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After beating New York City FC 3-1 yesterday, D.C. United secured a spot in this year’s Major League Soccer playoffs. Its next season game is scheduled for Oct. 23 against Orlando City SC.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The District is preparing to lift its ban on stun guns after a court challenge. [WAMU]

  • A robber used a stun gun on a woman he robbed in Cleveland Park Friday. [Post]

  • The D.C. Council is considering putting the kibosh on powdered alcohol. [AP]

  • A person was stabbed Sunday afternoon in the heart of Columbia Heights. [Borderstan]

  • A suspicious backpack shut down part of 19th Street NW Sunday night. [NBC4, FOX5]

  • New parking meter rates in Chinatown and Penn Quarter begin today. [WTOP]

  • Sidewalk cycling in D.C.: Is it OK? [NPR]

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

  • Fried Chicken Waffle Cones: You can get these at Service Bar DCstarting Thursday.

  • Northeast Rising: A nine-story, mixed-use building is planned for Benning Road NE.

  • “No Man’s Land”: Review: A new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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

  • Developers are unhappy with D.C. United stadium design. [WBJ]

  • Columnist: new DCPS chancellor shouldn’t eliminate teacher home visits. [Post]

  • Council mulls legal help for housing lawsuits. [Post]

  • No historic designation for Cap Hill block. [WAMU]

  • Cops: Watch out for bike thieves in Shaw. [Post]

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

  • Watch a Tiny Desk Concert with D.C.’s RDGLDGRN. [NPR Music]

  • On his new album, pannist Victor Provost proves he’s a jazz star. [WCP]

  • The history of gay black counterculture at the African American Museum. [Bandwidth]

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

  • There’s more to Michelin that doesn’t add up. [Post]

  • Must-try dishes at Sweet Home Cafe. [Zagat]

  • Meet the founders of Cotton & Reed. [Capitol File]

  • Where to eat during the debate Wednesday. [Eater]

  • Trouble in paradise for Beam distilleries. [WTOP]

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

  • JBG is looking to sell a 84,000-square-foot building at K and 16th streets NW. [WBJ]

  • Could an Exxon site near the Key Bridge serve the Georgetown gondola? [UrbanTurf]

  • D.C. lawmakers moved forward bills designed to reform rent control. [Housing Complex]

  • Map: Where to find subsidized, affordable housing in the District. [Housing Complex]

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