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In the past week, a D.C. Council hearing and a report from the independent Office of the Inspector General have confirmed something many District residents have known for a long time: That the city’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs does not enforce regulations quickly or effectively. DCRA director Melinda Bolling insisted that she’s making changes during the oversight hearing but major loopholes that allow landlords to poorly maintain properties with little concern for regulations could still exist for years to come.  


  • Sanctuary DMV launches a hotline area immigrants can call during an ICE raid. [WCP]

  • Grosso proposes law that would decriminalize sex work in D.C. [DCist]

  • Two-alarm fire damages Logan Circle apartment building. [Post]

  • Police use DNA evidence to identify the man who stabbed a woman to death in Southeast last November. [Post]

  • New legislation could make assault of a Metro driver an automatic felony. [Fox5]

  • Metro and the Nats still can’t decide who should pay for late night service during the playoffs. [WTOP]

  • Nats invest in a new organ, just in time for Game 1 of the NLDS. [Post]

  • You can finally recycle pizza boxes in D.C. [DCist]

  • Overnight fire shuts down part of Foxhall Road NW. [NBC4]

  • D.C. considers changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. [Fox5]


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

  • Alice Deal For All? Fewer disadvantaged students are college ready than reported. [Post]

  • Council weighs bill to cap parking fees at farmers markets. [Current]

  • D.C. police still enforcing viable provisions of concealed carry law.[Post]

  • Sessions axes Obamapolicy on workplace protections for transgender people. [Blade]

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

  • Watch a new music video from D.C. electronic trio Light Beams. [WCP]

  • How Beau Young Prince’s gift for gab helped him become D.C.’s most promising young rappers. [Post]

  • Meet the local groups performing at the All Things Go Fall Classic. [DC Music Download]

  • Tony-nominated director and Silver Spring native Rachel Chavkin makes her D.C.-area debut at Round House Theatre. [Post]

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

  • Food editor Laura Hayes is on vacation. Young & Hungry links will resume on Oct. 17.

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

  • The dream for Northeast D.C.’s Starburst intersection? 2,000 housing units. [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C. wins case against landlords using rent-controlled units for short-term rentals. [GGW]

  • Quiz: Are you a D.C. group house veteran? [GGW]

  • There are too office buildings in D.C.’s central business district. [Bisnow]

  • Eight “smart homes” for sale in the D.C. area. [Curbed DC]

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