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Police and fire officials removed a package found inside a FedEx store that made five people ill and emitted a strange odor on the 1800 block of M Street NW yesterday, resulting in temporary street closures downtown.


  • Federal contract workers will strike as Pope Francis arrives today, protesting low wages. [CNN Money, Fortune]
  • When the pope does get here, he’ll serve 300 Catholic Charities clients at a lunch on Thursday. [City Desk]
  • D.C. may fire a police officer for living in Maryland, but the police union defends her. [NBC Washington]
  • Several D.C. public schools have been cited for standardized testing violations that possibly manipulated scores. [Post]
  • The District’s obesity rate has risen 20 percent since 2000, but is lower than the national rate. [WAMU]


  • Pope or Nope: The world’s most famous Catholic lands in D.C. this afternoon. We’re here to guide you.
  • Hit and Run: Police arrested and charged a man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that occurred on the 1300 block of Southern Avenue SE in August.
  • Bar Deco: The historic Bulletin Building in Chinatown has become an 8,000-square-foot, four-story eatery.

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

  • Supplemental budget requests top this morning’s D.C. Council agenda. [Post]
  • Considering Muriel Bowser‘s tax deal for the Advisory Board. [WBJ]
  • Get ready to get mobile phone-crazy on the Metro. [Post]
  • A look at the planned 11th Street Bridge Park over the Anacostia. [GGW]
  • Circulator routes on the Mall suspended while the pope is in town. [WBJ]
  • Is it time to reform the District’s liquor laws? [Blade]
  • Considering the District’s potential deal with Ted Leonsis and the Wizards. [WBJ]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Tatiana Cirisano

  • The Silver Spring Transit Center has finally opened—four years behind schedule and $80 million over budget. [Curbed]
  • Real estate entrepreneur Robert E. Simon Jr., credited with the development of Reston in the 1960s, died Sep. 21. He was 101. [Post]
  • Plans are in the works to transform eight lots along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE into “Reunion Square” with 130 residential units. Here’s how it might look. [UrbanTurf]

ARTS LINKS, by Tatiana Cirisano

  • Photos of Tycho’s dreamy performance at Hirshhorn After Hours. [BYT]
  • The Kennedy Center has raised $135.9 million for an expansion project, more than $10 million over their target. Who are the donors? [WBJ]
  • The five local shows you won’t want to miss this week. [DC Music Download]
  • Inside the newest single from Mount Pleasant-based group the Beginner’s Mynd, “I Found You Out.” [Bandwidth]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Tatiana Cirisano

  • New York-based Brooklyn Winery to open District Winery in D.C. [Popville]
  • Every D.C. restaurant that shuttered its doors this year, so far. [Eater]
  • All the pope-themed food and drinks specials at local restaurants this week. [Y&H]