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After yesterday’s 21-13 loss to the Panthers, the Washington Pigskins are in trouble. Pigskins coach Mike Shanahan says he’s going to start evaluating players; those players aren’t happy about it.


  • Rush Plus still hard to use. [Post]
  • Less than a million puppets show up for Million Puppet March. [Post]
  • Phil Mendelson‘s undoing Kwame Brown‘s mega-office renovations. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Page Three.

Restaurants Pitch In: Area restaurants are helping with Hurricane Sandy relief.

Phantom Bikes: Zoning Commission Chairman Anthony Hood doesn’t think anyone bikes to the grocery store. People who bike to the grocery store disagree.

My Fair Lady Surprise: The Eliza Doolittle role in Arena Stage’s new production of My Fair Lady will be played by a Chinese-American actress—-a casting choice that the actress says makes sense in the play’s London.

The Lincoln Boxer: What is it with D.C. scandals and Lincoln Navigators? First it was Chairman Kwame Brown, now Keely Thompson Jr. is accused of using public money to pay for, among other things, a lease on a Navigator.

ANC Intrigue: Lenwood Johnson—-habitué of adult chat lines, unregistered gun owner, accuser of “bitchassness”—-has had a storied ANC career.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown’s $20,000 office redo to be undone, at similar cost, by Phil Mendelson. [Examiner]
  • Handy guides to at-large candidates [DCist, Post]
  • Tuesday’s election a referendum on the council [Times]
  • David Grosso likes his chances. “There’s a lot of good buzz.” [Examiner]
  • Early voting = long lines [Post]
  • Post writer Clinton Yates‘ picks: Michael Brown and A.J. Cooper. [Post]
  • Post columnist Robert McCartney thinks Grosso will beat Brown [Post]
  • It’s a long wait for subsidized housing in D.C. [Post]
  • Republican Ron Moten not voting for Mitt Romney. [Post]
  • Traffic cameras are good. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • An east-of-the-river Yes!? Sadly, no. [Post]
  • Here are a few places you can live without fear of blackouts. [HuffPost DC]
  • From Bikeshare to beer, a few of D.C.’s cultural leaps forward under Obama. [Post]
  • A Q&A with the Georgetown BID chief. [DCmud]
  • Anacostia’s central intersection will be closed for the next four nights. [Hill Rag]
  • More people are leaving their cars at home and riding Metro. [Post]
  • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison lives in a $135,000 apartment. [UrbanTurf]
  • Bicycle, meet streetcar track. Sneakily… [GGW]
  • Columbia Heights’ carryout special: fish ‘n’ crack. [Y&H]
  • Today on the market: Straight from the 1920s Sears catalog

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

  • The British Embassy gets an Antony Gormley statue on its lawn [Washingtonian]
  • Some local photographers feel shut out of the increasingly international FotoWeek DC [Post]
  • Phillips Collection adds hundreds of artworks to Google Art Project [Post]
  • Fat Trel releases video for “Muney” [D.C. Mumbo Sauce]
  • Theater Alliance cancels its winter production of Black Nativity. Its director will be tied up, performing in Signature’s Dreamgirls. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Barnes & Noble Union Station not closing after all [Post]
  • Washington Savoyards’ Saturday night Rocky Horror show ended abruptly when an actor took a nasty fall. [D.C. Theatre Scene]

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

  • North America is in the midst of an oyster renaissance. [WSJ]
  • Where to go pumpkin-smashing [NoVa Mag]
  • The smell of fresh bread makes us kinder to strangers. [Daily Mail via HuffPost]
  • What is Seasonal Pantry‘s Dan O’Brien up to next? Probably not chicken and doughnuts. [Eater]
  • Mi Cuba Cafe will replace Paila Grill in Columbia Heights. [PoP]
  • Where to drink on election night [Washingtonian]
  • It’s pie season! [Post]