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Facing mounting public scrutiny over ethics, supporters of Mayor Muriel Bowser have decided to close FreshPAC, a pro-Bowser political action committee that had received more than $300,000 in contributions this year. The Washington Post‘s editorial board first reported the news late Tuesday. Questions for Bowser, who’s now on a trip to China, likely remain.


  • Officials and advocates say D.C. is close to ending veteran homelessness by the end of the year. [WAMU]
  • Marijuana arrests in D.C. have plummeted a year after partial legalization through Initiative 71. [City Desk]
  • A man sues Metro for $8 million for negligence after an August bus shooting where he was injured. [Post]
  • Police arrested a woman allegedly connected to a twerking incident at a local gas station. [DCist, Fox5DC]
  • An analysis of D.C. home sales shows that $2-million-and-up purchases are increasing. [Housing Complex]


  • SNL in D.C.: Late-night regular and Portlandia star Fred Armisen will perform at Red Onion on Friday.
  • Raw Bar and Chess Boards: Pennsylvania 6, a restaurant opening Nov. 20 near Franklin Square, has both.
  • Brookland Proper: The Northeast neighborhood is getting a Right Proper brewery and tasting room

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

  • FreshPAC shut down for being a “distraction.” [LLPost]
  • Poll: Muriel Bowser has a 67 percent approval rating. [LL]
  • Duelling contracting bills at the Council. [Post]
  • Harry Thomas Jr. is back, but not for a Council run (for now). [LL]
  • The positive spin on surge pricing in Chinatown. [GGW]
  • It’s really hard right now to get arrested for pot in the District. [City Desk]
  • Wheelchair-accessible taxi program is working. [WAMU]
  • Reacting to the robberies on Capitol Hill. [Post]

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

  • Musicians and artists—including Governess and Pygmy Lush‘s Erin McCarley and hip-hop poet Bomani Armah—discuss balancing parenting and creating music and art with Trophy Wife‘s Katy Otto. [The Media]
  • Fred Armisen will perform at Red Onion Records on Friday. [Arts Desk]
  • PriestsKatie Alice Greer discusses “femme practice in punk” with Downtown BoysVictoria Ruiz in newly launched online magazine Spark Mag. [Spark]
  • Maryland rapper Ace Cosgrove discusses personal struggles in music, artistic pursuits, and Maryland pride. [DCist]
  • Israeli piano virtuoso Tomer Gewirtzman to make his D.C. debut. [Post]
  • Good God, that atrocious new Renwick Gallery sign is animated. [Twitter]
  • Bad Brains Know no longer in critical condition. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Where to find Veterans Day food and drink specials [Washingtonian]
  • Coffee shops that also sell alcohol [Eater]
  • Glen’s Garden Market will open second location in Shaw on Dec. 5. [Post]
  • The rise of Mid-Atlantic cuisine [WSJ]
  • Republic Kolache teams up with DCity Smokehouse to create a brisket kolache. [PoPville]
  • Boston’s Upper Crust Pizzeria set to open location on U Street NW. [Borderstan]
  • Where to warm your toes by a fire pit [Zagat]