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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? email@example.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. [Post, WTOP, WBJ]
- 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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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? email@example.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? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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]