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Despite having tough gun laws on the books, the District continues to struggle with the illegal import of guns from the firearm-friendly jurisdictions that surround it. But those laws, which supposedly prevent the distribution of firearms, are rarely enforced, leaving plenty of guns on the street. Instead of tracing a transaction all the way to the top, officers in the Metropolitan Police Department’s Gun Recovery Unit deal with low level offenders who will serve as little as six months before returning to what they were doing.


  • City Paper is for sale, and our editor is talking about it on Kojo today. [WAMU]

  • After CEO’s ousting, Vince Gray remains unhappy with United Medical Center operations. [WBJ]

  • Howard students question university’s commitment to social justice during homecoming celebrations. [WAMU]

  • Plan for stand-alone Starbucks in Ward 8 excites and worries longtime residents. [Post]

  • Fatal motorcycle crash closes parts of Arkansas Avenue NW this morning. [WTOP]

  • Serial burglar would hide in D.C. businesses until they closed, then strike. [Post]

  • Why are D.C.’s tech incubators so unsuccessful? [Post]

  • Thousands of fans turn out for D.C. United’s final game at RFK Stadium. [WJLA]

  • Unfortunately, United couldn’t manage to win the match. [NBC4]

  • AU professor and student contribute to a major astronomical discovery. [Washingtonian]

  • ICYMI: The Nats have fired manager Dusty Baker. [ESPN]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson(tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Study shows no difference in behavior when police officers wear body cameras. [WTOP]

  • Families of missing people demand answers from D.C. police. [WUSA9]

  • Contracting out Metro transit services is not likely to cut costs, study says. [WAMU]

  • ICYMI: A plea for equal city funding for charter schools. [Afro]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Go inside the American Pharmacists Association headquarters, the only privately owned plot on the National Mall. [Post]

  • Listen to Br’er’s new album, Brunch is for A$$holes. [WCP]

  • Rare Vermeer paintings are now on view at the National Gallery of Art. [DCist]

  • Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted will become a  National Building Museum exhibit in 2018. [CityLab]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Nocturne’s cocktail menu looks like a paint wheel. [WCP]

  • A rat at Wisemiller’s Grocery and Deli has become a meme. [WCP]

  • Drink with a purpose in Shaw to support Ivy & Coney this week. [Eater]

  • Catch up on September’s restaurant closings and openings. [Post]

  • Where to find vegan soul food in D.C. [WTOP]

  • Eight top spots for dining near the White House. [Zagat]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, byAndrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Staff writer Andrew Giambrone is on vacation. Housing Complex links will resume on Oct. 24.

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