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Mayoral candidate and Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser has been the primary author on hundreds of bills, but she has not pushed any bold initiatives. In an interview with the Postshe declined to name bills that have defined her tenure on the Council, saying she has already done that “a thousand times.” So is Bowser an effective leader who simply isn’t try to steal the spotlight, or do voters have a reason to be concerned about her legislative record?

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell says she will introduce legislation to strip the NFL of its tax exempt status if it does not take action on the Washington football team name. [City Desk]
  • Stimulated H Street NE streetcar service is slated to begin Sept. 29. [WAMU]
  • A Georgetown student died this week after contracting meningitis. [News4]
  • Under new ownership, WJLA—-Washington’s ABC affiliate—-is taking a slight turn to the right. [Post]

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

Fall Arts Guide: Our Fall Arts Guide is on stands and online. Pick it up to plan all your music, book, performance, theater, comedy, film, and museum happenings for the upcoming season. You’re welcome.

Wrapped UpDavid Catania took a cue from Vince Gray‘s 2014 mayoral campaign and purchased a wrap ad on the cover of yesterday’s free Express paper.

A War on Dana Milbank’s Car: A response to the Post‘s Dana Milbank‘s inane column in which he says the District shouldn’t get statehood because it’s traffic ticket system is a mess.

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

  • Vince Gray, D.C. Council will announce new gun legislation plans in response to court ruling today. [Times]
  • Labor coalition backs “Smitty” for attorney general, Elissa Silverman in the at-large race. [LLPost]
  • What David Catania‘s plan means for LGBT policy. [Blade]
  • Catania buys potentially deceptive ad on the cover of Express. [LL]
  • Ward 5’s Kenyan McDuffie makes the case for statehood. [Think Progress]
  • Mayoral candidates differ on how to push statehood. [Post]
  • Applications to operate charter schools drop. [Post]
  • D.C. Superior Court chief warns about vacancies on the bench. [Post]
  • Courtland Milloy: not eager to spay his cat. [Post]

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

  • A response to Dana Milbank‘s self-centered anti-statehood crusade. [City Desk]
  • Business leaders make their pitch for the 2024 Olympics. [Post]
  • Architect abandons creative touch after Zoning Commission objections. [WBJ]
  • David Catania‘s education platform may be long, but it’s unlikely to solve problems. [GGW]
  • Howard University plans 319-unit residential building with retail on Sherman Avenue. [UrbanTurf]
  • A lexicon of new urbanist terms, some better than others. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Manor Park rowhouse—-$449,000

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

  • When a classical opera takes on South African folk elements, are its accolades genuine, or fetishization of the exotic? [Arts Desk]
  • Photos of Sylvan Esso and Doe Paoro at the Howard Theatre [D.C. Music Download]
  • Frank Gehry‘s proposed designs for the Eisenhower Memorial might be scuttled. [Post]
  • Inside H Street NE’s new NK Gallery [East City Art]
  • Photos of Route 29 Revue at Merriweather Post Pavilion [BYT]
  • Angela Lansbury will star in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, coming to the National Theatre in March. [Post]
  • D.C.’s Keegan Theatre Company is touring Ireland with A Few Good Men. [Post]

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

  • Room 11 debuts a homemade choco taco. [Eater]
  • Five over-the-top grilled cheese sandwiches [Express]
  • Newton’s Table lowers prices and goes more casual. [Bethesda Mag]
  • 17 food trucks with great (terrible?) pun names [BuzzFeed]
  • 24-hour Surfside aims to open near the end of September. [PoPville]
  • Chuy’s now open in Fairfax. [Washingtonian]
  • Chipotle wannabes find D.C. the perfect place for have-it-your-way cuisine. [Post]
  • Five new fried chicken dishes to try [Zagat]