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Council to Snyder: Drop ‘Skins’

Redskins owner Dan Snyder walks by players during a rookie minicamp practice session at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., in May. (Evan Vucci/AP)

For what it’s worth, which is not all that much, the D.C. Council has spoken: The Washington Redskins should change their name, saying it is widely considered to be “racist and derogatory.” The council resolution introduced by David Grosso (I-At Large) has no practical effect on the team, or on the debate, for that matter, but it does raise some interesting questions about what might happen if the team decides it wants to move back to the District — a fever dream of more than one elected city official. That bridge will be crossed when it comes, however. Ten council members supported the bill, with Yvette Alexander voting present, and Marion Barry and Vincent Orange absent. Make no mistake, however, that Barry supports a name change. More from Loose LipsDCist, WNEW-FMInformer,  WAMU-FMWUSA-TV and WaTimes.

In other news:

Immigrant driver’s license bill approved, with “scarlet letter” provision (WAMU-FMHuffPo)

David Catania education bills get unanimous okay on first reading (Post)

And Jeff DeWitt is confirmed as CFO (WTOP)

Clinton Yates on how the Rob Ford saga is dredging up ugly memories (Post)

“Rob Ford vs. Marion Barry: Who said it best?” (In the Loop)

Hines/Urban Atlantic team is picked to lead Walter Reed redevelopment (Capital BusinessWBJHousing ComplexUrbanTurfWRC-TV)

Wegmans was with losing Roadside, but don’t read too much into that (Housing ComplexDCist)

Vincent Orange remains “surprisingly vague” about whether he’s considering a mayoral run (Loose Lips)

But he is very explicit about wanting a 100,000-seat football stadium to replace RFK (DCistWTTG-TVWTOP)

Meet Omari Musa, your Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor (Loose Lips)

Best case scenario: Streetcars open for regular service in the spring (Dr. GridlockHousing ComplexDCistWashingtonianWRC-TVWAMU-FM)

Jail release issues are mostly solved, plaintiffs’ lawyer says (Post)

Litigation over D.C. gun laws rolls along (AP)

Police arrest Woodbridge man for woman’s 1984 killing (PostD.C. Crime Stories)

D.C. residents’ personal income grew 88 percent between 2001 and 2012 — way faster than the nation at large (City Desk)

What’s next, Tom Sherwood wonders, a soda ban? (WRC-TV)

A small group of immigrant advocates protested at Mary Cheh’s house Monday (DCist)

Next Tuesday is your last chance to testify before the Tax Revision Commission (DCFPI)

Reminder: If you are a federal employee who collected an unemployment check during the shutdown, you gotta pay it back (WJLA-TV)

GSA mysteriously pulls redevelopment solicitation for former Webster School downtown (WBJ)

D.C. home sales figures now “flat out insane” (WBJ)

DDOT tries shaming bike-lane-parkers on Twitter (WRC-TV)

Georgetown ANC is not sold on West Heating Plant plans (Current via DishWBJ)

Renderings of SOME plans for Benning Road Metro (Housing Complex)

O Street Market ribbon-cutting set for Nov. 22 (City Desk)

Adams Morgan soccer field ribbon-cutting set for Thursday (PoPville)

You know what this city needs? More murals (GGW)

Time to name the damn panda (Post)

Looks like Dulles express bus will survive post-Silver Line (Dr. Gridlock)

The Capital Weather Gang goes to the Wilson Building (CWG)

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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