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The largest charter school operator in Texas, Harmony Public Schools, is trying to expand into D.C. with a math and science focused school in fall 2014. The company has a solid academic record, but its business practices have come under fire, specifically its alleged connections to a controversial Muslim cleric.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayoral candidate Vince Orange says fellow contender Muriel Bowser‘s Ward 4 home is still up for grabs. [Post]
  • The director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Ron Kirby, was killed Monday evening in his Alexandria home. [Housing Complex]
  • Native American leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House and thanked him for voicing concerns about the Washington football team’s name. [WAMU]
  • Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal officially launched his mayoral campaign yesterday at Ben’s Chili Bowl. [LL]

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

Time After Time: WaPo columnist Richard Cohen is at it again with another offensive and clumsy column.

For the Children: The latest, and strangest yet, defense of the Washington Pigskins’ offensive name: If we change it, how will we explain the history of Native Americans to our children?

Picture This: Enter Washington City Paper’s inaugural photo contest, featuring photos about or of D.C.

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

  • Vincent Orange says Ward 4, home to Muriel Bowser, is open to other mayoral candidates. [Post]
  • Andy Shallal launches his campaign. [WAMU, LL]
  • Shallal: City needs better vision than “One City.” [Post]
  • Michael Brown wants a preprison trip to Florida. [AP]
  • Council of Governments transportation director Ron Kirby found shot to death in his house. [PostWTOPWBJ]
  • First mayoral debate set for tonight. [DC Bar]
  • Bowser campaign claims it landed almost 4,000 signatures over the weekend. [Twitter]
  • What the ’68 riots left in Shaw. [WAMU]

Metro promises brighter parking garages. [NBC 4]

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

  • Soon you’ll be able to reload your SmarTrip on the street. [City Desk]
  • D.C. has a bunch of startups. [Post]
  • The feds start to consider transportation costs as a part of housing affordability. [Streetsblog]
  • NoMa will officially have a movie theater glut. [Post]
  • FBI swap requires GSA policy upgrade. [WBJ]
  • $5 million Georgetown condos will start selling in January. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Dupont studio

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

  • Should the Wheaton Community Recreation Center—the place of a legendary (but possibly imaginary) Led Zeppelin concert in 1969—be demolished alongside the Wheaton Library? Or preserved? [Greater Greater Washington]
  • Here’s what the Spy Museum may look like when it opens at the Carnegie Library. [WBJ]
  • If you’ve wondered about the whereabouts of D.C.’s Matthew Hemerlein, well, he’s putting out a record on 4AD. [Spin]
  • The Smithsonian gets more serious about 3D printing. [AP]
  • D.C.’s House Studio launches its own record label. [Arts Desk]
  • Local dream-pop duo GEMS releases its debut EP. [Arts Desk]
  • Quotidian Theatre casts its season. [D.C. Theatre Scene]

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

  • Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal is officially running for mayor. [Loose Lips]
  • The top 47 places to eat and drink [Thrillist]
  • “I look at some of the prices at Fiola, and now [Casa Luca], and shake my head,” critic Todd Kliman says. [Washingtonian]
  • Hangover observations from DC Central Kitchen’s star-studded Capital Food Fight [Eater]
  • Ramen sliders are not so great in reality. [Post]
  • Some Columbia Heights residents aren’t too happy about having a TGI Friday’s in the neighborhood. [PoPville]
  • Mixologist Gina Chersevani offers holiday cocktail classes. [Zagat]