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“I’m just an ordinary practitioner that stumbles in here from time to time.” That’s what Charles Daum, a defense attorney in D.C., told a judge when a recording of his client threatening to kidnap him surfaced before a drug trial. Our cover story looks at Daum’s career, and how faked evidence, missing witnesses, and shady deals led him astray.


  • Residents of Congress Heights worry that development in their neighborhood will push them out. [Post]
  • Uber today announces that D.C. will soon have access to its carpooling service, UberPOOL. [City Desk]
  • Report: It’s gotten harder for residents without college degrees to make money. [WAMU, Washingtonian]
  • Corporate (and some income) taxes are scheduled to fall next year due to a surplus of D.C. revenue. [WBJ]
  • The United House of Prayer at 601 M St. NW says a proposed bike lane would infringe on its rights. [Post]


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

  • Muriel Bowser allies set to get big win if the city forgives some property debt. [Post]
  • Post ed board: paid family leave bill from Elissa Silverman and David Grosso “goes way too far.” [Post]
  • Green Team PAC rakes it in, thanks to developers and contractors. [LL]
  • Bowser started Pepco-Exelon negotiations even as she said she opposed the merger. [Post]
  • Yes, Vincent Orange is running for re-election. [LL]
  • Bill would push greater oversight for charter schools. [Post]
  • More on the United House of Prayer’s bike lane fight. [Post]
  • One-time strip club baron Cornell Jones wants judge to get off his case—literally. [Times]
  • More on the D.C. General bathroom debate. [WAMU]
  • Activists steamed at Bowserover HIV/AIDS council. [Blade]
  • Hey, Adrian Fenty era transportation czar Gabe Klein has a book. [GGW]
  • LivingSocial lays off more people. [WAMU]

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

  • A rare photo exhibit at Glen Echo Park highlights the work of three retro photographers. [Arts Desk]
  • In honor of Back To The Future, Reston has temporarily been renamed “Hill Valley” for the Washington West International Film Festival. [DCist]
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates talks with Kojo Nnamdi about race, justice, and how he cut his teeth as a young writer in D.C. [WAMU]
  • 15 “haunted” places you can tour in the D.C. area if it’s not 2Spooky4u. [Washingtonian]
  • Alexandria’s Kali Uchis on the positives and negatives of departing for California. [Express]
  • How the D.C. Music Salon is keeping the city’s musical history alive, one conversation at a time. [Bandwidth]
  • Photos of All Things Go’s Fall Classic at Union Market. [DC Music Download]
  • Dude on Craigslist coming to town this weekend looking for sexual partner who “must love Fugazi.”

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

  • Readers have voted for the best restaurants in D.C. [Express]
  • New York’s Danny Meyer is eliminating all tipping at his restaurants and raising prices. [Eater]
  • The 10 best bars for classic cocktails in D.C. [DCist]
  • Upstate Tavern, “serving cocktails, soup, craft beers, braised pork,” coming to 16th Street Heights. [PoPville]
  • Congressional Cemetery is selling “Rest in Bees” honey. [Washingtonian]
  • One of the D.C. area’s best cheap-eats hotbeds: Van Dorn Station [Post]
  • What it’s like eating nothing but pumpkin-flavored foods for two weeks [Thrillist]