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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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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]