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Metro says poor lighting in train tunnels is among the reasons its train operators have blasted past red lights more than 80 times since 2011. Most of these violations occur on Monday mornings and Friday afternoon, the transit agency finds in a new report. So new LED bulbs are on the way.


  • Authorities are investigating a fire at the D.C. General homeless shelter that displaced families. [Housing Complex]

  • An ice cream truck driver was shot and wounded on Alabama Avenue SE. [FOX5, Post]

  • Nine youths were arrested last week for robberies and attempted robberies. [WTOP]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser talks urbanism, growth, and transportation in Miami. [CityLab]

  • D.C.’s biggest animal rescue group now goes by the name Humane Rescue Alliance. [NBC4]

  • Enrollment in the District’s charter schools increased 7 percent this school year. [Post]

  • This isn’t “Groundhog Day”: Bill Murray may be the latest supporter for statehood. [Post]

  • Study: D.C. is the third best U.S. city for building wealth. [Post]


  • American Art Museum Show: City Paper’s next one happens Nov. 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Star Spotting: Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is giving a lecture in town this week.

  • Road Closures: Are they just for cars or do they also apply to bikes? Gear Prudence?

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

  • Post ed board backs incumbents in State Board of Ed at-large, Ward 8 races. [Post]

  • Historical concerns trouble right-to-die campaign. [WAMU]

  • Judge approves nursing home’s sale to tony prep school. [Post]

  • AG Karl Racine sues Sanford Capital—again! [DCist]

  • GGW endorsements in Ward 2 ANC races. [GGW]

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

  • For his debut solo album, Timmy Sells His Soul starts off normal and gets weird. [Bandwidth]

  • In which another “ceremonial temple burning” will take place on the National Mall next month. [DCist]

  • Our next Luce Foundation Center show, with Hand Grenade Job and K A G, is just around the corner. [WCP]

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

  • You’ve heard of Virginia wineries. What about Maryland? [DC Refined]

  • The Post did a fish taste test. [Post]

  • Gov. Larry Hogan says private sector would be better at selling booze in MoCo. [Bethesda Beat]

  • Eat all the apple cider doughnuts you can find this fall. [Eater]

  • A deep dive into the Lipton tea empire. [NPR]

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

  • Only 25 percent of D.C.’s population lives near the Metro. [Greater Greater Washington]

  • More than 300 apartment units are planned for a Capitol Hill grocery. [Capitol Hill Corner]

  • The District’s most expensive home is selling for $20 million. [UrbanTurf]

  • A LeDroit Park home bought for $85,000 in 1996 is now worth $899,000. [UrbanTurf]