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Dozens of students will testify before the Council this afternoon. At-Large Councilmember David Grosso, chair of the Committee on Education, is holding a public roundtable at 4 p.m. so students can describe their experiences with the District’s Safe Passage to School, a program created in 2017 to help kids feel safe in the community. 

Students will likely discuss school discipline and dress code. While they shouldn’t have to speak on the District’s soaring murder rate, students are going to. At least 10 of D.C.’s 145 homicide victims this year were students. 

Among the 48 witnesses expected to testify are Anacostia High School studentsKamryn Anthony and Aliyah Clark. They held a vigil in mid-October for their classmate, 15-year-old Thomas Johnson, who was shot and killed near Nationals Park on Oct. 9. 

Their after-school vigil turned into a rally for change, because students are outraged over having to constantly say goodbye to their classmates too soon. Last year, Anacostia High School students lost 15-year-old Gerald Watson, who was fatally shot 17 times in his apartment building. 

“It’s become normalized. And it’s become something that we go through and we move past and then we do it again,” Anthony told City Paper. “So at this point, I feel like we need to change, we need to go to councilmembers’ offices.” Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com


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  • The National Parks Service withdraws proposal that would have protesters repay the feds for security. [Curbed]

  • American University students demand justice for black student who was forcibly removed by officers from her dorm. [Eagle]

  • Health care merger aims to bring seamless care to children with disabilities. [DC Line]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Home sharing now officially legal in D.C. [WAMU]

  • ICYMI: Mayor Muriel Bowser dodged the question about charter schools abiding by the Freedom of Information Act. [Twitter]

  • RIP Dan Silverman. [DCist]

  • How fair is D.C.’s Fair Elections law? [DC Line]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • The five best fried chicken sandwiches in D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • All hail the Bud Light guy who caught a homer with his belly. [Eater]

  • What was the boost in business like for ballpark food purveyors and brewers? [WBJ]

  • Jerk at Nite coming to H Street NE will serve “JaMexican” soul food. [PoPville]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How DC PodFest and the Podcast Garage are providing support for budding local podcasters. [WCP]

  • The National Park Service withdrew a proposal that called for protesters to pay for security at demonstrations. [Post]

  • Paul Rudd is apparently the face of the Pentagon’s Baskin-Robbins—at least, on Google Maps. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • World Series Game 6: Stephen Strasburg vs. Justin Verlander. With their backs against the wall, the Nats look to hold off elimination once again. Win, and they force a Game 7 on Thursday, lose, and it’ll be the end of a historic season for the franchise. Nats Park will be hosting a free watch party tonight and tomorrow, if necessary. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Two local runners, ultramarathon celebrity Michael Wardian and up-and-comer Liz Kakouris Ozeki, won the inaugural MCM50K hosted by the Marine Corps Marathon organizers. [WCP]

  • The NFL trade deadline is today at 4 p.m. and Trent Williams could be on the move. [NFL.com]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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