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Four competing proposals on how to raise the District’s minimum wage will head to a D.C. Council committee this week. The lowest proposal would raise the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.55. The steepest proposal would raise the minimum wage to $12.50.


  • Chris Brown was arrested over the weekend in D.C. on a felony assault charge. [City Desk]
  • Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a bus at a Metro facility early Monday morning. [News4]
  • A list of the top 100 most powerful business leaders in the region [Washington Business Journal]
  • The man found dead last week at the Judiciary Square Metro station was identified as Okiemute Whiteru, a 35-year-old lawyer. His death has been ruled an accident. [Washington Post]


The Pot Issue: ICYMI, WCP’s Pot Issue is filled with articles about the fumbles of medical marijuana, the possibilities of legalized pot, D.C.’s first legal pot reviews, and more. Pick it up on stands or read it here.

Shelling Out: An oyster price index comparing the prices of oysters throughout the city.

Homecoming Horrors: Seven people were sent to the hospital after overcrowding at Howard University’s homecoming Yardfest concert led to people getting trampled.

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

  • Minimum wage bills set for D.C. Council hearing today. [Post]
  • Colby King: Time for Ron Machen to make up his mind on Vince Gray. [Post]
  • Gray extends freeze on hiring. [Times]
  • Post ed board backs pot decriminalization bill. [Post]
  • Bus catches fire. [NBC 4]
  • Eight people injured at Howard homecoming. [Times]
  • Three former schools open to charters. [Housing Complex]
  • Feds seize former Washington Times reporter’s records. [Times]

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

  • With the D.C. United stadium coming, here are Buzzard Point sites that could see development action. [SWTLQTC]
  • HQ of Jeff Thompson‘s former health care company will become a hotel. [WBJ]
  • HPRB approves wacky 14th and Wallach development; here are renderings. [UrbanTurf]
  • Kaya Henderson‘s puzzling idea to consolidate all AP classes in one school. [GGW]
  • Another group lines up against the Height Act changes. [Hill Rag]
  • An experiment to show that Ward 8 needs new market-rate housing. [CHOTR]
  • Metrobus catches fire on Bladensburg Road. [AP]
  • High tech comes to D.C. region, but not so much D.C. [Post]
  • D.C. should follow San Francisco’s lead and try allowing bikes on Metro at all times. [GGW]
  • One neighbor doesn’t like SOME Benning Road project. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Foggy Bottom studio

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

  • Finding it tougher to afford actor housing and storage space in the District, Shakespeare Theatre Company is on track to purchase the former campus of Southeastern University. [Post]
  • Walking disaster Chris Brown arrested for assaulting a man outside the W Hotel; court date today. [Post, Post]
  • At Yardfest on Friday, a brief moment of chaos. [Arts Desk, Post]
  • Howard University ramps up security at the homecoming parade after Yardfest episode. [WJLA]
  • Bomb threat prompts evacuation of Silver Spring’s Majestic movie theater. [Post]
  • Jimmy Fallon does his Jimmy Fallon thing at Ben’s Chili Bowl. [Post]
  • A conversation with Florrie Bagel, a Bethesda native who’s performing in Sister Act the Musical at the Kennedy Center [NewsChannel 8]
  • Dana Tai Soon Burgess‘ dance company is in residence at the Smithsonian. [NewsChannel 8]
  • RIP Unifics cofounder Alfred Orlando Johnson. [Vintage Vinyl News]
  • RIP Lou Reed. [Post]

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

  • The 10 best bar bites in D.C. [The Plate]
  • Foodie & The Beast radio personalities David and Nycci Nellis to film pilot for a reality TV show. [Washingtonian]
  • Could chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio share a kitchen at National Harbor? [Post]
  • Italian fish sauce makes a comeback. [NPR]
  • Acadiana renovations are now complete. [PoPville]
  • Eight spooky beers for Halloween [Drink DC]
  • D.C. Donut Crawl will tour the city’s best shops. [DCist]
  • A guide to breweries coming to Arlington [ARLnow]