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“Is Howard in desperate need of money?” That’s a question many of the historically black university’s alumni and students are asking after seeing Howard lease some of its property to developers. Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick, who’s monetized some of these assets, says the finances of the university “are complicated and dire.”


  • Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed a $13.4 billion budget largely focused on education. [Post, WAMU]
  • Metro will begin monthly inspections of rail cables in April after it found more than 300 defects during last week’s shutdown. [City Desk, WAMU, Post]
  • An FBI janitor died after being shot on the 2600 block of MLK Jr. Avenue SE on Thursday. [NBC4, Post]
  • If the District enacts a $15-an-hour minimum wage, how would it stack up against its neighbors? [WAMU]
  • Police touted their own eagle cam outside their training academy in Southeast. [NBC4, DCist, WUSA9]
  • Landmark Theatres is reopening West End Cinema with bigger screens and better seats on April 1. [DCist]
  • You can take free educational tours of the Anacostia River thanks to a grant-funded program. [City Desk]


  • All That Jazz: There are lots of shows going on this week, including a final one at Bohemian Caverns.
  • Gin o’Clock: Beuchert’s Saloon near Eastern Market has a Ramos gin fizz made with a milkshake blender.
  • March Madness Sucks…: …if you don’t have a bracket. “It was pretty much a mistake,” Matt Terl says.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Muriel Bowser‘s new budget puts money into school modernization. [WAMUPost]
  • School plan could anger those at schools left behind. [Post]
  • No tax increases in new budget. [NBC4]
  • Ward 5 shelter opponents make a spoof on Airbnb. [DCist]
  • Metro board questions whether they’re getting the whole story on repairs. [NBC4]
  • District set to tout development options in “March Madness” promo. [WBJ]
  • Some Ward 4 residents hope homeless shelter will help moribund Kennedy Street. [Times]

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

  • A newly renovated West End Cinema, now owned and operated by Landmark, is reopening on April 1. [DCist]
  • The original Superman premiered at the Kennedy Center in 1978. [Washingtonian]
  • Watch the music video for Saba‘s “Heartstrings.” [Arts Desk]
  • Two National Symphony Orchestra members chime in on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. [DCist]
  • As a solo artist, Janel Leppin drops two albums at once. [Bandwidth]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Millie & Al’s will close after April 7. [WBJ]
  • Ten great places to eat around Capitol Hill [Washingtonian]
  • The world is Trump’s oyster, but he prefers Filet-O-Fish. [Post]
  • Some meal delivery companies stop short Of D.C. residents who need them most. [DCist]
  • Chicken restaurant Chix reportedly opening in Navy Yard. [Hill Now]
  • Where to find breakfast pizza around D.C. [Eater]