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Jeff Bezos completed day No. 1 of his visit to the Washington Post newsroom, but offered few clues of what role he would play in the day-to-day operations of the paper.


  • Sequestration, according to Mayor Vince Gray and his aides, has caused the District unemployment rate to flatline, the number of job openings to level off, and private sector growth to be outweighed by government job losses. [Post]
  • Uber picked up some executive hires from Google, Klout, and Facebook. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Equipment failure may have caused the train derailment last week that forced the Red Line to close for several hours Friday between the Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations. [NBC4]
  • What’s the deal with that giant Woodrow Wilson at Nats Park that the team says it has nothing to do with? [Sports Bog]


Holy Goat! A deeper look at the freaky piece of goat art at Shaw’s Baby Wale, which apparently contains no actual animal parts.

Frenemies?Mayoral hopeful Jack Evans had nothing but compliments Tuesday for his potential opponent, Mayor Vince Gray.

Clappers to the Front: Wale‘s just-released music video for “Clappers” could be the next great butt anthem.

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

  • Vince Gray won’t talk about the living wage bill. [Times]
  • Post ed board still wants a veto on the Large Retailer Accountability Act. [Post]
  • Sequestration in the District, in charts. [Post]
  • Here’s what Howard wants in its hospital deal. [WBJ]
  • Target could come downtown. [Post]
  • The D.C. Costco proves popular with car thieves. [WAMU]
  • Body found in Rock Creek Park was stabbed. [Post]
  • Echostage nightclub issues statement on UVA student’s death. [NBC 4]

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

  • The impact of sequestration, in charts. [Post]
  • Nats stadium wasn’t worth it. D.C. United stadium probably won’t be either. [GGW]
  • CityCenter extends deadline to apply for affordable units, claims it’s because of high interest. [UrbanTurf]
  • Should we tax homeowners on the rent they pay themselves? [NYT]
  • Possible new routes for the 96 and 97 buses. [PlanItMetro]
  • Don’t legislate lifestyle with zoning. [GGW]
  • Ghosts of DC expands to Baltimore. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Today on the market: Crestwood colonial

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

  • Chuck D, Bob Mould, Aesop Rock, Garbage, Frank Turner, and other musicians offer condolences for the late 9:30 Club staffer Josh Burdette. [Spin]
  • Nineteen-year-old Virginia resident dies after partying at Echostage. [AP via WTOP]
  • Two D.C. rappers start a Kickstarter campaign to fund their (probably ill-advised) plan to shoot a music video in North Korea. [DCist]
  • Kevin Smith picks up a new film set in ’90s Takoma Park, American Milkshake. (The film opens this Friday, but not locally.) [Post]
  • New restaurant Baby Wale shows some love to Robert Rauschenberg. [Young & Hungry]
  • Arts organizations: Michael Kaiser‘s got real talk on sustainability. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • President Obama appoints “known critic” of the Eisenhower memorial Bruce Cole to the Eisenhower commission. [AP via WJLA]

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

  • It’s official: Baker Mark Furstenberg bringing Bread Furst to Van Ness. [Post]
  • Banh mi and sushi spot heading for former Senor Chicken space in Columbia Heights? [PoPville]
  • Five restaurant openings you need to know about [Washingtonian]
  • Top 20 drinking quotes of all time [Drink DC]
  • Check out Rogue 24‘s fall cocktail menu. [Eater]
  • Sneak peek of Indian restaurant Indigo, opening in NoMa tonight [District Cuisine]
  • Georgetown Bagelry owner writes book on life and bagels. [Bethesda Now]