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Now that Sandy’s passed, remember the megastorm in a photo essay, available in the print City Paper on the streets now.


  • Council wants businesses to leave their doors closed during the summer. [Examiner]
  • Bloomingdale so happy it didn’t flood. [Post]
  • 67 Metro bus drivers busted sleeping on camera. [Examiner]
  • Office of Tax and Revenue employee admits tax fraud scheme. [Examiner]


Photos of the Day: What Sandy Left Behind.

Charity Case: Can D.C. support a philanthropic pub?

Buzz About the Hive: Business incubators like the Hive could change the face of Anacostia.

In With The In Crowd: Adrian Fenty‘s old chauffeur and substitute teacher has landed a cushy city contract, but it’s not clear what exactly he does.

Mushroom, Nooo: Pizza chain Mellow Mushroom is having a giant costumed mushroom stalk its fans.

Yarn Bombing: Arlington is getting into yarn bombing, otherwise known as encasing objects in yarn.

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

  • David Grosso outraises Michael Brown two to one in final weeks of campaign. [Post]
  • Ron Moten not in it for the money. [Post]
  • Sixty-seven Metro busdrivers caught sleeping on the job. [Examiner]
  • Former tax employee pleads guilty to fraud scheme. [Examiner]
  • Mendo calls ruling against fire chief “sobering.” [Times]
  • Jack Evans says no one could oversee the CFO better than he does. [Examiner]
  • Mary Cheh wants to fine businesses that air-condition the outdoors. [Examiner]
  • Libertarian challengers calls on Eleanor Holmes Norton to return Jeff Thompson’s money. [DCist]
  • MPD helps keep urban legend of tainted Halloween candy alive. [DCist]

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

  • Bureaucracy hampers D.C.’s parks. [GGW]
  • A dubious claim to fame: D.C.’s the country’s best city for law firms. [WBJ]
  • Toll Brothers buys a big lot near the ballpark. [JDLand]
  • Gordon Biersch is coming to the neighborhood, too. [WBJ]
  • New condos could be coming to Rhode Island Ave. NW. [DCmud]
  • Visit Brookland’s Round House this Sunday. [D.C. Round House]
  • DDOT’s newest innovation: waffles. [DCist]
  • Condos and retail are coming to 9th Street NW in Shaw. [Borderstan]
  • What makes a city walkable? [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Renovated rowhouse in Kingman Park

ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Beijing’s new SOHO Galaxy complex might look familiar to Washingtonians…and Foggy Bottom residents. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser will be honored at the Theatre Lab’s 20th anniversary benefit on Nov. 12. [Theatre Lab]
  • A new arts funding program aims to bring Latin American performances to the U.S. One of its first beneficiaries: Gala Hispanic Theatre. [Post]
  • Selections from the amazing Combat Paper project debut at UMD’s Stamp Gallery today. [Pink Line Project]

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

  • Is drinking the key to nonpartisanship? [Washingtonian]
  • Restaurant people in costume [Eater]
  • Food writer Nevin Martell loses 12 pounds eating at Protein Bar for a month. [The Plate]
  • Eight signs you’re a food nerd [Zagat]
  • Halloween candy reviews [NoVa Mag]
  • Haydee’s in Mount Pleasant looking to open 24/7. [PoP]
  • Where to find a true Napoletana pizza [Post]