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With ex-Mayor Vince Gray set to make some sort of announcement today (hm…), it’s safe to say the District’s 2016 primary race will be interesting, if not paradigm-shifting. For one, the election could sway the balance of the D.C. Council away from Mayor Muriel Bowser’s interests. For another, it could represent a clash of personalities and backgrounds.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A quadruple shooting on the 1500 block of Bulter Street SE Wednesday night left two juveniles and two adults wounded. [WUSA9, WJLA]
  • Excited for the first inaugural “D.C. Bike Ride” in May? It’ll stretch 17-miles long. [Post, Washingtonian]
  • Ten D.C. public schools will get an extra month of class time starting this fall. [City Desk, NBC4, Post]
  • D.C. Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson says students on Metro aren’t a threat to riders. [WTOP]
  • The city’s 911 center saw the most calls ever last year. How are operators keeping up with demand? [Post]
  • “Taxation Without Representation” looks like it will appear on D.C. United’s new jerseys…at least in some order. [Sports Illustrated, City Desk]
  • Metro won’t install new fare gates with “near field communication technology” any time soon. [WAMU]
  • Capital Weather Gang: Global warming is driving “D.C.’s new era of great snowstorms.” [Post]

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

  • War Chests: At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange has the most cash on hand of any candidate who is or could run for his seat this year.
  • Hank’s Pasta Bar: The owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar has opened a pasta-theme restaurant in Alexandria.
  • The BBQ Joint: A new barbecue spot is expected to open on 14th and U streets NW within the next month.

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

  • In this year’s D.C. Council races, it’s Muriel Bowser‘s picks versus everyone else. [WCP]
  • Vincent Orange kicks off at-large race with the biggest war chest. [LL, WAMU]
  • Vince Gray goes on WAMU at noon. Hm, what could he be talking about? [LL, WAMU]
  • Bowserresponds to by praising Yvette Alexander. [NBC4]
  • Why does the District’s 911 response take so long? [Post]
  • Post ed board considers Metro’s new general manager. [Post]
  • Bowser extends school years at some schools. [PostTimes, City Desk]
  • Four shot in Anacostia. [Post]

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

  • Living history: The Newseum bringing a 2016 Presidential Election exhibit to the Newseum. [DCist]
  • An interview with Beauty Pill. [DC Music Download]
  • A look inside the thriving Anacostia Arts Center. [Post]
  • D.C. is all up in T.V. shows this month. [Washingtonian]
  • Adamson Gallery’s latest exhibition blurs the line—sometimes literally—between photo and photorealism. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Seven ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Park Lane Tavern now open in Clarendon. [ARLnow]
  • New gay bar opens below Salty Dog Tavern in Dupont Circle. [Borderstan]
  • Five very, very boozy brunches [Express]
  • Black Iron Pizza has closed in Metro Center. [Eater]
  • The problems with food media that nobody wants to talk about [First We Feast]
  • Coffee pod machines on the decline [Post]