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Happy new-issue-of-City-Paper day. In print this week: the troubling opacity of D.C.’s master facilities plan, Edgewood residents fight eviction from the Catholic church with the help of Catholic neighbors, how to ride the Caps victory for life, and DSA gets hyperlocal for ANC races.


  • D.C.’s little known but very consequential Planning Actively for Comprehensive Education (PACE) Facilities Act was meant to bring order, equity, and transparency to the school planning process. But in the two years since its passage, “a number of glaring obstacles to comprehensive school facility planning have emerged,” reports Rachel Cohen for City Paper, “and elected officials, reluctant to confront tough politics, have worked to reinterpret or simply ignore the intent of the law that they themselves authorized.”  

  • In a bid to make some money, for once, WMATA is considering a policy change that would allow vendors to sell food and drinks in and around Metro stations, as long as they’re wrapped or sealed. This comes despite the fact that riders aren’t allowed to eat or drink in stations, and can receive a fine for doing so.

  • Federal agents charged a New York man who they say planned to detonate a 200-pound bomb on the National Mall in D.C. on election day next month.  

  • A man using a motorized wheelchair died Wednesday afternoon after falling backwards down an escalator inside the Columbia Heights Metro station. Police say he waited to use an elevator, but gave up after about 15 seconds when it seemed occupied.


  • Missed connection: “Lord Huron concert. We talked, we danced, and really connected. You’re British, gray hair and glasses, I’m a curly red-head. Night ended without exchanging contact info. Tell me where you lived in Colorado.”  [craigslist]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Democratic Socialists of America have turned their eyes on D.C.’s ANC races. [WCP]

  • D.C. Council leaders say they’ll do “everything legally possible” to keep Providence Hospital open for the next three years. [WBJ]

  • Daron Wint testifies in his own defense during the so-called “Mansion Murders” trial. [Post]

  • A Medieval actor fatally impaled himself on his seven-foot-long lance. [Post]

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

  • Meet D.C.’s Iraqi dentist-turned-homebrewer. [WCP]

  • Where your dining dollars go the farthest in the suburbs. [Post]

  • Farewell to D.C.’s last TGI Fridays. [Washingtonian]

  • Chefs for Equality lit up the National Cathedral Tuesday night. [DC Refined]

  • One year into the #MeToo movement, have restaurants made any progress? [New Yorker]

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

  • The Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival returns! [WCP]

  • D.C.’s indie-rock trio The Caribbean have been around for a while—and plan to stay for even longer. [Post]

  • Beetlejuice star Kerry Butlertalks about the production’s pre-Broadway world premiere at the National Theatre. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Rachel Whiteread‘s ghostly sculptures haunt the National Gallery in a new survey of her work. [WCP]

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

  • Edgewood residents fight eviction from the Catholic church with the help of Catholic neighbors. [WCP]

  • The mayor OKs a partial re-funding of community based organizations whose budgets were slashed this fiscal year. [Twitter]

  • Middle- and upper-class families are displacing low-income families from D.C. [Curbed]

  • Fresh real estate finds. [PoPville]

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

  • Months later, lifelong Capitals fans are still in disbelief over the team’s Stanley Cup victory. [WCP]

  • Washington Spirit stars Mallory Pugh and Rose Lavelle are excelling on the national stage after a disastrous and injury-filled National Women’s Soccer League season. [WCP]

  • Columbia Heights resident Kerry Allen, 30, joins a short list of area runners who have qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta. [WCP]

  • D.J. Durkin’s fate with Maryland still remains uncertain. But one thing is clear: He’s still getting paid. [Post]

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

  • Union Stage welcomes folk rock and bluegrass bands Fruition and The Lil Smokies. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $22–$30.

  • Welsh indie musician Gruff Rhys performs at DC9.8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $15.

  • Founder of Prosperity Now Robert E. Friedmantalks about his new book A Few Thousand Dollars, in which he draws on his expertise to argue that rapidly growing income inequality and the tremendous racial gap in income can be alleviated by turning tax subsidies for the rich into investment in the many. 7 p.m. at 1270 5th St. NE. Free.

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