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It’s Thursday, which means a new issue of City Paper is in print. Don’t let the 25 mph gusts of wind knock your copy out of your hands.


  • “In a city comprised of 47 percent black residents—the largest racial demographic in the city,” Christina Sturdivant Sani writes in the cover story of this week’s City Paper, “it pains me that ‘mainstream’ publications are majority white, most of them by a significant margin. It’s also telling that after writing for a dozen local news outlets, I’ve only had black editors at the Afro.” In this essay, Sturdivant Sani argues that the glaring lack of diversity in the bulk of D.C.’s newsrooms are impeding the production of nuanced journalism.

  • The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan received a fresh wave of scrutiny this summer after revelations that the hotel was operating under a series of temporary certificates of occupancy. But documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request that were provided to City Paperindicate that structural and safety compliance issues in the building itself were a significant factor in the hotel’s operation under those temporary C of Os.

  • Metro Transit Police announced that it made two arrests in the assault of a blind Metro passenger, whose story went semi-viral on Monday after an onlooker submitted an account of the attack to PoPville.

  • It’s going to take more than Melinda Bolling’s departure to “unsuck” the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs––just this week, three more high-level DCRA employees left their jobs.

  • Meet the bureaucrat chosen as D.C.’s “nightlife mayor.”

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

  • Turns out it’s not that hard to change D.C. law. Joshua Tauberer did it in a few days. [Arstechnica]

  • The wrangling over D.C. water fees is actually more about the city’s racial tensions, gentrification, and the First Amendment. [Post]

  • The D.C. Council recognized a nationally ranked, 16-year-old chess player. [DC Line]

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

  • More rent woes for Mike Isabella, this time at Kapnos and Arroz. [WBJ]

  • A garbage pop-up with a message is coming to DC9. [DCist]

  • Order the calamari and skip the meats at Officina. [Post]

  • The other shoe drops on that Thrillist story about killing a burger joint. [Eater]

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

  • Keith Sinzinger, a longtime Washington Post copy editor and fixture of D.C.’s experimental music scene, has died. [Post]

  • Synetic Theater is moving out of its Crystal City digs and it’s all Amazon’s fault. [DCist]

  • Bummer news about Riverby Books. [DCist]

  • Georgetown BID announces annual outdoor lights public arts project. [East City Art]

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

  • Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White has rejected a plan to partially finance a 1.5-million-square foot retail-office-apartment-hotel development in Anacostia, but the mayor’s economic development office still supports the effort. [WCP]

  • African-American homeownership rates are at their lowest in 50 years. [CityLab]

  • D.C. allegedly has the fourth-smallest average apartment size out of 100 major cities across the country. [Urban Turf]

  • Is this seller being catfished? [PoPville]

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

  • Fans of the Georgetown men’s basketball team are enjoying what they’re seeing from this year’s team under coach Patrick Ewing. [WCP]

  • By claiming Reuben Foster, the local NFL team reveals the depths of its mediocrity, writes City Paper contributor Matt Terl. [WCP]

  • Two-time Marine Corps Marathon Darrell General started coaching during the height of his elite running career with the desire to give back to the sport. [WCP]

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

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