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Happy Monday. Expect humidity, warmer temperatures, and an errant shower or two this week before the region settles into cooler weather.  

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Don’t celebrate Columbus Day, but do keep in mind Metro and other transit changes in effect during the national holiday. Parking meters aren’t enforced today in D.C., Alexandria, and Arlington counties. Some tolls within the Beltway are lifted today, and Metro is running on Saturday service levels––which means trains are mostly scheduled every 12 minutes on each line throughout the day.  

  • Nearly 200 people were arrested Saturday for protesting the confirmation of accused sex criminal Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Senate voted 50-48 to approve his nomination, and Kavanaugh was sworn in late Saturday afternoon.

  • Pope FrancisOK’ed a “thorough study” of Vatican archives to determine how ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick rose through the ranks of the Catholic church, despite multiple people credibly accusing him of sexual abuse. Francis acknowledged that the investigation might show the church routinely mishandled the case.  

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

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  • Scandal-tainted local politicians flock to Dionne Reeder’s campaign. [WCP]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser, too, continues to rally behind her. [Post]

  • What happens when educators voice support for Brett Kavanaugh. [DCist]

  • A look at the (big) money flowing into school board races. [Post]

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

  • What makes these dumplings so impossible. [WCP]

  • Call Your Mother opens sometime this week with bagels galore. [WCP]

  • Where to brunch if you have today off. [Washingtonian]

  • Tea and noodle soups to replace Pizza Hut on M Street NW. [PoPville]

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

  • At the Strathmore Mansion, a view of the Latin American diaspora in Día de Muertos. [WCP]

  • Here’s how the Washington National Opera puts together all of their elaborate costumes for productions. [DCist]

  • Keegan’s Lincolnesque provides an entertaining look at the local industry. [WCP]

  • The latest exhibition at Brewmaster’s Castle in Dupont Circle highlights the contributions of undocumented immigrants. [WAMU]

  • The nature of love is uncertain in Signature’s Heisenberg. [WCP]

  • Obsolescence is a feature, not a bug, in Ford’s Born Yesterday. [WCP]

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

  • Families living by foreclosed properties in black and Latino neighborhoods sue Bank of America, alleging the homes aren’t maintained to the standards of foreclosed properties in white neighborhoods. [Post]

  • A number of Deanwood businesses, including Nook’s Barbershop, were padlocked and shuttered with no notice late last week. [DCist]

  • Want a dental practice with your new home? [WCP]

  • A look at a homelessness prevention program for LGBTQ youth. [WAMU]

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

  • Sports will return on Tuesday.

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

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