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Thousands of D.C. high school public school students will take the SAT today as part of a new city-wide graduation requirement. Students also receive free test-prep materials and online support—-an effort that cost the city $250,000 last year. But educators are touting the benefits of this program, saying it creates a “college-going culture,” subsequently resulting in increased scores on other tests, attendance, and even graduation rates.


  • The District released its plan to shutter the homeless shelter at D.C. General with smaller shelters. The plan calls for the troubled shelter to close as early as fall of 2015, with residents being placed in as many as six shelters consisting of 40 or more units. [Housing Complex] 
  • This investigation looks at how campaign contributions may sway how the D.C. Council awards city contracts. [WAMU]
  • The rabbi at Kesher Israel, a modern orthodox temple in Georgetown, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with voyeurism. [Washingtonian]
  • The Washington Post and NBC are hosting a mayoral forum today that will be streamed at 12:30 p.m. [News4]


Hailo Goodbye: Hailo, the app that e-hails taxicabs, announced Tuesday that it could not survive in the current market and would be ceasing its North American offices and shutting down its D.C. office.

Real Talk: In his latest adDavid Catania ditches the puppets and, with no gimmicks, touts the mayoral candidate’s lengthy campaign platform and education work.

The D.C. Manual of Style and Usage: For our latest cover story, the Washington City Paper staff compiled a style guide for all things D.C. Learn the proper way to spellbama,” punctuate “D.C.,” and refer to Chevy Chase, the actor.

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

  • Muriel Bowser, David Catania, and Carol Schwartz face off at the third mayoral debate this afternoon. [Post]
  • Catania unveils new campaign ad. [LLPost]
  • Conservatives will sue D.C. Health Link over purported special treatment for Congress. [Roll Call]
  • Two attorney general candidates put a combined $425,000 of their own money into the race. [LL]
  • Vince Gray plans to close D.C. General, replace it with smaller homeless shelters. [Housing Complex, WAMUPost]
  • Prominent Georgetown rabbi arrested on voyeurism charges. [City DeskPost, WAMUWashingtonian]
  • Which NoMa underpass design will prevail? [Housing Complex]
  • The District looks for a deal on office space. [WBJ]
  • Hailo’s D.C. operation will soon be no more. [City Desk]
  • Is the District really more expensive than New York? Not really. [Post]
  • Will developers get a parking break? [WAMU]

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

  • Mayoral candidates weigh in on homelessness. [Post]
  • Nope, D.C. isn’t more expensive than New York. [WSJ]
  • Metro recruits volunteers for its pay-by-smartphone pilot. [City Desk]
  • Plan for Dupont luxury condos changes to micro-units. [WBJ]
  • A call to shut down the shelter that’s already set to be shut down. [Post]
  • D.C. General’s controversial operator will continue to run it. [DCist]
  • Millennials don’t, and won’t, drive as much as other generations. [Streetsblog]
  • D.C. tries to take advantage of weak office market. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: A freshly renovated piece of vinyl in Lincoln Heights—-$347,500

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

  • Gender politics and surf-y punk: why this is the perfect time for a Dischord remaster of Slant 6‘s Soda Pop * Rip Off [Arts Desk]
  • 13 proposed designs for lights, projections, and sculptural elements in NoMa’s grimy underpasses [Housing Complex]
  • Tomorrow, GW unveils a new local-music archive, featuring pieces of history and culture from the worlds of go-go, punk, folk, and bluegrass. [Bandwidth]
  • Signature Theatre’s artistic director, Eric Schaeffer, on his current production of Elmer Gantry and directing Vanessa Hudgens in Gigi [Washingtonian]
  • Actor Charlie Pollock, who plays the lead in Signature’s Elmer Gantry, on his journey from church pastor to “sin, salvation, and sex” [Post]
  • See a bunch of rare old stuff at the National Museum of Natural History’s Fossil Day celebrations today. [DCist]

 by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • José Andrés plans to open vegetable-focused fast-casual restaurant calledBeefsteak. [Post]
  • The best local cheese plates [DCist]
  • Virginia is the food region of the year. [Esquire]
  • Old Ebbitt Grill brought in more than $26 million last year. [Eater]
  • A guide to cheap eats in D.C. [BYT]
  • Aladdin’s in Shirlington closes. [ARLnow]
  • D.C.’s best southern food, according to actual southerners [Thrillist]
  • McDonald’s launches tell-all campaign. [NPR]