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It’s not yet October, and already area psychologists are suggesting that the September gloom has prompted Washingtonians to suffer from seasonal affective disorder.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser has finally tapped a new Deputy Mayor for Education. Her pick, Paul Kihn, is a former consultant for D.C. Public Schools. Kihn will oversee some 91,000 public school and public charter school students.

  • The number of D.C.-area drivers using toll roads appears to be leveling off or declining, according to ridership figures published by WTOP. Tolls paid on the Capitol Beltway dropped about 13 percent since last year, while the number of average daily rides dropped just over five percent along the 495 Express Lanes.

  • D.C.’s homicide count has passed 2017 levels, ticking up to 119. Police chief Peter Newsham said during a press conference on Monday that the city’s imposed “consequences of illegal firearm possession in our city [are] not changing the behavior. We’re arresting sometimes the same folks over and over again for carrying illegal firearms in the city.”

THE BULLETIN:

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

  • Missed connection: “14th St NW. It was around 8:15 a.m. this morning (Monday) and you caught my eye as we passed each other going in opposite directions–apparently I caught your eye, too, since I looked back and saw you had turned around to look at me. I regret being in a hurry but would love to connect.”  [craigslist]

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

  • Bowser says she will sign an Initiative 77 repeal bill if it crosses her desk. [Twitter]

  • Opinion: Washingtonians should care more that Bowser’s cabinet continues to lose members. [DC Line]

  • Officials grapple with how to respond to the significant rash of K2 overdoses this summer. [Post]

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

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  • Tokyo Pearl from the Sakerum owner will combine sushi and hookah. [WCP]

  • What that means for D.C. “power” restaurants. [Washingtonian]

  • Poll: Is this restaurant name’s a little too strange? [DCist]

  • Find your way to a local Oktoberfest. [DC Refined]

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

  • With Geo Rip, Protect-U finds its happy place. [WCP]

  • After damning report that found that Latinx representation is scarce in Smithsonian museums, advocates push for a Latino museum. [Post]

  • Good dogs at Arena Stage. [DCist]

  • Local artist Maps Glover’s latest work depicts police brutality through art. [AFRO]

  • How D.C. is keeping go-go alive. [AFRO]

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

  • Firm-ish dates for more homeless shelter ribbon cuttings. [Twitter]

  • What you’ll save when you have a roommate in D.C. [Curbed]

  • The tiny home craze hits Deanwood. [Urban Turf]

  • Get it together, Airbnb hosts. [PoPville]

  • A water main break caused a large sinkhole in Southeast, closing down 6th Street SE. [DCist]

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

  • Rookie Troy Brown Jr. and the Wizards ready to prove doubters wrong. [WCP]

  • Tiger Woods’ recent tournament victory is a good sign for his tournament in D.C., which is still looking for a title sponsor. [WCP]

  • The Nationals announced that Bryce Harper has won the team’s Player of the Year award in a vote tallied by local media. Sean Doolittle was given the “Good Guy” award and Max Scherzer, who threw his 300th strikeout of the season last night, was named the Nats’ Pitcher of the Year. [MASN]

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

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