Happy Friday, Washington. It’s another cold and cloudy day in the District, but you might want to be outdoors before the rain hits this weekend.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Documents obtained by The Washington Post show that Metro transit agents were willing to work withJason Kessler––the neo-Nazi who held a white supremacist rally in D.C. this year––while he coordinated “special accommodations” for the arrival of his acolytes at the Unite the Right rally.

  • A twist in the city’s efforts to build a new hospital in Ward 8: George Washington University (which is separate from George Washington University Hospital), is against the quid pro quo to also add a 270-bed facility near GW’s existing location in Foggy Bottom.

  • The so-called “red flag law” that would give judges power to revoke people’s gun rights if they’re determined to be a danger to themselves or others cleared the committee hurdle. “We’ve seen warning signs. We want to be able to equip MPD and the courts to have the tools necessary to remove those firearms before that trigger gets pulled,” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen said.

  • A D.C. Council committee also approved a bill that would legalize sports betting, WAMU reports. City Paper obtained a copy of a flyer circulated around the Wilson Building this week that details what local sports teams and major sports leagues say are “essential components” for legal sports betting operations in D.C. 

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

  • Former DCRA director Melinda Bolling took a job as the director of the Department of Permitting, Inspection and Enforcement in Prince George’s County. [Twitter]

  • The D.C. Council is considering a bill would expand braille instruction for blind students in the District. But some advocates have concerns about the sweeping changes. [DC Line]

  • Why the hell is crime novelist George Pelecanos chirping about the State Board of Education special election, you ask? Turns out he’s buds with one of the candidates: Frazier O’Leary. [DCist]

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

  • Where do D.C.’s fast casuals stand a decade into the boom that changed the way we eat? [WCP]

  • Sumah’s West African Restaurant suffers major fire damage. [RUNINdc]

  • A high-end Persian restaurant is coming to D.C. by way of Atlanta. [WBJ]

  • No more NSFW content on Starbucks Wi-Fi. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Read our film critics on films you gotta see at the 31st European Union Film Festival. [WCP]

  • Listen to a new single from Mister Goblin. [Stereogum]

  • At the American Art Museum, a look at the worlds of Bill Traylor. [WCP]

  • The Hirshhorn’s latest exhibition: great art or an intrusive request from patrons? [Post]

  • Film review: The Favouriteis a costume drama that pulls no punches. [WCP]

  • Edwardian drama resonates in contemporary times in An Inspector Calls. [WCP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • What it’s like to look for a place to live as a senior in D.C. [Washingtonian]

  • The city could use DOPA as early as February. [Urban Turf]

  • Dupont Circle’s Business Improvement District has officially launched. [Twitter]

  • Many District residents oppose proposed changes to water fees. [Post]

  • Airbnb wants to build a home in your backyard. [Urban Turf]

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

  • After winning three of four games and showing new life, the Wizards went back to their old ways and got crushed by the Pelicans, 125-104 in New Orleans. Washington plays again tonight against the 76ers. [Bullets Forever]

  • Tom Wilson, one of the most polarizing players in the NHL, does not subscribe to the “never read the comments” philosophy. [Post]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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