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Though District voters are expected to overwhelmingly approve statehood on the ballot Tuesday, it remains a distant dream. The measure’s backers are the first to admit that it’s meant more as a signal to the country that D.C. residents want representation than anything else. It’s also a gesture that D.C.’s elected officials, led by Mayor Muriel Bowser, hope will jumpstart a limp movement. They figure if they shake the corpse around a bit, maybe it’ll start moving on its own.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Leaders debate whether the federal government should take over Metro. [Post, Fox5]

  • Buses meant to replace late-night rail aren’t in the Metro budget. [WAMU]

  • Medical marijuana users from other districts will be able to buy cannabis in D.C. [Washington Times]

  • D.C.’s oldest synagogue is being moved for development, again. [WAMU]

  • The shocking case of kids being kids. [Post]

  • A gondola over the Potomac would ease commutes, according to new study. [Post, WBJ]

  • The six people killed in Tuesday Baltimore bus collision were mostly commuters. [Post]

  • A man was found shot dead in an alley in Southeast overnight. [WUSA9, NBC4]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jack Evans says feds should take over Metro. [Post]

  • Vince Gray compares his brush with the feds with Hillary Clinton‘s. [Post]

  • Interim DCPS chancellor John Davis talks schools. [WAMU]

  • District makes development plans. [WBJ]

  • More on the death with dignity legislation. [Times]

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

  • Flavor Waster sign to Party Smasher, Inc., release new single “Cathedral.” [DC Music Download]

  • How the witches of D.C. celebrate Halloween. [DCist]

  • No surprise: The African American Museum is extremely popular. Actually, it’s the Smithsonian’s third-most popular. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Inside new distillery Cotton & Reed. [Eater]

  • Alexandria gains a new sushi restaurant. [Washingtonian]

  • D.C.’s four bartenders of the year. [Thrillist]

  • The best places for tea in D.C. because mom’s visiting. [DCist]

  • Robots can make 288 pizzas an hour. [Post]

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

  • Adams Morgan hotel developer likely won’t get huge tax abatement. [Housing Complex]

  • Wizards owner Ted Leonsis pays $36 million a year to mortgage Verizon Center. [Post]

  • More on D.C.’s plans for the Crummell School and a parcel in Shaw. [WBJ, Curbed DC]

  • The Capitol Hill Safeway will be closed for two years during redevelopment. [Capitol Hill Corner]

  • Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s wants civil Gideon in housing cases. [Street Sense]

  • When Airbnb rentals run up against federal discrimination laws because of kids. [NBC4]

  • Almost 1,800 public housing units have received wireless internet this year. [Technical.ly]

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