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This week’s cover story looks at Fugazi’s influential 13 Songs album 25 years after it was first released. It’s a retrospective in the words of the people who lived and learned from it.


  • Audits show that one of the leading attorney general candidates, Karl Racine, overcharged clients—-including the District government—-by hundreds of thousands of dollars while he was the managing partner of the big Venable law firm. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C.’s picturesque tiny houses in Stronghold are splitting up—-and it’s not amicable. [City Desk]
  • Another man jumped the White House fence Wednesday evening, though he was quickly bitten by a guard dog and apprehended. Two dogs were taken to the veterinarian for injuries sustained during the incident. [Washington Post]
  • Concealed-carry permits are now available in D.C. [News4]


Shelter Skelter: Why shuttering D.C. General and moving homeless families to smaller shelters won’t be easy.

Donuts on the Run: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken now has a food truck to serve its D.C. patrons.

Bad Teacher:  A substitute teacher at Options Public Charter School is charged with allegedly performing oral sex on her 17-year-old student.

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

  • Mayoral candidates favor meet-and-greets over public appearances. [Post]
  • Attorney general hopeful Karl Racine‘s law firm overbilled the District while he was managing partner. [LL]
  • Jet-setting former mayor Adrian Fenty returns to the District to do his civic duty. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser says David Catania‘s “Scandal” mailer is a sign of desperation. [LL]
  • Attorney general candidate Lorie Masters promises to drop new info on her rivals this morning. [Twitter]
  • Ward 5’s tiny house community—-neighbors with Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie—-call it quits. [City Desk]
  • Racine wins the Current endorsement, Bowser wins a go-go singer’s. [LL]
  • The Post‘s at-large candidate profiles pick up Eugene Puryear, Wendell Felder, Courtney Snowden. [PostPostPost]
  • Here are the rules for getting a gun permit. [WAMU]
  • Hold up! Closing D.C. General homeless shelter is easier said than done. [Housing Complex]
  • Charter school substitute accused of sexually assaulting student. [City DeskPost, WAMU]
  • Name Loudoun County’s Metro stations. [Housing Complex]
  • The Blade interviews Catania. [Blade]
  • DDOT lays out 16th St. bridge replacement plan. [WAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Lots of questions remain as streetcar gets ready to start operation. [Post]
  • The competing proposals for development at the St. Elizabeths East Campus [WBJ]
  • A schism in the tiny-house community [WCP]
  • The story of San Francisco’s diverse homeless population [Vox]
  • D.C. has America’s second-most residential toilets per capita. [Redfin]
  • The sidewalk-biking ban is dumb, but it presents an opportunity to address other problems. [WABA]
  • Petworth funeral home hits the market for $2.2 million. [PoPville]
  • David Catania weighs in on transportation, housing, and growth. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Southwest 2BR—-$249,900

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

  • Some Craigslisters will trade the darndest things (pot, Skrillex tickets, $600) for tickets to the Foo Fighters‘ Black Cat show tomorrow night. [Washingtonian]
  • In May, Beauty Pill will release its first full-length in 11 years. Why the long wait? [Arts Desk]
  • The Newseum has become D.C.’s buzziest red-carpet venue, especially for film premieres. [Post]
  • Watch a video of Redline Graffiti playing in its NoMa studio. [DCist]
  • Anita Maynard-Losh, director of Arena Stage’s Our War, on how the show’s monologues from 25 playwrights (most of whom are people of color) changed her perception of the Civil War. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Listen to the Walking Sticks‘ “Take Me Up to the Sun,” a serene dream-pop number. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Photos of bands on porches from Adams Morgan’s Porchfest [BYT]

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

  • What does it take to get in D.C.’s “speakeasies”? [Eater]
  • Chef Colleen Conrad takes over at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. [Washingtonian]
  • Where to buy local Thanksgiving turkeys [Post]
  • What’s the difference between fast food and fast casual in D.C.? [WBJ]
  • Boundary Road owners hope to open a bistro on Rhode Island Ave. NE. [PoPville]
  • Six new fall menus to try around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Five can’t-miss D.C. date ideas [Thrillist]