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The Army Corps of Engineers has revised its plan to cut down almost 900 trees in the expansion of Arlington Cemetery. Instead, nine of those trees will be saved.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Uber driver arrested for alleged rape, then released without charges. [City Desk, City Desk]
  • Sequester will leave Metro's coffers $8 million lighter. [Post]
  • Suspects identified in North Capitol drive-by. [Examiner]
  • D.C. coffee chain declared best on East Coast. [WTOP]
  • Tommy Wells wants to work with the nightclubs he originally wanted to shut down. [Arts Desk]
  • Fairfax is sorry it was rude to Prince George's. [Examiner]

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

Photo: Page Three.

Food Truck Casualty: Proposed regulations for D.C. food trucks have claimed their first victim: Basil Thyme.

Mystery Chief: The D.C. fire department likes to blame its problems on an anonymous deputy chief. That guy better get his act together!

Footprint of Tyranny: A new Google Maps mash-up lets users compare how D.C. would look if its urban planning was done by Romania's Nicolae Ceaușescu.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Walmart behind group against big box wage increase. [Post]
  • Blame Paul Quander for public safety woes? [Examiner]
  • State of the city's reserve fire fleet? Unknown. [Fox5]
  • Is outgoing deputy fire chief being made the fall guy for equipment woes? [ABC7]
  • Vince Gray wants to be a tech venture capitalist. [WBJ]
  • Person of interest in NoMa drive-by: teen with tattoo of a revolver on his neck. [Examiner]
  • UDC picks James Lyons as temporary president. [Post]

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

  • D.C. and NPS look to revamp Franklin Park. [WBJ]
  • New 16th Street NW buses will run between Columbia Heights and downtown. [GGW]
  • A look at the coming Lamond-Riggs residential development. [Examiner]
  • Renters rule in D.C., more so than anywhere but New York, Seattle, and Boston. [Zillow]
  • NPS will hold a public meeting on the future of Anacostia Park. [WashCycle]
  • What D.C. looked like before the mythical "war on cars." [@dcist_martin]
  • And why historic preservation was a different animal back then. [GGW]
  • Sequestration hurts—at least in SimCity. [TNR]
  • Today on the market: Stately Bloomingdale rowhouse

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • After seven years, dance party Nouveau Riche is coming to an end. [Facebook]
  • Once again, demand for Book of Mormon tickets overwhelms the Kennedy Center's website. [Post]
  • Michelle Obama appears on the cover of Vogue for the second time. [Post]
  • WSC Avant Bard, the theater company ejected from Artisphere last year, has found a venue for Allyson Currin’s Caesar and Dada. The play will run at Catholic University's Callan Theatre starting in June. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Studio Theatre announces its next season. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Alice Cooper, Gwar, and Marilyn Manson coming to Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 17. [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Start St. Patrick's Day out with this breakfast shooter. [Washingtonian]
  • Six Irish beers that aren't Guinness [Drink DC]
  • St. Patrick's Day cocktails [Express]
  • 15 spots for St. Patrick's Day purists [Eater]
  • Where to eat great Bolivian food [Post]
  • Impala Cantina y Taqueria popping up at Toki Underground. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Arlington County installs healthier vending machines in its offices. [ARLnow]

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