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A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Airbnb and similar short-term rental companies are locking horns with a coalition of advocates over legislation that would regulate those companies’ activities in the District. Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie proposed the bill in January. Both sides are lobbying local lawmakers and rallying supporters in advance of a D.C. Council hearing on set for Wednesday.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • 200 firefighters fought a growing blaze in Prince George’s County. [Post]

  • The fire has caused an estimated $40 million in damage. [WBJ]

  • Holocaust Museum honors German chancellor Angela Merkel. [AP]

  • A preview of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a new neighborhood. [WTOP]

  • First responders will conduct a terrorist attack drill tomorrow. [Post]

  • Crews demolish the D.C. mansion murders mansion. [NBC4, WUSA9]

  • Everything you need to know for the Capitals vs. Penguins series. [Post]

  • Catch a nonstop flight from DCA to LAX on Delta. [WTOP]

  • Two D.C. police officers were injured in a drunk driving crash last night. [Post]

  • The weather today will justify a hot chocolate. [Post]

  • A trench collapsed at a construction site yesterday, injuring four. [FOX5]

  • Four more marijuana activists arrested at the U.S. Capitol. [AP, Post]

  • The man struck and killed by a car Thursday was a well-loved local artist. [Post]

  • Niyah Horne, 15, has been missing for more than two weeks now. [NBC4]

  • Anthony Castro-Zavala, 16, has been missing since Friday. [WUSA9]

  • Why D.C. teens run away, and how the community can help. [NBC4]

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

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • ICYMI: Bowser and company go looking for Qatari investors. [WBJ]

  • Federal Transit Administration says Metro workers’ lives at risk. [WJLA]

  • How a government shutdown will affect you. [WUSA9]

  • Autonomous vehicles and the case against parking minimums. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • Founding Fathers did not want D.C. to be a state. [Federalist]

  • Props for education advancements at Eastern High. [Post]

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

  • Kennedy Center announces its 2017/2018 season, which includes the previously announced Hamilton, and other productions that are not Hamilton. [Post]

  • Photos of the science march from this past weekend. [Washingtonian]

  • And here’s how you can get tickets for Hamilton if you’re not a Kennedy Center subscriber. [WUSA9]

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

  • Bloomingdale’s new wine bar opens May 4 in the former Rustik space. [WCP]

  • Say goodbye toBearnaise on Capitol Hill and hello to tacos. [Washingtonian]

  • Remembering a Silver Spring caterer who lived to be 103. [Post]

  • Lesser known spots to get coffee. [Eater]

  • Sandwiches said to be returning to Fast Gourmet space with a new name. [PoPville]

  • Tips for drinking wine like you know what you’re doing. [Arlington Mag]

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

  • Bowser administration breaks ground on Walter Reed redevelopment. [WBJ]

  • Tom Sherwood rounds up some of the biggest developments in D.C. [NBC4]

  • A Japanese-based company has spent $1.2 billion on District offices. [Bisnow]

  • The “amenities arms race” in the D.C.-area housing market and others. [Post]

  • Big development plans appear to be in the works for Union Market. [UrbanTurf]

  • Construction companies that do local work are tracking their workers. [DCist]

  • D.C.’s income gap is widening. What can officials, others do about it? [WAMU]

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