Beginning this Monday, 6,000+ people are expected to turn out at National Harbor for the largest conference related to LGBTQ workers. The Out & Equal Workplace Summit offers three days of educational seminars and workshops. Sounds like a great opportunity for employers, given SCOTUS is weighing whether it’s legal to fire LGBTQ workers and it’s unclear what justices will decide.  

THE NEWS: 

Run. It. Back. 

It is a motto the Washington Mystics repeated throughout the season, and it’s one that carried them to win the WNBA finals.  

By now you know the score: 89-78, with the Mystics beating the Connecticut Sun in the decisive game of the best-of-five WNBA Finals. It’s a big deal and everyone is celebrating. So many hugs

“Congrats to the [Mystics] on a gutsy, first-ever championship! A great team performance when it counted. If folks aren’t careful, this title thing might become a habit in DC,” says former President Barack Obama on Twitter. (FYI: President Donald Trump hasn’t yet tweeted about the Mystics—maybe because players have said in the past they wouldn’t go to the White House.)

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen even plan to introduce a congressional resolution congratulating the Mystics.  

So where are folks celebrating? Join the Mystics at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Ward 8 today at 2 p.m. The event is scheduled to go for two hours. It might be your last chance to congratulate the players before they leave town and join their international teams. Although, that’s not stopping Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allenfrom calling for a parade.   

In case you didn’t know the backstory of the “run it back” mantra, starting point guard Kristi Toliver has you covered. (Hint: It has to do with last year’s finals.) 

“That was what I was saying every single day this offseason when I was working out because I couldn’t let those three games go against Seattle,” Toliver explained before the season. “I still haven’t. I won’t … We have unfinished business and we’re very, very motivated to get back to where we were last year.”

“I’m ready to go kick some ass,” she added with a smirk. And they did. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • D.C. joins 34 global cities in ambitious pledge to reduce air pollution. [Curbed]  

  • Unionized janitors march for the second time in 10 days as their labor contract expires in four days. [Post]

  • Policy think tank: Privatizing Medicaid “makes zero sense.” [ITPI]

    • D.C. is moving its most vulnerable patients into private plans. [WCP]

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

  • Remember Michael Brown? He’s considering a return to public office. [WUSA9]

  • D.C. Housing Authority employee fatally shot near Capitol Hill while on his lunch break. [NBC, Post]

  • The latest round of campaign finance reports are available online. [OCF]

  • D.C. looking to give incarcerated felons the right to vote. [WAMU]

  • Charter school transparency not looking good, Jonetta Rose Barras writes. [DC Line]

  • Ride share program for seniors’ grocery trips may be ending. [WAMU]

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

  • Cooking accident causes fire at new steakhouse CUT, forcing it to close. [Washingtonian]

  • The La Colombe CEO lied about how much he pays his workers in an op-ed. [Inquirer]

  • Where to brunch on Monday if you have the day off. [DCist]

  • How a popular spice company is investing in Trump’s impeachment. [Post]

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

  • Check out what you’ll find at the film noir festival Noir City DC. [WCP]

  • American University celebrates two wildly different women artists. [WCP]

  • Parallels and Peripheries meditates on the immigrant experience. [WCP]

  • Homegrown comedians perform at the Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival’s DC Comedy Homecoming. [DCist]

  • Composer and director Nolan Williams Jr. makes musicals to celebrate civil rights heroes. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Natasha Cloud guaranteed the Mystics would win Game 5 against the Connecticut Sun. They delivered. Elena Delle Donne and Mike Thibault have their first WNBA titles and Emma Meesseman, the unassuming forward from Belgium, was named the WNBA Finals MVP after the Mystics won the franchise’s first WNBA championship on Thursday night. [WCP]

  • The Nats’ painful playoff past has made this year’s success feel even better. Game 1 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals is tonight. [WCP]

  • Tickets for the Washington football team’s away game against the Miami Dolphins are selling for less than the price to enter the Miami Zoo. [Bleacher Report]

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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