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The government shutdown has put Mayor Vince Gray in the national spotlight, making a possible reelection run seem more viable for the scandal-plagued mayor. But time is running out, and he’ll have to make a decision on whether he’ll run any day now.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- A Maryland lawmaker is pushing legislation that would outlaw Washington’s football team’s offensive name, stripping the franchise of its trademark protection. [WJLA]
- The funeral for the woman shot by police during the Capitol Hill car chase is scheduled for this morning in Brooklyn. [News4]
- Anacostia’s only coffee shop closed Monday. [Washington Post]
- Within the first week of opening its initial hiring centers, Walmart saw 11,000 people apply for 1,800 jobs in D.C. [Housing Complex]
RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:
Shaw on Ice: An ice skating rink is opening in Shaw this winter at the Old City Farm lot on Rhode Island Avenue.
Heartbreak Hotel: D.C. hotel occupancy was down 9 percent during the first week of the shutdown from a year earlier.
Volunteer of the Year: President Barack Obama dropped by Martha’s Table Monday to volunteer alongside some furloughed federal workers.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- District considers tapping more cash reserves during the shutdown. [Times, WAMU, Post]
- Mayoral fundraising lags behind 2010 race. [WAMU]
- Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal will launch a mayoral exploratory committee. [Post]
- The grand jury looking into Vince Gray‘s 2010 campaign met last week. [Post]
- Anacostia’s Big Chair Cafe closes. [Post]
- Two people shot in Southeast parking lot. [Post]
- New D.C. Walmarts swamped with job applications. [Housing Complex]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? email@example.com)
- On home prices, Falls Church > Arlington > D.C. [WBJ]
- And apparently on beer, suburbs > D.C., too. [Y&H]
- Inside an ultramodern Cleveland Park house. [DC by Design]
- President Barack Obama stops by Martha’s Table. [City Desk]
- D.C.-area housing market cools down. [WBJ]
- Dupont rowhouse could become seven apartments. [SALM]
- Washington’s most distinctive apartments, with nine rooms and servant’s quarters, naturally. [Ghosts of DC]
- Today on the market: Stately rowhouse on “quaint” Florida Avenue
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shutdown forces Freer and Sackler galleries to shuffle around its planned yoga exhibit. [Express]
- Montgomery County asks the U.S. Department of the Interior to reopen Glen Echo Park, which houses numerous nonprofit and arts groups. [Post]
- Republic, the restaurant taking the place of Takoma Park’s Video Americain, will host live music. [Post]
- D.C. actor Erik Todd Dellums (The Wire, Homicide) reappears in the most recent episode of Homeland. [Post]
- A Q-and-A with hot-stuff director Paul Downs Colaizzo, who helms Signature’s forthcoming Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill [Washingtonian]
- Probably the first time Q and Not U has been used in a football metaphor? [Grantland]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? email@example.com)
- Where to pick apples and pumpkins [Washingtonian]
- Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal will formally explore mayoral run. [Post]
- GBD‘s doughnuts are now at Buzz Bakery. [Eater]
- Five under-the-radar gems in D.C. [Zagat]
- New Japanese restaurant opening in Adams Morgan next week. [PoPville]
- White House garden hit by government shutdown. [Reuters via HuffPost]