Whether you’ve read all, none, or some of the Mark Plotkin tributes, this one by Tom Sherwood is worth your time.

Also, City Paper writer Rachel M. Cohen is moderating a discussion this evening on charter school transparency. It starts at 6:30 p.m. (doors at 6) at the Black Cat. Everything you need to know, including Cohen’s coverage for the past year, is right here.


Transgender women in the District continue to face targeted attacks. Two women told police that a man attempted to rob them last week. One of the women told officers that the man punched her in the face, kicked her, and tried to grab her book bag, which contained $40, the Blade reports.

The assailant allegedly said to one woman “I am going to kill you. I hate transgener female,” according to the police report. Both victims are clients of Casa Ruby, an LGBTQ service center.

WUSA reports that the same suspect, along with two other men, targeted a group of trans women days later.

“He found her again on the street and went up to her and pulled a gun out and put a gun to her head and put a gun to her stomach,” Keraldy Mendez tells WUSA.

The recent reports follow a Washington Post investigation showing hate crimes investigated by police in the District reached an all-time high, yet prosecutions plunged; over the summer, two high-profile deaths of trans women of color activated LGBTQ advocates, who criticized the D.C. Council for shortchanging their community during budget season. 

The D.C. Council is currently considering a bill, introduced by At-Large Councilmember David Grosso, that would decriminalize sex work, a particularly dangerous industry for the transgender women who work in it. —Mitch Ryals (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com is out this week, so try tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • Metro police Tasered a man asking questions. Now he’s suing. [NBC]

  • 32 arrests from yesterday’s climate change protests; organizers may take to the streets again this Friday. [WUSA, Washingtonian]

  • D.C. found lead in 17 D.C. playgrounds, and they’re looking for more. [DCist]

  • Loudoun County teacher suspended after D.C. report found sexual abuse dating back decades. [Post]

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

  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is now accepting donations for his legal defense fund. [OCF]

  • Alexandria and Arlington County considering alliance with Amazon’s inevitable invasion. [Post]

  • Pulitzer winner James Forman Jr. highlights U.S. Attorney’s contradiction in sentencing reform debate. [Post]

  • ANC 4B votes to support sentencing reform, as well. [Twitter]

  • Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s car was stolen in D.C., he claims. The cops got it back, though. [WTOP, Twitter]

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

  • The 2020 Bib Gourmands came out a day early with 10 new additions. [Washingtonian]

  • Follow your fast casual bowl to its final resting place. [DCist]

  • A tribute to Amtrak’s dining car as the tradition reaches the end of an era. [Post]

  • Scott’s DCclosed abruptly. Now it’s fighting bank fraud allegations. [WBJ]

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

  • Royal rumbles ensue at GALA Hispanic Theatre’s La vida es sueño. [WCP]

  • Molly Smith, Arena Stage’s artistic director, talks about the transformation of SW D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • RIP, Sydney the wallaby. [Post]

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

  • It’s not a good sign for the Washington football team when coach Jay Gruden is trending alongside #FireBruceAllen on Twitter. Fans called for Gruden to be fired after his team dropped to 0-3 in the season with a lackluster 31-15 loss to the Bears. Fans booed the team off the field at halftime. [USA Today]

  • Things may get a little chippy in tonight’s Mystics playoff game against the Aces. Natasha Cloud says Aces center Liz Cambage’s “weight room” comments have only added “fuel to the fire” for the Mystics. [Bullets Forever]

  • Rose Lavelle can’t stop winning awards. The Spirit midfielder has been named to the FIFA FIFPro Women’s World 11 team as voted for by “more than 3,500 female footballers in 40 countries.” She is one of five Americans on the team. [Black & Red United]

  • Running back Jake Funk is the fourth Maryland football player sidelined with a torn ACL this season. [Post]

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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