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The D.C. government is years behind in updating its living wage rates for its own contractors to meet the rising cost of living, which it is required to do by law. In 2010, the wage was set at $10.50; if it was updated as required, it would now stand at $13.40.


  • The National Transportation Safety Board says it will not investigate the deadly accident that occurred during over night construction along Metro’s Red Line this weekend because of the government shutdown. [Washington Times]
  • Some truckers plan to hold a rally this week that would involve them circling I-495 and calling on congress members to be arrested for disregarding the constitution. [US News]
  • An off-duty police officer shot a man who tried to rob her Tuesday morning. [News4]
  • Authorities identified the man who died after he lit himself on fire on the National Mall Friday as Joe Constantino, 64, of New Jersey. [Post]


Important Man of Mahogany: The rehabilitation work for the wood in D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson‘s Wilson Building office and conference room could cost taxpayers more than $110,000.

Spiral of Shame: The Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium Monday, which included the likes of D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, to convince the NFL to change the Washington football team’s offensive name.

Philly Dreaming: Philadelphia-based City Tap House is opening next month at 901 I St. NW

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

  • D.C. stops paying out tax refunds during the shutdown. [NBC 4]
  • The shutdown could hold up other city payments, too. [Post]
  • Board of Ethics-Inspector General spat gets its day at the D.C. Council. [Post]
  • Police: DCFEMS ambulance fires weren’t arson. [Post]
  • Ahead of minimum wage debate, D.C. isn’t keeping up with cost-of-living increases. [Post]
  • Ward 6 candidate Darrel Thompson launches his campaign. [Blade]
  • Office of Tax and Revenue error on gas prices means big money for gas stations. [Post]
  • Capitol Heights store owner allegedly trafficked in stolen electronics. [WTOP]
  • Growing up in the custody of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. [WAMU]
  • Shutdown blocks investigation into fatal Metro construction accident. [Times]
  • The downtown Christian Scientist church is nearly no more. [WBJ]
  • Trucker threatens to besiege the Beltway, arrest congressmen, hassle anyone not using their hashtag. [U.S. News]
  • Other truckers accuse him of being a false trucker. [Ride for the Constitution]

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

  • Truckers will block the Beltway in attempt to get Congress arrested. [U.S. News]
  • On the market: graffitied auto repair shop in Columbia Heights. [New Columbia Heights]
  • Developers apply to raze big church at 16th and Eyesore. [WBJ]
  • Logistical challenge, defined: transporting a giant octopus to Baltimore. [WJLA]
  • McMillan plans get tweaked. [WBJ]
  • A righteous anti-anti-D.C. rant. [Post]
  • The new pop-up: pop-all-over-the-place. [bloomingdale]
  • The D.C. Council’s asking the wrong questions on parking. [GGW]
  • Can CityCenterDC rent out apartments for $7,760? Probably. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Detached brick house near Fort Totten Metro

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

  • Go-go drummer and MedStar Washington Hospital Center employee Melvin “Butch” Lewis has died after exposure to Freon gas on the job. [TMOTTGoGo] [Post]
  • Rest in peace, local jazz great Butch Warren. [Arts Desk]
  • Ford’s Theatre’s The Laramie Project moves its remaining shows to a downtown church. [Arts Desk]
  • Park Police shut down the Sunday drum circle in Meridian Hill Park. [City Desk]
  • Meet Ahmad Zaghal, the most prolific blind concert photographer in D.C. [Post]
  • NPR streams Dismemberment Plan‘s new album, Uncanney Valley. [NPR]

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

  • Del Campo named one of the best new restaurants on the year. [Esquire]
  • Carmine’s hires pedicabber hit hard by the shutdown for deliveries. [Roll Call]
  • Sonoma bartender would charge President Barack Obama $702 for a beer. [BuzzFeed]
  • Sneak peek of Georgetown’s Eno Wine Bar [Eater]
  • Check out these fall dishes [Post]
  • Eight fall cocktails to try now [Drink DC]
  • The Heights to close later this month for a makeover. [Washingtonian]