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Five major development projects could undergo substantial changes or be forced to start from scratch as the Bowser administration reviews the Gray administration’s selection of developers and new requirements for affordable housing.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A water main break forced several restaurants to shut down on 14th Street NW last night. [NBC4]
  • Another day, another vote against a more radical redesign of the MLK Library. [Housing Complex]
  • Two D.C. Fire and EMS employees are facing felony fraud charges after spending thousands of dollars on gas for their personal cars. [WTOP]
  • A former Bowser staffer got Councilmember Brianne Nadeau‘s endorsement in the race to replace Marion Barry. [Loose Lips]

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Seeking Out the Homeless: A night with the local volunteers tasked with counting D.C.’s homeless.

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

  • Muriel Bowser puts five projects awarded by Vince Gray, including the Franklin School, on hold. [Housing ComplexWBJ]
  • Some Bowser staffers rake it in, but with lower salaries on average than Gray counterparts. [LLPost, WAMU]
  • City conducts annual homeless count. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Homeless numbers on track to beat last year’s record. [Post]
  • Bowser will stick with housing plan despite budget shortfall. [Post]
  • Brianne Nadeau endorses LaRuby May in Ward 8 race. [LL]
  • Uber spent more than $300K lobbying the District last year. [WAMU]Sen. Tom Carper wants to push doomed statehood bill. [WAMU]
  • Insurers want D.C. Health Link tax capped. [WBJ]
  • D.C. Auditor no longer interested in overseeing St. Elizabeths. [WBJ]
  • Library board: nothing interesting in MLK Library redesign. [Housing Complex]

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

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

  • Will the Bowser administration kill the Franklin School kunsthalle? [Housing Complex]
  • Holly Bass built a tiny house—-a home for Chocolate City—-in the lobby of MLK Library. [Arts Desk]
  • Every Sunday in 2015, this performance artist will read your tweets aloud on stage. [Arts Desk]
  • Brendan Canty dishes on making music and being a father. [The Trap Set]
  • The MLK Library expansion will be smaller than expected, but more focused on library needs. [Post]
  • At a huge music and gaming festival (MAGFest for short), a Sonic the Hedgehog cosplay orgy might’ve gone down. [DCist]

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

  • Sticky Fingers owner will open a diner-style bakery, bar, and bistro called Fare Well on H Street NE. [Eater]
  • Local Pinkberry locations up for auction after bankruptcy filing. [WBJ]
  • Kentucky chef Edward Lee to open Southern-themed Succotash at National Harbor. [Post]
  • Five things to order at Korean restaurant Bul in Adams Morgan [Zagat]
  • The best blind date spots (and other tips) in D.C. [BYT]
  • What it costs to eat out in D.C. [DCist]
  • Food industry drags its heels on recyclable and compostable packaging. [NPR]