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Four historic D.C. homes stand empty and rotting, even though a nonprofit developer would repair them at no cost to the city. The D.C. Council passed an emergency bill requiring Bowser‘s administration to transfer the Anacostia houses to the L’Enfant Trust two months ago. In a salvo aimed squarely at the council, the city is ignoring the legislation and exploring more costly options.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Volunteers help local veterans record war memories for Library of Congress. [NBC4]

  • D.C. streetcar will stay free for the next four years. [WAMU]

  • Expect spring weather for most of the week. [Post]

  • Lights were out at the Washington Monument on President’s Day eve. [NBC4, Post]

  • New protected bikeway options: 6th Street NW, 9th Street NW, or none. [GGW]

  • Woman, 76, is charged with first-degree murder of a 63-year-old man. [Post]

  • Metro’s impact extends far beyond its ridership. [Post]

  • D.C.’s favorite eagle, “First Lady,” laid her spring egg over the weekend. [WTOP]

  • Ollie the bobcat stayed close by, but Parker the bird has been at large since Sept. [Post]

  • An 11-year-old D.C. girl, Torri Marie Gibson, is missing. [WUSA]

  • Talisha Coles, 16, is also missing. Both girls disappeared in Northeast. [NBC4]

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

  • Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham leads short list for chief to be named soon. [Post]

  • D.C. school responds to Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos’ patronizing comments. [WAMU]

  • District Councilmember Charles Allen, the brains behind “Hands Off D.C.” [Post]

  • Cyber experts critique D.C. safety protocols, Bowser mum on security hack. [FOX5]

  • Death with dignity bill now in effect in D.C. [Times]

  • Harry Jaffe: Trump won’t get away with stiffing local contractors. [NBC4]

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

  • How Yayoi Kusama, the acclaimed avant-garde artist whose new show is about to open at the Hirshhorn, channels mental illness into her art. [Post]

  • Breakin’ Even Fest returns for its second year. [WCP]

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company announces 2017-2018 season. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Hemphill Fine Arts showcases an exhibition of Washington Color School’s lesser-known stars. [WCP]

  • Watch a mini-documentary about presidents’ heads sitting on a farm in Virginia. [DCist]

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

  • This immigrant-owned D.C. business has been feeding the homeless. [Eater]

  • Things to try at José Andrés’Maryland Fry Bar. [DC Refined]

  • Get crunk on Mardi Gras cocktails. [Post]

  • Noodles & Company is drastically shrinking. [Bethesda Beat]

  • Think you know Thailand’s regional cuisines? [Lucky Peach]

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

  • Developers have splashy proposals for a parking deck in Mount Vernon Triangle. [WCP]

  • Ex-Mayor and Ward 7 D.C. Councilmember Vince Gray displays developer clout. [WBJ]

  • How big a part of the District’s population do immigrants make up? There’s data. [GGW]

  • Balancing development east of the Anacostia against displacement risk. [UrbanTurf]

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