesty International. [Post]

  • New survey says D.C. remains the best city in the U.S. for women in tech. [WTOP]

  • A bill pending in Congress would let out-of-state residents bring guns into D.C. schools. [WJLA]

  • MPD has 89 officers assigned to public and charter schools across the District. [NBC4]

  • D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham gets acquainted with Twitter’s block feature. [Post]

  • Some Foggy Bottom residents believe Metro trains are shaking their homes. [WTOP]

  • Because ball is life, the Wizards’ TV viewership is up 70 percent this season. [WBJ]

  • Record temperatures still didn’t make this month D.C.’s warmest February ever. [WTOP]

  • Abandoned dockless bikes are safety hazards for the visually impaired. [WJLA]

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

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

  • Despite drama, ex-Bowser campaign aide Joshua Lopez joins D.C. Housing Authority board. [WCP]

  • United Medical Center board Chair LaRuby Maysays board will sue Office of Open Government to keep a meeting recording secret. [Post]

  • At-Large candidates Elissa Silverman and Dionne Reeder clash over campaign funds. [Blade]

  • Parents say they want fewer “listening sessions” and more results from DCPS. [WAMU]

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

  • How safe is Echostage? Hard reduction advocates say it has a lot of problems. [WCP]

  • Your week of jazz includes Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Tedd Baker, and Cheney Thomas. [Washingtonian]

  • Read some poetry from former prisoners and members of the Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop. [WAMU]

  • A look at one of the most D.C. movies ever made, the journalism classic Shattered Glass. [BYT]

  • Get to know D.C. singer Kora. [WUSA9]

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

  • H Street NE has become D.C.’s vegan dining hub. Here’s why. [WCP]

  • Ashok Bajaj will replace Cleveland Park’s Ardeo+Bardeo with a new concept. [Washingtonian]

  • Sofitel plans to spruce things up with its new fancy French restaurant. [Eater]

  • An eye-catching new Dolcezza is officially open inside the Hirshhorn. [PopVille]

  • Where to head for happy hour if you prefer to drink wine. [DC Refined]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone(tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Does recent web traffic indicate that Arlington is a top pick for Amazon HQ2? [Bisnow]

  • Appeals court dismisses challenge to mixed-use project planned in NoMa. [Curbed DC]

  • JBG Smith reveals designs for 315,000-square-foot office project downtown. [Bisnow]

  • Under Armour CEO Kevin Planklists his Georgetown property for $29.5 million. [WBJ]

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