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THE NEWS: 

After 0-5 start to the football season, Coach Jay Gruden was fired. 

Washington football team owner Daniel Snyder and president Bruce Allen summoned Gruden to the team’s facility in Ashburn for a meeting today around 5 a.m. That’s when they said goodbye to the team’s longest-tenured head coach in two decades.  

The Postfirst reported in late September that Gruden would be fired if his team lost to the New York Giants. D.C.’s NFL team did lose. Badly. Apparently, Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots, 33-7, was the last straw. 

But will things change? City Paper’s Matt Terl is going to have to say no, seeing as the team’s problems have everything to do with the people still employed.   

“It’s not going to matter because the problem won’t be the people who are coming in any more than it was the people who are now being let go,” writes Terl. “The problem is the people who have been there through all of it, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.”

Read Terl’s full column for a brief history lesson on the team’s woes. Also, here’s a brief history on the offensive team name, and here’s a look at Snyder’s hiring and firing choices over the last 20 years. If you’re curious to learn more, the team is holding a press conference at 1 p.m. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

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  • Mayor Muriel Bowser wants Washington’s NFL team back in D.C. [WBJ]

  • U.S. Supreme Court passes on challenge to increase in tolls between Capital Beltway and Dulles. [Bloomberg]

  • D.C.’s neglect of its public psychiatric hospital is cruel, Colby King writes. [Post, WCP]

  • D.C. struggles to retain small biz. [WBJ]

  • Chances for legalized recreational weed sales not looking great. [DCist]

  • More scooters are coming. [Post]

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

  • Could that viral rat video have been payback from a former pizza shop employee? [Post]

  • A family social club is opening in Ivy City with plenty of room to play. [Washingtonian]

  • Sfoglina from Fabio Trabocchi opens in Rosslyn. [WBJ]

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

  • Why director Julius Onah decided to set his psychological thriller Luce in his hometown of Arlington. [WCP]

  • Truxton Circle is getting a new concert venue from 7DrumCity. [DCist]

  • Paranormal podcast The Ghost in My Room hunts for specters in Maryland. [Washingtonian]

  • No textbooks for this Virginia teacher—but there is singing. [Post]

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

  • Elena Delle Donne is back and the Mystics are just one game away from their first WNBA title after beating the Connecticut Sun, 94-81, in Game 3. [ESPN]

  • “True player empowerment means fighting for the empowerment of all players—not just NBA players. Not just male players,” writes Wizards star Bradley Beal. “Otherwise, what are we actually accomplishing?” [The Players’ Tribune]

  • The Nats drop Game 3 of the NLDS to the Dodgers, 10-4, and will try to stay alive starting tonight at 6:40 p.m. for Game 4. [USA Today]

  • D.C. United will open the playoffs on the road against Toronto FC. [Black & Red United]

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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