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The District Department of Transportation expects to add six miles of bike lanes to D.C.’s existing network this year—a number some advocates are calling “modest” but that DDOT says will “fill critical gaps in the network.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Officials are boosting security out of caution after deadly attacks in Brussels. [ABC News, The Hill]
  • Are student surveys an effective and reliable way of measuring teacher performance? [WAMU]
  • Donald Trump talked up his forthcoming hotel at the Old Post Office Pavilion on Monday. [Post]
  • AAA: Most people who fight parking and moving tickets in D.C. win if they go to court. [WTOP]
  • Nicholas Cunningham, aka Kush God, yesterday pleaded guilty to selling marijuana. [Post, DCist]
  • NORAD will conduct a training exercise over the District early Wednesday morning. [NBC4]
  • The firm Starship Technologies has chosen D.C. as the first city to test its self-driving robots. [FOX5]

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

  • Not a Drill: The National Security Summit will soon cause street closures and parking restrictions.
  • Location Discrimination: Lyft has suspended a driver who refused to go to Fairlawn on Sunday.
  • Google Picks a Winner: A D.C. Public Schools student won the annual “Doodle 4 Google” contest.

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

  • Nats Park naming rights reportedly for sale. [CBS]
  • Elissa Silverman pushes for more answers on Wizards deal. [GGW]
  • Why is the District going so slow on bike lanes? [WAMU]
  • Post ed board celebrates budget autonomy ruling. [Post]
  • Donald Trump touts his Old Post Office hotel. [Post]
  • Probation term for the leading Kush God. [DCist]

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

  • A student at Eastern High School won the top prize in Google’s “Doodle 4 Google” contest. [Arts Desk]
  • Adams Morgan’s Crooked Beat Records may have to move out because of poor building conditions. [Bandwidth]
  • In Forest Glen, cosplayers now have a space to create their costumes. [DCist]
  • An interview with local filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who’s new documentary shows at the Environmental Film Fest on Thursday. [Washingtonian]
  • Listen to the anxious, haunting soundscapes of PraxisCat‘s latest album, Decay. [Arts Desk]

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

  • The winners of the Peeps diorama contest are in. [Post]
  • José Andrés is in Cuba as the U.S. Culinary Ambassador. [Washingtonian]
  • Smith & Wollensky closes 19th Street steakhouse. [Borderstan]
  • Nine D.C. restaurants that should be getting more love [Zagat]
  • Nine places to explore cuisines from the African continent [Eater]
  • When chefs become famous cooking other cultures food [NPR]
  • The best cherry blossom food and drink specials in D.C. [Haha, just kidding]

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