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In case you haven’t heard, Pope Francis graced D.C. yesterday with some candid remarks on immigration, climate change, and economic fairness as he traveled from the White House to Mass at the basilica in Brookland and elsewhere. Today is the last day of his trip before he departs for New York—he’s giving a speech to Congress this morning.


  • Also on the pope’s agenda today: sharing a meal with hundreds of the District’s poor. [City Desk]
  • Is Mayor Muriel Bowser a sports fanatic? Her plans to construct new stadiums suggest so. [Loose Lips]
  • A fatal shooting near 14th and V streets NW Tuesday night sent restaurant diners running for cover. [Post]
  • Unions are disgruntled about proposed legislation requiring their new members to live in D.C. [Loose Lips]
  • A group of women protesting the Catholic Church’s male-only-priest policy have been arrested. [WUSA9]


  • Holy COWs: AT&T has set up “Cell On Wheel” devices to boost service for crowds following the pope.
  • Flings & Arrows: What happens when D.C. actors enter showmances? You know you want to find out.
  • All Your Homes: Check out the first EP from D.C. feminist punk four-piece Hemlines, out tomorrow.

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

  • Unions aren’t happy with Jack Evans‘ residency plan for some city employees. [LL]
  • Mystics fans wary of move to Congress Heights arena. [ThinkProgress]
  • Murder rate tops 116 after U Street area shooting. [Post]
  • The pope’s here. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser and Vince Gray both see the pope. [Times]
  • DCPS adds bike riding to 2nd grade curriculum. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Freddy Rodriguez

  • Road closures for the pope’s visit will continue today and concentrate around the U.S. Capitol. [Post]
  • Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will lead a safety walk in Ward 1 next Tuesday. [Borderstan]
  • Homes in American University Park sell at a rate of a week on average, but homes in Observatory Circle typically sell in 21 days. [Curbed]
  • A three-bedroom condo in Columbia Heights is selling for $679,000. [Curbed]

ARTS LINKS, by Freddy Rodriguez

  • A new exhibit at Strathmore focuses on local female chefs. [Post]
  • Read an interview with a D.C. librarian about this year’s Banned Books Week. [BYT]
  • Check out our review of feminist punk band Hemlines’ newest release, coming out Friday. [Arts Desk]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Freddy Rodriguez

  • A compilation of the best restaurants, bars, and cafes that offer free Wi-Fi. [Washingtonian]
  • José Andrés talks about how to build a perfect restaurant brand. [Eater]
  • An Indian-Pakistani restaurant recently opened in Navy Yard. [Hill Now]
  • Pizzeria Mellow Mushroom will add burgers to its menu starting Oct. 1. [PoPville]
  • Goya Foods said it will donate 50,000 pounds of food to each city hosting the pope. [CBS]