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D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, the attorney general’s office, and black advocates are all criticizing Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal to bulk up warrantless searches of violent offenders—a measure, her office argues, that would reduce crime. The Council will hold a hearing on the plan today, and activists are expected to protest the plan.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The Office of the D.C. Auditor reports that the convention center is operating at a significant loss. [WBJ]
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton and regional representatives Tuesday announced their support of a bill that would give the U.S. Department of Transportation more power to oversee and reform Metrorail. [The Hill]
  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Corbett Price, who are Metro board members, say they don’t want fare increases. [WTOP]
  • Police have identified a man found dead in a car in Columbia Heights Tuesday as Marcus Manor. [Post]
  • At-Large Council candidate Dave Oberting wants to construct a Stanford campus in Southeast. [DCInno]
  • What’s the long game for pro-Bowser political action committee FreshPAC and its decriers? [Post]
  • “Romantic Washington, D.C.: How to Find It.” Okay, Forbes. [Forbes]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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

  • Seven councilmembers back bill to close FreshPAC’s legal, unlimited fundraising. [WAMUPost]
  • Robert White launches an exploratory committee for the at-large race. [LL]
  • No guarantees for 2015 streetcar. [WAMU]
  • Jack Evans plans to oppose Metro fare increases this year. [Post]
  • Library’s boss on Kojo today. [WAMU]
  • Audit: the convention center should be more profitable. [WBJ]
  • Time for a streetcar Halloween costume. [City Desk]
  • MPD gets new bikes. [Post]
  • Post ed board: leave D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program alone. [Post]
  • More on DCPS’ enrollment increase. [Post]

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

  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will screen at the Air & Space Museum’s IMAX theater. [Arts Desk]
  • Exorcist author William Peter Blatty is still trying convince the world he’s not a horror writer (and single-handedly trying to save Catholicism). [Washingtonian]
  • The Post‘s Philip Kennicot says the D.C. area can lay claim to a new aesthetic movement, The New American Garden, also compares the Washington Color School to the crab cake: “predictable, ubiquitous and uninspiring.” [Post]
  • The D.C. Public Library’s D.C. Author Festival aims to help authors with the whole publishing side of things. [DCist]
  • If you’re looking for eight D.C.-centric Halloween costume ideas, we’ve got some suggestions for you. [City Desk]
  • Maryland Music producer and folk/blues guitarist John Jennings dies at age 61. [Post]

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

  • 14 real deal pumpkin dishes and drinks [Zagat]
  • Maketto adds Sunday dim sum brunch. [Post]
  • Mediterranean Spot on U Street NW closes for renovations. [Borderstan]
  • Chef Will Artley leaves Reston restaurant Neyla. [Eater]
  • Ruth Reichl visits Buck’s Fishing and Camping for a dinner inspired by her cookbook. [Washingtonian]
  • Thirsty Bernie inArlington changing from sports bar to a lounge? [ARLnow]