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Happy Thursday. In print this week: at home in Shaw with D.C. United coachBen Olsen, why local restaurants are increasingly leaning into one type of booze, and a D.C. housing agency slashes its budgets for housing advocacy organizations.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Whether or not it wants to publicly acknowledge this, according to the Post, Metro’s got a robust list of exactly how it’s supposed to regain customers’ faith and boost ridership. An internal memo called the “ridership action plan” details a number of fixes, including launching all day peak service and overhauling the Metro bus system. All told, its changes would net the system an additional 20,000 daily trips. Metro chief Paul Wiedefeld says he’s never seen the document.

  • Organizers are rallying to host a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court this afternoon to protest against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. A number of celebrities, including Maggie Gyllenhaaland Whoopi Goldberg, are rumored to be attending. (Incidentally, wouldn’t it be cool if women didn’t have to routinely take off time from work to force elected representatives to acknowledge their humanity and suffering?)

  • The Capitals made a triumphant return to D.C. in their first meaningful game since winning the Stanley Cup. Fans filled the streets outside Capital One Arena hours before the team raised its championship banner, and not even Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension for a high hit during the preseason could dampen their spirits. (Although, as several people noted, former coach Barry Trotz was conspicuously absent from the championship montage.) Washington treated the sold-out crowd to a 7-0 (!) victory over the Boston Bruins.

  • It’s expected to near 90 degrees today, and will stay hot for the next week.

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

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  • Just how unusual is it for the Council to overturn ballot referendums? [WAMU]

  • The most-watched PTA election in recent memory. [Post]

  • A brief history of the relationship between City Paper and Kavanaugh buddy––plus perennial D.C. media thorn––Mark Judge. [WCP]

  • A Washington Post columnist who has been critical of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is missing after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. [WJLA]

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

  • Reverie opens Saturday with a small, intriguing fine dining menu that includes a burger. [WCP]

  • Reviews of still-open restaurants from 1987, including best expensive cocktail. [WCP]

  • What you might not know about the Columbia Heights Farmers Market [Edible]

  • Defining a neighborhood restaurant by way of a food review. [Post]

  • Detailing Taylor Gourmet’s bankruptcy filings. [WBJ]

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

  • Read our reviews from the 13th annual Spooky Movie Film Festival. [WCP]

  • Opera … at the baseball park. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Everyone loves Mean Girls, but especially Smithsonian museums. [DCist]

  • George Pelecanos drops by the Kojo Nnamdi show to talk about his latest novel and D.C. through his lens. [WAMU]

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

  • Sinkholes and gas lines––not an ideal combination. [PoPville]

  • Six people were transported to the hospital after a six-car pileup in Northeast on Wednesday night. [WTOP]

  • Another PUD bites the dust. [Urban Turf]

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

  • In D.C., military-sponsored road races give runners order and meaning. In September and October alone, race organizers put on the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon, the Navy Mile, the Army Ten-Miler, and the Marine Corps Marathon, which draws a field of approximately 30,000 runners. [WCP]

  • The Nationals’ season is over and they have to answer a lot of questions this offseason—mainly, what is the team going to do with free agent Bryce Harper? [WCP]

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

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