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Since getting laid off in 2015, D.C. resident Chris Cole has had trouble finding another position. He believes this struggle is directly connected to his past prison time. Mayor Muriel Bowser and members of the D.C. Council have proposed initiatives that will seal or expunge convicts’ criminal records, but community leaders wonder whether these plans will hold businesses accountable.


  • More victims accuse masseuse of sexual assault in D.C. and Maryland. [NBC4]

  • Starting next month, residents can visit some D.C. libraries on holidays. [DCist]

  • The National Zoo welcomes very cute dama gazelle calves. [WTOP]

  • Young man killed in Northeast park was defending himself from a robber. [Post]

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposes widening Beltway, rebuilding Legion Bridge. [GGW]

  • Crestwood man doesn’t want DDoT to plant a tree in his yard. [WUSA9]

  • Advocates call for more diversity in “cannabis space.” [Post]

  • D.C. police officer takes down controversial and racist Instagram account. [Fox5]

  • Shared electric bikes come to D.C. starting Monday. [WTOP]


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

  • Brandon Todd proposes free lunch for D.C. school students.[ABC7]

  • D.C. area teachers are footing the bill for classroom supplies. [NBC4]

  • Warrantless use of cell phone simulators violates Fourth Amendment. [Times]

  • Deborah Simmonsdoes not like the rationale for a new Metro tax.[Times]

  • D.C. Office of Human Rights “cleans” numbers and finds less discrimination claims. [DCist]

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

  • A year later, people are still flocking en masse to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. [Post]

  • The museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, reflects on its first year. [DCist]

  • For the past 16 years, 1519has made music in a Capitol Hill garage. Now they’re ready to hit the stage at this weekend’s Clarendon Day Festival. [Post]

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

  • We asked dogs (and those who care for them) if they like going to outdoor bars. [WCP]

  • Try Scotch Malt Whisky Society drams at Jack Rose Dining Saloon. [WCP]

  • Why fall might be the best seasons to crack crabs.  [Washingtonian]

  • Introducing the term “foodie call.” [DC Refined]

  • Where to try the best fried chicken in D.C. [DCist]

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

  • Homeless services reform bill slowed after council committee cancels vote. [WCP]

  • Neighborhood activists delay five planned developments around Union Market. [Bisnow]

  • D.C. Council considers reforms to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act. [GGW]

  • Construction workers are making progress on D.C. United’s new stadium. [WBJ]

  • Architectural design in the District negatively impacts deaf residents. [UrbanTurf]

  • More than 7 percent of area homeowners with mortgages are underwater. [WTOP]

  • The region’s walkability makes it a good fit for Amazon’s second HQ. [GGW]

  • 252-room hotel, branded as “low-cost luxury,” slated for Southwest. [WBJ]

  • Explore Hillcrest, one of Southeast’s most charming neighborhoods. [UrbanTurf]

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