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Read about those workers and how they’re doing on the City Paper website.     


Summer is ending, so you know what that means? The D.C. Council is back after its months-long recess. On Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m., councilmembers will meet to introduce bills and resolutions, take up items they already introduced, and vote on a number of confirmations (like Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness). Readers can view the agenda online

Bills that have final readings and a vote on Tuesday—meaning, they are on their way to becoming law: officially rename a middle school in Ward 4 after Ida B. Wells; continue to ensure the District provides food share and other benefits to residents convicted of felony drug offenses; and expand the eligibility of who can participate in the Grandparent Caregivers Pilot Program

The Council will also address scandals surrounding Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans. There will be a first reading and vote on a resolution that gives the city authority to petition the D.C. Superior Court and compel witnesses to comply with subpoenas. In July, the Council issued an ethics probe investigation, but some witnesses refused to comply with the subpoenas.  

“The investigation has not moved along as quickly as I had hoped, and a primary reason for that is that individuals to whom subpoenas were issued, asking them to be interviewed, for the most part have not been interviewed,” said Council Chairman Phil Mendelson during a media briefing.

Mendelson hoped investigators would mostly finish their probe during the summer recess so the Council could release the findings soon thereafter. But he says the report will be delayed by at least a month, until mid-October. Mendelson is not happy about it. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • Man fatally shot and police officer wounded in Southeast gunfire exchange. [Post]

  • There’s a new species of bat in D.C.—did climate change do that? [DCist]

  • Here’s how advocates are helping transgender sex workers who feel attacked. [Post

  • ICYMI: It’s a big week for D.C. statehood, with many planned events. [WCP]

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

  • Some of Jack Evans’ clients are not cooperating in the Council’s investigation into his private business affairs. [WAMU, Post]

  • Shark Tank style protest of Evans on the Council’s first day back from recess. [Twitter]

  • GOP congressmen want Evans to testify at statehood hearing this week. [Post]

  • Mayor Muriel Bower’s 51-star American flags and two double decker buses to promote the statehood hearing cost $31,206. [Twitter]

  • Markus Batchelor filed to run citywide as an independent in 2020. [Twitter]

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

  • Where to find an affordable, tasty breakfast in D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for part-time employees. [Business Insider]

  • Anthony Bourdain won an Emmy for the Kenya episode. [Eater]

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

  • Remembering music legend Gil Scott-Heron’s D.C. legacy. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

  • National Cathedral School grad Kate Kelly chats about her co-authored book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh. [Washingtonian]

  • Locals chime in on things Hollywood gets wrong in its media. [Post]

  • Want that fall foliage aesthetic? Here’s where to find it. [WAMU]

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

  • By averaging 18,645 fans in two games at Audi Field this season, it’s become clear that the Washington Spirit has outgrown its current suburban Maryland home. [WCP]

  • Nats manager Dave Martinez had a heart procedure after experiencing chest pains on Sunday and did not travel with the team to St. Louis. [ESPN]

  • The No. 1 seed Mystics play the Las Vegas Aces at home tonight in Game 1 of the semifinal series. The team has started a “Greatness needs an audience” campaign hoping that fans will pack the Entertainment and Sports Arena. [Twitter]

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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