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LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Commercial strips far from Metro stations along Rhode Island Avenue NE are struggling. Could “transitional retail” be the answer? [Housing Complex]
- In response to a federal court ruling overturning D.C.’s total ban on carrying guns in public, city officials have proposed legislation that would define who could carry a gun in public. [City Desk]
- Muriel Bowser has a big double digit lead over David Catania, according to a new NBC/Post poll. [Loose Lips]
- Get ready, the first mayoral debate of the season is tonight at American University. [News4]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Salute Your Schwartz: Carol Schwartz and her outsized personality make another shot at the mayoralty.
Celebrity Chef: Daniel Boulod looks to ingratiate himself in D.C. in a way other celebrity chefs haven’t.
Power Bottle Service: Yet another steakhouse is coming to D.C. this week. And this one—-Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse—-has power outlets meant to symbolize “power dining” and a rack just for $8,000 to $10,000 bottles of wine.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Muriel Bowser leads by double digits in new poll. [LL, Post, NBC4]
- Carol Schwartz tries to be mayor on the force of her personality…and not much else. [LL]
- Elissa Silverman campaign says their poll shows her leading the at-large race. [LL]
- Republicans ask Bowser to retract radio ad. [LL, Post]
- Mayoral candidates receive top scores from gay group. At-large candidates, not so much. [LL, Blade]
- Police chief Cathy Lanier scores high in poll. [Post]
- Council, mayor respond to court ruling with new gun law. [City Desk, Times, WAMU, Post]
- ANC commissioner accused in homeless attack gets plea offer. [Post]
- Bowser holds LGBTQ meet and greet. [Blade]
- “Two is enough!” say pot legalization opponents. [WAMU, Post]
- Streetcar nears another testing phase. [WAMU]
- What LGBTQ candidates want to see at tonight’s mayoral debate. [Metro Weekly]
- Developer Jair Lynch takes on project near Nats Park. [WBJ]
- Some terrible reasons to oppose District statehood. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If you’re living in D.C. four years or longer, it’s better to buy than rent. [UrbanTurf]
- Tell that to Robert De Niro, who’s paying $125,000 a month for his New York apartment. [Vanity Fair]
- Major Congress Heights project gets tweaked. [WBJ]
- Readers weigh in on 11th Street Bridge Park designs. [UrbanTurf]
- Jair Lynch re-envisions Half Street SE. [WBJ]
- Software tool could help developers assess project feasibility. [UrbanTurf]
- Today on the market: Foggy Bottom “extra large studio”—$220,000
ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? email@example.com)
- The mayor of Richmond pronounced yesterday “Foo Fighters Day” in honor of the band’s crowdfunded concert. [SPIN]
- Watch Olivia Neutron-John‘s music video for “Death/Tango,” a tribute toAnna Nasty‘s late friend, Richie Terrific. [Bandwidth]
- Gene Weingarten wrote his first children’s book. [Post]
- Photos of Ty Segall at the 9:30 Club [BYT]
- At his Echostage concert, Sam Smith‘s songs didn’t meet the high standards of classic soul and R&B. [Post]
- Actors Michael Patrick Thornton and Joseph Carlson of Olney Theatre Center’s Colossal, on playing younger and older versions of the same character in one play [DC Theatre Scene]
YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The best food trucks for every craving [Washingtonian]
- Indian spice market, cafe, and cooking school opens in Dupont. [PoPville]
- Three places to try during Turkish Restaurant Week [Zagat]
- Old Ebbitt Grill customers eat about 3,000 oysters a day. [Eater]
- SnoCream Shavery serves up a different kind of frozen treat from a school bus. [Express]
- More of the city’s best pizzas [DCist]
- Tom Sietsema finds plenty of wholesomeness at DC Harvest. [Post]
- Chupacabra is hosting an eating contest this weekend. [Frozen Tropics]