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In recent weeks, Mayor Muriel Bowser has faced growing criticism over her anti-crime bill and FreshPAC—the political action committee associated with her “Green Team”—from protesters in wards 7 and 8, members of the D.C. Council, and even the Washington Post’s editorial board. How will the mayor and her administration move forward?


  • A man was fatally stabbed inside Layla Lounge, a nightclub on Morse Street NE, early this morning. [NBC Washington]
  • The U.S. House of Representatives reauthorized a school-voucher program for low-income students in D.C. who can use vouchers to attend private schools. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton was partially opposed to it. [The Hill]
  • A new report by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute shows that District homeowners pay less in property taxes than those in four surrounding counties. [Housing Complex]
  • Also in D.C. homeownership news: Those who sold their house last year made $108,000 on average. [WTOP, Post]
  • A tale of two streetcars: How does D.C.’s forthcoming streetcar compare to those in China? [NPR]


  • Tipping Point: Some D.C. restaurants are moving away from tipping entirely. Which ones are they?
  • QB Woes: The Washington football team’s Kirk Cousins has been making some really bad throws.
  • PACing the Council? Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd has the same treasurer for his 2016 re-election campaign committee as the pro-Bowser FreshPAC does. That man’s name? Ben Soto.

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

  • Congress again approves school vouchers for District students. [Post]
  • FreshPAC, Brandon Todd share more than just support from Muriel Bowser. [LL]
  • Body worn camera footage debate heads to the D.C. Council. [WAMU]
  • Bowser announces new school grants. [Post]
  • “Kneejerk reactions” won’t improve family leave bill. [GGW]
  • Feds step up resources on Metro safety. [WAMU]
  • The Great Streetcar Robbery. [Post]

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

  • Congressman promises early screening of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens to campaign donors. [DCist]
  • Tracy Morgan will perform live at the Kennedy Center in April. [Washingtonian]
  • Watch Kendrick Lamar perform with the National Symphony Orchestra. [DC Music Download]
  • An interview with Susan McCully, whose new play, Kerrmoor, opens Oct. 29 as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Listen to Witch Coast‘s new album, Burnt Out By 3 p.m. [Impose]

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

  • Veggie burgers get a makeover with gourmet ingredients. [Express]
  • The five best pumpkin beers to try this fall [Washingtonian]
  • BlackSalt reopens Friday following a month of renovations. [Post]
  • Recap of Chefs for Equality [Eater]
  • C.’s “first caviar fusion lounge,” Odessa, opening soon on K Street. [PoPville]
  • Yet another bar coming to Shaw. [Borderstan]