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Leading mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser and David Catania kicked off the debate season at American University last night with the expected mixture of petty bickering and legislative jabs.


  • A judge rejected D.C.’s request to extend the 90-day stay delaying when the order overturning the city’s total ban on carrying a gun in public goes into effect until the city files an appeal of the ruling. [WAMU]
  • The $18 million Southeast Tennis and Learning Center will officially open its doors following a Nov. 7 gala featuring Venus and Serena Williams, who helped sponsor the renovations. [News4]
  • Virginia Republicans rejected a deal to expand Medicaid in the state. [Washington Post]
  • The first Nats playoffs games are expected to fall on Yom Kippur. Area Jews are struggling. [Washington Post]


Haven is Real: Our latest cover story takes a historical look at how D.C. churches defied the Reagan administration and helped Central American refugees flee repression in the ’80s.

Councilgram: The newest Instagram account in town chronicles our elected councilmembers parking their cars anywhere they very well please. Catch any other unfortunate councilmember parking jobs? Send ’em our way!

The Other Scotland News: While the world was waiting to see how Scotland would vote on independence vote, D.C.’s small Scottish community watched soccer together.

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

  • Mayoral candidates get testy in first debate of the general election. [LL, Post]
  • Prosecutors want probation for Jeff Thompson crony tied to Hillary Clinton campaign. [LL]
  • Paul Zukerberg leads the attorney general field, but nearly 60 percent of voters are undecided. [Post]
  • Bowser releases mayoral platform ahead of debate. [Post]
  • Poll: marijuana legalization will almost certainly pass in November. [Post]
  • Check out Councilgram, the only Instagram account devoted to D.C. Council parking scofflaws. [LL]
  • Elections board boss won’t commit to a problem-free November vote. [Post]
  • At-large candidate Khalid Pitts lands restaurant association endorsement, but finds LL’s reporting unappetizing. [LL]
  • Mayor’s race puts Petula Dvorak to sleep. [Post]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: Where’s the District’s mandated small business spending? [Post]
  • School boundaries changes prove popular in poll. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Post ed board: where’s Barack Obama on statehood? [Post]
  • Watch mortgage demographics shift in Washington. [Housing Complex]

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

  • D.C. bike commuting continues to rise. Watch out, Portland. [WashCycle]
  • Here’s how other cities stacked up in bike-commute changes. [Streetsblog]
  • A map of today’s temporary parklets [GGW]
  • Imagining a more natural and appealing Constitution Gardens on the Mall. [AP]
  • The trials of living in 155 square feet per person. [UrbanTurf]
  • Federal agencies seek new D.C.-area office space. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Four-apartment building in Bellevue—$475,000

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

  • How much money is a Washington Post review worth to a theater company? Steven Dawson, Woolly Mammoth’s marketing manager, takes a guess. [Emerging Arts Leaders DC]
  • Forum Theatre nabbed one of a dozen 2014 grants from the American Theatre Wing, creator of the Tony Awards. [Washingtonian]
  • Actress Kimberly Gilbert on her titular role in Woolly’s Marie Antoinette: “No wonder there was a restless spirit inside of her that wanted to rebel.” [Express]
  • Two months ’til Dischord’s release of Fugazi‘s first demo. Here’s the track list. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Sheena Howard‘s Eisner Award-winning Black Comics, a collection of essays on the history of black comic strips and their creators, was born from her research at Howard University. [Post]
  • The National Museum of American History is getting a new 100-foot-wide window. [Express]

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

  • Where to celebrate Oktoberfest [Post]
  • Best food porn Instagram accounts [Thrillist]
  • Dram & Grain is back with more space and drinks. [Eater]
  • The 25 best food trucks in Washington [Washingtonian]
  • The best restaurants for wine pairings [Zagat]
  • Seven Virginia rosés to try [NoVa Mag]
  • Daniel Boulud isn’t sure what “fanny” means. [Express]