You made it to Friday, D.C. Don’t work all weekend. 


  • Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, a Republican, edited a 1968 yearbook riddled with blackface photos and racial slurs. The news comes as Virginia Democrats are dealing with their own blackface and sexual assault scandals.  

  • Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is accusing the publisher of the National Enquirer of blackmail. In a post on Medium, Bezos says the Enquirer threatened to publish a “d*ck pick” and other revealing photos.

  • Dorothy Butler Gilliam, the first black woman journalist at the Washington Post, shares her story in a new memoir.

  • Former Deputy Mayor of Education Jennifer Nilesgets a public censure.

  • Never-before-seen Glenn Ligon paintings paired with wallpaper by Andy Warhol is practically an essay about the National Mall. The show of prints is on display at Georgetown University’s Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery.

  • Frances Tiafoe is still waiting for a text from LeBron James. The 21-year-old Hyattsville native, who reached the Grand Slam quarterfinal, celebrated like his NBA idol at the Australian Open.

  • Two women appointed battalion chiefs in D.C.’s fire department have risen through the ranks in a male-dominated field. Queen Anunay and Kishia Clemencia are only the third and fourth women to ascend to that position in the department’s 135-year history, thePostreports.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips?

  • James Forman Jr., who won the Pulitzer for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, also doesn’t think Mayor Muriel Bowser’s collab with the feds to prosecute gun crimes is a good idea. [Twitter]

  • Five questions for Lewis Ferebee, who is MayorBowser’s pick for school chancellor. [Chalkbeat]

  • D.C. is dead last to vote in the Democratic primary in 2020, but local pols want to change that. [Post]

  • Jonetta Rose Barras on sports betting in D.C.: [DC Line]

  • The man who blew the whistle on malfeasance the last time the lucrative D.C. Lottery contract was up says there should be a competitive bidding process this time around. [Twitter]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • The spiciest thing on the menu at Bombay Street Food. [WCP]

  • Shaw restaurant thinks twice about its rapper chicken art, causing a delay. [DCist]

  • Does Little Coco’s now have the most generous happy hour in D.C.? [Washingtonian]

  • Where Trump supporters enjoy D.C. nightlife. [Esquire]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • Read our reviews of all the Oscar-nominated short films. [WCP]

  • Local actor Malinda Kathleen Reesegot her start not on the stage, but on YouTube. [Post]

  • At Hamiltonian Gallery, Cairn Sounds answers the question: Why do we so badly want to be remembered? [WCP]

  • Robin Bell discusses his new exhibition at the Corcoran. [DCist]

  • Jennifer Rubell’s Ivanka Vacuuming is even more mesmerizing to watch than it sounds. [WCP]

  • Signature’s Ain’t Misbehavin’is a revue every music and musical lover can enjoy. [WCP]

  • On his new album, Reginald Cyntje soundtracks the resistance. [WCP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips?

  • Did a social services organization lie about its legal history in a bid to win a contract from D.C.? [WCP]

  • What happens when Airbnb and co-living meet? Enter: Bungalow. [Urban Turf]

  • Georgetown plans to partially power its campus with solar power, but in the court of public opinion, it’s not going over too well. [WAMU]

  • Photos: The final days of Barry Farm. [Joseph Young]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • Tributes, like this beautiful one from Barry Svrluga of the Post, have been pouring in for Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the MLB who died yesterday at age 83. He managed the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals from 2002 until 2006 and left a lasting influence on the sport. [USA Today]

  • Local ultramarathon legend Michael Wardianwill be attempting to break the world record for 10 marathons in 10 days on Saturday around Noon at Hains Point. Runners are encouraged to join him. [Facebook]

  • Australian Open quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe loves the big stage. [WCP]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips?


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