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Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he would be stepping down from his post. But before he does, he plans to push D.C. voting rights. He is scheduled to speak at the annual legislative conference of the Congressional Black Caucus today, and according to his prepared remarks, he urges members of the group to “continue your efforts until all Americans can make their voices heard in the halls of federal government—including the more than 600,000 taxpayers who, like me, live in the District of Columbia and still have no voting representation in Congress.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayor Vince Gray announced his nominee for inspector general. Now he just needs to get a law passed so his guy can legally be inspector general. [Loose Lips]
  • NBC4’s Jim Vance talks about the state of TV news and rags a bit on his current employer. [Washingtonian]
  • Rock Creek Park turns 124 this Saturday. Here’s a look back at the park’s earliest days. [Washington Post]
  • A woman was fatally struck Thursday night by a Fairfax Connector Bus in the Huntington Metro station parking lot. [News4]

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

  • Vince Gray has an inspector general nominee, but first, he has to get a law passed. [LLPost]
  • Muriel Bowser isn’t Adrian Fenty, says Harry Jaffe. [Washingtonian]
  • Bowser asks her supporters for money in response to David Catania’s “puppet” video. [LL]
  • Post ed board backs body cameras for police. [Post]
  • The trick to getting Bowser to agree to another mayoral event with other candidates: not making her interact with them. [Post]
  • The NRA isn’t satisfied with the new gun law. [Post]
  • Petula Dvorak wants more Relisha Rudd in the mayor’s race. [Post]
  • Where’s the attorney general’s race coverage, asks Peter Rosenstein? [Blade]
  • Carol Schwartz’s daughter and daughter-in-law write about her gay rights stance. [Blade]
  • United Medical Center’s budget doesn’t ask for any operating cash from the District. [WBJ]
  • Red Line train could be operated by computer by spring. [WAMU]

 

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

  • Circulator expansion leaves Georgetown worse off. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • Central chunk of National Mall will close for 18 months. [DCist]
  • Another new cycletrack comes to NoMa. [GGW]
  • Almost 13 percent of D.C.-area homeowners are still underwater. [WBJ]
  • D.C.’s getting another startup incubator, at AU. [Post]
  • All eight-car trains for Metro? It won’t happen without a funding commitment. [WAMU]
  • Today on the market: Bungalow by the Arboretum—$350,000

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

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]