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D.C.-area colleges and universities received record donations this year. The University of Maryland plans to announce today the largest gift in its history—-a $31 million gift from a 35-year-old tech entrepreneur. In March, GWU received $80 million in donations in support of its public health program. Trinity Washington University announced this year it will receive $10 million or a new academic building and Georgetown will receive $100 million for a new school of public policy.


  • A man reportedly wearing a Pokeman costume jumped the White House fence Thursday evening and was immediately taken into custody. [Post]
  • Police Chief Cathy Lanier says she was shocked after she saw a video of a police officer trying to stop someone from recording a police arrest. Policy states that the public is allowed to record police activity, so long as they are not interfering. [Post]
  • The D.C. Council at-large candidates slam the soccer stadium deal. [LL]
  • Tenants in one Columbia Heights building say their living conditions are uninhabitable, with rodent infestations and dangerous appliance maintenance.  On top of that, their landlord is now trying to increase their rent by more than 30 percent. [WAMU]


Rough Cut: Diamond District is on our cover this week. Five years ago the rap trio helped define the DMV hip-hop scene. Are people still listening?

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.

Art Critic: Councilmember Marion Barry says the 5×5 art project in Anacostia looks like “junk.”

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

  • At-large candidates trash the D.C. United soccer stadium deal. [LL]
  • McKinley Middle School teacher apologizes for asking students to compare George W. BushAdolf Hitler. [City DeskPost, WAMUTimesTimes]
  • Art critic Marion Barry vows to get to the bottom of unpopular Anacostia art. [Arts Desk]
  • Here’s some Anacostia public art that will probably be better received. [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. Working Families endorses Graylan HaglerElissa Silverman in the at-large race. [Post]
  • Post ed board backs traffic cameras after critical inspector general report. [Post]
  • Silverman goes on WPFW’s D.C. Politics Hour. [WPFW]
  • Gym says it didn’t open on H Street NE because of the “yoga tax.” [City Desk]
  • Police chief criticizes cop’s hassling of man filming arrest. [Post]
  • The D.C. health exchange gets new offices. [WBJ]
  • District floats affordable housing for the Hebrew Home. [Housing Complex]
  • Pepco crew finds a corpse. [NBC4]

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

  • At-large Council candidates slam D.C. United stadium deal. [LL]
  • Mount Vernon Triangle development lands $9 million in EB-5 funding. [WBJ]
  • What smartphone Metro payment will look like. [DCist]
  • Meanwhile, with its aging railcars, Metro remains stuck in the past. [DCist]
  • Appeals court wants Zoning Commission to be more critical of PUD applications. [WBJ]
  • Assessing Carol Schwartz‘s bid to become the education candidate. [GGW]
  • Office developer tries to build skinny. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Bloomingdale 3BR condo—-$629,000

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

  • Do you like fun? Read our fall arts guide for previews of this season’s best concerts, theater, film screenings, gallery and museum exhibitions, and book talks. [WCP]
  • Marion Barry says any public art project coming to Ward 8 should go through him first. And the 5×5 Project installation on Good Hope Road SE? “It looks like junk.” [Arts Desk]
  • Watch the heartfelt video for “Beautiful Life,” the first single from Chuck Brown‘s last album of new music. [Bandwidth]
  • Ian MacKaye wrote a song about a Ford to sing for his toddler-aged son. [Post]
  • Why do the members of local hip-hop stalwart Diamond District think fans won’t like their new album? [WCP]
  • Four architectural proposals for parks, amphitheaters, and public art for the 11th Street Bridge, spanning the Anacostia River [Housing Complex]
  • An update on the Hobby Lobby president’s Bible museum that’s coming (close) to the National Mall [Post]

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

  • Ray’s Hell Burger is back. [Washingtonian]
  • Comparing the fake pianos at Mr. Smith’s and Georgetown Piano Bar. [Express]
  • A guide to local beer festivals [Post]
  • Pizza Studio coming to Dupont. [WBJ]
  • CityEats reservation system is no more. [Eater]
  • Check out DGS Delicatessen‘s Rosh Hashanah menu. [PoPville]
  • Four Instagram-worthy restaurant mascots [Zagat]