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Mayor Vince Gray reportedly rejected a proposal in September that he plead guilty to a single felony count in connection with the federal investigation into his 2010 mayoral campaign. Gray is maintaining his innocence, saying he has nothing to plead guilty to. Sources tell the Post that federal prosecutors appear to be moving closer toward an indictment of the outgoing mayor.


  • Uber is fighting proposed D.C. legislation to increase the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs in the city, saying the bill could “place excessive regulatory burdens on private vehicle-for-hire-companies. [WAMU]
  • Wizards owner Ted Leonsis explains why jurisdictions should be fighting for the team’s practice facility in their neighborhood. [Housing Complex]
  • After years of concentrated focus on lower grades, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says next year’s school budget will focus on high schools. [Washington Post]
  • A look at how much D.C. hopefuls on the Nov. 4 ballot paid for each of their votes [Loose Lips]


Easy Access: A new website catalogs which D.C. music venues are accessible to patrons with mobility disabilities.

Freestyle Skiing: An alleged drunk man tried to steal bikes and a pair of skis out of some Mount Pleasant backyards. A neighbor has recovered the skis but is still looking for their owner.

D.C. Cocktail Week: It’s this week!

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

  • Post: Vince Gray rejected a plea deal. [PostLL]
  • Adrian Fenty‘s short-lived nonprofit spent big on staff, travel. [WBJ]
  • Kaya Henderson: 2015 DCPS budget will be “the year of the high school.” [Post]
  • Gray swears in the new inspector general. [LL]
  • The campaigns that paid the most for their votes—-and lost anyway. [LL]
  • Without a hotel, the D.C. United stadium deal looks much worse. [Housing Complex]
  • Wizards owner Ted Leonsis explains why the District—-or Maryland or Virginia—-wants a Wizards practice facility. [Housing ComplexPost, WAMUWBJ]
  • Nearly two weeks after the election, elections board keeps counting. [WAMU]
  • District files appeal of handgun ruling. [WAMU]
  • Maybe the District is lucky not to get House of Cards: it’s a rotten deal for Maryland. [WAMU]
  • Olympic committee members arrive to consider the District’s bid. [WBJ]
  • The District inches towards being a tech town. [WAMU]
  • Gray reopens popular park for gay events. [Blade]
  • Crash injures two police officers. [Post]

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

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

  • An important step toward combating ableism in the local music scene: A new website catalogs the accessibility of an expanding list of D.C. venues. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos and a recap from the Positive Force: More than a Witness premiere at St. Stephens [BYT]
  • Jerry Seinfeld helps Wale make fun of himself in a new video for Complex. [Arts Desk]
  • Side Show, a 1997 musical revived by the Kennedy Center earlier this year, finds its footing on Broadway. [Post]
  • In WETA’s new documentary Washington in the ’80s, a look at the decade of music, media, and the lead-up to Marion Barry‘s crack bust [DCist]
  • Photos of GEMS and Tei Shi at U Street Music Hall [BYT]
  • Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will perform at the unveiling of a bust of Vaclav Havel, first president of the Czech Republic, at the Capitol. (Apparently, he really dug the blues.) [Post]


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

  • Which cooked-to-order fast-casual pizza joint is fastest? [Express]
  • Eventide Restaurant closes in Clarendon. [ARLnow]
  • And D.C.’s restaurant of they year is… [Eater]
  • Top Chef contestant Lindsay Autry to become executive chef of Firefly. [Post]
  • Rito Loco aiming for January opening in Shaw. [PoPville]
  • Warm up with these 11 cold-weather dishes. [Washingtonian]

Nine carb-worthy bakeries around D.C. [Zagat]