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Two months after the end of SafeTrack, Metro reports good news. Nearly ninety percent of train trips arrived on time in August. Greater Washington’s transit authority will release comprehensive statistics on its performance later this fall.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Hundreds of Pepco employees travel to help utility crews with Irma’s aftermath. [NBC4]

  • Smithsonian struggles to find funding for massive south campus overhaul. [WBJ]

  • Miss D.C., a.ka. 24-year-old A.U. grad student Briana Kinsey, named 3rd runner up in last night’s Miss America pageant. [WUSA9]

  • Are the Nats baseball’s best franchise? [Post]

  • The Wharf opens in a month. What will it look like? [WTOP]

  • Please don’t operate a Metrobus and read the newspaper at the same time. [Post]

  • Man shot to death in Park View building’s stairwell. [WUSA9]

  • D.C. high school students get surprise visits from two heavy hitters: President Obama and Magic Johnson. [WTOP]

  • Area man explains why he walked the perimeter of the Beltway. [Washingtonian]

  • The key to football success? Coach Jay Gruden should be meaner. [CSN Mid-Atlantic]

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

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  • ICYMI: Karl Racine will run for attorney general, not mayor. [DCist]

  • On his to-do list: Reduce delinquency in child support payments. [Post]  

  • D.C. charter gets XQ Super Schools grant to tackle college preparedness. [Times]

  • Schools chancellor Antwan Wilson’s vision for public school reform. [Post]

  • D.C. leads the nation in Trump disapproval. [DCist]

  • A moving remembrance of former MPD chief, Isaac Fulwood Jr. [Post]

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

  • Takoma Park Folk Festival celebrates 40 years. [DC Music Download]

  • TheatreWeek to hold season kickoff party Friday at Woolly Mammoth. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Chris Moore, one of the D.C. DIY scene’s hardest workers, gets a Post profile. [Post]

  • Short film East of the River is a look at life for teens in Anacostia. [DCist]

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

  • Wilson Hardware is now open in Clarendon with guilty pleasure bar food. [WCP]

  • Goodbye Iota Club & Cafe. [ArlNow]

  • Ritzy Japanese restaurant Nobu opens Tuesday. It’s expensive. [Washingtonian]

  • Have you eaten your last wing at Hooters in Chinatown? [PoPville]

  • Satisfy your bagel craving right here. [Zagat]

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

  • D.C. housing department abruptly cancels meeting on vacant Anacostia houses. [WCP]

  • District may be a serious contender for Amazon’s next campus headquarters. [NYT]

  • But high housing costs in part due to restrictive zoning could be a roadblock. [Post]

  • Does a refurbished Shrimp Boat on Benning Road mean gentrification? [Post]

  • Vacant D.C. properties owned by foreign states are a headache for residents. [Post]

  • Adams Morgan in decline? Neighbors, businesspeople, and patrons discuss. [Post]

  • The five D.C. neighborhoods where buying a home is often competitive. [UrbanTurf]

  • Streetscape improvements planned as part of Southwest Wharf development. [WBJ]

  • Three major developments are slated for Ward 8, but could take time to open. [GGW]

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