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What’s silver and shiny and about to show up in locations across greater D.C.? The newest edition of the Metrorail map, which WMATA released on Friday. 

Six new Silver Line stations—Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Loudoun Gateway, and Ashburn—now appear on the map, and for the first time in the system’s history, Metrorail service extends into Loudoun County. (Remember what it was like when the Silver Line first opened in 2014 by reading one of the hits from City Paper’s archive: “36 Minutes on Wiehle Avenue.”)

Metro GM Randy Clarke says trains could begin servicing those stations in late fall, so long as they get more 7000-series trains back on the rails. With fewer trains and more stations to service (the new Potomac Yards station also appears on the updated map and is scheduled to open on Oct. 24), delays are expected. An automatic inspection system that would examine wheels for issues could alleviate some issues but that’s not running yet.

But let’s not beat up Metro with bad news. The transit system also reported good news this weekend—specifically, the results of the Roadeo, its annual driving competition for operators and maintenance staff. Robert Miles, a 52-year-veteran of the system, won the competition for the 29th time. Might he be D.C.’s best driver? (Consider that your reminder to vote in our Best of D.C. competition. The poll closes on Oct. 16!)

A new class of Metrobus operators also joined WMATA’s ranks this weekend, receiving certificates and reciting the Metro pledge at a ceremony at the Carmen E. Turner Maintenance and Training Facility in Landover. Here’s hoping they’re able to operate their vehicles safely and don’t get urine tossed at them

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • To see today’s COVID-19 data, visit our coronavirus tracker.
  • Boxing trainer Buddy Harrison was shot and killed in Southeast on Saturday. Harrison, 62, ran the Old School Boxing Gym in Hillcrest and trained his son, welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison. Police described the suspects as three men dressed in black. They also believe a white Kia Optima with Ohio license plates was involved. [NBC Washington, Post
  • The CIA Museum has some cool spy stuff on display, but the public isn’t allowed to go see it. [Post]
  • Former GW adjunct professor Steven Hatfill received a subpoena from a House committee investigating the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. [GW Hatchet]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. teachers say changes like added flexibility in work hours and the reform of the Michelle Rhee-era performance evaluation system could help ease the city’s spiking staff turnover rates. A new union contract couldn’t hurt either, considering some feel Mayor Muriel Bowser has “weaponized” the protracted negotiations. [DCist]
  • Legislation that would give D.C. residents $100 a month to ride Metro should pass a crucial committee vote Monday. The challenge will be finding funding for it, as the city’s chief financial officer estimates it could cost $373 million over the next four years. [Fox 5, Twitter]
  • A new bill, backed primarily by At-Large Councilmember Robert White, aims to address the city’s shortage of social workers by offering free master’s degrees at the University of D.C. [WTOP]

By Alex Koma (tips? akoma@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A new wine bar on H Street NE highlights Virginia wines. [DCist]
  • Don’t be disappointed when you don’t find crab cakes on the menu at Seamore’s Sustainable Seafood in Clarendon. [Washingtonian]
  • If you thought the Wegman’s opening was worth celebrating, get ready for another new grocery store: Lidl opens at Skyland Town Center on Wednesday. [WTOP]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • Months after theater workers reported a toxic work environment at Spooky Action Theater, artistic director and founder Richard Henrich has retired (he’ll depart the theater’s board in January), and Gavin Witt has been hired as a temporary transition consultant. [DC Theater Arts]
  • Fueled by WCP contributor Ella Feldman’s tweet, Sylvie McNamara attended Don’t Worry Darling’s Georgetown opening—director Olivia Wilde grew up nearby—and confirms it was a scene, and an entertaining one at that. [Washingtonian]

By Sarah Marloff (tips? smarloff@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Should the Commanders’ mascot be a hog or a dog? Better question: How much longer will Dan Synder own the team? One NFL owner told the Post: “He needs to sell. Some of us need to go to him and tell him that he needs to sell.” [NBC Washington, Post, Hogs Haven]
  • The Eagles sacked former QB Carson Wentz nine times, as the Commanders fell en route to a “worse than it sounds” 28-8 loss. [Post]
  • The Washington Spirit took out a full-page ad in the New York Times over the weekend, calling for Congress to pass the Equal Pay for Team USA Act, which would ensure all US athletes in international competition are paid equally. [Twitter]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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