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What do an Uber driver, a Postmates courier, a dog walker, and a stripper have in common? Most are classified as independent contractors, or 1099 workers, based on the type of IRS form they receive. In this week’s issue, City Paper explores the lives of these workers in D.C., including how they get by without employer-provided benefits.


  • D.C. churchgoers aren’t very happy about proposed bike lanes near their establishments. [Loose Lips, Post]
  • More details have emerged in two killings Wednesday and Thursday, in Southeast and Northeast. [Post]
  • In a separate incident, a 51-year-old man was killed yesterday on the 2200 block of G Street NE. [WUSA9]
  • A former D.C. police officer and pastor has pled guilty to sexual assaulting two teenage girls. [WJLA]
  • American University students launched an anti-racist campaign called #TheRealAU on social media. [AP]


  • Kapnos Taverna at the Airport: Mike Isabella’s latest outpost is located at Reagan International Airport.
  • Who Sees the Tapes?: At a D.C. Council hearing Wednesday, advocates for open government and victims of domestic violence voiced concerns about access over Mayor Muriel Bowser’s police body camera plan.
  • Piece of the Pie: Is the District trying to lowball D.C. Public Schools whistleblower Jeffrey Mills?

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

  • The hundreds of practically homeless people who operate out of a Northeast storage warehouse. [Post]
  • LL on TV. [Fox5]
  • Muriel Bowser faces a tough week. [LL]
  • Even the Blade‘s Peter Rosenstein doesn’t like FreshPAC. [Blade]
  • Tattoo types want to put a pin in new regs. [WAMU]
  • Newly rowdy Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh on The Politics Hour at noon. [WAMU]
  • Ex-MPD cops admits sexually abusing girls. [Post]
  • District residents make off like bandits on property tax. [WBJ]
  • Sell your homes in the District, get loaded. [Post]

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

  • The Middleburg Film Fest has quickly become the Sundance of the D.C. area. Here’s how it happened. [Arts Desk]
  • How local musicians saved this Frederick record store from extinction. [Bandwidth]
  • Spiv is still the most interesting man in D.C. [Post]
  • Dog-walking has become an ever-popular career path among the District’s musicians, but is it a sustainable lifestyle? [Arts Desk]
  • The D.C. Punk Archive celebrates its one-year anniversary. [Washingtonian]
  • An interview with Sophie McTear, the artist behind Comet Ping Pong’s gorgeous, eye-catching concert posters. [DC Music Download]

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

  • Where to eat Chesapeake oysters this fall [Thrillist]
  • Where to eat and drink for Halloween [Washingtonian]
  • All signs point to Momofuku and Milk Bar opening very soon. [Eater]
  • Red, White and Basil pasta bar coming to Adams Morgan. [PoPville]
  • U Street NW might get a new gay bar early next year. [Borderstan]
  • Six courses for the Smithsonian’s first Food History Weekend [Express]
  • Four restaurants growing in Northern Virginia [NoVa Mag]
  • Taylor Swift inspired a new cocktail at Hank’s on the Hill. [Post]