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For weeks, Mayor Muriel Bowser and her administration had been lobbying and strategizing about how to do an end run around her own government—to allow a digital billboard company that had illegally erected signs to carry on. Both a city agency and Attorney GeneralKarl Racine, a potential 2018 mayoral challenger to Bowser, had halted the controversial signs. But it now appears Bowser won’t stick her neck out after all.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • American Indians prepare to march on the White House this morning. [Post]

  • Still alive to remember when Arlington desegregated schools in defiance of Va. [WAMU]

  • WeWork will make $20 million in grants to “creators.” [WBJ]

  • D.C’s NFL team fired GM Scot McCloughan yesterday. [Post]

  • Regular updates in the NFL’s free agent signing period, here. [Post]

  • Loudon Co. farmers rush to tend strawberries and grapes as cold returns. [ABC7]

  • Metro station manager arrested after scrapping with employee at Pentagon stop. [Post]

  • The Hanafi Siege of 1977—150 hostages, a dead reporter, and a hospitalized future mayor. [NBC4]

  • D.C. residents owe $24 million in traffic fines, but Marylanders owe us $55 million. [Post]

  • Train fans: The last old DC streetcar is in occasional service in Sarajevo. [GGW]

  • Head of a D.C. youth corrections officers union plead guilty to stealing more than $180,000 in dues. [NBC4]

  • Aniya McNeil, 13, went missing from New Jersey Avenue NW Wednesday. [WUSA9]

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

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

  • JaffeReport: The politics of digital signs gets divisive. [NBC4]

  • Michelle visits another D.C. school. [WAMU]

  • And DeVos’ visit brings attention to yet another. [Post]

  • D.C. is a pretty good city to go without a car. [DCist]

  • ICYMI: Bowser’s environmental record. [Hill Rag]

  • Barras carves up D.C. Council committees. [Hill Rag]

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

  • For DJ Ayes Cold, it’s as much about seeing the vibes as it is feeling them. [Post]

  • Transformer Gallery’sLuminiferous Aether exhibition evokes ritualistic witchiness. [WCP]

  • Here are all the D.C. artists at SXSW this year. [DC Music Download]

  • At Prince George’s African American Museum, a new exhibition connects D.C.’s past to the present. [WCP]

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

  • New neighborhood bar Hill Prince opens tonight at 5 p.m. [WCP]

  • A neighborhood wine bar is suing Trump, thrusting itself into the spotlight. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to find the best dumplings in the D.C. area. [Post]

  • It’s official, ShopHouse is closing all locations next week. [DCist]

  • Are eggs good for you or bad for you once and for all? [NPR]

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

  • The demise and resurgence of the District’s alleys. [Washingtonian]

  • West Heating Plant in Georgetown slated for build-out. [UrbanTurf]

  • Studio-only development planned for Woodley Park. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C. buyers, beware of flipped homes with hidden problems. [CNBC]

  • Shaw home behind Blagden Alley priced at $1 million. [Curbed DC]

  • Esteemed architect proposes using Metro cars as housing. [CityLab]

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