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Federal workers comprise about 40 percent of rush hour Metro commuters, and Trump proposes cutting about 25,000 federal jobs. Economists analyze what a shrinking workforce will mean for regional transit.


  • Half the cherry blossoms are dead. Peak bloom will be next weekend. [Post, WBJ]

  • Some cherry blossom species survived the cold better than others. [NBC4]

  • Retired Alexandria deputy police chief Hassan Aden detained at JFK. [Post]

  • He drove to the White House and told Secret Service he had a bomb. [Post, NBC4]

  • There have been three White House security breaches in eight days. [WUSA9]

  • Today is the spring Equinox. Will winter give way to spring now? [Post]

  • Man arrested for kidnapping in Northwest on Saturday. [Post]

  • Missing: Keon McNeil, 17, of Northeast. [WUSA9]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips?

  • Zika Debacle: D.C. forensics lab misinforms pregnant women. [Post]

  • Bridge too far: Howard professor holds mock slave auction. [FOX5]

  • Cardozo Education Campus gets high school students back on track. [WAMU]

  • The biggest, the baddest, the brashest: Jimmy Breslin was 88. [NY Daily News]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • What happens when you try to force a classical music concert inside a dance hall? Nothing good! [Post]

  • New GoldLink album drops on Friday. [DC Music Download]

  • Here are all the 2017/2018 D.C. theater season announcements thus far. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Six local music festivals to check out this spring. [DC Music Download]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • All ShopHouse locations to become Bibibop Asian Grills come early summer. [NRN]

  • Ivy City gets a biscuit drive-through from Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. [Post]

  • Dirty Habitis No. 1 in a power ranking of D.C.’s theme restaurants [Washingtonian]

  • The 17 most essential restaurants to try this year. [DC Refined]

  • Arlington bands together to try to save IOTA Club & Cafe. [ARLNow]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips?

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser and advocates voice support for affordable housing. [Post]

  • When development in Shaw reduces a rowhouse dweller’s hot tub privacy. [WBJ]

  • Owner of key corner property at 7th and Q streets NW files for bankruptcy. [WBJ]

  • A profile of D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, including CityCenter. [UrbanTurf]

  • Homeowner-association fees have increased a lot in the D.C. region. [UrbanTurf]

  • More on how Donald Trump’s proposed budget could affect D.C. housing. [Post]

  • Could a regional housing corporation help D.C.’s affordable housing issue? [Post]

  • Letter to the editor: Airbnb isn’t crimping the District’s tight housing market. [Post]

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