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Happy Friday, D.C. Expect clouds and high humidity this weekend before it warms up again.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Nearly 300 people were arrested Thursday for “unlawfully protesting” the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee and accused sexual abuser Brett Kavanaugh.

  • Five members of the D.C. Council sign onto a letter asking Mayor Muriel Bowser to restore funding to ten community-based organizations whose budgets were slashed just one day before the end of fiscal year 2018. “It is important to understand that there is enough funding to restore these programs,” Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau told City Paper. “The Council doesn’t have the power to do it, but the mayor does.”

  • The D.C. Council’s judiciary committee voted yesterday to advance a bill for a full Council vote that would decriminalize dodging Metro fare. Under the current law, riders may receive a $300 fine or 10-day jail sentence––or both––for evading fare; should the Council pass its bill, fare evaders would face a $50 fine.

  • Members of Metro’s Rider Advisory Council are fighting the Metro board’s likely decision to dissolve the group. The 30-seat group weighs in on WMATA’s policy proposals, but the transit authority’s board thinks MRAC’s role is too undefined.

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

  • Pro-Initiative 77 advocates were distinctly unhappy with this D.C. Council tweet. (And let them know it.) [Twitter]

  • ..They’re also highly critical of the Council’s decision to overturn the ballot initiative. [Post]

  • Another violent Logan Circle crime left a man hospitalized with serious wounds from a hammer attack. [WTOP]

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

  • Where to go deep on madeira, mezcal, amari, and absinthe. [WCP]

  • Server pens a letter to Post critic Tom Sietsema schooling him on the industry. [Medium]

  • There’s now a true crime pop-up bar with “instagram-worthy” Salem Witch Trial stocks. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to find a Lady Gaga brunch this weekend. [PoPville]

  • What you need to know about Epic Curing charcuterie. [DC Refined]

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

  • Chuck Levin’s—a D.C. area institution—turns 60. [WCP]

  • Get ready for a partial closure of the Air and Space Museum in December to make way for some major renovations. [Post]

  • Listen to Gordon Withers’ pair of Sonic Youth covers, benefitting RAINN. [WCP]

  • The inside story of how Cool “Disco” Dan went from graffiti vandal to having his tag in the halls of the Wilson Building. [Washingtonian]

  • Jeff Wincott keeps a busy schedule starring in TV and film roles, all while calling D.C. home. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • How All Things Go evolved from a blog to a full-scale music festival. [Post]

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

  • Opinion: The mayor should do right by homeless residents, and move the remaining DC General families into a new shelter in Ward 4. [DC Line]

  • A court-appointed receiver has sued dozens of tenants for eviction. [Street Sense]

  • City officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony next week for a homeless shelter in Ward 7. [Curbed]

  • Seniors reflect on the invaluable possessions they lost in the wake of a devastating apartment fire. [Post]

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

  • A lifelong, and no longer suffering, Caps fan writes about what the Stanley Cup banner means to him and to hockey in D.C. [WCP]

  • Despite limited resources and a staff of full-time students, Maryland’s student newspaper, The Diamondback, has been an invaluable part of the football controversy conversation. [WCP]

  • D.C. United midfielder Luciano Acosta is your MLS Player of the Month for September. [MLS.com]

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

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