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Mayor Muriel Bowser has repeated that FreshPAC, the political action committee that supported her and her allies, was operating legally. But was it ethical? Our cover story looks at the brief history of the disbanding committee, and its effects on D.C. politics. City Paper also compiled an interactive on who funded FreshPAC, organized by donation.


  • A man believed to be homeless was fatally stabbed yesterday morning in Ivy City. [Post, WUSA9, WJLA]
  • D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has occupied her role for five years. How is her legacy shaping up? [Post]
  • A collective of local organizations and government officials released an “equitable development plan” for the highly anticipated 11th Street Bridge Park, which is projected to be completed in 2019. [City Desk]
  • Beware: Real Housewives is coming back to the D.C.-area, this time in Potomac, Maryland. [City Desk]
  • A ranking by roadsnacks.net found D.C. was the snobbiest U.S. city on the East Coast. Just who do they think they are? [Post, Fox5DC]


  • 888 Lucky Beer: That’s the name of a new local beer whose owner has global (and interstellar) ambitions.
  • More FreshPAC: Donors to the pro-Bowser political action committee seem to be backing Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander as she gears up for next year’s June primary.
  • Mystery Distillery: District Distilling Company is coming to 14th and U streets NW. But who owns it?

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

  • Pepco-Exelon merger opponents want an investigation of Muriel Bowser‘s settlement. [Post]
  • Yvette Alexanderis “Team Alexander,” but will take Green Team help anyway. [LL]
  • What is the District getting out of the China trip? [Post]
  • Kaya Henderson, DCPS boss for five years. [Post]
  • More on FreshPAC’s demise. [Post]
  • $155 million worth of investments headed to the District from EB-5 visas. [WBJ]
  • District says it can end veteran homelessness. [WAMU]
  • Remembering Frank Kameny. [Blade]

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

  • The Real Housewives of Potomac is a thing that is happening. [City Desk]
  • Coming to the AFI Silver Theater: Internet Cat Video Festival [Express]
  • Check out the debut EP from local synth-pop quartet Sunbathers. [DC Music Download]
  • In Studio Theater’s latest, a lighting designer steps into the director’s role. [Post]
  • D.C. paralegal Matt Jackson is crushing it on Jeopardy! [Post]
  • Listen to new tunes from Polyon, The Split Seconds, and Swings. [Bandwidth]

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

  • A guide to D.C.’s fall cocktails [Thrillist]
  • Ocopa has a new chef. [Eater]
  • Seven D.C. chef changes you should know about [Zagat]
  • Seven beer events and tap takeovers to hit this week [Post]
  • Tail Up Goat, from Komi and Little Serow alums, to host pop-up Dec. 1. [Express]
  • Olive oil and vinegar shop opens in Cleveland Park. [PoPville]