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‘Do you want to die?’

The Friday attack in the handsome new Rhode Island Row development, next to the Northeast Metro stop, is shocking: A man forced his way into a apparently random young woman’s apartment, attempting to sexually assault her before beating and stabbing her and apparently leaving her for dead. The 24-year-old victim speaks to WRC-TV’s Pat Collins: “He asked me, ‘Do you want to die?’ I said, ‘No.’ He was like, ‘OK, because I don’t have that much to live for.'” Police Chief Cathy Lanier vows to find the perpetrator, caught on surveillance cameras: “We have to get him off the street.”

In other news:

Breaking: Police officer stabbed, suspect shot to death in Brookland (Crime Scene)

Things you shouldn’t do with your government cell phone: Call adults-only chat lines 240 times (Post)

Charter board’s reappointment on hold after multiculturalism critique (D.C. WireExaminer)

Kwame Brown makes his case to stay out of jail (PostLegal TimesExaminerWaTimes)

Meet the board members who will decide the Corcoran Gallery’s fate (Post)

Florida Avenue Market fire — the aftermath (WRC-TV)

KIPP will open new campus at old Webb Elementary in Trinidad (D.C. Schools Insider)

D.C. Council, under mayoral pressure, agrees to put unspent FY12 cash toward schools (D.C. Schools InsiderExaminer)

In settlement, city admits the Informer is in fact a general circulation newspaper eligible to print all D.C. ads (WBJ)

Elections board scrambles to deliver absentee ballots after storm (D.C. Wire)

Vote for the charter amendments without reservation, says Jonetta (Examiner)

Purported list of school closings makes no sense (D.C. Schools InsiderExaminer)

Georgetown ANC candidate, 20, poised to become youngest openly gay elected official in America (WAMU-FM)

MWAA contracting and employment slammed in audit (Post)

Two more arrested in connection with Capitol Hill beating, other attacks (PostWTTG-TV)

Parkmobile backs off congressional meddling claims (City Desk)

Fired Health Care Finance official sues city (Loose Lips)

Violent but less violent Halloween night this year in D.C. (WaTimes)

Old WaTimes plant now leased to city agencies is sold for $14.6 million (WBJ)

The Barnes & Noble at Union Station gets a one-year reprieve (Capital Business)

Vincent Orange is done answering questions (D.C. Wire)

Handy at-large voter guide (DCist)

David Grosso pledges to fight “the forces of greed” to prevent “atrophy in the human condition” (Blade)

With costs rising and timeline extended, Hirshhorn “bubble” is in doubt (Post)

The High Heel Race went off without a hitch (Borderstan)

This is what could have happened had Sandy been worse (Capital Weather Gang)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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