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After the Post’s blockbuster story on hate crimes in the District, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen is inviting anyone to testify about the topic in a public meeting October 23

THE NEWS:

The saga continues: Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office appears to have locked DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities staff out of their own arts collection vault. Commission staff eventually regained access, but the move boils down to the mayor’s office trying to seize control of D.C. arts, a multi-billion-dollar creative sector. 

This is just the latest in a spar between the mayor and the arts administration body. City Paper’s Kriston Capps has been documenting the ongoing struggle for power for a while now. Here are stories by him that I recommend reading to catch up: “Mayor Muriel Bowser Wants Big Changes for the City’s Arts Commission (co-written by former arts editor Matt Cohen) and “Mayor Bowser Launches New Office of Creative Affairs.” 

Also, thanks to those of you who wrote me to share your perspective on ways to enforce traffic laws. (Refresher: The city might write more tickets for illegal parking!)

Here are some of those responses:

“[I]f someone with a[n] MD tag mis-parks, they’re just ticketed. Residents are ticketed, and then are towed around the block. What’s up with the money grab? That’s $150 for a tow and ticket, for a person who lives in the neighborhood,” writes a reader.

“Transportation in the District is a privilege, except for walking which existed when the streets were laid out. Walking is a right!” says another. “I look forward to the near elimination of vehicles (except for aged, disabled, emergency or commercial) within the limits of the original city.” 

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City Paper likes to hear from readers, so write us more often! Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • By 2021, RFK Stadium will be no more. [WTOP]

  • Dog walker Margery Magill was fatally stabbed 12 times. [Twitter]

  • Bus overhaul coming? [WUSA9]

  • The shuttering of the last black-owned funeral home in the U Street NW corridor, Hall Brothers, means something more. [Post

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

  • AG Karl Racine is suing more Maryland and Virginia parents who enrolled their kids in D.C. schools. [Post, NBC]

  • Potential early issues for D.C.’s sports betting app that doesn’t even exist yet. [NBC]

  • ICYMI: How much does it cost to send D.C. councilmembers, the mayor, and their staffs to Vegas to schmooze with retailers? [WCP]

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

  • The region’s vinegar guru is moving on to soy sauce. [Washingtonian]

  • A man broke into a Subway to make a sandwich. [DCist]

  • Having a mentor can boost the careers of young black chefs. [Eater]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema’s first look at new Korean pub Anju. [Post]

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

  • Welcome to The REACH, the Kennedy Center’s long-awaited expansion. [WCP]

  • Cat lovers, this one’s for you. [WCP]

  • Here’s your jazz and international music lineup for this month. [DCist]

  • Mo Willems, beloved author of children’s books, is the Kennedy Center’s first education artist-in-residence. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club founder Neal Hendersonis headed to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Former Georgetown University All-American runner Josette Norrisannounced that she will be running for the Reebok Boston Track Club. [Instagram]

  • The odds are not in favor of a Washington victory this Sunday. The Eagles are a heavy favorite in Week 1 of the NFL season. [International Business Times

  • Ex-Washington football team running back Clinton Portis recounts in a video with Bleacher Report that he was severely hungover the day of his career-best performance with the Denver Broncos. [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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