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Happy Friday, D.C. Expect significant humidity today, with rain and scattered thunderstorms through most of the weekend. (On the bright side, it should also be about 20 degrees cooler.)


  • After closing several restaurants in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed a top female employee, Mike Isabella announced that his company is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. “This is not a decision that we made lightly, but after months of challenges, we needed to put our business on a path to move forward. That begins by stabilizing our finances,” says an email Isabella sent to investors Thursday morning.

  • U.S. Capitol Police arrested 73 people by the end of the second day of Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The bulk of those people were charged with disorderly conduct, though police charged some with resisting arrest.  

  • International travelers at Dulles airport will soon have their faces scanned instead of handing over paper boarding passes and a passport. “U.S. citizens can opt out of being photographed, but non-U.S. citizens are required to have their pictures taken. Images of U.S. citizens are held for 12 hours and then discarded,” the Post reports.

  • ICYMI: In this week’s edition of City Paper: art spaces around D.C. keep closing down, Washingtonians love a good booze cruise, and developers try to cash in on broke millennials.


  • Missed connection: “Orange Backpack on the Red Line. I got on at metro center and noticed you immediately. I’m not sure exactly what it was that pulled my attention, but you looked good and it felt right. I was dressed for work – I think you noticed me too. I’m terrible at these types of things and trying to get better. If you find me its a bonus – but I’m hoping just writing this post helps me get up the nerve to say hello next time, or at the very least make eye contact and flash a smile. :-)” [craigslist]

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

  • The bulk of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s community liaisons were reassigned to different city agencies. [WCP]

  • D.C.’s Board of Elections will hold a hearing today over allegations of signature fraud in S. Kathryn Allen’s Council campaign. [Post]

  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners get an invite to the baptism of Bowser’s daughter Miranda. [Twitter]

  • D.C. loses another media outlet. [Twitter]

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

  • The Michelin Guide adds 19 new Bib Gourmand restaurants. [WCP]

  • Mike Isabella’s restaurant group files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. [Post]

  • Atlas Arcade calls it quits on H Street NE. [PoPville]

  • A review of the (empty) sushi restaurant inside the Trump hotel. [Washingtonian]

  • Chef Jen Aggon verbal abuse in kitchens. [Eater]

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

  • How does the D.C. recreated for Wonder Woman 1984 compare to the real thing? [WCP]

  • D.C.-bornPaula Vogel is one of this season’s most popular playwrights. [Post]

  • The musical adaptation of Beetlejuice that opens at the National Theatre next month will move to Broadway in March. [New York Times]

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company names Michael Kahn’s successor: Royal National Theatre Associate Director Simon Godwin. [Shakespeare Theatre Center]

  • Matt Pinney’s large paintings christen Brentwood Arts Exchange’s new Lab Gallery. [WCP]

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

  • A Shaw ANC punts voting on the creation of a new Pepco substation. [PoPville]

  • Black Washingtonians are almost eight times more likely to live in a place not transit accessible. [Twitter]

  • The neighborhoods most ripe for house flipping. [Urban Turf]

  • The Florida Ave. Exxon has been sold, and will likely be redeveloped. [WBJ]

  • Dupont’s new BID selects its inaugural director. [Twitter]

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

  • Nationals manager Davey Martinez has the support of general manager Mike Rizzo despite a disappointing and underachieving season. “I haven’t considered any other scenario,” Rizzo said when asked by reporters if Martinez is returning. [AP]

  • Feeling nostalgic for the era of Jayson Werth? Lucky for you, the fan favorite and recently retired outfielder will be at Nats Park on Saturday night to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor. [Washington Times]

  • Josh Norman has some thoughts on Colin Kaepernick and his leadership with the NFL player protests and they’re not positive. [Post]

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


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