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After a spectacular fall day, today promises to be sunny, breezy, and hangin’ around the mid-50s.


  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has launched an investigation into child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. The AG’s office set up an online portal to report such crimes, and the U.S. Attorney General’s office also has a hotline to report child sexual abuse.

  • Two D.C.-area universities have contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Johns Hopkins University’s contracts with ICE total about $1.6 million and cover leadership and medical education for law enforcement, including ICE agents. University of Maryland at College Park’s single contract is worth $625,000 and covers anti-terrorism training for ICE agents. A petition circulated at Johns Hopkins is demanding an end to the contractual relationship.

  • The first woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life. In a letter addressed to “friends and fellow Americans,” O’Connor calls for collaboration in government and communities, and “putting country and the common good above party and self interest.” “I hope that I have inspired young people about civic engagement and helped pave the pathway for women who may have faced obstacles pursuing their careers,” O’Connor writes.

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

  • Some councilmembers and advocates are critical of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries. [WTOP]

  • A nonprofit civic watchdog group has filed a complaint against Bowser, alleging violations of campaign contribution laws. Bowser’s campaign avoided addressing the merits of the allegations, and instead attacked At-large Councilmember Elissa Silverman (Bowser has endorsed  Silverman’s challenger, Dionne Reeder, in the current race). [Twitter]

  • Speaking of Silverman and Reeder, there’s an at-large candidate forum October 30 moderated by the esteemed editor of City Paper. [Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative]

  • A look at the race for the Ward 3 Council seat. [DC Line]

  • Do people even care about The Post’s editorial board? [DCist]

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

  • Night Vision: D.C.’s hospitality industry is banking on a nightlife director who favors its interests. [WCP]

  • Learn how to sign “pumpkin spice latte” in honor of Starbucks’ first signing store. [Washingtonian]

  • Have you tried pide? [Post]

  • Dolcezza docks hourly pay for its workers. Here’s why. [DCist]

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

  • Summer concerts at Carter Barron Amphitheater used to be poppin’. These days, it’s rare that it hosts any events. [The DC Line]

  • Honestly, Count Gore De Vol is a D.C. treasure. [Post]

  • At the Kennedy Center, a new one-man show about gun violence was adapted from local writer Jason Reynolds’ 2017 novel Long Way Down. [WAMU]

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

  • Another study on how Amazon could affect D.C.’s rental market. [Curbed]

  • Prince George’s County passes strict regulation on Airbnb rentals. [Post]

  • How long does it take to save for a down payment in D.C.? [Urban Turf]

  • Your average $3 million rowhouse. [PoPville]

  • With heavy rains, mold becomes a bigger issue across the U.S. [City Lab]

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

  • The Washington football team is in the first place in the NFC East. Its next opponent are the woeful New York Giants. That matchup, which is only slightly favorited toward Washington, could be one of the most important games of coach Jay Gruden’s tenure. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

  • “It’s always going to be like this for the Wizards,” writes Deadspin’s Alberto Burneko.“They will always be a mess.”

  • The Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards’ G-League affiliate, has officially started its training camp. Its first game at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Ward 8 will be on Nov. 3. [NBA.com]

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

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