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Spring is about to arrive in more than just strange fits and starts. City Paper’s Spring Arts Guide features our picks for music, museums, theater, dance, talks, and more.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Elementary student develops “Immigrant’s Nightmare” board game. [WAMU]

  • Despite ridership loss, traffic did not increase much during SafeTrack surges. [WAMU]

  • The area employers with most at stake in immigrant visa program overhaul. [WBJ]

  • A pedestrian’s perspective on the trouble crossing 9th and Independence SW. [GGW]

  • D.C. Health Link moves forward with 2018 plans, despite threats of ACA repeal. [WBJ]

  • An Arlington school sends more than 80 kids home sick. [NBC4]

  • Police arrest suspect in four armed robberies. [Post]

  • Chasity Smith, 16, went missing from 51st Street NE on Wednesday. [WUSA]

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

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  • D.C. ranked fourth best place to live—for the young and educated. [FOX5]

  • Youth advocates take aim at D.C.’s second chance law. [Post]

  • Airbnb takes to the airwaves to blast Kenyan McDuffie. [Times]

  • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to visit D.C. middle school. [WAMU]

  • Capitol Hill residents post MLK Jr. quotes on yard signs. [WJLA]

  • D.C. Council trolls Jason Chaffetz. [DCist]

  • ICYMI: Trace elements of lead remain in these D.C. public schools. [Hill Rag]

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

  • Here are all the 2017 Helen Hayes Awards nominees. [WCP]

  • Does the future of D.C.’s rap scene lie with Nappy Nappa? [Post]

  • A new venue focused on Americana and bluegrass is opening at The Wharf. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Try 11 coming-soon restaurants at Mess Hall on March 19. [WCP]

  • A dining and drinking guide to Petworth. [Post]

  • Restaurant trends food writers are sick of—like shishito peppers. [Washingtonian]

  • How to get free doughnuts. [DCist]

  • Quite literally a Fluff piece. [Eater]

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

  • Washington Post publishes 2016 State of the Housing Market for the D.C. region. [Post]

  • With Trump tax cuts looming, affordable housing financing is on shaky ground. [Bisnow]

  • Neighborhood profile: Kingman Park, past H Street NE and near RFK stadium. [Post]

  • An archaeological dig is underway at the site of a former house on Capitol Hill. [WAMU]

  • The District is a tale of two cities in terms of housing and other social indicators. [FOX5]

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