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Mayor Vince Gray signed legislation into law Monday that would allow the D.C. DMV to issue modified licenses to people who can’t prove their immigration status, creating a two-tier license system.


  • The District’s first two Walmarts are set to open on Dec. 4 [WJLA]
  • At-large Councilmember Vince Orange says he’s trying to get colleagues to support legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50. [Post]
  • D.C. Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Harry Sewell was put on administrative leave, likely because of his big spending on the agency credit card. [Loose Lips]
  • The latest in the search for new FBI headquarters has knocked out some possibilities from the list because they are not close enough to Metro stations, including Loudoun and Prince William counties. [WTOP]


Swagger Jack: ICYMI, our latest cover is a profile of Ward 2 councilmember and mayoral candidate Jack Evans. He’s been on the council since 1991 and has already unsuccessfully run for mayor. So why does he think he’s got a shot this time? And what is it with all those hashtags on his signs?

Rat King: City Desk spoke to D.C.’s one and only rat consultant.

Party’s Over:  It may have been 70 degrees yesterday, but beer garden season is officially coming to a close.

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

  • Vince Gray signs bill creating driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. [WAMUPostTimes]
  • Post ed board: Gray’s canning of insurance head is “chilling” for District employees. [Post]
  • Big-spending Housing Finance head put on leave. [WBJ, LL]
  • Labor group wants a minimum wage ballot initiative. [LL]
  • Gray officiating at gay wedding this afternoon. [Schedule]
  • ANC changes its mind on Glover Park traffic. [WAMU]
  • Height limit compromise appears close. [Housing Complex]
  • Police release firearms guidelines…two years late. [Times]
  • Wallet saves man from bullet. [NBC 4]
  • Court reopens American University campus plan fight. [WBJ]
  • D.C. not quite as gay as advertised. [Post]
  • Michael Brown gets a presentencing vacation. [LL]
  • Maybe if the District does worse economically, the rest of the country will like us more. [Housing Complex]

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

  • The anatomy of a collapsed development next to Nationals Park. [Fundrise]
  • Three long-vacant G Street NW properties will be razed. [WBJ]
  • Georgetown church could become single-family home. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • A Q&A with Victor Hoskins. [National Journal]
  • Appeals court asks Zoning Commission to explain AU campus plan decision. [WBJ]
  • National Labor Relations Board will prosecute Walmart for workers’ rights violations. [DCist]
  • Walmart gives $10,000 of food to Central Union Mission. (Coincidence?) [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Dupont 1-BR condo—$374,900

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The man stabbed outside of a Dupont nightclub has died. [NBC4]
  • Dave Eggers, St. Vincent, and Doug Aitken among hipster recipients of Smithsonian Magazine’s second annual Ingenuity Awards. [AP]
  • Rock the Bells organizer Chang Weisberg tells us what we already know about why the festival was canceled in D.C. this fall. [Arts Desk]
  • Wondering where critical reviews are of If/Then at National Theatre? Wait another week. [Post]
  • A new report on the Fairfax County library system arrives today. [Post]
  • Have you submitted to our Fiction Issue yet? Get on that! [Arts Desk]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Former Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken chef moving to Frederik de Pue‘s forthcoming restaurant Menu. [Post]
  • Best restaurants and chefs of the year [Eater]
  • Fiola chef Fabio Trabocchi shares 10 dishes that made his career. [First We Eat]
  • How to make BlackSalt‘s pumpkin streusel pie [Washingtonian]
  • Eat your way around the world at these restaurants. [Zagat]
  • Need to find out where to get eggs for the cupcakes you’re making at 11 p.m.? There’s an app for that. [DCist]
  • Wines for Thanksgiving dinner [NYT]