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At-Large Councilmember David Grosso explained his controversial comment in which he suggested that he thinks D.C. police should not carry guns. He clarified that he is introducing no legislation on the matter, but thinks it could be worth at least considering that not all D.C. cops need to carry guns at all times.


  • Ten Catholic University students were robbed at gunpoint at around 6 p.m. Thursday on the 600 block of Taylor Street NE. [News4]
  • About three dozen World Ward II planes are expected to fly over the D.C. monuments today at around 12:30. [Washington Post]
  • Metro ridership continues to decline amid a shrinking federal workforce—-and more bikes. [City Desk]
  • Dulles Airport also sees a drop in passengers. [WAMU]


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

YIMBY: The Advisory Neighborhood Commission in Columbia Heights voted unanimously to support the city’s plan to redevelop the vacant Hebrew Home.

Community Policing: At a hearing on D.C. police department’s potentially discriminating tactics, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells said it’s “clear that there’s a deep racism here.”

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

  • Tommy Wells hearing focuses on police “jumpout” tactics. [City DeskTimes]
  • Listen to the at-large candidates get rowdy at Wednesday’s LL Debate. [LL]
  • David Grosso: Not all cops need to carry guns. [Post, WAMU]
  • Fact-checking David Catania‘s claim that Muriel Bowser left affordable-housing money unspent [Post]
  • What Jonetta Rose Barras learned at the LL Debate for attorney general candidates. [Post]
  • Nobody likes Metro anymore. [Post]
  • ANC backs Hebrew Home plan. [WAMU]
  • Health center says the District pushed them out. [WBJ]
  • Cop gets 7 years for prostitution ring. [Post]
  • United Medical Center union opposes cuts. [WBJ]

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

  • Zoning Commission approves the first provisions for parking and density reform. [GGW]
  • A list of D.C.’s most endangered historic properties. [Post]
  • Metro ridership drops amid declining federal employment and more biking. [City Desk]
  • Capitol Hill considers an expansion of its historic district. [Hill Rag]
  • Class B rents rise amid increased demand. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C.’s most Dutch intersection. [GGW]
  • Hidden spots in D.C. you may or may not know about. [Thrillist]
  • Today on the market: 
  • New York Avenue NW rowhouse—-$775,000

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

  • A review of the 5×5 public art projects, with special props to curator A.M. Weaver‘s “Ceremonies of Dark Men” [artnet]
  • Get your cameras and cold showers ready: Tyson Beckford will be the grand marshal at Howard University’s homecoming parade. [Post]
  • Local rapper Chaz French on keeping a relationship with God and reconnecting with his estranged father [Bandwidth]
  • An interview with Yelle, who plays the 9:30 Club on Saturday [BYT]
  • Margaret Leng Tan played an entire concert on toy instruments at the Hill Center. [Post]
  • Photos of Betty WhoJoywave, and Great Good Fine OK at the Fillmore Silver Spring [BYT]

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

  • Rasika tops Tom Sietsema‘s fall dining guide. [Post]
  • Numbers breakdown of Tom Sietsema‘s fall dining guide [Post]
  • How to drink your way through Shaw [Thrillist]
  • Tutto Bene closes in Ballston. [ARLnow]
  • Five must-try omakase spots in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Washington Firehouse restaurant is set to open Oct. 24 [WBJ]
  • Four Seasons food truck coming to D.C. next week [Washingtonian]