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Washingtonian Today: Another Reason to Cheer Gate 35X’s Demise

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Good morning, my beautiful readers, and welcome to Wednesday.

DC Attorney General Karl Racine has opened an investigation of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Washington. Earlier this week, the US Attorney’s Office launched a hotline for sexual abuse survivors. Those affected can call 202-252-7008 or e-mail

MORE SEATS OUT OF TOWN: American Airlines may start flying bigger regional jets out of  National Airport after it gets rid of the infamous gate 35X.

In more dream dashing news, someone in South Carolina won the Mega Millions. Our office did not go in on a group ticket, but if we did, I hope we’d collectively buy the Wendy’s in Dave Thomas Circle and send it to the same place 35X is going.

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

Our pick for things to do around the District:

Get in the Halloween spirit with the Kennedy Center’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, about a carnivorous (and singing) plant. This production is part of the “Broadway Center Stage” series, which features Broadway stars on a DC stage. Little Shop will include Megan Hilty from SmashJosh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother, and Tony Award-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart (who played Genie in the original Broadway production of Aladdin). Through October 28. $89-$215.

Good reads:

Big events from Washingtonian

Would you like personalized advice from a food critic? Ann Limpert chats with readers every week, and any questions you submit now will be high on her list Friday at 11 AM.

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Whiskey fans unite! Our annual Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival will take place on Thursday, November 15. Head to Union Market’s Dock 5 for a festive evening of tasting whiskey, bourbon, gin, vodka, rum, tequila, and more. Tickets are selling fast, but you can still score some. It’s already a good deal, but we have an even better one for you: Washingtonian Today readers can save 10 percent with the code POURITUP.

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Staff Writer

Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.