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So said Metro’s newly appointed general manager, Paul J. Wiedefeld, in a press conference Thursday, during which he outlined his priorities for the beleaguered transit agency, described his professional experience, and shared some details of his personal life. He also said he would not support fare hikes until the system’s reliability improves.


  • Police fatally shot a knife-wielding man in Clay Terrace Thursday. His name hasn’t been released. [Post]
  • The Office of the Attorney General proposed legislation it says should curb synthetic-drug use. [City Desk]
  • D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has produced a compromise on police body cameras. [City Desk]
  • A new Post poll finds that black and poor D.C. residents don’t believe redevelopment benefits them. [Post]
  • Huzzah: The giant pandas will stay at the Smithsonian National Zoo until at least 2020. [City Desk, DCist]


  • DIY Punk: The Max Levine Ensemble, a trio, has led D.C.’s punk scene since 2000. What’s on tap for them?
  • Of Mice and Maras: A sophomore at Catholic University is shaking up the District’s Republican party.
  • Hillyer: City Paper reviewed an exhibit of three photographers’ work, “notable for their deliberate images.”

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

  • Kenyan McDuffie body compromise wins the day. [City DeskWAMU]
  • Majority of Washingtonians don’t want people packing heat. [TimesPost]
  • Bowser wins approval…with potential issues ahead. [Post]
  • D.C. GOP terrorized by college sophomores issues. [LL]
  • Welcome aboard, new Metro guy. [City DeskWAMU]
  • Brandon Todd stuck with party bill. [LL]
  • Don’t worry about Syria, come to D.C, says mayor—then leaves kids soaked. [Twitter]
  • No District politicos on WAMU today. [WAMU]

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

  • How the D.C. Queer Theatre Festival is trying to change the local theater scene. [Arts Desk]
  • Introducing Flashband, a social media site for local musicians. [DCist]
  • How Virginia R&B singer-songwriter Reece found an audience online. [Bandwidth]
  • Timbaland cancels appearance at the MLK Library. [DC Music Download]
  • Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum turns 20. [Post]
  • In honor of this week’s cover story, we asked a longtime fan/friend of The Max Levine Ensemble to create the ultimate mixtape. [Arts Desk]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jrink Juicery opens its first stand-alone location in the District. [Express]
  • The Black Squirrel and Libertine offer $10 all-you-can-eat buffet for Thanksgiving. [PoPville]
  • Here come the BonChon fried chicken imitators [Post]
  • Arlington officially has a Duck Donuts. [Eater]
  • Bar and restaurant called Hawthorne coming to U Street NW. [Borderstan]
  • Junction Bakery & Bistro will replace Mancini’s Cafe + Bakery in Del Ray. [NoVa Mag]