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Happy Friday. It’s been a rough week for many of us––take advantage of the clouds and scattered showers and stay in tonight.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Rape crisis advocates in D.C. say they’ve seen a “tremendous increase” in calls to their hotlines amid the multiple credible allegations of sexual assault alleged against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “Survivors are calling our hotline [during the hearings],” one advocate says. “Folks are upset. This is really bringing up a lot for people who have had sexual trauma.”

  • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelsonnotified staff this week that the Council will vote next week on an emergency measure to overturn Initiative 77, the ballot initiative passed in June that eliminates the tipped minimum wage.  

  • At a public hearing over D.C.’s efforts to eliminate pedestrian deaths, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen lambasted the city’s progress on its Vision Zero initiative. “We are not living in a vision zero world—we aren’t even trending in the right direction, and I’d argue that we aren’t anywhere close,” he reportedly said.

  • D.C. schools are running low on SmarTrip cards that let students ride for free, leaving administrators with the fear that lower-income students won’t be able to pay that roughly $5 per day transportation fee. Some parents have already told WAMU that, if they don’t receive the cards, they can’t afford to send their kids to school every day.  

THE BULLETIN:

  • Calling all writers: City Paper is soliciting short stories for its January fiction issue. [WCP]

  • Missed connection: “There’s this local independent coffee shop hidden away in one of the academic buildings on campus. Lately, you’ve been coming in to fill your mug at the self service coffee station almost every morning. You don’t stay long–just long enough to fill your mug. We spoke once, something about chocolate in the coffee, and ever since then I feel as if I’ve noticed a little hint of a smile on your lips. Or it could be my imagination. My imagination often tends to run wild.”  [craigslist]

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

  • A high school principal caught on tape mocking a survivor of sexual assault was placed on administrative leave. [Post]

  • Metro’s general manager receives a nearly $38,000-per-year raise. [WTOP, Post]

  • Prince George’s County police dropped its criminal charges against Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Paul Trantham. [Post]

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

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  • Hospital food so good staff members come in to eat it on their days off. [WCP]

  • Shaw’s Tavern promotes bottomless mimosas for hearing, then apologizes. [WCP]

  • One big change at Dunkin’ Donuts. [WBJ]

  • Timely: You should eat pie for breakfast. [Eater]

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

  • Theater Alliance’s The Events awkwardly comments on American gun violence. [WCP]

  • In the age of social media saturation, Den-Mate has some sage advice: “Not everything has to go on social media.” [Post]

  • If I Forget at Studio Theatre chronicles an aging Tenleytown family. [WCP]

  • You should know Aniekan Udofia, the local artist leaving a mark on the city. [Washington Informer]

  • Film review: Go see the Hal Ashby documentary Hal. [WCP]

  • Second film review: Colette tells the story of France’s greatest female novelist. [WCP]

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

  • ICYMI: Georgetown residents who say they keep smelling gas in their neighborhood. [WCP]

  • The property manager of a senior apartment building that caught fire last week is opening its own investigation of the incident. [WTOP]

  • So Others Might Eat seeks zoning relief to build a 14-story affordable housing building. [Urban Turf]

  • Police arrest a rape suspect who barricaded himself in a Mount Pleasant apartment building Wednesday night. [WTOP]

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

  • Is this goodbye? Soon-to-be free agent Bryce Harper may have just said farewell to D.C. in an Instagram post after playing in potentially his final home game with the Nationals Wednesday night. [WJLA]

  • Ultramarathon legendBruce Fordyce is coming to D.C. for a parkrun, a free 5K run-walk event, tomorrow morning to celebrate the late South African President Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. [WCP]

  • Meet Coach Kristi, as in Kristi Toliver, who is helping out the Wizards as a member of the training camp staff. During the summer, the Mystics star helped coach the Wizards’ Las Vegas Summer League team. [NBC Sports Washington]

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

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