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Though a significant budget shortfall looms, Metro safety officials are considering virtual safety inspections as a long-term strategy to improve its system for spotting trouble on the tracks.


  • A crew fixing a water main was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning in P.G. County. [NBC4]

  • Community members help fix an historic black schoolhouse vandalized with racist graffiti. [Post]

  • An informal Borderstan poll shows residents overwhelmingly support a developer’s plans to remake the SunTrust plaza in Adams Morgan. [Borderstan]

  • Pigskins win their third straight game. [Post]

  • Police are investigating two overnight shootings and a stabbing. [Fox5]

  • Stop using “theater criticism” as an insult, political reporters. [Washingtonian]

  • The Green Zone pours politically charged drinks at its new Saturday home. [WCP]

  • Metro ranks right in the middle of other U.S. subway systems in safety and reliability. [Post]


  • Sick Facility: Staggering incidents of patient abuse at St. Elizabeths.

  • Reality Indictments: Real Housewives of Potomac cast member is indicted by a federal grand jury.

  • The Pizza Question: “I take my solemn responsibility to D.C.’s lovers of mediocre but affordable pizza extremely seriously.”

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

  • Official ousted in DGS shake-up sues the city. [LL]

  • Auditor urges District to take school lunch program in-house. [Post, Times]

  • Muriel Bowser talks up affordable housing in Ward 4. [Housing Complex]

  • Colby King considers the fate of Relisha Rudd. [Post]

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

  • Soul Brother No. 2, Little Royal, has died. [WCP]

  • Crooked Beats celebrated grand reopening this weekend. [DC Music Download]

  • Get to know D.C.’s varied book club scene. [WCP]

  • Adams Morgan Day organizers want feedback to determine whether this year’s minimal celebration was a success. [Borderstan]

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

  • Designer adds “forced labor” to Dirty Habit’s decor inspiration. [Washingtonian]

  • Tom Sietsema wanted Bad Saint to see stars. [Post]

  • Where to drink beer in Northern Virginia this fall. [Arlington Mag]

  • D.C.’s best seafood towers. [Eater]

  • Brooks Headley has some choice words for Michelin. [Lucky Peach]

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

Housing Complex in on vacation for a few days.