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Police sensors, specifically ShotSpotter technology, have detected nearly 40,000 incidents of gunfire in D.C. since 2006, according to a Washington Post investigation.


  • The D.C. council backed away from legislation that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to apply for regular driver’s licenses. Under the new plan, undocumented immigrants would apply for licenses that are stamped with “not valid for official federal purposes.” [Washington Post]
  • Reta Lewis even more officially announced her mayoral campaign this weekend. [Loose Lips]
  • Betsy Rothstein is out, and Patrick Tutwiler is the new editor of FishbowlDC. [FishbowlDC]
  • The private Washington company trying to lobby for a high speed train between D.C. and New York City has lined up some prominent people to help push its cause.  [Post]


The Gas Menagerie: ICYMI, the latest WCP cover story is a profile of Mia Feuer, a young Brookland artist whose debut museum show includes a functional skating rink she built inside the Corcoran.

Raise the Roof: D.C. architects want taller buildings and, thus, changes to the Height Act.

Ready, Set…Run? Is Vince Gray running for mayor again? His not-quite-re-election tour continues.

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

  • Vince Gray: I didn’t know anything! [LLPost]
  • But the Post ed board isn’t satisfied. [Post]
  • D.C. Council backs down on plan to issue one license for everyone, regardless of immigration status. [Post]
  • Reta Lewis kicks off mayoral campaign. [LLPost]
  • D.C. eyeing healthcare company’s financial woes. [WBJ]
  • Post compiles ShotSpotter data. [Post]
  • District’s attorneys try to block effort to stop attorney general election day. [Times]
  • Trickster bamboozles cashiers. [Post]
  • Surprise: Architects want taller buildings. [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. police find a body while working another case. [WTOP]
  • Gray cuts the ribbon on another elementary school. [NBC 4]
  • New Metro cars will start running next year. [WAMU]

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

  • Office market flailing, Capitol Riverfront project switches to residential. [WBJ]
  • The latest round of McMillan renderings. [UrbanTurf]
  • Big names line up behind high-speed D.C.-New York rail. [Post]
  • A roundup of all the changes coming to the Capitol Riverfront. [Hill Rag]
  • In case you haven’t had your fill, more on Ralph Nader‘s library recalcitrance [Post]
  • Houseboats start getting moved to prepare for The Wharf. [SWTLQTC]
  • CityCenterDC hotel looks to be swanky. [WBJ]
  • Pennsylvania Avenue U-turners undaunted by zebras. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Ivy City becomes a selling point

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

  • Local standup comic Jenn Tisdale makes a porno with James Deen; writes about it. [Brightest Young Things]
  • Phil Kennicott debates filmmaker Alex Rivera on the validity of the umbrella term “Latino art.” [Post]
  • Local bartenders love and hate Ben Tausig‘s (“Inkwell”) crossword puzzles. [NPR]
  • Julianne Brienza talks FallFringe. [BYT] [DCist]
  • Ex-Wonder Woman and Potomac resident Lynda Carter on her struggle with alcoholism. [Huffington Post]
  • Come all ye faithful, and read this profile of Virginia-raised Christian vocalist TobyMac. [Post]
  • Miguel spotted in Dupont. [Post]
  • Listen to a new track from local band Alarms & Controls. [DCist]
  • Another obituary for D.C. jazz musician Frank Wess [NPR]

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

  • Which mayoral candidate gave out the best Halloween candy? [Loose Lips]
  • Another out-of-town critic takes on Washington’s dining scene. [Bloomberg]
  • D.C.’s best happy hours [Eater]
  • A guide to restaurants, bars, and more in Shaw [Post]
  • Churches attract new members with beer. [NPR]
  • Try the fried bone marrow at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. [Zagat]
  • Canned food sculpture debuts at Reagan National Airport. [ARLnow]