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The latest issue of Washington City Paper is on stands today and the cover story is all about D.C. statehood and whether the District should fork up more than $ 1 million on this seemingly quixotic mission.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A New York Indian tribe is launching a radio ad campaign ahead of Monday’s home Pigskins football game, urging the the team to change its offensive name, which it considers to be a racial slur against Native Americans. [News4]
  • The National Zoo is planning to reveal the gender and father of its two-week-old giant panda cub today. [AP]
  • D.C. Councilman David Grosso‘s Brookland home was broken into last week, and the thief got away with two computers and a camera. [Post]
  • Safeway will pay a $600,000 fine and spend an additional $4 million to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances from refrigerator equipment at 659 stores around the country in order to comply with the Clean Air Act. [Washington Business Journal]
  • A deeper look inside Metro’s water and leakage issues that may force parts of the Red Line to shut for weeks for repairs. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Bricks and Mortarboard: Can state-of-the-art new buildings help turn around D.C.’s struggling schools?

Bezospalooza:Jeff Bezos finally met with the entire Post staff Wednesdayand City Desk obtained tapes of the meeting.

Barrel Out: Summer may be ending, but a new all-outdoor beer garden had its grand opening in Shaw yesterday afternoon.

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

  • Thieves steal two computers and a camera from Councilmember David Grosso‘s home. [APPost]
  • Office of Campaign Finance investigates donations to Jack Evans‘ constituent service fund. [LLPost]
  • Deputy fire chief demoted over parking sign repairs to ambulances. [Times]
  • Are new school renovations worth it? [Housing Complex]
  • Marijuana activist withdraws his ballot initiative temporarily after opposition from Attorney General Irv Nathan. [WAMU]
  • D.C. plans to open nine career academies. [WAMU]
  • Metro considers Red Line shutdown.  [Post]
  • Taxis without credit card machines or installation waivers could be confiscated. [WJLA]
  • Department of General Services, the cartoon [WBJ]
  • Don’t be so quick to dismiss the Olympics, says Robert McCartney. [Post]

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

  • A new Target downtown? [Post]
  • MARC weekend service to Baltimore will begin in December. [DCist]
  • Will 1776 help D.C. become the next startup hotspot? [Next City]
  • Drunk driver hits 13 cars and a school bus on East Capitol Street. [WJLA]
  • Here’s a novel concept: A Barnes & Noble opening in the District. [Post]
  • The two kinds of parking at Metro [PlanItMetro]
  • One of these is so prevalent because poor ped/bike options exist. [GGW]
  • DDOT posts wrong map, gets people excited about Circulator expansion. [New Columbia Heights]
  • What exactly does the deputy mayor for education do? [GGW]
  • David Grosso‘s home burglarized. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Under $100k/bedroom

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

  • Michael Kaiser ties the knot. [Washingtonian]
  • Barnes & Noble opening—that’s right, opening—a new location in D.C. [Post]
  • A Washington Post reader shares a nice story about the late 9:30 Club security staffer Josh Burdette. [Post]
  • Carol Burnett wins this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. [AP]
  • More comedy added to BYT’s Bentzen Ball. [Brightest Young Things]
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton to Madame Tussauds [Washingtonian]
  • Yuck it up: Dude named Eddie Murphy allegedly robs a SunTrust by Navy Yard Metro. [DCist]

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

  • Six restaurants celebrating Rosh Hashanah in Washington [Washingtonian]
  • Thirteen bars, restaurants, and breweries coming this fall [Drink DC]
  • Why Michel Richard is tackling the New York dining scene at 65 [NYT]
  • Tom Sietsema gives Mike Isabella‘s Kapnos 2.5 stars. [Post]
  • New restaurant from Thai X-ing owner aims for November opening. [PoPville]
  • Free pizza at Haven Pizzeria in Bethesda today. [Bethesda Mag]
  • The five stinkiest cheese shops around D.C. [DCist]