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Happy Friday. Expect some thunderstorms this afternoon and a chilly weekend with highs in the upper 50s.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Data obtained by WTOP suggested that several thousand students struggled to get to school––or didn’t go at all––in the week after Metro implemented changes in the “Kids Ride Free” program. A shortage of the SmarTrip cards necessary to take advantage of the program meant many low-income families didn’t receive the help they needed.

  • D.C. United fought all the way to penalty kicks until falling to the Columbus Crew in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs in front of an electric, sold-out crowd of 20,600 fans at Audi Field.

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racinetalks withQueer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness about emoluments (and suing the pants off of Trump), D.C. statehood, and voting in the midterm elections. Listen to the podcast, which has hundreds of thousands of subscribers, here.

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

  • From outsider to insider: At-large Councilmember Elissa Silverman’s journey from journalist to activist to politician. Now she’s in the home stretch of a heated race with small business owner Dionne Reeder. [Post]

  • Should 16 year olds vote for president? [WCP]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser touts D.C.’s push for statehood, addresses D.C.’s homicide rate, and dodges a question on her support for the referendum on Initiative 77. [CSPAN]

  • Cleared of campaign finance violation allegation, Bowser takes a shot at the nonprofit that accused her. [WCP]

  • D.C. Council considers two bills that would change the way schools handle sexual assault. [DCist]

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

  • Chef Mike Isabella is selling his condo at The Wharf for $2.5 million. [Washingtonian]

  • About that new Netflix cooking show and its D.C. contestant. [Post]

  • Dupont is getting a Chick-fil-A below Public Bar. [WBJ]

  • Malaysian Kopitiam gets new life across the river. [NoVa Mag]

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

  • Marian McLaughlin grapples with climate change on her new song cycle. [WCP]

  • Retired local actor Rick Foucheux is back in the scene… as a playwright. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • D.C. has its fair share of music venues, but a number of black-owned venues are providing black musicians with consistent gigs. [AFRO]

  • WSC Avant Bard’s Illyria, or What You Will moves Twelfth Night to 1980s Manhattan. [WCP]

  • Some of the best D.C.-centric costumes from the past few days. [DCist]

  • On their debut full-length, D.C. metal trio Myopic continues to evolve. [WCP]

  • Local musicians are working with Councilmember Robert White on amendments to a bill that would incentivize growth for local musicians. [AFRO]

  • History becomes comical in Faction of Fools’ Henry V. [WCP]

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

  • Residents of the Arthur Capper senior apartment complex lose hope that they’ll be able to recover their possessions. [DCist]

  • Logan and Truxton Circle residents report a string of vehicular arson in recent months. [PoPville]

  • What’s up with Trinidad’s street grid? [DCist]

  • Pedestrian accidents are most common in the District’s poorest wards. [GGW]

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

  • Local climbers in organizations like Brown Girls Climb and Brothers of Climbing are helping make rock climbing a more diverse sport. [WCP]

  • Hyattsville native and Washington Kastles player Frances Tiafoeis one of eight tennis players 21 and under who have qualified to compete in the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan that begin next week. [ATP]

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

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