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The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would let women in D.C. get a year’s worth of birth control at a time.


  • Preservation authorities: This parking lot is not historic. [Housing Complex]
  • Jim Vance is stepping down from NBC4’s 11 p.m. newscast. [Post]
  • Charter school gets mixed up in Ward 8 campaign trash talk. [Loose Lips]
  • Despite speed camera, residents say Maryland Avenue NE remains dangerous. [WAMU]


Listen: If you missed our Ward 8 debate, here’s the audio.

Spiritual Adviser: D.C. bartender Derek Brown is advising the National Archives on its booze exhibit.

Protest Music: GW students speak out against music program budget cuts.

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

  • Yvette Alexander bill would let women get up to a year of birth control at once. [Times]
  • Ward 8 candidates face off at the LL Debate. [LLDCist]
  • Charter school jabs earns heat for candidate Eugene D. Kinlow. [LL]
  • Tough break for the “historic” parking lot. [Housing Complex]
  • Shaping up the “SW Ecodistrict.” [WAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Get ready for the Union Market housing boom. [Washingtonian]
  • Old Town, Bethesda, Capitol Hill top list of most desired D.C.-area neighborhoods. [UrbanTurf]
  • Maketto is the beginning of a crowdfunded real-estate trend. [CityLab]
  • Photo tour: the bowels of McMillan. [DCist]
  • The First Street NE cycletrack expands. [WashCycle]
  • Ward 8 D.C. Council hopeful offends charter school. [LL]
  • Today on the market: Downtown 2BR condo—-$639,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Budget cuts are set to scale back GW’s music department by 50 percent. Here’s how students are protesting. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos of the new Songbyrd Record Cafe in Adams Morgan, where you can record onto vinyl in a booth [BYT]
  • The members of Priests, who run Sister Polygon Records, reflect on the label’s philosophy for its 10th release. [Bandwidth]
  • Chuck Brown‘s family responds to the news that the Nats aren’t playing “Bustin’ Loose” for home runs any more. [Washingtonian]
  • Who to see at this Saturday’s Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival [D.C. Music Download]
  • The Smithsonian’s renovated Renwick Gallery will reopen November 13. [Post]

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

  • What took Filipino food so long to catch on in D.C.? [Post]
  • 10 local beers to drink before you die (or leave D.C.) [Thrillist]
  • Wegmans rolls out in-store Burger Bar. [WBJ]
  • The High Dive opens in Adams Morgan on Friday. [Express]
  • Salty Dog Tavern opens in Dupont Circle. [Barred in DC]
  • Restaurants worth a revisit now that they have new chefs [Eater]
  • Equinox chef Todd Gray creates vegan versions of D.C. dishes. [BYT]