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  • Hundreds marched against Trump on President’s Day. [Times, Post]

  • Major gift supports education center to accompany Vietnam Veterans Memorial. [Post]

  • Papers freeing Maryland slaves reveal traumatic path and families torn. [Post]

  • Metro has lost a whole lot of riders during SafeTrack. [WAMU]

  • WUSA sports anchor Kristen Berset survived breast cancer at 27, but now at 35 is facing down a second round. [Post]

  • The Washington Wizards is one of the NBA’s least profitable teams. [WBJ]

  • Bryce Harper on his hopes for the 2017 season. [NBC4]

  • Five people and four dogs escaped a fire at a Northwest apartment building. [Post]

  • A final adieu to Bao Bao. [Post]

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

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

  • Paid leave debate redux. [WAMU]

  • D.C. traffic is bad—really bad. [FOX5]

  • Bruce Johnson, anchor and heart attack survivor, shares life experience. [WUSA9]

  • At Howard University, being young, black, and Republican. [The Hilltop]

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

  • How the Shakespeare Theatre Company will soldier on after longtime artistic director Michael Kahn leaves. [Post]

  • With their new album,Hand Grenade Job want to humiliate America. [AltCitizen]

  • Local author John Feffer’s new novel Splinterlands imagines a dystopian D.C. that has been ravaged by an aptly named Hurricane Donald.

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

  • Looks like Legal Sea Foods is coming to the top floor of Union Station. [PoPville]

  • Food movies that chefs say have credence. [Eater]

  • More talk on the pros and cons of eliminating tips. [Thrillist]

  • Boycotting Trump wine backfires. [Post]

  • Rockville’s new hot pot restaurant opens. [Bethesda Beat]

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

  • Bowser administration refuses to comply with local law regarding vacant homes. [WCP]

  • Residents of a tiny block in Truxton Circle still opposed to a co-living development. [Post]

  • Energy-generating sidewalks in Dupont Circle hasn’t generated that much energy. [Post]

  • Four major development projects heading to Capitol Riverfront. [Bisnow]

  • Two big apartment complexes in West End to open in the coming months. [GW Hatchet]

  • D.C.’s “farther out” suburbs are seeing significant increases in home prices. [Curbed DC]

  • Smart Capitol Hill townhome (featuring keyless entry) lists for $1.55 million. [Curbed DC]

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