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Amid staffing shortages, the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services is expected to hire dozens of new firefighters by March 2014.


  • Supporters of D.C.’s living wage bill will attend a town hall meeting tonight to put pressure on Mayor Vince Gray to sign the controversial legislation into law. [News4]
  • The D.C. fire department is slated to announce today the addition of more than 20 new ambulances to its fleet. [Post]
  • Any long-term closures of portions of Metro’s Red Line won’t occur for at least two years. [News4]
  • Bored of pandas? The National Zoo’s baby tigers were photographed getting their first check-up. [Washingtonian]


Adult Ed: Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson went back to school for the first day of classes Monday.

Trashy Discourse: Washington Times columnist Emily Miller argued that all the trash left behind at Saturday’s Statehood rally on the Mall was a sign that D.C. couldn’t handle statehood.

Jazzy Nights: A review of last weekend’s New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest on the grounds right off National Park.

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

  • New fire department ambulance rollout this morning conflicts with delays on other vehicle purchases. [Post]
  • Vince GrayKaya Henderson visit schools on the first day of classes. [Housing Complex]
  • Cardozo Senior High opens with $130 million renovation. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser promotes her free-bus-rides-for-students bill. [WAMU]
  • Bowser, Kenyan McDuffie unconvinced on D.C. United stadium deal. [Post]
  • Post ed board wants the D.C. Taxicab Commission abolished. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells agrees. [Twitter]
  • AAA unhappy about broken parking meters. [NBC 4, WAMU]
  • Two school buses crash on the first day of school. [Times]
  • Statehood hopes doomed by litter. [City Desk]
  • Wednesday traffic will be a mess. [WTOP]

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

  • I’m moderating a panel tonight on development in D.C. Join the conversation! [REEL]
  • Fistfights and hope at the new Cardozo High School. [Post]
  • The Height Act debate is not alone: Renderings everywhere are distorted to make a point. [NYT]
  • Biking to Metro has increased by 50 percent over five years, still less than halfway to 2020 goal. [PlanItMetro]
  • CFA doesn’t really have jurisdiction over Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes. [GGW]
  • Deep Throat meeting spot to be demolished soon. [WBJ]
  • Five apartments worse than yours [Atlantic Cities]
  • DDOT got 175,000 broken parking meter complaints last year. [AAA]
  • Please welcome the anti-mall. [Atlantic Cities]
  • D.C. has the lowest office vacancy rate in the country. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Corner rowhouse on the Hill

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

  • Small Press Expo announces its 2013 schedule. [ComicsDC]
  • The comedy festival Bentzen Ball will return to D.C. this fall. [Post]
  • Netherlands transplant and Virginia electronic-music producer Martyn makes a mix for Little White Earbuds. [Little White Earbuds]
  • Amherst College’s Board of Trustees wants to remove and investigate six marble panels on Folger Shakespeare Library’s façade. [Washington Business Journal]
  • The old Republic Gardens space is for lease—now for $16,500 per month. [PoPville]
  • Stream the new Julie Ruin record on NPR. [NPR]
  • Project Gym founder Hannah Hessel proposes some fresh ideas for the Helen Hayes Awards. [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Deathfix announces fall tour dates with Pinback. [Dischord]

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