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Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday announced that her administration had reached a settlement with Pepco and Exelon, backing a proposed merger of the two power companies. Exelon would invest $78 million in the District, toward reliability, alternative energy, local jobs, and freezing consumer rates through March 2019. D.C.’s Public Service Commission must now review the deal.


  • A man was fatally shot in the 600 block of 42nd Street NE last night, near the Minnesota Avenue Metro station. [NBC Washington]
  • The Capitol Police are coming under fire for having circulated a purportedly alarmist memo that warned of an upcoming march by the Nation of Islam. [Post]
  • The D.C. Council unanimously approved emergency legislation yesterday that will allow the District’s Fire and EMS Department to contract with third-party ambulance providers to help alleviate overstretch. [WTOP]
  • A 60-unit development across from Howard Theatre has received community support. [UrbanTurf]
  • The District Department of Transportation plans to build nearly 100 new Capital Bikeshare stations by fiscal year 2018. [City Desk]


  • Tweet to Eat: A “pop-up social media restaurant” called Top Nosh has given select diners food in exchange for promotional posts on social networks.
  • Police Politics: D.C.’s Fraternal Order of Police may launch a political action committee funded by increased union dues.
  • Mysteries of the Deep: The National Geographic Museum’s latest exhibit boasts “the ocean’s last wild places.”

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

  • Muriel Bowser settles with Pepco and Exelon over merger. [LLWBJPost,
  • Family leave bill from Elissa Silverman and David Grosso introduced with slim majority of councilmembers in favor. [PostFox 5]
  • Ex-Vince Gray campaign worker Reuben Charles pleads not guilty in tax case. [Post]
  • The police union considers getting its own PAC. [LL]
  • D.C. area loses taxpayers to other parts of the country. [Times]
  • Bikeshare aims at lower-income neighborhoods. [Post]
  • Metro faces ridership decline. [Post]

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

  • Chris Richards on the surprising legacy of local doom-metal pioneersPentagram and its tumultuous frontman, Bobby Liebling. (Fascinating aside: Liebling was once a low-level dealer for ’80s drug kingpin Rayful Edmonds!) [Post]
  • If you grew up in D.C., you might remember these commercials. [Washingtonian]
  • Check out these photos Yale University just released of D.C. during the Great Depression. [DCist]
  • Meet Andrew Lewis. If you don’t know his name, you probably know his deafeningly loud voice singing hymns and praise songs outside downtown D.C. Metro stops. [Borderstan]
  • Missed out on tickets to catch Kendrick Lamar at the Kennedy Center? He’s coming to Lincoln Theatre in November. [DC Music Download]
  • At National Geographic Museum’s “Pristine Seas” exhibit, the ocean gets its close up. [Arts Desk]
  • Washington National Opera sells off old costumes for Halloween, raises nearly $65,000. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Six new fast-casual spots to check out [Zagat]
  • A tiki bar is coming to the old Islander space. [Express]
  • Then and now of D.C. dining spots [Washingtonian]
  • The Source chef Scott Drewno wants to make wonton soup “the new ramen.” [Post]
  • Beer and wine may be coming to several D.C. Starbucks. [WBJ]
  • Five things to know about Chase the Submarine coming to Vienna, Va. [NoVa Mag]