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In September, the District Department of Health shut down Fig & Olive, one of CityCenterDC’s hottest restaurants, after dozens of people reported that they’d come down with salmonella-like symptoms. Some were eventually diagnosed with the infection. A month-and-a-half later, Fig & Olive faces lawsuits from some of those customers, but remains popular among the District’s diners. What gives?


  • D.C. Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson has been fundraising and traveling a bunch. [Loose Lips]
  • In other education news: The results of new standardized tests for tenth-graders show big achievement gaps among the District’s demographic groups. [City Desk]
  • A video depicting a D.C. police officer interacting with a local teenager is getting a lot of attention, but not for the reason you might expect. [Post]
  • The District saw a handful of shootings Wednesday, including an incident that injured two boys exiting a Metrobus. A woman died after a separate shooting occurred in Northeast. [WUSA9, FOX5, WJLA, NBC4]
  • The Public Service Commission is reconsidering the proposed merger between energy companies Pepco and Exelon. [WTOP]


  • Big Money from the Big City: The Hirshhorn has already raised $1.55 million from an upcoming gala in New York.
  • Crime on Capitol Hill: Residents gathered at a community meeting Tuesday night to vent their frustrations over crime.
  • Salmon or Not? It’s pink and it looks like a fish, but is it really the salmon it’s labeled as? A new study from Oceana says in D.C. there’s a 45 percent chance that it’s not.

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

  • D.C., Maryland behind wait for new Metro general manager. [WAMU]
  • Connections between FreshPAC donors and city business. [WAMU]
  • Advisory Board’s potential tax break advances. [WBJ]
  • School performance looks grim with new test. [City Desk]
  • Carefirst surplus put on the backburner. [WBJ]
  • Deborah Simmons .. something to say about the new District test. [Times]
  • Huge load of new hotel rooms headed to the District. [WBJ]
  • Detective accused of overtime pay theft. [Post]

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

  • Venerable house venue Paperhaus is no longer hosting shows. [Arts Desk]
  • Spooky, scary, possibly haunted places to check out in the D.C. area. [Express]
  • Report: D.C. has seen a nearly 48 percent decrease in arts foundation funding over a three-year period. [DCist]
  • Hip cop can bust a move. [Post]
  • That 40th anniversary gala for the Hirshhorn in New York that everyone was so pissed about? It’s already set a fundraising record for the museum. [Arts Desk]
  • The latest vintage craze: the Voice-O-Graph. [Bandwidth]
  • The 29th annual High Heel Race took place on Tuesday night and the pictures were—per usual—fabulous. [DCist]

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

  • Atlas Brew Works will get 100 percent of its energy from solar power. [Washingtonian]
  • D.C.-made candy to pass out at Halloween [Express]
  • Halloween party guide [BYT]
  • The Coffee Bar opens in Dupont Circle. [Borderstan]
  • Cheap eats in Laurel [Post]
  • Slipstream‘s owners talk hiring struggles, artisanal toast, possible expansion. [Eater]