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A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest issue of City Paper is on stands today and our cover story is about how Ralph Nader—-legendary consumer advocate, five-time presidential nominee—-managed to piss off a whole neighborhood by getting involved D.C. library politics.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng has a new post at Catholic University and will deliver a series of speeches there. [Post]
- A behind-the-scenes look at how D.C. came to bypass the federal shutdown. [Loose Lips]
- Metro has finished installing cameras on its buses in order to prevent people from faking injuries to try and collect payouts and settlements from the transit agency. [News4]
- Meet the handful of Washington restaurants that shutter almost immediately after opening in the hopes of revamping and reopening as stronger establishments.[Young & Hungry]
More Drinks For You: The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted unanimously Wednesday against a proposed liquor license moratorium in the U and Fourteenth Street area.
The Shutdown Diaries: The true-life story of how one furloughed worker is surviving the shutdown.
Rock Creek Open: The massive federal park in D.C. may be legally closed, but residents don’t really seem to care.
LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- House Democrats flip-flop on D.C. shutdown. [Post]
- Charter school where officials allegedly siphoned funds lacked supplies for students. [Post]
- D.C. Council committee approves David Catania‘s bill on social promotion in schools. [Post]
- Police open new “tactical village” training facility. [NBC 4, Post]
- CFO Natwar Gandhi upgrades city’s revenue prediction. [Post]
- House of Cards will get its motorcade after all. [Washingtonian]
- Outgoing D.C. Chamber of Commerce head Barbara Lang says living wage bill protesters made her feel “physically unsafe.” [Chamber of Commerce]
- The U Street liquor license moratorium flops. [WBJ, Washingtonian]
- Government workers on furlough cause changes in D.C.’s unemployment system. [WTOP]
- Shutdown means shorter Metro trains. [Washingtonian]
- Is a mountain lion on the loose? It depends who you ask. [Post]
HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Keep the booze flowing: U Street NW liquor license moratorium rejected. [Y&H]
- Georgetown hotel may soon become micro-units. [WBJ]
- CityCenter apartments begin leasing. [UrbanTurf]
- Scofflaws exercise (gasp!) in Rock Creek Park. [City Desk]
- Have we hit peak sprawl? [Atlantic Cities]
- Atlantic Plumbing project gets permits. [WBJ]
- The rising cost of living in D.C….in 1952. [Ghosts of DC]
- Today on the market: Ultramodern Columbia Heights rowhouse
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- House of Cards will film that motorcade scene in D.C. after all. [WBJ]
- GEICO spotlights D.C. band Shark Week for a condescending and misinformed little video about Baltimore’s music scene; Baltimore City Paper freaks out. [Baltimore City Paper]
- Dismemberment Plan‘s Travis Morrison on the key to celebrity: “I should just twerk more onstage.” [Esquire]
- Here are a bunch of priceless works of art that the public can’t see because of the shutdown. [Huffington Post D.C.]
- E.D. Sedgwick to embark on a tour of Japan. [Dischord]
- Hey, Arlington teens: No grinding. [ARLnow]
- Dr. Seuss exhibit coming to Alexandria. [WBJ]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- What makes Doritos taste good? [NYT]
- Look gets a new look and menu. [Eater]
- The 10 best sports bars in D.C. [DCist]
- Snapshots from the Vin de Chez pop-up at Union Kitchen [Girl Meets Food]
- Tom Sietsema gives Baby Wale two stars. [Post]
- Drink this: mini Bloody Marys at The Curious Grape [NoVa Mag]
- Z-Burger calls off free burger deal for furloughed employees. [HuffPost]