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Police are investigating D.C.’s 130th homicide this year, which occurred in the 1500 block of V Street SE early Friday morning. The victim’s name has not been released and no suspects have been identified. The District’s homicide rate is nearly 50 percent over what it was at this point last year.


  • Metro’s board is currently in negotiations with Neal Cohen, a former defense and airline executive, to replace Jack Requa as the agency’s general manager. Here’s what we know about him so far. [City Desk, Post]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans will help commemorate Georgetown’s infamous Exorcist steps tonight. [WAMU]
  • Local blog Prince of Petworth got into it with Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau Thursday over “reporting.” [City Desk]
  • President Barack Obama approved of a D.C. police officer’s “Nae Nae” dance moves in a tweet Thursday afternoon, while the teen in the video says she “was so shocked” by its popularity. [City Desk, DCist]
  • The Smithsonian has implemented a policy for nursing mothers after two workers’-rights groups complained about the lack thereof earlier this month. [City Desk]


  • Salmonella Tales: This week’s cover story investigates the recent salmonella outbreak that affected dozens at Fig & Olive, a trendy restaurant at CityCenterDC, and the fallout that’s ensued.
  • Spooky Spokes: On the eve of Halloween, Gear Prudence considers several costume ideas for this weekend. Bikes can be scary.
  • Pillow Project: Capital Fringe organized performance art featuring pillows as a social commentary on gentrification this month.

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

  • Get a load of this guy. [Post, GGW]
  • Who’s behind Kaya Henderson‘s school ideas. [LL]
  • LL hopes Brianne Nadeau and PoPville can make peace. [City Desk]
  • What if the Wilson Building… was pillows? [Arts Desk]
  • Cool cop has to shut down house venue. [Arts Desk]
  • Strange story about the Department of Health. [WCP]

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

  • Performance artists combat gentrification with pillow art. [Arts Desk]
  • A temporary video exhibition will be temporary projected onto the African American History Museum’s façade. [DCist]
  • How NERC is changing D.C.’s nightlife scene. [Bandwidth]
  • At Blind Whino, “Lowbrow” is a melee of pop culture influences. [Post]
  • Smithsonian implements policy for nursing mothers. [City Desk]
  • An interview with local DJ/artist Eau Claire on her rising fame. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Fig & Olive is packed weeks after a salmonella outbreak, but the fallout is far from over. [WCP]
  • Ten great excuses to keep eating meat [Washingtonian]
  • Ambar applies for liquor license in Shaw. [Borderstan]
  • Meridian Pint adds some arcade games to its basement bar. [Post]
  • Portland pop-up Doi Dua is moving to D.C. [Eater]
  • Chaia wraps up its farmers market run in preparation for brick-and-mortar opening. [PoPville]
  • Where to eat and drink for Halloween [DCist]