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  • Regular weather and road condition updates. [Post]

  • Your handy guide to snow closings and delays. [WTOP]

  • Metrobus is running on a “moderate,” not “severe,” snow plan. [Post]

  • Virginia McLaurin celebrates her 108th birthday in style. [FOX5]

  • Man throws brick, shatters glass door of LGBT community center. [ABC7]

  • If the temperature dips to 24 degrees, it could kill 90 percent of cherry blossoms. [AP]

  • Seven ski resorts within driving distance open this weekend. [Washingtonian]

  • Harriet Tubman State Park opens in Maryland. [WAMU]

  • Maryland fires longtime manager of its crab program and refuses to explain why. [Post]

  • Five maps depicting the D.C. area’s economy. [GGW]

  • Sign up to shovel out your elderly neighbor. [WUSA9]

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

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

  • CM Vince Graypositions himself against the mayor over United Medical Center. [WBJ]

  • Today’s lone carte blanche closure: the D.C. Council. [Twitter]

  • White House fence jumper was in federal court yesterday. [Post]

  • Protest City: D.C. in photographs. [Washingtonian]

  • Va. GOP congressman opposes Affordable Care Act revision. [Post]

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

  • The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage turns 20 Sunday. [DC Music Download]

  • Brandy will star in a D.C. production of Chicago. [AFRO]

  • There’s going to be an HBO documentary about Ben Bradlee. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Etete reopens with the goal of being the Rasika of Ethiopian food. [Post]

  • ShopHouse is closing this week and folks are suffering. [Washingtonian]

  • Here’s what happens when you do business with Trump. [Eater]

  • It’s PI day. Eat here. [DC Refined]

  • Del Ray’s Junction Bakery & Bistro launches dinner. [Arlington Mag]

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

  • Airbnb critics point to bookings at rent-controlled D.C. building. [Post]

  • More on Kenyan McDuffie’s bill about family-sized housing. [Times]

  • How can D.C. otherwise accommodate families who rent? [GGW]

  • Could a new hospital be built east of the Anacostia River? [WBJ]

  • Douglas Development moves to acquire government building. [WBJ]

  • Think-tank predicts Trump budget doom for the city. [Washingtonian]

  • Developer talks new projects in the burgeoning NoMa nabe. [Bisnow]

  • Once a Dupont Circle private school, now chic condos. [Curbed DC]

  • What to do in a bidding war over a home in the D.C.-area. [Blade]

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