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The latest issue of City Paper is on stands today, and our cover story is all about the The Dismemberment Plan—D.C. indie-rock heroes from the ’90s who are getting back together and releasing their first album in 12 years.


  • D.C. Housing Finance Agency Executive Harry Sewell charged $136,333.11 to his agency’s credit card from December 2006 and April 2013, with lavish trips to Miami and La Jolla accounting for many of the charges. [Loose Lips]
  • The District should use the shutdown as an opportunity to reclaim many of the area’s local parks and landscapes that are federally operated. [Housing Complex]
  • Here’s what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid actually said to Mayor Vince Gray when he crashed his press conference Wednesday: “I’m on your side. Don’t screw it up, OK. I’m on your side.” [News4]
  • Former professional boxer Keely Thompson, who ran a youth boxing program, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing government money and grants that was intended for his boxing program in order to feed his gambling habit. Thompson’s attorney tried to get him a softer sentence by implicating a councilman who Thompson said he had given $50,000 in bribes  to in exchange for grant money. The allegations never checked out. [Washington Post]


The Truck Stops Here: Food trucks are taking a big hit during the government shutdown.

Ink Progress: Tattoo artist Paul Roe has been pushing D.C. to regulate the tattoo business for years, but it seems the government went way overboard with its latest proposed regulations. 

Postcards from Home: Some photos from WCP photographer Darrow Montgomery‘s D.C. archives.

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

  • Vince Gray crashes Harry Reid‘s press conference, Reid tells him “Don’t screw this up.” [WAMU, LL, Post, Times]
  • Quick, while the feds are distracted, let’s take back the parks. [Housing Complex]
  • City has “7 to 10” days left, according to Gray. [WBJ]
  • Phil Mendelson and officials from Montgomery and Prince George’s County propose minimum wage increase to 2016 for $11.50. [Post]
  • The shutdown squeezes food trucks, restaurants. [Young & Hungry]
  • WUSA9 anchor J.C. Hayward wants to be dropped from the city’s charter school lawsuit. [Post]
  • Cabbies sue over modernization regs. [WAMU]
  • D.C. charities are pulling back because of the shutdown. [WTOP]
  • Another bump and run carjacking. [Post]

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

  • D.C., suburban Maryland unveil plan to raise minimum wage together; Virginia, not so much. [Post]
  • Renderings of the West Heating Plant development. [UrbanTurf]
  • Skyland Town Center design gets tweaked. [WBJ]
  • An encapsulation of the arguments over 5333 Connecticut. [GGW]
  • Man mows Lincoln Memorial lawn until Park Police order him to stop. [Weekly Standard]
  • Lots of transit developments coming our way. [GGW]
  • The Gibson building at 14th and U changes hands. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Two Hill apartments—or one big house—or a commercial space

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

  • Theater J cancels its plans to host a full run of controversial Israeli play The Admission. [Post]
  • The brutalist church on 16th and I streets NW to be replaced by typical blah office building. So what’s better: ugly or boring? [Housing Complex]
  • Butch Warren will be remembered at a Westminster Church jam session. [Post]
  • I.M.P. actually uses Lincoln Theatre. That’s a nice change from the old status quo. [WBJ]
  • An interview with punk artist, photographer, and Artisphere curator Cynthia Connolly [Arlington Magazine]
  • Car crashes into Bohemian Caverns. [PoPville]
  • Wired did a cool piece about The Dismemberment Plan, but our new cover story about the band is way cooler. [Wired] [Washington City Paper]

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

  • Try 24 pumpkin beers at Scion and Crios this weekend. [Post]
  • Six places to find pumpkin dishes [NoVa Mag]
  • Where to sniff out white truffles [Zagat]
  • D.C. Starbucks offers cash to furloughed feds [HuffPost]
  • Sprig & Sprout challenges diners to eat giant bowl of pho. Finish, and it’s free. [Eater]
  • The best burritos in D.C. [DCist]
  • Where to enjoy happy hour on 14th Street NW [Drink DC]