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About 4,000 D.C. voters cast their ballots Saturday—-the first day that eight early voting polling locations were opened throughout the city. An additional 2,267 people voted last week in downtown polling locations. In the April primary, early voting accounted for almost 15 percent of the total votes.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • On her ninth birthday this Wednesday, friends and family are calling for renewed attention to the Relisha Rudd case.  [WAMU]
  • Police say a woman was sexually assaulted at gun point Friday on the 5000 block of Benning Road NE. [News4]
  • The Washington Post editorial board endorses Courtney Snowden and Robert White for the at-large seats. [Washington Post]
  • D.C. families are split on how involved the next mayor should be with the public schools. [Washington Post]

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

Indecision 2014: Less than two weeks before Election Day, Muriel Bowser has a decisive 17-point lead over David Catania in the mayoral race, according to a new poll of likely D.C. voters commissioned by Washington City Paper  and WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Melted Ice: You can stop freaking out now. Second State will no longer charge $1 for artisanal ice.

Mayoral Power Rankings: Muriel Bowser is on top again.

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

  • Post ed board backs Courtney Snowden and Robert White in the at-large race. [Post]
  • Candidates stump as Election Day nears. [Post]
  • David Catania gets some positive ink from Colby King, who really doesn’t like Carol Schwartz‘s anti-inequality office. [Post]
  • Fringe candidate Nestor Djonkam drops out, endorses Bowser. [LL]
  • Mayor’s race gets personal for families. [Post]
  • Post ed board still likes Karl Racine. [Post]
  • Racine pushes back on foes. [Post]
  • Calvin Gurley will keep running for office until he’s elected. [Post]
  • Yvette Alexander holds hearing on potential ebola response. [WBJ]
  • You can bike on H Street NE, although you probably wouldn’t want to. [Housing Complex]
  • State Department could throw off Walter Reed development plans. [Housing ComplexWBJ]
  • Pepco plans a substation near the D.C. United site. [WBJ]

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

  • Capital Bikeshare workers try to unionize. [Post]
  • Bike corral removed for blocking “historic viewshed.” [DCist]
  • A “dynamic” Pepco substation at Buzzard Point? [WBJ]
  • D.C. doesn’t always collect on loans for affordable housing projects. [Post]
  • One way of assisting poor D.C. families: furnishing their homes. [WJLA]
  • Fundrise helps nudge an H Street NE project over the finish line. [WBJ]
  • Should Baltimore house the homeless in its many vacant homes? [CityLab]
  • Today on the market: Renovated rowhouse in northern Petworth—-$645,000

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

  • Meet the octogenarian Alice “Granny” Donahue of Granny and the Boys, Showtime’s funky house band. [Washingtonian]
  • Two siblings reunite for an awkward Italian vacation in The Wolfe Twins, Studio Theatre’s first commissioned play. [Arts Desk]
  • Local synthpop act Motion Lines lists the work of the Cure, Cocteau Twins, and Kate Bush as inspiration for its new EP, Procession. [D.C. Music Download]
  • In case you missed it, here’s what happened in the D.C. episode of Dave Grohl‘s new road-tripping HBO miniseries, Sonic Highways (including Ian MacKaye throwing in his two cents on go-go). [Bandwidth]
  • What happens when the Foo Fighters play the Black Cat [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com) Menu MBK closed abruptly over the weekend. [Post]

  • 16 places where a cocktail costs less than $10 [Eater]
  • Char Bar drops “the Freundel” sandwich in light of rabbi allegations. [Washingtonian]
  • Best spots for hard cider in D.C. [Zagat]
  • A guide to supper clubs, pop-ups, and private dining in D.C. [DCist]
  • Five scary cocktails for Halloween-inspired boozing [NoVa Mag]
  • DGS Delicatessen chef Brian Robinson talks brunch. [Bitches Who Brunch]