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The Nationals are still alive, after beating the San Francisco Giants 4-1 Monday in the third game of the NL Division Series. They’re down 2-1 in the series, meaning they have to win tonight to extend the series to a decisive Game 5 (which would be in D.C. on Thursday).


  • President Barack Obama endorsed Muriel Bowser for mayor—-an endorsement that Councilmember Mary Cheh called peculiar. [Loose Lips]
  • A new mayoral poll reportedly shows Muriel Bowser just four points ahead of David Catania, but most people haven’t actually seen the poll. [Washingtonian]
  • Some D.C. public schools are seeing positive results from the “blended learning model.” [WAMU]
  • President Barack Obama‘s Facebook page accidentally called D.C. a state. [Washington Post]


Disappearing Housing: A look at the District’s ever decreasing affordable housing in interesting charts and numbers.

Large Debate: Come watch at least 11 at-large D.C. Council candidates debate at a WCP-hosted debate this Wednesday at the Black Cat. Doors open at 8 p.m., action starts at 8:30 p.m.

Religious News: The rabbi at D.C.’s largest conservative synagogue received support from his congregation after he told them he was gay Monday.

Gym Nauseam: Our latest cover story explores the District’s booming high-end, luxury gym scene. Are they making D.C. a healthier city, or they are just serving the already fit and rich? Give us 30 burpees and we’ll tell you.

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

  • Barack Obama endorses Muriel Bowser in the mayor’s race. [LL, WAMU, PostTimesPost]
  • Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh calls the Obama endorsement “peculiar.” [LL]
  • Attorney general campaign-sponsored poll few have actually seen purportedly shows David Catania just points away from Bowser. [Washingtonian]
  • Bill aims to keep Palisades from becoming a food desert. [PostWBJ]
  • Fact-checking whether Bowser “greased the wheels” for her Park Southern operator donor. [Post]
  • Post ed board endorsement could dramatically help  Karl Racine‘s chances in the attorney general race. [LL]
  • Board of Elections: voting machines need to be replaced. [WAMU]
  • District backs more tech companies. [Housing Complex]
  • 9-year-old tries to stay alive after being shot in the head. [Post]
  • Underground Dupont Circle art gets closer to actually happening. [Housing Complex]
  • “Blended learning” pays off in some schools. [WAMU]

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

  • A portion of the Red Line will close for 14 weekends, starting in 2016. [GGW]
    Despite rising supply, Class A rents go up. [UrbanTurf]
  • Law firms spurring office construction: a thing of the past? [WBJ]
  • Parts of Lincoln and Stanton parks will close for eight months for turf improvements. [Hill Rag]
  • A tour of sub-400-square-foot living. [UrbanTurf]
  • A map of Metro station architecture. [GGW]
  • Private land is cut out of Springfield’s FBI bid. [Post]
  • The blurring of the urban/suburban divide. [CityLab]
  • Today on the market: Columbia Heights 2BR condo—$479,000

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

  • The former streetcar space below Dupont Circle will finally become an underground art space. Literally. [Housing Complex]
  • Photos of Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz, and Teen Liver at the Black Cat [Bandwidth]
  • Listen to the 12-minute track by Philly alt-punk act Restorations that writers and visual artists interpreted for this weekend’s Call + Response opening at Hole In the Sky. [DCist]
  • The Phillips Collection complements its exhibition of neo-impressionists with musical performances inspired by (and that have inspired) pointillism. [Post]
  • Listen to the “nonsensical rhymes” of local indie-rock outfit Spirit Plots‘ “Set Out.” [Bandwidth]

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

  • Green Hat Gin turns two with party tomorrow. [PoPville]
  • Things you don’t understand about food trucks unless you run one [Thrillist]
  • Are these the D.C. area’s best restaurants? [Zagat]
  • Fishnet launches a fancier chef’s counter. [Washingtonian]
  • What to expect from Mango Tree, coming to CityCenterDC [Eater]
  • The Red Hen is Tom Sietsema‘s No. 4 restaurant. [Post]
  • Where to find good beer cocktails [DCist]
  • Brewing trends at the Great American Beer Festivals [Drink DC]