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Halloween is coming up and to mark the occasion, we’ve brought back the Horror Issue, a collection of spooky and supernatural stories from around the region. Find out about the politics and potions of local witches, meet an exorcist who removes ghosts and demons from homes, compare the fortune-telling acumen of three highly rated palm readers, and learn the legend of a 17th century Maryland woman who was accused of practicing witchcraft and froze to death.


  • For the first time since 2013, D.C.’s police force has grown. [WTOP]

  • Georgetown students debate whether anti-gay marriage group should receive university funding. [WTOP]

  • D.C.-area airport cited in NAACP’s travel advisory against American Airlines. [WUSA9]

  • Rock Creek Cemetery could shut down over increasing water bill. [NBC4]

  • Rookie firefighter Dane Smothers Jr., critically injured when he was hit by a firetruck in August, returns home. [WUSA9]

  • Get out your gloves: Meteorologists say this winter will be snowier than last one. [Fox5]

  • Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White calls community meeting to deal with increased violence. [WJLA]

  • Wizards’ undefeated streak ends with loss to Lonzo Ball and the Lakers. [Post]

  • Police stop speeding car near Tidal Basin, find rifles, drugs, and ammunition. [Post]

  • Security robots, like the one that drowned in Georgetown, could soon come to federal buildings in D.C. [WUSA9]


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

  • Attendance lagged at D.C. public schools with extended year. [WAMU]

  • Demographic changes spark new education policy initiative. [D.C. Policy Center]

  • Ethics board dings Kaya Henderson for school placement favors to VIPs. [WAMU]

  • Harry Jaffe looks for mayoral challenger and comes up with David Grosso. [Washingtonian]

  • D.C. is looking to adopt carbon emissions tax. [WAMU]

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

  • The National Air and Space Museum will undergo a seven-year, $900 million renovation. [DCist]

  • Check out photos of D.C.’s first mobile art gallery, SPACE4. [BYT]

  • The Blair Witch Projectdirector Eduardo Sánchez reflects on the movie’s legacy at the Library of Congress. [WTOP]

  • Five shows to check out this week, including record release parties for Sara Curtinand Paperhaus. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Why 200 people attended a fake wedding in Navy Yard this month. [WCP]

  • Try all of the fried dishes atHank’s On The Wharf. [WCP]

  • There’s no need to buy the 2018 Michelin Guide if you have the 2017 version. [Washingtonian]

  • Pay Michelin enough and they’ll write a guide for your city, too. [Post]

  • &pizzascores funding from Miami Dolphins owner, plans to expand on East Coast. [WBJ]

  • Chef José Andrés leaves Puerto Rico after serving two million meals. [Eater]

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

  • Anacostia will get more than new housing units 3,000 in the coming years. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C. and Boston launch programs that encourage landlords to rent property to the homeless. [Governing]

  • New Columbia Heights condos are for sale, including a three-bedroom unit costing $1.3 million. [Post]

  • Events DC will solicit proposals for the RFK redevelopment next month. [WBJ]

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