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First, an apology: Due to an error, only a portion of Friday’s DLD email was sent out. Here’s the full version. On to your storm news, hopefully enjoyed under a blanket. Check City Paper‘s site throughout the day for more Hurricane Sandy updates.


  • Monday night will see storm’s strongest winds. [WTOP]
  • Everything—-the federal government, the District government, Metro, even Bikeshare—-is closed. [City Desk]
  • City Paper staffers, providing live Sandy updates. [City Desk]
  • CFO’s office is a “rogue agency,” says ex-Councilmember Bill Lightfoot. [Examiner]
  • Amendments to the D.C. Charter are the real perfect storm, writes Times columnist. [Times]


Photo of the Day: Cotton Candy Man.

Sandy Shuts Down Art: If you were planning to see some art events today, bad news: they’re almost al cancelled.

Mon Dieu!: New Columbia Heights 24-hour diner The Coupe serves frog legs, but with a twist: They’re cooked like chicken wings.

Bloomingdale Blues: There’s a big storm coming, so you know what that means: Bloomingdale is probably going to flood. Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie‘s office wanted more help from the city on the issue last week.

New Course for Chartered: Embattled D.C. money man Jeff Thompson is losing control of his Medicaid company, after the city found $4 million in “financial irregularities.”

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

  • Super long lines frustrate early voters. [Post]
  • OCF completes audit of Vincent Orange‘s campaign, doesn’t bother to investigate suspicious money orders tied to Jeff Thompson. [Post]
  • Post endorses Mendo, Ron Moten [Post]
  • Michael Brown wants taller buildings outside city’s core. [Examiner]
  • Brown went to college, smoked pot, wants more development east of the river. [HC]
  • Brown: “Anytime a legislative body has low approval numbers, it could put people who are up that particular year in some kind of jeopardy” [AP]
  • Marion Barry doesn’t know why young men “love to throw rocks” at buses in Ward 8. New Seventh Police District commander baffled as to why MPD is punting on preventing rock-throwing [Post]
  • At-large candidates could make for decent reality show. [Post]
  • Former head of Howard University police union charged with theft. [Examiner]
  • Pepco: We’re prepared this time, promise. [WAMU]

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

  • Everything is closed today. [CityDesk, ArtsDesk]
  • In fact, it’s the biggest public transit shutdown in U.S. history. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Tysons rallies to save its last sliver of green space. [Post]
  • Holy shit the election is eight days away. Here’s who a few smart growthers endorse. [GGW]
  • Post-TOPA, Kalorama building hits the market. [UrbanTurf]
  • Six developers vie for empty lot at 7th and R NW. [DCmud]
  • Is the old Georgetown heating plant doomed to remain a windowless dungeon? [Post]
  • Why didn’t America get all bikey like Holland did? [GGW]
  • Those crazy Dutch are even contemplating heated bike lanes. [Atlantic Cities]
  • WMATA’s contemplating a bus garage at the Old Soldiers’ Home. [Post]
  • Got $1.425 million? Now’s your chance to buy the old Bulgarian embassy. [UrbanTurf]
  • Looks like preservationists won’t fight to protect the ugliest building on earth. [Post]
  • Today on the market: Loads and loads of potential in Trinidad

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

  • Almost everything arts-related is closed or canceled today. [Washington City Paper]
  • Theater J hosts its first show on the Sabbath! [Theater J]
  • Don’t think you can while away the day buying Brazilian records, either: Som is closed [Facebook]
  • A profile of Submerge founders No Kings Collective [Post]
  • All you ever wanted to know about hat design at Arena Stage [Post]
  • The zany midshipmen of the Naval Academy put on a Halloween show [Post]

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

  • Twelves places to drink a Dark and Stormy [Washingtonian]
  • Another fried chicken and doughnut shop? Really? [Post]
  • A sneak peek at the new Minibar [Eater]
  • Is Domku‘s owner opening a vegetarian restaurant in Bloomingdale? [PoP]
  • Ten best pumpkin dishes in northern Virginia [NoVa Mag]
  • No more free beer from Capital City Brewing Company on Election Day. [DCist]
  • Dos and don’ts for Halloween at the bar [Zagat]