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Josh Burdette, the 9:30 Club’s “security doer” and the venue’s most recognizable face, died over the weekend and, behind his “imposing facade,” he’s being remembered as a “gentleman and a gentle man in the role of gatekeeper.”


  • Maureen Dowd writes dotingly about Police Chief Cathy Lanier and the department’s new bloodhound, Sam. [New York Times]
  • The Washington Post’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is scheduled to visit the newsroom for the first time since his purchase on Tuesday and Wednesday. [Post]
  • D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton plans to request a meeting with the Secret Service this week about an “organizational breakdown” at the March of Washington that led to a major security backup at the entrance. [NBC4]


The Big Wait: Mayor Vince Gray finally received the Walmart living wage bill Friday and now has 10 business days to determine its fate.

The Long Goodbye:Despite hot temperatures coming our way in September, summer is over. Here’s a round-up of what we’ll be saying goodbye to in the District.

Dangers Of Drinking: Experts fear the U.S. Forest Service’s yet-to-be-released plan for the George Washington National Forest could call for fracking and thus pose dangers to the safety of D.C.’s drinking water.

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

  • Vince Gray gets the living wage bill for a signature or veto. [Post]
  • Post ed board tells Attorney General Irv Nathan to leave gas king Joe Mamo alone. [Post]
  • DCPS parents want recess to be longer. [Post]
  • D.C. police on alert ahead of potential attack on Syria. [Times]
  • D.C. police boat sinks two other boats. [AP, WAMU]
  • District investigates Medstar’s insurance plan. [WBJ]
  • Jeff Bezos talks about his plans for the Post. [Post]
  • Body found in Rock Creek Park. [WTOP]

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

  • D.C. tries to brand itself as “cool” and more exclusive. [Post]
  • A short and fawning profile of Cathy Lanier [NYT]
  • Why we should be skeptical of the soccer stadium deal. [Hill Rag]
  • What the stadium means for the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. [Hill Rag]
  • The D.C. area is No. 1 in wage growth since the recession. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Three charters bid for a Hillcrest site. [GGW]
  • The Anacostia Playhouse hits a snag with the IRS. [DCist]
  • The St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion probably won’t open in late August, given that, y’know, it’s September. [WBJ]
  • A brief response to the “Is Congress Heights gentrifying?” debate. [CHOTR]
  • Rhode Island Avenue NE is not easy to cross. [RIA Insider]
  • Today on the market: Glover Park condo

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

  • Longtime 9:30 Club staffer and the face of the 9:30 Club, Josh Burdette, has died. [Arts Desk]
  • Revisit Danny Harris‘ bio of Burdette [PoPville]
  • While staff mourns Burdette, the 9:30 Club’s operators still have to open a venue this week: Lincoln Theatre opens its doors under its new manager, I.M.P., tomorrow night. [Post]
  • I.M.P. has also launched a new website, Twitter account, and Facebook page for Lincoln Theatre. [9:30 Club]
  • Anacostia Playhouse says a backlog at the IRS is preventing it from fundraising. [DCist]
  • Enrollment is on the rise at local theater schools. [WAMU]
  • D.C. folkish band Ugly Purple Sweater announces its final show. [D.C. Music Download]

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

  • Fried chicken is the “it” dish of 2013. [WSJ]
  • Local mumbo sauce maker may have to change its name amid trademark dispute. [City Desk]
  • Italian restaurant Rialto takes over former Guards space. [Washingtonian]
  • PhoWheels and Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken team up on doughnut banh mi. [Eater]
  • Flip It Bakery coming to Columbia Heights. [PoPville]
  • Five adult milkshakes to try [Girl Meets Food]
  • Coffee shops where you can experience cupping [Express]