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Happy Thursday. A new issue of City Paper is out. This week, read about Jewel Stroman’s campaign for a Ward 7 ANC seat, how Wizards players spend their daily $133 cash food budgets when traveling, and the Council’s efforts to deal with conflicts of race and religion.


  • Suspicious packages containing homemade bombs were mailed to several political figures including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former AG Eric Holder, and representatives Maxine Waters and Debbie Wasserman Schultz. CNN’s New York bureau also received a package that authorities believe contained an explosive device.

    • Mayor Muriel Bowser released a statement yesterday saying there are no credible threats to the District and urging the public to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

  • D.C.’s zoning commission will hold a special meeting on Council’s Airbnb regulations.

  • D.C.’s teacher turnover rate is higher than the national average, a recently released report finds.

  • But why not D.C.? Many films and T.V. shows set in D.C. aren’t actually filmed here because our tax breaks aren’t enticing enough. Plus, the District is a no-fly zone for helicopters and drones.

  • A man crashed into a barrier at the White House and told authorities he thought he was being chased and that he had bugs inside him. William Phinizy also told police that he is a military veteran and has PTSD.

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

  • Vincent Orange is fly as hell. [DCist]

  • A printing error omitted a reminder to voters to include a stamp on their absentee ballots. An estimated 10,000 ballots are affected. [PoPville]

  • Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a complaint against Bowser, alleging violations of campaign finance laws linked to her support of at-large candidate Dionne Reeder. Reeder is challenging Councilmember ElissaSilverman, and may have stepped into some campaign violations of her own. [WCP]

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

  • A casual seafood restaurant is the first restaurant announced for Buzzard Point. [WCP]

  • Why so many out of town food critics have a crush on Maydan. [Washingtonian]

  • Are these energy drinks the tool of the devil? [Post]

  • Justin’s Cafe closes after eight years. [PoPville]

  • UberEats’ virtual restaurants. [Eater]

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

  • At this year’s Immigration Film Fest, a spotlight on stories of women. [WCP]

  • D.C. rapper LB199X talks about his new album, Black Matter. [Post]

  • Rain, the public arts project in NoMa that displaced a lot of homeless people earlier this year, is nearly ready. [DCist]

  • The Smithsonian’s first-ever African American Film Fest kicks off today. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Who’s buying the District’s multi-million-dollar condos? [Post]

  • The Council will hold a hearing this morning on the causes of, and response to, the Arthur Capper fire. [Twitter]

  • Report: Poverty is increasingly concentrated in certain parts of the city, underwriting housing inequities. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • How much housing D.C. needs to add in the coming years to satisfy demand. [GGW]

  • D.C. officials present their plan to protect the city’s homeless this winter, but some advocates suggest tweaking it. [Washington Times]

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

  • Wizards players find creative ways to spend their $133 travel per diem. [WCP]

  • Recapping this week in D.C. sports with The Scoreboard. The good?Luciano Acosta and the playoff-bound D.C. United. The bad? Wizards rebounding. [WCP]

  • Life in the U.S. is “a little bit more chilled out” for Wayne Rooney, but the time difference means he’s struggling to find friends to play FIFA with.[NBC Sports]

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

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