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Since returning from prison, Mushin “Boe Luther” Umar and Wallace Kirby have been determined to give back to their community. They launched Hustlerz 2 Harvesters, an urban agriculture organization that provides jobs and nutrition for residents living east of the Anacostia River, after taking free horticulture classes the D.C. Department of Park and Recreation offers. Though the competing interests of another organization, Washington Parks and People, have recently complicated Hustlerz 2 Harvesters’ work, Umar and Kirby, with some help from the D.C. Council, will continue to grow their garden and share their work with the public.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • 17-year-old student shot and critically wounded after school near Ballou High. [WTOP]

  • Students from 9 D.C.-area schools stage walkouts to raise support for DACA. [Post, WJLA]

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms offers $20,000 for information related to fatal shooting of off-duty D.C. police officer. [WTOP]

  • VA Medical Center cancels surgeries due to concerns about equipment safety. [NBC4]

  • Moorish American Nationals break in, attempt to claim sovereign rights to Rock Creek Park mansion. [NBC4]

  • DDOT, elderly Northeast D.C. couple face off over handicapped parking space. [Fox5]

  • Fifteen community groups demand Metro reform and funding for more than a year. [GGW]

  • Sorry, kickballers: The National Park Service wants to stop sports from being played on Washington Monument grounds. [WTOP]

  • Despite partisan bickering, Democrats and Republicans in D.C. still love drinking together. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson(tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Post-Safe Track Report: On-time Metro performance the best it’s been in years. [WAMU]

  • But Metro car makeovers are like putting lipstick on a pig, some riders say. [WUSA9]

  • Mixed reviews for dockless bike share pilot. [Current]

  • Banker urges black-owned businesses to keep their money in the community. [Afro]

  • DCPS graduation rates make big gains, but still trail national rate. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • Editorial: DCPS needs to improve allocation of at-risk school funding. [Current]

  • ICYMI: Bowserhas to act quickly to find an operator for United Medical Center. [Post]

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

  • On its new album, D.C. doom metal quintet Ilsaredefines genre stereotypes. [Post]

  • Arco Belo, David Kline Band, and other jazz shows to check out this week. [Washingtonian]

  • All the weird and wild art you can expect to see during Catharsis on the Mall. [WUSA9]

  • Museum patron and “patriotic philanthropist”David Rubenstein gets another honor. [WTOP]

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

  • D.C.’s Tadich Grillsaid to have lost millions after story about racially motivated family estrangement became public. [Post]

  • Would you trust Google to tell you wait times at restaurants? [NRN]

  • &pizza sues U.K. pizza spot @pizza for copying its business model. [WBJ]

  • Here’s here to celebrate Thanksgiving in D.C. if you don’t feel like cooking. [Eater]

  • Drink outside, even in the winter, on these cozy patios. [Washingtonian]

  • Thirty-four restaurant pros you should know under the age of 34. [DC Refined]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone(tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Hill East ANC committee votes on plans for Boys and Girls Club site. [Capitol Hill Corner]

  • Refurbished four-bedroom house in Trinidad listed for more than $900K. [Curbed DC]

  • The Wyss Foundation buys historic Dupont Circle house for $16.4 million. [WBJ]

  • If you’re looking for property near open green space, consider Michigan Park. [Post]

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company submits new plans for project in Southwest. [UrbanTurf]

  • Design for 231-room hotel at 6th and K streets NW gets simplified. [UrbanTurf]

  • Capitol Hill neighbors resist the redevelopment of vacant alley home. [GGW]

  • Shaw’s Atlantic Plumbing development gets a $110 million refinancing deal. [Bisnow]

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