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The Walmart living wage bill will likely reach Mayor Vince Gray‘s desk today, and NBC4 reports the mayor is expected to veto the controversial legislation.


  • Several Metro Red Line stations are closed this morning due to an overnight nonpassenger train derailment. [City Desk]
  • Washington Pigskins quarterback RGIII has recovered from a knee injury and is slated to start in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. [CBS DC]
  • The District’s incentives and tax breaks to encourage movies to film in D.C. appear have been a financial flop for the city. [WAMU]
  • Mayor Vince Gray and other District leaders joined the Events DC recruitment launch Thursday that would prepare 600 D.C. residents for jobs at the Marriott Marquis convention center hotel, which is scheduled to open next year. [Washington Business Journal]


Hip Hops: Dogfish Head’s latest beer, Postive Contact, is named for a track by hip-hop group’s Deltron 3030.

Old Drivers:The District and 10 other states have seen a double-digit decline in per-capita driving since the mid-2000s.

The Birds: A judge rejected the appeal Thursday of the Columbia Heights woman who was convicted of trying to poison neighborhood feral cats to save the bird population.

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

  • After more than 50 days, Mayor Vince Gray will get the Large Retailer Accountability Act today. [WAMU]
  • NBC 4 says Gray will veto. [NBC 4]
  • The Justice Department’s new marijuana policy gives D.C.’s medical marijuana policy some breathing room. [Post]
  • The Metropolitan Police Department gets a new bloodhound. [WAMU, Times]
  • Derailed train closes Metro Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet University. [WTOP]
  • District clinics are worried about Medstar’s own clinic plans. [WBJ]
  • The woman accused of the green paint monument vandalism has been sent to a psychiatric ward. [Times]

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

  • Red Line derails. [WMATA]
  • This CaBi user probably exceeded the 30-minute limit. [DCist]
  • The D.C. real estate market is roaring, but not quite bubbling. [Post]
  • Possible bus route changes (read: reductions) in Southwest and beyond. [PlanItMetro]
  • The Eisenhower Memorial will be a great park, but maybe a less great memorial. [GGW]
  • The Southwest Neighborhood Plan gets underway. [SWTLQTC]
  • Will a remade E Street by the White House mean better bike access? [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Penn Quarter condo

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

  • Wale, restaurant critic! [DCist]
  • Indian embassy purchases the long-vacant historic post office building on U Street NW, planning to turn it into a cultural center. [U Street Dirt]
  • D.C.’s classical music world does pretty well by women—at least relatively speaking, reports Anne Midgette. [Post]
  • Politics & Prose launches a new series of paid cocktail-style events with authors. [Politics & Prose]
  • Nonprofit royalties group SoundExchange files a $100 million lawsuit against SiriusXM. [Washington Business Journal]
  • The green-paint vandal moved from a halfway house to a psychiatric ward at Washington Hospital Center. [Post]
  • New restaurant Baby Wale features go-go posters on its walls. [Young & Hungry]
  • Inside the Library of Congress’ ongoing digitization efforts [Post]
  • A chat with Tom Goss, former aspiring priest and present-day bear lover [Express]

Links from Young & Hungry columnist Jessica Sidman will return next week. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)