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It was an inauspicious beginning. Former Mayor Vince Gray suffered a setback yesterday in his political comeback as councilmember for Ward 7 when his colleagues rejected his “emergency” crime bill. It would have used incentives to grow the police force in the face of some unsettling crime statistics.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Undocumented Colombian political refugee, also transgender, tells her story. [WUSA]

  • New: AirportLawyer.org quickly connects travelers caught in ban with attorneys. [Post]

  • Bald eagles have been nesting near police headquarters, and they have an egg. [NBC4]

  • The era of “politically neutral” companies is behind us. [WBJ]

  • U.S. News ranks D.C. a great place to live (though not as good as Austin). [WBJ]

  • Martha’s Table receives 10,000 donated SmarTrip cards. [WJLA]

  • National Harbor casino made $48.4 million in January. [NBC4]

  • Medical marijuana company begins work on a warehouse in Capitol Heights, Md. [WBJ]

  • Driver who killed pedestrian on U Street charged with involuntary manslaughter. [Post]

  • Police shoot robbery suspect wielding a BB gun. [WTOP]

  • Teen robber employs online scam. [Post]

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

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

  • Chaffetz to seek House vote to overturn D.C. assisted suicide law. [Post]

  • More on the D.C. Council shooting down Vince Gray’s legislation. [Post]

  • Judge dismisses lawsuit by Ward 3 residents opposed to homeless shelter. [WAMU]

  • And D.C. Council passes emergency bill on sheltering dogs. [WTOP]

  • Memo to Metro: Twitter is watching you. [Times]

  • Hoyas men’s hoopsters involved in bus crash. [AP]

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

  • Meet the women behind the D.C. Public Library’s D.C. Punk Archive. [DC Music Download]

  • Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Joshua Bell visit school in Northeast. [WJLA]

  • Everyone’s favorite D.C. “documentary” Veepreturns on April 16. [DCist]

  • Here’s why D.C. is celebrating International Clash Day. [WAMU]

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

  • After Trump’s travel ban, restaurants are a place of understanding. [Post]

  • Try tacos from Pineapple & Pearls chefs Sunday at Archipelago. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to find fondue in D.C. [DC Refined]

  • Valentine’s traditions around the world. [NoVa Mag]

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

  • Archeologists are digging at the site of a former shotgun house on Capitol Hill. [WUSA9]

  • Planners are designing cities and streetscapes to cut traffic fatalities and injuries. [GGW]

  • Check out some development projects in the pipeline along 14th Street NW. [UrbanTurf]

  • Historic preservation officials approve plans for bakery warehouse in Shaw. [UrbanTurf]

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