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A local taxi driver purports to be a successful seducer, having written a memoir: D.C. Cabbie: Sex, Drugs, and Taxi Fares, which was published earlier this year. The sleazy, often disturbing, stories might be hard to believe, but then, there are his videos.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A regional one-cent tax would fund Metro through 2026—but it isn’t an easy sell. [Post]

  • It’s been a rough week on Metro. Tonight’s Nats game presents a challenge. [Post, Post]

  • A black teen who was detained by D.C. police last year is suing for misconduct. [DCist]

  • Officials say a playground fire in Petworth Tuesday evening was arson. [NBC4, WUSA9]

  • A 26-year-old father has gone missing, having last been seen Sunday afternoon. [NBC4]

  • A man was shot and wounded overnight on the Maryland border, in Southeast. [WUSA9]

  • A person died after the car they were in crashed into a Metro bus Wednesday. [WTOP]

  • Authorities are investigating reports of gunfire in Franklin Square during rush hour. [Post]

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

  • Central to the Mission: Late chef Michel Richard’s cooking lives on through his bistro.

  • Indebted: Ex-D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange’s campaign owes $80,000 to lenders.

  • New Ethiopian Joint: Fast-casual LaTenaopens in Columbia Heights next Wednesday.

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

  • Muriel Bowser, Maryland and Virginia governors share bridge woes. [WBJ]

  • Op-ed: why one small business owner backs paid leave. [Post]

  • Op-ed: against Metro cuts. [GGW]

  • Deadline set for The Wharf development to open. [Washingtonian]

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

  • On Free Fall, his latest EP, Will Eastman soundtracks an identity crisis. [WCP]

  • Maryland hair metal band KIX have returned, for some reason. [DCist]

  • The Reel Affirmations Film Festival—which focuses on LGBTQ films—begins today. [Washingtonian]

  • Which horror movie should you go see this month? Consult our chart. [WCP]

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

  • (Video) D.C. Dining has become entertainment, and it’s a good thing. [Post]

  • Four pioneering chefs’ family trees of chef “offspring.” [Washingtonian]

  • Introducing new food truck, Little Miss Whoopie. [DC Refined]

  • Two Boots Pizza coming to H Street NE. [PopVille]

  • Where to drink with your dog. [Thrillist]

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

  • The Catholic Church is selling off lots of property in Northeast to pay its bills. [WAMU]

  • IsDonald Trump’s D.C. hotel suffering as his campaign implodes? [Post, New York]

  • How Metro’s proposed service cuts could harm D.C.’s black neighborhoods. [CityLab]

  • A new development at Fort Stevens was almost derailed by its Civil War past. [WAMU]

  • More than 300 luxury apartments will replace a church on Benning Road NE. [UrbanTurf]

  • A 71-unit luxury condo building is coming to the West End near Washington Circle. [Post]