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Good Tuesday, D.C. and take heart. A sophomore at GW is leading the charge for re-launching their chapter of Students for D.C. Statehood.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Ford wants to try out self-driving cars in D.C. next year. A similar pilot program is already underway in Miami, where a bunch of empty cars are delivering pizzas. Ford hopes to launch autonomous cars commercially in 2021, WAMU reports.

  • A man who kicked town two glass doors at Fox 5’s building in D.C. was shot by a security guard Monday afternoon. The man, identified by police as 38-year old George Odemns, was caught on the building’s security cameras and is reportedly in stable condition in the hospital.

  • Two new lesbian bars have opened in D.C. recently as these spots for gay, queer, bisexual woman across the country have shuttered.

  • As the adult homicide count climbed beyond 130 for the year, with three shooting deaths over the weekend, NBC has mapped each shooting involving a juvenile in 2018. Six kids 17 or younger have been shot and killed; 15 have been wounded. The highest concentration of shootings occurred in Ward 8.

  • The Washington Ballet is in a bit of trouble—like $3 million in debt trouble. Former ballet star Julie Kent took over as artistic director three years ago, and the ballet has struggled to draw crowds as its sensibilities have shifted under Kent from “playful” and “quirky” to  a more “high ends standard,” the Post reports.

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

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  • A cyber hacker who posed as a city vendor stole nearly $700,000 from the D.C. government. The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating, and it appears as though the money is long gone. [Post]

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine isn’t getting answers about the 12 D.C. immigrants arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this year. So he’s suing the Trump administration for information. [WCP]

  • Early voting in D.C. started yesterday; Maryland voters can start to cast their ballots this Thursday, and in Virginia, you coulda been voting since September. [WAMU]

  • Vashawn Strader was sentenced to 18 months in prison yesterday for defrauding the government out of more than $300,000 that was supposed to go toward educational services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays. [WTOP]

  • It’s not too late to run for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission—in fact, there are 21 races where no one is on the ballot. [GGW]

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

  • Neighbors want to save the Metro K Supermarket, but the property manager already found a lessee. [WCP]

  • Ambar is undergoing a major transformation starting today. [WCP]

  • CAVA employees will get paid leave Tuesday to go vote. [Washingtonian]

  • Who really has the best cupcake in the city? [Post]

  • Soupergirl didn’t get a deal on Shark Tank, but may get some help. [WBJ]

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

  • I have many thoughts about this list of the best local haunts in Maryland and Virginia, but the most pressing is the omission of Markoff’s Haunted Forest, a local institution. [DC Refined]

  • Local artist Peter Waddell spent two years painting this massive bird’s eye view of the District. [Post]

  • A new exhibit at the African Art Museum showcases the art and power of Senegalese women’s fashion. [DCist]

  • At IA&A at Hillyer, Andrea Limauro‘s art tells tragic stories of deadly migration across the Mediterranean. [WCP]

  • Signature Theatre to produce one lucky Yale senior’s musical-in-progress under new partnership with the university. [Post]

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

  • The D.C. Council’s Human Services Committee will hold a hearing today on its winter plan to help homeless residents. [Twitter]

  • On Friday, the Treasury Department released rules about how Opportunity Zones will operate. [Urban Turf]

  • Parents of an infant are peeved that their tenant keeps smoking pot indoors. [PoPville]

  • Why the gorillas’ home at the National Zoo got a mural of bees. [WAMU]

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

  • Constance Roberts, a 27-year-old college student from Gaithersburg, writes about how the exercise she hated as recently as a few years ago—running—has helped her get through tough times in her life. She will run her first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, on Sunday. [WCP]

  • John Wall is tired of your questions about Otto Porter. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Former Caps star Jay Beagle, now with the Vancouver Canucks, finally received his Stanley Cup ring. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

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

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