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The Nats kick off their playoff run today against the Giants at Nationals Park. Here are some tips for how to get there; a look at why the team will be handing out white towels to fans instead of red ones today; and a question: Will this latest Nats playoff run get the District’s black kids excited about baseball once again?

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. Circulator will extend its hours for the Nats playoff games. [Washington Post]
  • An attorney is asking a federal judge to block D.C. Council legislation that would limit who could carry a gun in public. [WAMU]
  • A missing 23-year-old D.C. bartender, Joe Madden, has been found safe. [City Desk]
  • The mayoral candidates sparred during the second debate of the season last night. [Loose Lips]

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

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.

Pot Flop: Attorney general hopeful Karl Racine says he’s in favor of legalizing marijuana, even though he said he was unsure just a month ago.

The Day Has Come: The D.C. arts commission says it will take down a controversial—-and fire-hazardous!—-public art project in Anacostia this Monday.

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

  • Mayoral candidates face off at second debate. [LLPostTimes, WAMU]
  • Attorney general candidate Karl Racine flip-flops on marijuana. [LL]
  • Marion Barry says he’s behind fire department declaring Anacostia public art a fire hazard. [Arts Desk, Arts Desk]
  • Education coalition calls for stronger schools. [Post, GGW, DCFPI]
  • Posties hit the picket line. [City DeskPost]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras trashes Muriel Bowser‘s anti-“poor door” bill. [Post]
  • Columbia Heights residents oppose rent increase. [Housing Complex]
  • Attorney general candidates agree on LGBT issues at LL debate. [LL]
  • Endorsements fly in mayoral race. [Blade]
  • Dunbar High touts high test score gains. [Post]
  • Howard strikes hospital deal. [WBJ]

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

  • Mayoral candidates spar over schools, affordable housing, and other issues. [LL]
  • Spy Museum to Carnegie Library? Historic preservation board again says no. [Post]
  • After rejecting an earlier design, NCPC votes to approve Eisenhower Memorial. [WBJ]
  • Pierce School residences will be sold in chunks, after owners couldn’t offload package deal. [UrbanTurf]
  • The saga of D.C.’s most infamous hole in the ground, finally approaching a conclusion. [Post]
  • City works on plan to create smaller homeless shelters. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: 1BR condo off U Street—-$399,900

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauteruccitips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A controversial 5×5 Project art installation in Anacostia has unearthed some deeper issues: Is the D.C. government responsible for the bulk of the neighborhood’s vacant buildings? [Housing Complex]
  • Marion Barry takes credit for the fire marshal deeming the Anacostia installation a fire hazard, and the arts commission will remove it on Monday. [Arts Desk] [Arts Desk]
  • Tony Covay, son of local R&B legend Don Covay, busks outside of Nationals Park. [Post]
  • A look inside three of the Smithsonian’s research and conservation centers (N.B. one has cheetah cubs) [Express]
  • Baltimore booker Dana Murphy on booking this year’s U+NFest and combating misogyny and mansplaining in the DIY music scene [Bandwidth]
  • On Veteran’s Day, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, Dave Grohl, Carrie Underwood, and other big-name celebrities will perform a free concert on the National Mall. [DCist]

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

  • Barack Obama has dinner at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. [Eater]
  • Missing bartender Joe Madden found safe. [City Desk]
  • How often are celebrity chefs actually in the kitchen [Post]
  • Former Yola owner talks about why she regrets being a nice boss. [Slate]
  • Five things to know about Pinea [Zagat]
  • Casa Blanca closes downtown. [PoPville]
  • Nationals playoff food and drinks specials around town [Washingtonian]
  • The Partisan serves a pasta made with wort from Bluejacket brewery. [Express]