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Metro’s board has voted to approve Paul J. Wiedefeld—the former CEO of the Baltimore/Washington International Airport—as the beleaguered transit agency’s next general manager. Though Wiedefeld won’t officially be appointed until Nov. 19, regional leaders expressed their support for his approval, citing his experience managing safety and operations in the transit industry. Meanwhile, board Chairman Mortimer Downey may not occupy that position next year. “I doubt that I will want to be considered for another year as chairman,” he said. “I am tired of being tired.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • In other Metro news: The agency says normal service will return to Stadium-Armory Monday. [City Desk]
  • Dacha Beer Garden in Shaw will roughly double its outdoor occupancy to 250 people after compromising with the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission. It’ll also get 250-capacity indoors. [Young & Hungry]
  • In a gesture towards achieving statehood, D.C. Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss wants the District to join an international group for oppressed and unrepresented peoples. [Post]
  • The most recent data from the D.C. Fire and EMS department shows the District averages 20 synthetic-drug related emergency transports per day—outnumbering calls for heart attacks and car crashes. [NBC4]
  • While a death with dignity bill sits before the D.C. Council, advocates continue to argue for it. [WAMU]

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

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

  • Gallivanting Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss tries to get the District recognized with an organization for oppressed ethnic groups—but not everyone is thrilled. [Post]
  • Mary Cheh grills FreshPAC donor at hearing. [LL]
  • LaRuby May makes the WCP People Issue. [WCP]
  • Council backs domestic partnerships bill. [Blade]
  • Muriel Bowser preps for “Scissors and Shovels Day.” [DCist]
  • Bowser not thrilled with idea for regional economic authority. [WBJ]
  • Vincent Orange‘s tiny house bill wouldn’t be so crazy—if it looked nothing like it does now. [GGW]
  • Mayor wants more anti-crime action in Park View. [Post]
  • Bowser talks homelessness on the Huffington Post. [HuffPo]
  • Office of Open Government will keep school meetings open to the public. [Post]
  • Council mulls the condo bill of rights. [Post]

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

  • Check out this interview with Frodus and listen to the demo version of “There Will Be No More Scum.” [Brooklyn Vegan]
  • The world according to Spiv. [Arts Desk]
  • At Film|Neau, Henry Rollins. IN 3D! [DCist]
  • At National Geographic Museum, pictures of more than 5,000 captive species. [Washingtonian]
  • Fugazi‘s In On The Kill Taker will be a 33 1/3 book. [Arts Desk]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Rose’s Luxury is adding some limited reservations for groups. [Post]
  • Songbyrd Music House has a new chef and new brunch. [Eater]
  • Meatless burger restaurant coming to Lyon Park in Arlington. [ARLnow]
  • The 10 best steakhouses in D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • Inside Right Proper Brewing Company‘s new Brookland facility [PoPville]
  • The best Baltimore-area breweries [Thrillist]