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Tonight is the WNBA finals. Best of luck to the Mystics, as it’s winner-takes-all in Game 5 against the Connecticut Sun. Follow City Paper‘s Kelyn Soong, who will be at the final game, on Twitter at @KelynSoong.


A sentencing reform bill has created a rift between the D.C. Council and U.S. Attorney’s Office. The legislation, which would give some inmates the opportunity to have their sentences reconsidered and shortened, is also the subject of many recent op-eds.

But largely absent from the conversation are the people who committed these violent crimes as youths and who have come home earlier than expected as a result of the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act. In today’s cover story, in print and online, readers will get to hear directly from them.  

“Just as victims are not a monolith, neither are the offenders,” writes City Paper’s Mitch Ryals

These people, who grew up during the deadliest period of this city’s history, have complicated stories; they led turbulent lives. More than a dozen of them have returned to a changed city, and as local lawmakers rethink D.C.’s tough-on-crime policies, hundreds more may be granted that same opportunity. 

The IRAA allows minors who were tried as adults an opportunity to petition to have their sentences reduced. Now the Council wants to expand the law, giving people who committed crimes before their 25th birthdays and already served at least 15 years an opportunity to ask a judge for a reduced sentence. 

Some of the victims’ families are ready to forgive, some aren’t. Hear from them too. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • New bill restores voting rights to prisoners with felony convictions. [Curbed

  • 15-year-old Thomas Johnson was fatally shot near Nats Park. He is the 9th minor to be killed in D.C. this year. [NBC4]

  • Eighty-six people signed up to testify on whether charter schools be subject to open-record laws. It was a long hearing. [Post]

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

  • Minority owners say they’re still shut out of the medical marijuana industry in Maryland. [WAMU]

  • Last minute changes to emergency legislation establishing barriers between local authorities and federal immigration agents. [DCist]

  • Defense Intelligence Agency employee allegedly leaked confidential documents to a reporter he was dating. [WTOP]

  • ICYMI: D.C. parolees outfitted with ankle monitors that can listen to them. [WCP]

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

  • Can restaurants be welcoming to senior diners while going out of their way to chase the millennial dollar? [WCP]

  • Tom Sietsema’sfall dining guide is here with 77 restaurant reviews. [Post]

  • What goes into a Beefsteak salad designed by a soccer goalie? [Washingtonian]

  • Who gets to keep a chef’s signature dish when he or she leaves the restaurant? [Eater]

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

  • Here’s how a local nude photographer is battling Instagram. [WCP]

  • Take a deep dive into D.C.’s arts venues. [Post]

  • Get to know local electropop foursome Mystery Friends. [DCist]

  • Georgetown gets a new fancy shoe shop. [Washingtonian]

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

  • The Nats are going to the NLCS. Down 3-0 against the Dodgers, the Nats scored seven runs, including a grand slam by Howie Kendrick in the 10th inning, to win Game 5, 7-3. Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals is tomorrow night in St. Louis. [Yahoo]

  • The Mystics return to D.C. for a chance to clinch the WNBA title at home tonight. [ESPN

  • New Caps forward Garnet Hathaway grew up in Maine, but he’s been rocking the red since he was 7. [WCP]

  • The Caps need Alex Ovechkin to get back to his power play ways. [WCP]

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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