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The next D.C. mayor will have to act fast on homelessness this winter. The city expects to see 850 homeless families this winter—-a 16 percent increase over last year. The top three mayoral candidates all have different ideas on how best to address this.


  • The District will release its plan today to replace the homeless shelter at D.C. General with smaller shelters. [WAMU] 
  • A devastating car crash in Oxon Hill, Md., last Friday killed two D.C. sisters, who, between them, leave behind 10 children. Two children and a third young woman also died in the crash. [News4]
  • Muriel Bowser gets her mayoral ambitions from her father, not Adrian Fenty. [Post]
  • A new poll found that 60 percent of Virginians think former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should face jail time after being convicted of public corruption. [WAMU]


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.

The Ventriloquist: The latest Muriel Bowser ad puts the mayoral candidate’s words in other people’s mouths.

Oh Rats: D.C. residents call Orkin to get rid of rats more often than New York residents.  

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

  • Muriel Bowser leads in mayor’s race fundraising, cash on hand. [LL, WAMU]
  • Bowser ad features lip-syncing supporters. [LL, DCistPostWashingtonian]
  • What Bowser got from her father [Post]
  • Jim Graham doesn’t have nice things to say about either of the candidates running for mayor. [LL]
  • Family homelessness looms ahead of the winter. [Post]
  • Firefighters back Elissa SilvermanAnita Bonds in the at-large race. [LL]
  • Asian Fortune covers Kishan Putta‘s at-large run. [Asian Fortune]
  • Cops look for cabbie who sexually assaulted woman. [Times]
  • Adios to Animal House. [City Desk]
  • Meet the District’s health care ombudsman. [WBJ]
  • How to get around the District’s streets. [WAMU]

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

  • The connection between political contributions and city contracts [WAMU]
  • Gallaudet and JBG plan “town-gown neighborhood” next to Union Market. [Post]
  • Today the city will release its plan to replace D.C. General with smaller shelters. [WAMU]
  • A new theater at Florida Avenue and Q Street NW? [UrbanTurf]
  • Do we need a charter middle school west of the park, or will Hardy fit the bill? [GGW]
  • GW’s Textile Museum will open in March. [Arts Desk]
  • The D.C.-area warehouse market is growing, buoyed by housing and retail strength. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Penn Quarter 1BR condo—$379,000

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

  • Coming soon to Brookland: a new Jazz and Cultural Society [Arts Desk]
  • Watch Ex Hex turn squares into cool kids from a spaceship in the video for “Waterfall” [DCist]
  • The Textile Museum will open with the George Washington University Museum in March 2015. [Arts Desk]
  • Howard University’s Yardfest has completely nixed live music this year after a few of last year’s audience members got rowdy. Would this have happened at a predominantly white university? [Post]
  • Ditch the Capitol Skyline, forgo the crappy galleries from abroad: five things the (e)merge art fair should change [The D.C. Docent]
  • Baltimore’s full of weird, cheap, apocalyptic theater this season. [Post]
  • Silver Spring’s produced a contestant on NBC’s The VoiceMenlik Zergabachew, who’s now taking reggae tips from Gwen Stefani. [Bandwidth]

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

  • The 10 hottest restaurants in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Pappy Van Winkle can’t keep up with demand. [Post]
  • Bourbon Steak bartender Jamie McBain now at Daikaya. [Eater]
  • Why you should stop tipping your server [Thrillist]
  • Chili-eating champion reveals his techniques [DCist]
  • Seven vegetarian dishes for early fall [Washingtonian]