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Welcome to another week of City Paper. In print this week: reining in the raucous nightlife of Adams Morgan, Karl Racine takes on Donald Trump, and thousands of immigrants face losing their protected status.


  • In January, homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen announced that immigrants from El Salvador will lose their Temporary Protected Status in September of 2019. The end of TPS for Salvadorans will measurably affect the D.C. area, where over 30,000 Salvadoran TPS holders live. This week’s City Paper cover story focuses on the stories of some of those people.

  • As D.C.’s first elected attorney general, Karl Racine has emerged as a fierce defender of the District, taking on campaign finance reform, juvenile justice, and slumlords—and winning many supporters across the city in the process. But in the last two years, Racine’s office has made it clear its number one target is D.C.’s least popular new resident: President Donald Trump.

  • “Why does it have to be so grotesque?” That’s what one Adams Morgan business owner wants to know about the neighborhood’s no-holds-barred drinking culture that leaves behind vomit-stained pavement and injured patrons. Local agencies have tried to tamp down the drunken chaos, but will enforcement mechanisms be enough to make the area respectable?

  • The local NFL team is now offering single-game tickets after once claiming it had  between 90,000 to 200,000 people on a (mythical, evidently) waitlist for season tickets. It remains to be seen whether this move wins any fans back.

  • City Paper asked a local survivor of the car attack at last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville what a best-case scenario for the upcoming white supremacist anniversary rally here in D.C. would look like. She said: “They don’t come. They don’t come.”


  • Data point: D.C. has ~145,000 street trees. [DC GIS]

  • Missed connection: “We briefly bonded over discounted Chobani yogurt this afternoon at Harris Teeter. I thought you were cute. If you’re reading this, what color/brand was your backpack?” [craigslist]

  • Savage Love: She went off birth control and her libido went through the roof. [WCP]

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

  • The most popular restaurants for members of Congress, measured by PAC spending. [Twitter]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser is making an official trip to El Salvador. [WAMU]

  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declares a state of emergency ahead of Sunday’s “Unite the Right” rally. [WTOP]

  • Local universities like GW and the UVA plan to beef up security protocol in response to the rally, too. [WTOP]

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

  • Truxton Circle’s forthcoming Indian restaurant will have a spicy curry challenge. [WCP]

  • These are your best bets for this summer’s Restaurant Week. [Washingtonian]

  • The social contract is breaking down in bars. [Post]

  • Not a good look, Jack in the Box. [Eater]

  • Here’s where politicos spend their dining dollars the most. [Twitter]

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

  • Kamyar Arsani and Benjamin Schurr cover Fugazi’s “Ex Spectator.” [SoundCloud]

  • In which a great white shark reviews the new giant shark movie The Meg. [WCP]

  • “Art.” [DCist]

  • Hamilton director Thomas Kail talks about his D.C.-area roots. [WAMU]

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

  • As the city prepares to demolish D.C. General, longtime institution Playtime Project also makes an exit. [WCP]

  • Georgetown library closed for two days while exterminators rid the building of snakes. [Post]

  • The Department of Housing and Community Development looks for offers to transform vacant Anacostia properties into income-capped housing… [dc.gov]

  • …but Ward 8 residents aren’t happy about it. [Congress Heights on the Rise]

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

  • Former Nationals fan favorite Jayson Werth retired in June, but not before he called every team—except the Mets—during spring training in search for a job, Werth told Philly sports radio personality Howard Eskin. Werth’s former agent, Scott Boras, disputed Werth’s accounts and said all 30 teams were contacted on Werth’s behalf. [Yahoo]

  • Bill Hamid is coming home. The 27-year-old goalkeeper from Annandale played for D.C. United from 2009 to 2017 before joining Danish club Midtjylland early this year. He will return to United on a one-and-a-half year loan, WTOP reports.

  • The NBA released its opening week national television schedule and NBA TV’s first telecast will the Wizards hosting the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 20. But the team will have its national TV exposure significantly reduced compared to last year, according to a report by The Post’s Candace Buckner.

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

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