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Mayor Vince Gray is still the mayor, but his newly elected successor, Muriel Bowser, wants the D.C. Council to cease action on more than 80 pending Gray nominations.  


  • The District’s last traditional car dealership—-Ourisman Volkswagen in Tenleytown—-is moving to Bethesda, which means Tesla will be the only place to buy a new car in the city. [Washington Post]
  • A woman reported to police that she was pulled off her bicycle, assaulted, and robbed during rush hour on the Metropolitan Branch Trail Wednesday. [News4]
  • D.C. legislation that would help cycling and pedestrian accident victims receive compensation for injuries is up for a key council vote today.  [WAMU]
  • Two Metro buses collided into each other Thursday at the intersection of North Capitol and H Street NE. Five people were injured, with one of the accident victims in serious condition. [Washington Post]


Election Issue: The Election Issue is on stands and online with full coverage and analysis from Election Day in D.C. Read about the new Muriel Bowser era, the city’s first elected attorney general, what’s next for legal pot, and more.

White Mike: Did voters confuse shadow Sen. Michael Brown with former disgraced Councilmember Michael Brown on the ballot Tuesday, giving the shadow senator a boost in votes in the at-large race?

Living Less Social: Online coupon company LivingSocial announced Thursday it would lay off 20 percent of its workforce.

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

  • Muriel Bowser wants the D.C. Council to hold off on approving nominees by Vince Gray, even though he’s still the mayor. [Post]
  • Politicians consider running for Bowser’s Ward 4 seat. [LL]
  • Some ANC races are too close to call. [WAMU]
  • How much did name confusion help Michael D. Brown in the at-large Council race? [LL]
  • Preservationists have concerns about a building…until they get some cash. [Housing Complex]
  • Post ed board tells Congress to back off on pot. [Post]
  • Vincent Orange and Marion Barry get in some screen time. [City Desk]
  • A week of Bowser photos. [Times]
  • “D.C. voters might have cared about race, but they did not seem to care about marital status.” [Times]
  • LivingSocial lays off a fifth of its workforce. [City Desk]

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

  • City solicits motels for homeless families this winter. [Post]
  • D.C.’s a third of the way to ending veteran homelessness. [DCist]
  • How much of the school boundary plan can, and will, Muriel Bowser undo? [GGW]
  • D.C.’s priciest Airbnb listing, at $1,200 a night, is a former church rectory. [UrbanTurf]
  • Despite opposition, upper Northwest is becoming kind of smart growth-y. [GGW]
  • Bill to help pedestrian and bicycle-crash victims is set to die in committee. [WAMU]
  • Landlords aren’t all that excited about renting to federal agencies. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Income-restricted 1BR off U Street—-$38,900

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

  • The Colbert Report made funnies about D.C.’s new pot law. [DCist]
  • After 28 years, Managing Director Keith Alan Baker is leaving Studio Theatre.   [Post]
  • Listen to Big Hush‘s new EP, Wholes, which was recorded live to tape. [D.C. Music Download]
  • D.C. Public Library head Richard Reyes on rebranding libraries: They’re not all shushing and fines! [Post]
  • The Foo Fighters are playing their 20th anniversary show at RFK Stadium on Independence Day, and the line-up’s a lot better than most arena fare. [Arts Desk]
  • Petworth’s new Upshur Books celebrates its first week open for business. [Post]
  • In a ballet, Manassas Ballet Theatre’s artistic director remembers her son, who was killed by a bomb in Iraq. [Washingtonian]

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

  • Six cool new lunch spots to try in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Mari Vanna gets in on the khachapuri game. [Post]
  • Heritage India‘s Dupont location has closed. [PoPville]
  • Celebrity Delly in Falls Church has a Heisen-Burger. [Eater]
  • Emporiyum food market festival coming to Union Market next weekend. [DCist]
  • Politics & Prose to take over Busboys and Poets‘ bookstores. [Arts Desk]

CORRECTION: Emporiyum is next weekend, not this weekend, as was initially stated.