A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Tomorrow chef José Andrés will close his restaurants—Zaytinya, Oyamel, and all three Jaleo locations—to participate in the “A Day Without Immigrants” strike. After he made his announcement yesterday, other restaurants were quick to join the effort.


  • Environmentalists cry foul on plans to bury coal ash near Potomac. [WAMU]

  • Crews demolished a D.C. homeless encampment in three hours yesterday. [Post]

  • Virginia court knocks down Trump travel ban within the state. [WAMU]

  • Per Melania, White House tours resume March 7. [AP]

  • Johns Hopkins doesn’t want to pay Henrietta Lacks’ family for her cells. [Post]

  • Park Service will increase kayaking and rowing on the Potomac in Georgetown. [NBC4]

  • Greater Washington’s bridges are in pretty bad shape. [WTOP]

  • She’s been living on Logan Circle for 87 years. [Washingtonian]

  • Yemeni students stranded in U.S. due to civil war may soon lose legal status. [Post]

  • Hoping for snow? You can probably kiss your dreams goodbye for this winter. [Post]

  • Police issue arrest warrant for juvenile sex trafficker Gary O’Neal Belle. [ABC7]


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

  • Mayor Bowser must decide this week whether to veto paid-leave bill. [WAMU]

  • Did D.C. Paid Family leave just deal a race card on Bowser? [Twitter]

  • It’s “lobby day” on the Hill for statehood activists. [AP]

  • D.C. Councilmember Trayon White: “During the past 14 years, I have been to 96 funerals, mostly for young, black male homicide victims.” [Post]

  • After D.C. and Virginia, Maryland moves to avoid feds withholding Metro funding. [AP]

  • Maryland lawmakers push for sanctuary law to protect undocumented immigrants. [Post]

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

  • Photos of the Washington National Cathedral lit for “Seeing Deeper” exhibition. [Washingtonian]

  • Speaking of the National Cathedral, meet the woman in charge of ringing its bells. [Post]

  • Listen to a new tune from D.C. Americana/country trio Run Come See. [BYT]

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

  • Shaw’s unofficial mayor talks restaurant closings in his neighborhood. [WCP]

  • Restaurants and customers are fighting out the immigration battle on receipts. [Post]

  • The H Street NE Whole Foods opens March 15. [Washingtonian]

  • The best restaurants for dining alone. [DC Refined]

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

  • Who lives in D.C.’s million-dollar homes? [WAMU]

  • An overview of the District’s New Communities Initiative, now over a decade old. [GGW]

  • More mixed-use development could be coming to the Southwest Waterfront. [UrbanTurf]

  • A 10-story, 225-room hotel with ground-floor retail is planned for The Yards. [UrbanTurf]

  • More on D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s bill to regulate homesharing. [WAMU]

  • Op-ed: Tax triggers are preventing the District from bulking up services. [Huffington Post]

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