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Has Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office reached a deal with energy company Exelon, which seeks to merge with D.C.-based Pepco? Anonymous sources tell Bloomberg a tentative agreement would include “more customer credits,” and that Exelon establish a headquarters in the District. Bowser’s spokespeople did not verify the details of Bloomberg’s report.


  • A man died last week at MedStar Washington Hospital after two security guards had an “altercation” with him. The guards are now on administrative leave, while an investigation gets underway. [WTOP, WJLA]
  • A juvenile was shot near the Anacostia First High Reservoir Sunday. Few details are yet available. [Post]
  • The mayor’s acting chief technology officer resigned before his confirmation. [Loose Lips]
  • Independent Grounds Coffee House will provide job training to adolescents affected by autism. [WTOP]
  • Peace out, Joaquin: D.C. is getting a bunch of sun this week with little rain forecast. [Post, AccuWeather]


  • Planned Parenthood Protests: Abortion-Free DC doesn’t want the organization’s D.C. clinic to open.
  • Cash Cow: A political action committee linked with Bowser will have raised $300,000 by Oct. 10.
  • Emergency Ambulances: The D.C. Council will vote on emergency legislation tomorrow authorizing the D.C. Fire and EMS department to contract with private ambulance companies. Is the Council convinced?

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

  • Muriel Bowser-affiliated PAC pulls in $300,000. [LL, WAMU]
  • Bowser continues negotiations over Pepco-Exelon merger. [Post]
  • Vince Gray mulls another run for the D.C. Council. [LLPost]
  • Unhappy commuters drop Metro. [WAMU]
  • NoMa Planned Parenthood location provokes activists. [WCP]
  • Colby King: why focus on “returning citizens” and not youth offenders? [Post]
  • Jason Chaffetz, who threatened to prosecute Bowser over pot, gets set to run for speaker of the house. [Politico]

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

  • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conductor Donald Runnicles‘ performance with the National Symphony Orchestra was a worthy audition to permanently lead the orchestra. [Arts Desk]
  • After the Corcoran Gallery debacle last year, the University of Maryland has a new partner in the arts with the Phillips Collection. [Post]
  • Check out a new music video from local pop-rock trio the Very Small. [Bandwidth]
  • The most Instagrammed location in D.C.? The White House, of course. [DCist]
  • U.S. Holocaust Museum plans to allow photography in some exhibits to appeal to the digital generation. [Post]

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

  • 14 restaurants where dishes come with a side of drama [Eater]
  • Around the world in six pizzas [Washingtonian]
  • Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in D.C. this fall [Drink DC]
  • The Red Hen has a new chef de cuisine. [Post]
  • ​Chef Geoffrey Zakarian countersues Trump in response to lawsuit. [WBJ]
  • Five reasons to get excited about Fare Well[Zagat]
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl cooks honored for saving man from attackers. [Borderstan]