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Happy Wednesday. Expect sunny and relatively warm weather this afternoon before temps dip slightly in the evening.


  • With little fanfare, Mayor Muriel Bowser formally closed the DC General family homeless shelter on Tuesday after all families moved out on Monday. At its peak, the infamous shelter served over 1,000 people. Aside from a small handful of news outlets, and despite the closure ranking high on Bowser’s public list of priorities, Bowser did not notify the public, D.C. Council or service providers ahead of the event.

  • To help ameliorate traffic fatalities, the District will reconfigure traffic lights at 93 intersections in three wards––6, 7, and 8––to give pedestrians more time to safely cross. It’s part of the city’s Vision Zero initiative, an effort to completely eliminate pedestrian fatalities. “This ‘head start’ provides pedestrian priority and improves pedestrian visibility by establishing a presence in the crosswalk before turning vehicles start moving,” the District’s transportation department said in a press release.

  • Metro picks a new headquarters located in L’Enfant Plaza, a site that will take roughly two years of renovation before it’s move-in ready for the agency’s roughly 1,300 employees.

  • Happy (almost) Halloween. A number of outlets have broken down the DMV’s most haunted tales so you don’t have to go on a tour to hear them yourself.

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser’s support has given a huge boost to at-large candidate Dionne Reeder’s campaign. Reeder raised $118,000 between October 11th and 29th. [Post]

  • As the Trump administration tries to eliminate civil rights for transgender people, the D.C. Office of Human Rights tweeted that local laws will still protect them.[Twitter]

  • The State Board of Education race is getting heated as racially charged messages sent from an account apparently impersonating one of the candidate’s messages are circulating on listservs. [DCist]

  • The D.C. Council is seeking zoning changes in order to impose strict regulations on Airbnb-type rentals. [Post]

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

  • Judge issues first decision in favor of a former Mastro’s Steakhouse server in key suit about the tip credit and tip pooling. [WCP]

  • Tasty Burger is out in Shaw. [Washingtonian]

  • Fish in the Hood reopens after a fire shut it down for more than a year. [DCist]

  • These Halloween cocktails actually taste good. [Post]

  • The sushi restaurant inside the Trump D.C. Hotel is still empty. [Bloomberg]

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

  • Spooky, scary content lies within. [Washingtonian]

  • Local theaters are hiring “intimacy directors” to help actors act sexy on stage in the #MeToo era. [WAMU]

  • Meet Yaddiya, the emcee hosting nightly protests at the White House. [WCP]

  • Luke Stewart’s stellar solo album, Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier, has been shortlisted for a Grammy. [Facebook]

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

  • Where will the new FBI headquarters go? [WBJ]

  • This alley has a trash problem. [PoPville]

  • More on the D.C. Council’s ask that a local zoning board change its code to accommodate Airbnb rentals. [Post]

  • A push to create designated smoking areas in apartment buildings’ common areas. [Urban Turf]

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

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

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