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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.


  • 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? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.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 4Post]
  • 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. [WBJWashingtonian]
  • 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? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • 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]