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Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced a $55 million deal with the Washington Wizards and Mystics to build a practice facility and arena in Congress Heights. Bowser now has two stadiums deals under her belt. Will she get a third?

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Pope Francis left town yesterday to head to New York. While here, he highlighted homelessness. [Post]
  • Before he left, a small group protested sexual abuse by priests in front of the Wilson Building. [City Desk]
  • A three-hour barricade situation in Bellevue involving two men ended peacefully Thursday. [FOX5DC]
  • Another store was shut down this week for allegedly selling synthetic drugs. [NBC4]
  • The Federal Transit Administration is requiring Metro to implement nearly 80 safety fixes. [The Hill]
  • Daron Wint, the suspect in a quadruple murder at a mansion in Woodley Park, is in court today. [WUSA9]

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  • Fairweather Fans: “For some reason, people really seem to care if the Nationals have good fans.”
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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, Will Sommer is on vacation. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Sarah Anne Hughes

  • Millennials, baby boomers keep housing market in D.C. “hot.” [Post]
  • Is telework the solution to D.C.’s congestion problem? [WAMU]
  • Why does Brentwood have to put up with the region’s garbage? [NatGeo]
  • Today’s your last chance to weigh in on D.C.’s zoning code. [GGW]

ARTS LINKS, by Sarah Anne Hughes

  • Hemlines releases its first official EP today. Listen to it here. [Arts Desk]
  • Death meets the Smithsonian. [Bandwidth]
  • Peggy Cooper Cafritz has a new home, collection. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Sarah Anne Hughes

  • Cava Grill gets another huge investment. [WBJ]
  • Behind the rise of Rose’s Luxury. [Eater]
  • Filipino essentials in the D.C. area [DCist]