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A Metro bus and a school bus collided in Northeast Thursday afternoon, injuring more than 40 children and a few adults. Officials have not said what the cause of the crash could have been.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Early voting expands to eight new polling places today. Thousands have voted. [DCist]

  • The suspect in the Woodley Park mansion murders is set to appear in court today. [Post]

  • Vincent Orange spars with Phil Mendelson over D.C. paid leave proposal. [Loose Lips]

  • Metro’s biggest union calls for safety as management considers service cuts. [WUSA9]

  • An armed security guard was robbed last night outside a Benning Road NE library. [Post]

  • More on the Confederate flag being removed from the National Cathedral panes. [DCist]

  • Excited to dress up? The annual “D.C. Tweed Ride” happens next Sunday. [Borderstan]

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

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer(tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Adams Morgan plaza construction wins historic preservation backing. [Borderstan]

  • Schools could lose nurse coverage in new policy. [Post]

  • Eleanor Holmes Norton on the Politics Hour today. [WAMU]

  • Post hires new city hall reporter. [Post]

  • Maybe run for these empty ANC spaces. [GGW]

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

  • The origins—and surprising skepticism—behind the Alexandria Cryptozoology and Paranormal Society. [WCP]

  • National Museum of African Art director Johnnetta Cole reflects on her career and the controversy surrounding the Cosby exhibition. [Post]

  • Virginia DJ/producer Martyn has a new album out with Berlin-based Steffi Doms. [Bandwidth]

  • Georgetown University will host a day-long conference on issues plaguing the D.C. music scene on Saturday. [DC Music Download]

  • The history of Markoff’s Haunted Forest, Maryland’s long-standing fright fest. [WCP]

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

  • Zagat (perhaps a competitor) ponders if Michelin got it right. [Zagat]

  • Food is more political than you think. [WTOP]

  • Video: Taste testing a century of candy. [Post]

  • Where to eat eggplant parm in D.C. [Eater]

  • Chef wants to “put Clarendon on the map.” [NoVa Mag]

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

  • Southwest residents still have concerns about a new soccer stadium. [Housing Complex]

  • The SunTrust Plaza redevelopment in Adams Morgan won a key approval. [UrbanTurf]

  • The Half-Smoke: A symbol of constancy during a time of gentrification in D.C.? [CityLab]

  • More on the District’s takeover of 66 acre on the Walter Reed campus. [Curbed DC]