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Happy Wednesday. Please welcome this as-of-yet unnamed baby gazelle to the world. She’ll make her public début next month.


The D.C. Council voted 8-5 today to repeal Initiative 77 for a second and final time. The same Councilmembers that voted no during the Oct. 2 initial vote dissented once again: Mary Cheh, Elissa Silverman, Charles Allen, Robert White, and Brianne Nadeau. Voters passed the measure 56 percent to 44 percent back in June.

  • D.C. is the second city or state to repeal a ballot measure that voters passed to increase the tipped minimum wage (which is currently $3.89 in D.C). Restaurant Opportunities Center United, the same organization that collected enough signatures to get Initiative 77 on the ballot in D.C., took a similar approach in Maine. But after the referendum passed, the state overturned it.

  • The repeal bill also included provisions about sexual harassment training, the creation of a wage theft tip-line, and the formation of a committee of service industry professionals that can advise the council. Many of these were inspired by Silverman’s proposed amendment to 77, which failed earlier this month. ––Laura Hayes


  • Council Chairman Phil Mendelson punts a vote on a legislative effort to more strictly regulate Airbnb listings. [WAMU, Post]

  • Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Chehintroduces a bill to seal eviction records under a number of circumstances. [WCP]

  • A potential crack in the Muriel BowserVince Gray iceberg? [WCP]

  • Washington-area Catholics grieve over revelations that nearly three-dozen clergy in the local archdiocese were credibly accused of sexually abusing children. [Post]

  • A voter’s guide to the D.C. State Board of Education races. [WAMU]

  • Displaced seniors driven from their homes in the Arthur Capper fire wonder what’s next for them. [WTOP]

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

  • There’s a growing community of bar-tists, people who dig drawing in bars. [WCP]

  • Heard of nitro cold brew? Meet nitro hot coffee. [WCP]

  • TPS decision to impact D.C. restaurants staffed largely by immigrants. [Washingtonian]

  • Chef José Andrés serves hot meals to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Michael. [Post]

  • Tucker Carlson struggles when dining out in D.C. [Hollywood Reporter]

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

  • Amid tensions, Smithsonian decides to move forward with its Saudi-backed Arab Culture Weekend festival at the Freer-Sackler Galleries. [Post]

  • If you’re looking for some concerts to go to this week: [DCist]

  • Actor and D.C. native Robert Hooks will be honored by the city. [Washington Informer]

  • Studio Theatre names Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg as its new Managing Director. [Post]

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

  • Call her coach: The Wizards have hired Mystics star Kristi Toliver as an assistant coach just two days before their season begins. [WCP]

  • D.C. United defender Chris Odoi-Atsem, 23,has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will undergo four months of chemotherapy. [AP]

  • WMATA will be opening at 6 a.m., two hours earlier than usual, on Sunday, Oct. 28 for the Marine Corps Marathon. [Twitter]

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

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