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How are Phil Mendelson and the five D.C. Council freshmen dealing with each other? Loose Lips explores in his column this week.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A new Metro safety commission is said to be on the way, again. [WTOP]
  • A new dinner club focuses on pairing sherry with food from Japan, Cambodia, and India. [Young & Hungry]
  • Rasika re-opened with a revamped look and menu. [Young & Hungry]
  • José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian may have trouble getting out of their leases at the Trump Hotel. [Washingtonian]

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Fringe on Top: Ten years in, Julianne Brienza has big plans for Capital Fringe.

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Second Helping: At D.C. restaurants, an ex-con is probably helping prepare your meal.

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

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton complains about Pennsylvania Ave. closures. [Post]
  • D.C. Council outraged about school modernization, win surprise mayoral visit. [LL]
  • Streetcar is “months” away. [WAMU]
  • Muriel Bowser set to sign synthetic drug bill. [Post]
  • What’s next for botched DCPS food contract? [City Desk]
  • Protesters rally at Donald Trump‘s Old Post Office project. [City DeskPost, WAMU]
  • Remember when Bowser and other District pols said nice things about Trump? [LL]
  • David Grosso, “socialist chieftain.” [Times]
  • Teacher accused of sexually abusing a student pleads to a lesser charge. [Post]
  • CC: LL’s bosses. [Post]
  • (LL’s bosses — CC: LL [ABC])
  • D.C. Housing Finance Agency marks $100 million in mortgage assistance. [WBJ]

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci is off today (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Chef Geoffrey Zakarian pulls out of Trump hotel project. [Eater]
  • 18 mistakes you’re making in D.C. restaurants [Thrillist]
  • D.C. date spots that won’t break the bank [FamousDC]
  • Where to grab a pint and a pie [DrinkDC]
  • Tosca brings foie gras and Mars Bars together [Washingtonian]
  • Iron Gate launching an agriturismo menu Sunday and Monday nights this month. [PoPville]