A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

The Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014, known as “Ban the Box,” prohibits employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their criminal background. But if the experience of returning citizen Chris Cole is any indication, the D.C. Office of Human Rights is having trouble changing the behavior of companies that violate the law, and is also, for administrative reasons, brushing aside claims that may have merit. As chronicled earlier this fall, Cole has been jobless since 2015 despite applying for numerous jobs. He has filed roughly 400 complaints with OHR alleging that companies have violated the law, but last week more than 160 of them were dismissed out of “administrative convenience.”


  • Gray, Silverman, outraged over death and conditions at United Medical Center. [Post]

  • A timeline of the hospital’s management under contractor Veritas. [WAMU]

  • Marriott’s former heir sues his father, alleges that he’s been disowned and left financially ruined. [Washingtonian]

  • FBI investigating D.C. man for selling guns and ammo via Facebook. [Fox5]

  • Man who beat his roommates to death with a hammer in 2014 gets 60 years. [WTOP]

  • A year later, a rape at a Georgetown Halloween party is still being investigated. [Post]

  • D.C. can’t agree on what to do with statue of Confederate general Albert Pike. [Post]

  • D.C. Police want information about the people who broke windows at, and vandalized, a diplomatic office in Northwest. [WJLA]

  • The 2022 Gay Games will take place in Hong Kong, not D.C. [WBJ]


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

  • Reform of Youth Rehabilitation Act would emphasize services over leniency. [Post]

  • An explainer on Wiedefeld’s proposal for Metro’s budget. [WAMU]

  • Which will keep Metro fares intact. [DCist]

  • On the ground reporting from the Women’s Convention in Detroit. [Post]

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

  • D.C.’s newest public art project aims to connect historic Anacostia with the Anacostia River. [East City Art]

  • Damaged City Fest announces initial lineup for 2018 festival. [Revolver]

  • How to make a “Thriller” flash mob for Halloween. [WAMU]

  • Five shows to check out this week. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Cork Wine Bar and Cork Market open under one roof on Nov. 9. [WCP]

  • A hand roll sushi restaurant readies to open on 14th Street NW. [Washingtonian]

  • Moreland’s Tavern will also open this week in the former Swampoodle space. [PoPville]

  • Brew better coffee at home with this guide. [Post]

  • Look inside the second location of Bindaas opening Nov. 6. [WBJ]

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

  • A Tudor revival home with a glass addition in Forest Hills is on the market for nearly $3 million. [Curbed DC]

  • So far this year, 1,022 homes in D.C. have sold for more than $1 million each. [UrbanTurf]

  • Brian Coulter of JBG Smith discusses the company’s plans for Crystal City. [Bisnow]

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