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Here’s everything you need to know about today’s “Concert for Valor”—-a free, three-hour concert that will take place on the National Mall in honor of Veterans Day. Carrie UnderwoodRihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Eminem, and the Black Keys are among those who will be preforming in a spectacle that will bring a whole lot of people to the Mall and even more traffic to D.C. Concert organizers have obtained a permit for up to 800,000 people.


  • Howard University and two partners made a bid to construct a mixed-use building on more than 30 lots north of U Street NW that would have more than 300 residential units and ground floor retail. [Washington Business Journal]
  • What’s holding up the launch of the H Street NE streetcar? Incomplete and incorrect paperwork. [WAMU]
  • A 9-year-old D.C. boy who was shot in the head by a stray bullet while he was playing near a playground with friends is miraculously recovering. [News4]
  • DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson says extended school days are showing results. [WAMU]


Veterans’ Day: The District breaks ground on its first supportive housing for homeless veterans. 

Fitz and the Tantrums: Here are some photos from Fitz and the Tantrums sold-out 9:30 Club show this weekend.

Breaking Very Bad: A Breaking Bad–inspired Georgetown student was sentenced to a year in prison for making and possessing ricin in his dorm room.

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

  • Jim Graham hearing finds officials vague on homelessness plan. [NBC4]
  • Kaya Henderson says extended school days are showing results. [WAMU]
  • Veterans get their first supportive housing option in the District. [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. United deal doesn’t look so good to Post columnist. [Post]
  • CFO’s office mulls tax rules. [WBJ]
  • Letter writer tells Bowser not to take Colby King‘s advice. [Post]
  • District fights lawsuit over the health exchange. [WBJ]
  • It’s hard to know what’s next for Buzzard Point. [Housing Complex]

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

  • Eight risks to D.C. in the soccer stadium deal. [Post]
  • It’s still not clear where the city will shelter homeless families this winter. [DCist]
  • If you have to work today, your commute might suck. [GGW]
  • Howard University’s big planned Sherman Avenue NW development moves forward, with renderings. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C. looks to cushion the blow from property tax changes. [WBJ]
  • A contract for the Pierce School. [UrbanTurf]
  • Office of Planning picks up a few planning awards. [OPinions]
  • Today on the market: Mount Pleasant rowhouse—-$1,174,900

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

  • The best jazz jam sessions in D.C. [Bandwidth]
  • Photos from FotoWeek’s opening party at the former Spanish ambassador’s residence [BYT]
  • Tips for the Metro and roads as 800,000 people crowd the National Mall for today’s HBO Concert for Valor [DCist]
  • In 2003, Bill Clinton partied at Dream nightclub with Ginuwine and Big Boi. [Post]
  • D.C. residents photograph their favorite pieces of art in the city. [Washingtonian]
  • The stand-up comedy of the women of Broad City pales in comparison to their sketch comedy. [BYT]
  • Stevie Wonder filled the Verizon Center with jokes and tunes from Songs in the Key of Life. [Post]

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

  • Where to find brunch and restaurant specials for Veterans Day [Washingtonian]
  • José Andrés is tweeting again. [Twitter]
  • Food Network star Alton Brown eats D.C. [Eater]
  • 2014 was a good year for wine in the mid-Atlantic. [Post]
  • The 10 coziest restaurants in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Try the curry puffs at Pilin Thai in Tysons Corner. [NoVa Mag]