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President Barack Obama urged the nation to demand stricter gun laws at a memorial for the Navy Yard victims Sunday at the Marine Corps Barracks. The president said these these mass shootings are “somehow the new normal” and “we cannot accept this.”


  • Philanthropist David Rubenstein will donate $5 million over the next five years to keep the National Book Festival going. [WJLA]
  • The Pigskins lost to the Lions last night, bring their record to a pretty abysmal 0-3. [News4]
  • The potentially risky part of the cleanup process of a former chemical weapons dumping site near American University starts today. [WTOP]
  • In the aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting, D.C. police are dealing with how to handle the sudden spike in homicides in its crime stats. Thirteen people died in the tragic shooting rampage, increasing D.C.’s homicide rate by 28 percent over this time last year. [Washington Post]


Mirror, Mirror: D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson wants the D.C. government to divest from fossil fuel companies, but Mendelson himself has a substantial amount of personal investments in fossil fuels.

Forever Bro: A Virginia man, who just landed an editor gig at BroBible.com, got the D.C. metro map (sans Silver Line) tattooed on his arm.

Veggie Tales: The vegan California-founded fast casual restaurant Native Foods Cafe is coming to Penn Quarter. 

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

  • New scoring method made students’ math numbers look better than they were. [Post]
  • Fire stations were understaffed during the Navy Yard shooting. [NBC 4]
  • How should D.C. record its murder rate after the shooting? [Post]
  • Colby King calls Marion Barry‘s defenders—Jim GrahamJack Evans, and Vincent Orange—“a motley crew of ethicists.” [Post]
  • New DDOT regulations would make it harder to place a newspaper box. [WAMU]
  • Phil Mendelson gets a blog. [The Mendelson Post]
  • Capital Bikeshare is three years old. [Post]
  • Kastles owner Mark Ein wants the “.tennis” domain. [WBJ]

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

  • Wall Street is getting into the housing market—more directly this time. [The Atlantic]
  • Bike commuting is up substantially from a year ago. [WashCycle]
  • Here’s how long trips on the Silver Line will take. [PlanItMetro]
  • The 1 percent fared pretty well in the housing crash. [Redfin]
  • A verdict on Michelle Rhee, in books. [New York Review of Books]
  • Six D.C. zip codes are tied for fastest-selling homes, with a median eight days on the market. [UrbanTurf]
  • Contractor fired, Mall work delayed. [DCist]
  • Kenilworth segment of Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to be rebid, too. [Anacostia Waterfront]
  • Goodbye, Greyhound terminal and West End Library. [WBJ]
  • Let’s make PARK(ing) Day permanent. [DCist]
  • Buy or rent? This study says buy. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: “Affordable luxury” in Congress Heights

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

  • David Rubenstein donates $5 million to the National Book Festival, which should support the annual event for another five years. [Post]
  • …but could the National Book Festival move to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (or somewhere else) next year? [Post]
  • A settlement over the Huguette Clark estate draws near, putting Corcoran closer to $10 million. [Post]
  • National Postal Museum adds a new gallery. [Post]
  • More theater companies warn patrons about adult content. [Post]
  • Free and adorable lending libraries continue to be a thing in D.C. [Post]
  • Peter Marks shares his thoughts on the new Helen Hayes Awards configuration. [Post]
  • The Rosslyn BID—sponsor of this year’s SuperNOVA performance art festival—appoints a new director, Mary-Claire Burick. [ARLnow]
  • Meet Jim Richardson, the guy who painted a semi-famous New Carrollton mural that depicted a history of Prince George’s County. [Post]

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

  • D.C.’s best craft beer happy hours [DC Beer]
  • What to expect when the new mobile vending regulations go into effect [Post]
  • Neighbors organize opposition to The American restaurant, coming to Shaw. [PoPville]
  • Bartenders share their favorite fall ingredients. [Eater]
  • Got $10,000? The Guards‘ sign is for sale. [WBJ]
  • Try these seven new brunches. [Washingtonian]
  • Tandoor Indian restaurant coming to Ballston. [ARLnow]