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The Washington Post kicks off a weeklong series on Millennials in the District, beginning with an items on how Millenials are transforming four neighborhoods and how Millenials and Gen X-ers are creating a new baby boom in the city.


  • Opening statements in the murder trial of Pigskins’ Sean Taylor start today. [News4]
  • Mayor Vince Gray insists that he’s innocent. [Loose Lips]
  • The mayor says he will announce whether he will seek re-election “within the next few weeks.” [AP]
  • Some businesses and residents in Penn Quarter are frustrated by the huge, electronic billboards outside of the Verizon Center. [Post]


Final Ten: D.C. Public Library has selected 10 firms to move onto the next round in the selection process to design the renovation of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Serious Panda Love: A lot of people are watching the Panda Cam: 110,000 people tuned in just on the day after the shutdown.

Tales From the Shutdown: ICYMI, our latest coverage package is filled with harrowing tales from the shutdown.

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

  • Jim Graham polls Ward 1 residents, including potential opponent Bryan Weaver, on what they think of him. [Post]
  • Vince Gray says he’s innocent. [LLPost]
  • Colby King wonders whether Gray is ethical. [Post]
  • Gray opens newly renovated Cardozo High. [NBC 4]
  • Chinatown residents say they don’t want to be Times Square. [Post]
  • Cory Booker could maybe, maybe move to Anacostia. [Housing Complex]
  • Millenials take over the District; Kenyan McDuffie considers their impact. [Post]

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

  • How millennials are changing four D.C. neighborhoods. [Post]
  • L’Enfant Plaza Hotel set for closure, major renovation. [WBJ]
  • A preview of the TGI Fridays coming to Columbia Heights. [Park View DC]
  • Photos from the original construction of Metro. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Think our Red Line work is bad? Chicago had lots its for five months, and survived. [Atlantic Cities]
  • D.C.’s baby boom. [Post]
  • Navy to use abandoned Coast Guard building. [WBJ]
  • Black businesses hit hard by shutdown, but somehow it also helped business. [Post, Post]
  • Today on the market: Adams Morgan (a.k.a. “Dupont/Kalorama”) condo

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

  • Carol Burnett got her Mark Twain prize last night at KenCen. [AP]
  • Union Market will host a Walkmen gig on Nov. 30. [DCist]
  • In search of a firm to redesign the MLK Library, D.C. Public Library whittles down its list to 10 companies. [Housing Complex]
  • Local folk-music radio personality Dick Cerri has died. [Post]
  • WaPo gives Dismemberment Plan a feature [Post]
  • Another interview with D-Plan‘s Travis Morrison [BYT]
  • A Q-and-A with Paint Branch [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • There’s now a scratch-and-sniff wine book. [NPR]
  • Top five cafes for telecommuters. [Dining Bisnow]
  • Bracket Room: flirty or dirty? [Post]
  • Michelle Obama dines at Bibiana. [Eater]
  • Fresh Baguette bakery opens this week in Bethesda. [Bethesda Mag]
  • 10 pumpkin dishes to try [The Plate]
  • Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop coming to Rosslyn. [ARLnow]