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Election officials predict the initiative to legalize marijuana on Nov. 4’s ballot could help push voter turnout during the general election to 40 percent—-higher than any similar election since 1998. The first-ever attorney general race and an unusually competitive mayoral election could also contribute to higher than usual voter turnout.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Peaceholics co-founder Ron Moten sued David Catania Thursday for implicating him in an alleged illegal spending effort on behalf of mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser. [Loose Lips]
  • The musician Pharrell Williams tweeted his support for Muriel Bowser Thursday. [Washington Post]
  • The man punched in the face by singer Chris Brown last year during an Oct. 2013 altercation outside D.C.’s W Hotel settled the case with the celebrity for just more than $100,000. [Washington Post]
  • Police are looking for a man who reportedly attacked a police officer in a cruiser with an ax, unprovoked, early Friday morning near 13th and Perry streets NE. The officer wasn’t struck by the ax but hurt his shoulder in the altercation. Police have recovered the ax. [News4]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Politics Issue: Our Politics Issue is online and on stands this week. There’s poll results on what voters think about everything from the mayor’s racepot, and guns to homeless shelters. And we make our endorsements. Read them to see who we think should be mayor, the two at-large council members, attorney general, and more.

EquityEats: A new restaurant crowdfunding platform offers profits, not just perks.

Outside Art: Is attorney general candidate Paul Zukerberg also an outsider artist?

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

  • Election Day will test the D.C. Board of Elections. [Post]
  • Vince Gray commissions a mayoral book t0 celebrate his accomplishments. [LLWBJ]
  • Legal pot could be worth $130 million in the District. [City DeskPostWAMU]
  • Pharrell is “happy” to endorse Muriel Bowser. [Post]
  • Elections board expects higher turnout from the marijuana initiative…and the attorney general race? [WAMU]
  • Marion Barry endorses Karl Racine for attorney general. [LL]
  • Ron Moten sues Catania. [LL]
  • And drops a new mayor’s race diss track. [LL]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: Look past the noise in the mayor’s race. [Post]
  • Syrian dictator makes an appearance in the State Board of Education race. [LL]
  • Remodeled MLK Library plan balloons to nearly twice its size. [Housing ComplexWBJ]
  • Paul Zukerberg, outsider artist? [LL]
  • Forget the Post and WCP, District personage @dcproper has made his endorsements. [Twitter, Twitter]
  • Happy Halloween! [LL]
  • Could medical tourism in the District have a downside for residents? [WBJ]

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

  • Small retailers near Georgia Avenue Walmart are hurting. [DCist]
  • “Compassionate urban regeneration” is coming to 11th and M streets NW. [WBJ]
  • An interview with the shipping-container architect [UrbanTurf]
  • Hill East plan could go to the Council in December and break ground in 2016. [District Source]
  • 6th Street NE’s upgrade brings a new cycletrack. [GGW]
  • Zoning Commission approves 525-unit NoMa building. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Anacostia house with parking for six cars—-$429,000

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

  • Screen Vinyl Image‘s new shoegaze release is moody and well-constructed, but predictable. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos from Dupont’s high-heel drag race [DCist]
  • Wale will be the Wizards’ “cultural liaison” this season, because the ‘Zards could really use some culture liaising. [Washingtonian]
  • Watch Kathleen Hanna talk about Bikini Kill finding support for its militant feminism in D.C. in the new documentary Positive Force: More Than a Witness. [Bandwidth]
  • Playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings on how her sons inspired her play about hip-hop culture, Not Enuf Lifetimes, now showing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Jason Derulo borrowed from a bevy of other pop performers at his show at the Fillmore [Post]

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

  • Capitol Crossing developer says Eataly is definitely coming. [Housing Complex]
  • Daikaya celebrates Godzilla‘s birthday Nov. 3-9. [PoPville]
  • Teddy Folkman to open Baroak Cookhouse & Taproom in Annapolis. [Post]
  • New and upcoming places to try in Rosslyn [Eater]
  • Where to eat brains, hearts, and blood [Washingtonian]
  • 10 delicious ways to celebrate Halloween [Zagat]
  • Mackie’s Bar and Grill now open in Old Town Alexandria. [NoVa Mag]