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It took the Secret Service four days to realize that bullets had hit the White House after a gunman opened fire at the building from his car in November 2011, according to a Washington Post report, which shows how the Secret Service poorly responded to this shooting. Sasha Obama was in the White House at the time of the shooting—-and the president and first lady were pissed.


  • Will the next D.C. mayor want to keep Police Chief Cathy Lanier on board? [Post]
  • Frager’s Hardware says it will reopen in two years in its old Capitol Hill location that was destroyed by a fire. [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. streetcars begin simulated service today, and passenger service is expected to start in November. [News4]


Legal Clash: Loose Lips is hosting its very own attorney general debate between the five candidates vying for the position. Tonight. Rock & Roll Hotel. Doors open at 7, debate begins at 8. Be there. 

Peter May I?: In our latest cover story, meet Peter May: the most powerful man you’ve never heard of shaping D.C.’s growth.

Laughing at SnyderThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart finally aired its segment featuring Native Americans and supporters of the Washington football team name making their arguments for and against the the team name. Unfortunately, the anticipated controversial encounter between the Native Americans and defenders of the team name was largely cut.

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

  • Whoever wins the mayor’s race, will police chief Cathy Lanier stay? [Post]
  • Tonight! LL’s attorney general debate at Rock and Roll Hotel, starting at 8 p.m. [LL]
  • Guess who’s on top of the latest Mayoral Power Rankings? [LL]
  • Carol Schwartz‘s D.C. Council record reappears in the mayoral race. [Post]
  • Attorney general hopeful “Smitty” plays up his District background in new mailer. [LL]
  • Deputy mayor’s office considers what’s behind school dropouts. [Post, WAMU]
  • Post ed board backs Vince Gray‘s plan to change the requirements to be inspector general. [LL]
  • Pop-ups prove to be a live wire in District neighborhoods. [WAMU]
  • Metro Connection considers gentrification. [WAMU]
  • Navy Yard: not just about Nats Park anymore. [Post]
  • Frager’s Hardware will return to its old location after fire. [Housing Complex]

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

  • D.C.’s attorney general candidates go head to head (to head to head to…) tonight. [LL]
  • A Georgetown Metro station would be among the system’s busiest. [GGW]
  • Grimke redevelopment starts to take shape: museum, residences, nonprofit, and no height increase. [UrbanTurf]
  • With more people living downtown, a push for playgrounds. [Post]
  • ANC doesn’t buy proposal for parking-free micro-units on Blagden Alley. [SALM]
  • Fort Totten Walmart gets its permit for build-out. [WBJ]
  • A history of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, once called America’s “greatest monstrosity.” [Streets of Washington]
  • Today on the market: Brightwood Park rowhouse in need of some upgrades—-$495,000

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

  • The Daily Show investigates the Washington football team’s racist name. [City Desk]
  • DC9 is giving cover charge discounts to folks who leave their cell phones at the door. [Arts Desk]
  • This GW course on D.C. punk history will make you want to go back to school. [DCist]
  • Listen to Teen Mom‘s newest track “Naked in the Eyes of My Love.” [D.C. Music Download]
  • Photos of Twenty One Pilots and Misterwives at the 9:30 Club [BYT]
  • A profile of Martha Clarke, who wrote Chéri, which comes to the Kennedy Center this week [Post]

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

  • New whiskey distillery and restaurant planned for 14th and U streets NW. [WBJ]
  • Take a tour of Belga Cafe chef Bart Vandaele‘s Alexandria home. [Post]
  • Five cool new lunch spots to try [Zagat]
  • Where to drink Manhattans [DCist]
  • Mama Rouge opens on the Georgetown waterfront on Oct. 14. [Washingtonian]
  • Frozen In-N-Out Burgers sell out in 30 minutes—and they’re soggy. [Eater]
  • Seven things to know about Mason Dixie Biscuit Company [Thrillist]