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This week’s cover story: Unhappy with D.C. schools, some African-American parents are turning to homeschooling.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Their campaigns are over, but Muriel Bowser and Karl Racine are still taking money. [Loose Lips]
  • A law that gives D.C. the right to buy and preserve affordable apartment buildings has never been funded. [Housing Complex]
  • Chart: Rent in D.C. is rising way faster than income. [Housing Complex]
  • Two D.C. firefighters were arrested in a three-day span. [WTOP]

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

Afghan and Again: Restaurateurs return to their Central Asian roots.

Man Bikes Dog: How to bike with your canine companion.

Genius Bar: An app launching in D.C. next week at a dozen bars and restaurants will let you pay your bar tab without flagging down the bartender.

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

  • Karl Racine tries to earn back the money he spent running for attorney general. [LL]
  • Phil Mendelson brings back nurse staffing requirements. [WBJ]
  • LaRuby May leads in Ward 8 fundraising. [LL]
  • And Brandon Todd leads in Ward 4. [Post]
  • Affordable housing tool sits unused. [Housing Complex]
  • District teams up with Howard on venture capital deal. [WBJ]
  • D.C. United cuts a stadium agreement. [WBJ]
  • Post columnist claims the streetcar should be shut down in part because downtown traffic isn’t so bad. [Post]
  • Firefighters accused of assaulting cops. [Post]
  • Post ed board: investigate the crime lab. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Listen to the first single from Beauty Pill‘s forthcoming album, inspired by a dream about a pet who died. [Arts Desk]
  • This year’s Helen Hayes Awards ceremony will be a tamer, sit-down affair with twice as many trophies. [Post]
  • What Muriel Bowser should do at SXSW [DCist]
  • Four D.C.-area film festivals to catch this month [Washingtonian]
  • Listen to local blues outfit Jonny Grave & The Tombstones‘ “Going Down to the Well” [DC Music Download]

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

  • Why restaurants don’t seat incomplete parties [Washingtonian]
  • Three upcoming Filipino restaurants to get excited about [Eater]
  • Where to celebrate Pi Day [Post]
  • Castello Restaurant and Lounge with live jazz coming to north Petworth. [PoPville]
  • Three food-centric ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day [Zagat]
  • The best food to eat while you’re high [DCist]
  • A sports editor talks food [Express]