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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.


  • 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]


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? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • District considers tapping more cash reserves during the shutdown. [Times, WAMUPost]
  • 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? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.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? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • 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? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.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]