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Three weeks after D.C. school officials confronted a third grade teacher about a sexual abuse allegation, he took his own life. John Domenick Bontempo, a 45-year-old teacher at Neval Thomas Elementary School in Northeast, was in the process of taking on a formal mentoring role with a D.C. youth when the situation turned tragic. The mother of the minor accused him of child sexual abuse, setting off police and school investigations that were underway when Bontempo committed suicide in late August, according to police reports and interviews with a number of investigating agencies.


  • A feud between two teens that turned deadly Monday dates from summer. [Post]

  • A video of transit officer kicking a young black woman emerges on social media. [DCist]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser says no to proposed Metro late-night service reductions. [Post]

  • Start looking for these pennies. [NBC4]

  • The D.C. Council considers tougher tobacco regulations. [FOX5]

  • D.C. Public Library has more ebooks than ever before. [Greater Greater Washington]


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

  • Interim DCPS chancellor wants to stay on. [Post]

  • Bill aims to force some residential buildings into Downtown BID. [WBJ]

  • More on push for free legal aid in housing cases. [Times]

  • Talking Metro politics. [WAMU]

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

  • Read an interview with local up-and-comer Saba. [DC Music Download]

  • Meet TechShop, a 22,000 square-foot paradise for local inventors. [DCist]

  • In his first major U.S. survey, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s work is an exercise in both endurance and preciousness. [WCP]

  • In honor of Bad Brains’ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination, here some other local bands and artists that should also be inducted. [WCP]

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

  • Important people like to live in D.C. and dine out. [NYT]

  • D.C. bar maven Chantal Tseng drew a poop mural in the new REI. [WBJ]

  • Another perspective on dining at Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel. [Men’s Journal]

  • An in-depth look at Waredaca Brewing Company. [Edible DC]

  • Two Caps players who eat clean. [DC Refined]

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

  • Dozens of apartments and retail are planned for a Dupont Circle gas station. [UrbanTurf]

  • Don’t break into the empty St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital for Halloween. [Curbed DC]

  • The fight over closing the Fillmore Arts Center ramps up again. [WUSA9]

  • Gentrification displaces black churches from the District. [Afro]