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We’re apparently operating at an average of 10 degrees warmer than is typical for October. Expect temps “well above normal” again today.


  • City Paper’s Laura Hayes writes: “The five-month long saga that turned the District’s hospitality industry upside down is almost over.” Eight councilmembers voted on Tuesday to repeal Initiative 77, a ballot measure that voters passed by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent in June. The Council will vote for a second and final time on a permanent version of the repeal, but in the meantime, it passed emergency legislation that delays the implementation of 77 until March, preventing it from taking effect on Oct. 9.

  • Other notable legislative action:

    • The Council unanimously voted in favor of severely restricting vacation rentals through Airbnb. D.C. “cannot be just for tourists. It is first and foremost our home,” At-Large Councilmember Robert White said before the vote.

    • The Council unanimously voted in favor of cracking down on suppliers of K2, a synthetic marijuana believed to be responsible for nearly 2,000 overdoses this summer alone.

  • In major fiscal news, D.C.’s Department of Housing and Community Development slashed the budgets of about a dozen housing counseling organizations by nearly 28 percent each. It informed these organizations of those changes, effective at the beginning of fiscal year 2019, just one full business day before the new fiscal year started on Monday. At least 10 organizations were hit with budget cuts of this magnitude, which range from tens of thousands to half a million dollars.


  • Museum news: You’re going to need timed passes once again for entry into the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

  • Missed connection: “I look forward to seeing you on the D6 bus every morning, and when i don’t, it’s a bit disheartening. I’m in my athletic gear, and your on the bus doing your thang.”  [craigslist]

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

  • Stormy Daniels picks the president’s penis out of a lineup on Jimmy Kimmel. [The Daily Beast]

  • Overheard from Vince Gray: “No, I’m not OK, but I’ll get there.” [Twitter]

  • Meet the new chief of DC Democrats. [DC Line]

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

  • Councilmember Elissa Silverman tried to gain support for her compromise amendment on Initiative 77, but lost 8-5. [WCP]

  • In depth with the Trabocchi’s on their Ted Cruz dining debacle. [Post]

  • Next up for Chef Kwame Onwuachi: Cheesesteaks. [Washingtonian]

  • Eater’s national critic pays The Inn at Little Washington a visit. [Eater]

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

  • 94.7 Fresh FM’s “Tommy Show” is no longer. [Washingtonian]

  • All the fall concerts in the D.C. area you can’t miss. [BYT]

  • The second annual Hillfest returns to Capitol Hill this weekend. [AFRO]

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

  • D.C. earmarked record funds for its Housing Production Trust Fund last year, but none of the new construction or preservation is in Wards 2 or 3. [Curbed]

  • After nearly a century and a half, a historic church closes its doors. [Kojo]

  • Goodbye, Rhode Island Ave. NE Popeye’s. You’ll be missed. [PoPville]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser announces plans for tax increment financing project in Southeast. [WUSA9]

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

  • The University of Maryland’s Povich Center for Sports Journalism will be hosting a panel tonight to discuss the media coverage on the tragedy and controversy that has engulfed the Maryland athletics program since the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. [Povich Center]

  • Since local NFL team owner Dan Snyder is out of the radio business, the team has been rebuilding its relationship with local radio stations. [Radio Ink]

  • Isabelle Khurshudyan, who covers the Capitals for The Washington Post, is the winner of the 2018 Red Fisher Award given by the Professional Hockey Writers Association to the top overall beat reporter from the 2017-18 season. [PHWA]

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

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