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In the two-and-a-half years since an electrical arcing incident caused a Metro car to fill with smoke, resulting in the death of one woman and the hospitalization of many others, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has tried a number of tactics to repair the ailing train system, from shutting down the entire system for a day to fixing and rebuilding damaged infrastructure during its SafeTrack program. But while ridership, which dropped significantly during this period, begins to increase slightly, so do arcing incidents. Between June and September 2016, nine of these incidents, which can cause fires and explosions, occurred. Nine similar incidents occurred in July 2017 alone.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Nats analyst Ray Knight charged with assault and battery after fight with acquaintance. [WJLA]

  • Small businesses demand changes to Metro in open letter. [Post]

  • Uber plans to open resource center for current and prospective drivers in Ward 7. [DCist]

  • New program provides support services for runaway youth after they return home. [Post]

  • Emphasizing its close ties to the U.S., Qatar opens a military attachéoffice in D.C. [WTOP]

  • Learn about the history of D.C.’s High Heel Race before tonight’s festivities. [WTOP]

  • Today’s rainy weather could cause problems for Metro trains. [WUSA9]

  • Eagles QB throws four touchdowns, defeats Washington football team 34–24. [WJLA]

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

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

  • Metro ridership still lags, but is edging closer to pre-Safe Track levels. [WAMU]

  • And railcar malfunctions leading to offloads are down 45 percent. [WAMU]

  • D.C. Democratic Socialists strengthen platforms on tenant rights and migrant justice. [DCist]

  • DC SAFE seeks food donations for domestic violence victims. [WUSA9]

  • Analysis: Do you really need to own a car in the District? [Post]

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

  • Tom Hanks receives Records of Achievement Award from National Archives. [Washingtonian]

  • A new National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibition celebrates abstract art made by black women. [Artnet News]

  • Short on Halloween ideas? Consider these D.C.-centric costumes. [BYT]

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

  • Sushi spot from “the most hated restaurateur in America” will soon open in Trump Hotel. [Washingtonian]

  • Ten fall dishes to try, even though today’s high is 74 degrees. [Zagat]

  • Futuristic fast-casual chain Eatsacalls it quits in D.C., New York, and Berkeley. [Eater]

  • Neighborhood institution Fish in the Hood needs financial help to reopen. [PoPville]

  • Low-fat pigs? Say it isn’t so. [NPR]

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

  • D.C.’s first Virgin Hotel will open on New York Avenue NE in 2019. [WBJ]

  • Roadside Development reveals latest plans for former Fannie Mae campus. [WTOP]

  • D.C. Council ponders tax breaks for office-to-residential conversions. [UrbanTurf]

  • How to find out what types of development your block is zoned for. [GGW]

  • Amazon receives nearly 250 bids offering land for its second headquarters. [Post]

  • City Paper contributor Kriston Capps suggests his apartment as an HQ2 site. [CityLab]

  • Why new construction drives rents up in some areas rise and down in others. [GGW]

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