It’s officially Spooktober. Expect sunny, warm, and mildly humid days this week.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman plans to introduce a bill on Tuesday that will offer a compromise, of sorts, between pro- and anti-Initiative 77 advocates. Silverman’s bill would create two tiers of tipped workers: restaurant employees like busboys who are tipped indirectly and those who don’t work in the restaurant industry in one group, and a second group comprised of servers and bartenders. The details are still being hammered out, but the bill would address the different pay needs of these two groups.

  • The president of Catholic University suspended the dean at the helm of its social service school, Will Rainford, after Rainford tweeted multiple disparaging comments in recent weeks about the women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Rainford tweeted, from the school’s main account, conspiracy theories about the testimonies of Christine Blasey Ford and Julie Swetnick. His suspension ends at the end of the fall semester.

  • Yes, the Caps really did win the Stanley Cup last season, and the celebration will continue Wednesday when the team hosts a red carpet event outside Capital One Arena before raising the championship banner at its home opener. There will also be an outdoor viewing party for those that don’t have tickets to the game.

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

  • Ward 7 Councilmember Vince Gray says he was pushed out of a club in Northeast on Saturday night after an employee allegedly wouldn’t accept his Council ID. [Post]

  • Real Housewives of the Potomac star Michael Darby was accused of sexually assaulting a crew member. [NBC Washington]

  • Former mayor Tony Williams on reforming D.C.’s ballot initiative process. [Post]

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser joins roundtable with tipped workers ahead of Tuesday’s vote on repealing Initiative 77. [WCP]

  • Attend a Destination Wedding on 14th Street NW. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to dine with kids, sans side-eye. [DC Refined]

  • Pisco y Nazca is very very loud. [Post]

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

  • Listen to Loceke, Den-Mate’s stellar new album. [Bandcamp]

  • Theaters in the D.C. area often host the most popular new plays in the country. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • And while a lot of those plays are written by women, local theaters still stands to produce more women-penned theater. [Post]

  • Go to this photo exhibition at the Freer/Sackler. [DCist]

  • The Klunch dramatizes the horrors of contemporary life in How to Win a Race War. [WCP]

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

  • Another spate of imprudent homes for sale across D.C. [WCP]

  • The Council will soon vote on whether folks can rent out a second home on Airbnb. [DCist]

  • A historic black church closes its doors. (Now with video from the final service.) [WCP]

  • A transformer fire at an American University dormitory prompted mass evacuations Saturday morning. [Post]

  • Opinion: Welcome to Mount Pleasant. Slow the hell down. [PoPville]

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

  • Hundreds of runners turned out for the fourth annual Navy Mile on Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday. Josef Tessema of Castle Rock, Colorado won the elite men’s heat in 4 minutes 1.89 seconds and 2016 champion Heather Kampf of Minneapolis was the winner in the elite women’s heat in 4:40.77. [Twitter]

  • An emotional Bryce Harper after the Nats’ last game of the season: “I can’t thank them enough. I love D.C. That’s what it’s all about.” [MASN]

  • Elena Delle Donne has her second gold medal with Team USA, this time at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. [Bullets Forever]

  • Wizards fans eager to see Dwight Howard in action will have to wait. The veteran big man has yet to practice with his new team while dealing with back soreness and will miss the team’s preseason opener tonight. [Sporting News]

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

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