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Happy Tuesday. Watch out for fire hydrant showers in Northeast D.C. (as if this week weren’t wet enough).    

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The Mansion Murders trial is set to begin today in D.C. superior court. Daron Wint is charged with 20 counts, including first-degree murder. But his attorneys say they have an additional suspect—another person who may have participated in the killing of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy Savopoulos, their son Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa. Amy’s father has been a fixture in the courtroom since the 2015 murders.  

  • The D.C. Board of Elections tosses At-Large Council candidate S.Kathryn Allen off the November ballot for petition errors and fake signatures. Incumbent At-Large CouncilmemberElissa Silverman challenged Allen’s petitions.

  • The federal Government Accountability Office released a 53-page report on Monday detailing Metro’s unfunded retirement and health-care costs, which approach $3 billion. The report threatens that this could force the transit agency to reduce service under certain economic conditions. In response, Councilmember and Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans (basically) says, “I told you so.”

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  • Weather advisory: Hurricane Florence is currently expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday. About 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate. The most likely outcome for D.C.? Days of rain on our already soaked city.

  • Missed connection: “Dark haired handsome young man in wheelchair at metro center: You got off the blue line about 6:30 Monday and got into an elevator next to the bench I was sitting on at metro center. You’re about 28 and were dressed for business with headphones on. You didn’t have a coat on and I could see your defined chest through your dress shirt. I’m a mature good looking man who would like to meet you.” [craigslist]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, byCity Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • State Board of Education races are competitive in Wards 1, 3, 5, and 6. [DC Line]

  • This rat pulled a fire alarm at an apartment building. [NBC4]

  • Suburban schools are bursting with more kids than they expected. [Post]

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

  • Next week’s hearing on the bill repealing Initiative 77 could last more than eight hours. [WCP]

  • There’s a hangover cure on the menu at America Eats Tavern. [WCP]

  • A deep-dive into Mike Isabella’s myriad problems. [Post]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema doodles on Espita’s menu. [Post]

  • Taylor Gourmet will start consolidating its operations. [WBJ]

  • All I do is win. [Washingtonian]

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

  • After seven years, DC Music Download is retiring. [DC Music Download]

  • The Smithsonian has made strides in inclusivity in recent years, but Latinos remain mostly excluded, a report finds. [WAMU]

  • Forty years on, Studio Theatre is thriving. [DCist]

  • Revisiting the little-seen, mostly terrible D.C.-filmed James L. Brooks movie, How Do You Know. [BYT]

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

  • Housing Complex will return next week.

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

  • The Athletic DC has hired long-time TV reporter and former Washington Post beat writer David Aldridge, a D.C. native, as its editor-in-chief. He penned a touching tribute to his hometown in his announcement of the move. [Awful Announcing]

  • Jordan Reed’s sideline stretching (yoga?) routine goes viral. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Looks like the old Bryce Harper is back. The 2015 National League MVP was named the NL Player of the Week after batting .438 with two homers, seven RBI, 12 walks, and six runs scored over six games. [MLB.com]

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

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