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Among the many cuts in his FY 2019 budget, President Trump eliminated funding for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program, which offers students up to $10,000 a year to put towards their tuition at public universities in other states and private institutions in the region. Local leaders and D.C. residents who benefit from the program are incensed, and Mayor Muriel Bowser has already launched a petition begging Congress to restore the program’s full funding.

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  • Trump’s 2019 budget also cut Metro’s federal subsidy by $30 million. [Post]

  • And suggests the government sell National Airport, Dulles International Airport, the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. [WBJ]

  • A picturesque drive on the GW Parkway could be ruined by development. [WBJ]

  • Metro’s fancy 7000-series cars are blowing up its energy bill. [GGW]

  • Back at square one: GSA recommends that FBI HQ remain on its current site. [WBJ]

  • That recommendation surprises FBI experts and members of Congress. [Post]

  • Police now believe three murders that occurred on Dec. 28 are connected. [Fox5]

  • D.C. is the nation’s 7th most romantic city…or Instacart users here just like chocolate. [WTOP]

  • Former Nats pitcherEsteban Loaiza arrested for smuggling drugs; police found more than 20 kilos of cocaine in his home. [WTOP]

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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by City Paperstaff (tips? tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • After the D.C. Council voted to change the Russian Embassy’s street name to honor a Putin critic, the Russian government wants to change the street name of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to North American Dead End, 1. [Washingtonian]

  • Mayor Bowser doubles down on innovation, plans to bring driverless cars to D.C. [Post]

  • Fans of late councilmember Jim Graham reflect on his life and buy his stuff. [WCP]

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

  • At the Leica Store DC, Danny Wilcox Fraziershares grim views of the Midwest. [WCP]

  • The National Portrait Gallery debuts Barackand Michelle Obama’s official portraits, which Barack calls “pretty sharp.” [Post]

  • Shows to catch this week: local artists perform music inspired by Janel Leppin’s weavings, Stranger in the Alps, Sugg Savage, and Wylder. [D.C. Music Download]

  • Listen to DJ Kosso’s A Ride Down 95 mixtape, featuring Ciscero, Matt McGhee, Patrice Live, and other DMV-based talent. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

  • Signature Theatre’s 4,380 Nights examines imperialism over multiple narrative timelines. [WCP]

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

  • Tacos are trending, but do these new Mexican eateries serve authentic cuisine? [WCP]

  • Wards 7 and 8 aren’t food deserts, they’re food apartheid. [WAMU]

  • Avocado Investor: Shark Tank invests $400,000 in an avocado restaurant. [Eater]

  • Three brothers with ties to Georgetown weren’t as lucky on the show. [WBJ]

  • Say goodbye to The Classicsin Silver Spring, set to close Feb. 27. [Bethesda Mag]

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

  • Congress Heights residents protest a well-connected developer in a downpour. [WCP]

  • D.C.’s African-American funeral homes are being turned into condos. [Washingtonian]

  • New D.C. bill would compensate homeowners whose houses were harmed by neighbors’ shoddy construction projects. [UrbanTurf]

  • Median home prices in the District dropped to about $500,000 in Jan. 2018. [UrbanTurf]

  • For $2,200/month in rent, you can rent one-bedroom apartments downtown and in Foggy Bottom. [Curbed DC]

  • Buried in the FY 2019 budget, a request for the federal government to buy the U.S. Department of Transportation HQ. [Bisnow]

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