Here is your requisite pre-Thanksgiving car traffic report. And at noon today, Kojo and guests will talk about the meaning of the holiday for local native people.


  • It will take a judge’s order to get D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department to start collecting detailed stop-and-frisk data. The data collection requirement is part of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act, which became law nearly two-and-a-half years ago. The ACLU-DC, among others, have sued to force the data collection.

  • An advisory board tasked with providing guidance to Mayor Muriel Bowser on her appointment of D.C.’s new education chancellor has disbanded without reviewing a single resume, The Post reports.

  • As the investigation into a 2016 explosion in Silver Spring drags on, victims are left in limbo without needed support. The explosion in 2016 killed seven people. Displaced residents aren’t the only ones frustrated with the National Transportation Safety Board’s slow-moving investigation. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Rubin and Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen are putting pressure on the agency to cough up some answers.

  • Quarterback Alex Smith broke his right leg in Washington football team’s 23-21 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. The gruesome injury happened exactly 33 years after former ‘Skins quarterback Joe Theismann’s leg broke during a game.

  • A brand new park in the NoMa neighborhood opened this past weekend. Swampoodle Park features a vertical climbing gym for kids and a designated area for dogs.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips?

  • The D.C. Council will consider a bill to limit political contributions from government contractors and give independence to the Office of Campaign Finance. [Post]

  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans wants you to stop using plastic straws. And he’s losing friends over it. [DC Line]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke a the Annual D.C. Adoption Day event over the weekend, when 31 children were adopted. [WTOP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • These are the 2018 StarChefs Rising Star Award winners from the region. [WCP]

  • Coffee shops where you can count on quality breakfast options. [Washingtonian]

  • Two of D.C.’s biggest restaurateurs are worried about the future. [Bisnow]

  • An in depth interview with D.C.’s Top Chef contestant. [Post]

  • Further analysis about Yelp circling the drain. [Eater]

  • Can being ranked number one in a national listicle kill your business? [Thrillist]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips?

  • Here’s how the Keegan Theatre transformed its space for its production of As You Like It. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • At the Washington Project for the Arts, these artists are staging a radical act of motherhood. [WCP]

  • How the Kennedy Center’s latest production, Barber Shop Chronicles, hits close to home for black barbers in D.C. [AFRO]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips?

  • Some homes for sale that aren’t actually livable. [WCP]

  • Where did these alleys go? [Urban Turf]

  • Scooter and bike companies say D.C.’s regulations on their businesses are too restrictive. [Curbed]

  • The online resource that could help homeless teens. [Street Sense]

  • The status of Providence Hospital’s transition––or, put differently, its closure. [WBJ]

  • Where to alert officials if you see someone in need of assistance this hypothermia season. [WTOP]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • Football fans and media members are describing Gonzaga College High School’s thrilling, last-second 46-43 victory over DeMatha in the WCAC championship game as the best preps football games they’ve ever seen. [1st Amendment Sports]

  • “You can’t teach effort. You can’t teach heart,” Wizards guard John Wall said to reporters after the Wizards’ 119-109 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. [AP]

  • Braden Holtby is back at practice and could start for the Capitals soon. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips?

Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here. Send tips, ideas, and comments to