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The Washington football team had a terrible, terrible start to its season, falling to Houston 17-6. At one point, the team actually tackled itself. Outside the Houston stadium, a few people protested the team’s offensive name.


  • Sept. 16 marks the one year anniversary of the Navy Yard shooting. Here’s is one survivor’s story of pain and recovery. [Washington Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray‘s 2010 mayoral campaign driver Mark Long pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to cover up illicit campaign contributions for the mayor. He also admitted to handing off a mysterious package to a pro-Gray union leader. [Loose Lips]
  • Goodbye, Ronald Reagan. D.C. punk rockers have a new enemy: developers and gentrification. [City Lab]
  • Seventeen D.C. cops say they were forced into retirement in June because of age. [WAMU]


Etiquette Issue:  Our D.C. Etiquette Issue is on stands. WCP writers and contributors answer all the D.C. etiquette questions you never knew you had, from how to appropriately ask for weed at a party to whether you should drink that water in an Uber. So stop being so rude, dammit!

Magic Number: Follow our new series tracking how close the Nats are to clinching their division. This weekend’s magic number: 16.

Third Times the Charm? Douglas Development is hoping to redevelop a long vacant site on New York Avenue NE. The 15-acre site at the triangle formed by New York and Montana avenues and Bladensburg Road NE was initially supposed to be a mixed-use development project, and then the site of one of the six Walmart stores coming to the District. Both plans failed. 

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

  • Vince Gray’s former campaign driver pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with investigators. [LL,WAMUTimesPost]
  • Ousted District cops allege age discrimination. [WAMU]
  • At-large hopeful Robert White defends himself from “establishment candidate” label. [WAMU]
  • Hill Easters unhappy with freeway reopening. [Housing Complex]
  • Adrian Fenty-era DDOT director Gabe Klein signs on with Boston startup. [WBJ]
  • Police plan to test body cameras on officers. [Post]
  • Sting catches Uber drivers. [WAMU]
  • Insurers get first tax bills aimed at supporting the D.C. health exchange. [WBJ]
  • Major developer goes after New York Ave. site. [Housing Complex]

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

  • D.C. punk rockers take on gentrification. [CityLab]
  • NCPC: McMillan development could block important views of the Capitol (from miles away). [District Source]
  • But the Zoning Commission allows habitable rooftop penthouses to move forward. [UrbanTurf]
  • As her rivals offer vague criticism, Carol Schwartz goes into some detail on education policy. [Post]
  • Suspensions and expulsions at charter schools are way down. [DCist]
  • On retail, D.C. can’t beat the suburbs. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Logan Circle 1BR condo—$460,000

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

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

  • The best pizza happy hours in the Washington area [Post]
  • Urbana reopens with new design and Italian menu [Washingtonian]
  • More photos from Diner en Blanc [Eater]
  • Cocktails made with meat [Zagat]
  • The Spot deli opens on H Street NE [PoPville]
  • A look back at the highlights of DC Beer Week [DC Beer]
  • The best bars without TVs [BYT]