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Big news today: After eight months, Dupont Circle’s southern entrance has reopened.


  • Tenleytown could get a Safeway. [Post]
  • Park Service still attempting to get quote on Martin Luther King Jr. memorial fixed. [Times]
  • Riders unhappy with mobile coverage in Metro. [Examiner]
  • Colby King takes a hatchet to CFO Natwar Gandhi‘s reputation, even calling out the times he talked trash about other officials at his private club. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Girl Reading.

Political Sadness at Sidwell: Washington’s prestigious Sidwell Friends school has asked parents for help stopping students from bullying each other over politics.

Local Music App: Listen Local First, a group promoting D.C.’s musicians, is planning a Pandora-like app for area bands.

Grosso Making Moves: At-large challenger David Grosso is closing in on incumbent Michael Brown, according to a new poll from City Paper and the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

District of Cheap: Is D.C.’s America’s most affordable city? According to a new report, yes.

Cafe Copyrights: Two Georgetown eateries are embroiled in a copyright dispute. In one corner, Wisey’s. In the other, the newly, a very similarly, renamed, Wise Eat’s.

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

  • Michael Brown says his good deeds far outweigh his missteps. [Post]
  • Nat Gandhi and Colby King wont’ be having breakfast at Old Ebbitt anytime soon, after King says Gandhi’s got a swollen head. [Post]
  • Top DYRS staff bailing. [Times]
  • Local corruption matters to businesspeople, new poll finds. [Examiner]
  • Tommy Wells likes A.J. Cooper. [Post]
  • Leon Swain says councilmembers don’t want a cop on the council. [Post]
  • Demoted cop no longer demoted. [Times]
  • Park service still working on getting MLK quote changed. [Times]
  • Newly released tax office audits show minor problems. [Post]
  • David Grosso talks housing. [HC]

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

  • Nice try, Tysons, but D.C. ain’t your suburb. [Post]
  • Two new 14th Street NW apartment buildings are nearly ready for move-in. [UrbanTurf, DC Metrocentric]
  • Looking to buy the White House? It’ll set you back $1.5 billion. [UrbanTurf]
  • The ordeal is over: The south Dupont Circle Metro entrance reopens. [WJLA]
  • Bozzuto takes on the unenviable task of building big things in Ward 3. [Post]
  • A crappy Petworth building is set for big redevelopment. [PoP]
  • D.C. drops from tops to 8th on best-investment cities list. [ULI]
  • Who wouldn’t want to live in Atlantic Plumbing? [Borderstan]
  • Today on the market: Live in Cleveland Park, the center of the universe!

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

  • The Post names stand-up comics Emily RuskowskiBrandon WardellTim Miller, and Reggie Melbrough D.C.’s maybe-next-big-things. [Post]
  • Recently, percussionist Go-Go Mickey left Rare Essence to join his ex-bandmates in Familiar Faces. Here’s video from his first show with the group. [TMOTTGoGo]
  • Where’s the next generation of arts donors? [Post]
  • ICYMI: Is the Corcoran getting better at PR? [Washington City Paper]
  • All Our Noise <3s the remixes of local producer and DJ Brenton Duvall. [All Our Noise]
  • Sarah Kaufman has nice things to say about this weekend’s VelocityDC dance festival [Post]
  • Chris Richards’ report from Howard University’s annual Yardfest [Post]
  • Hollywood shortchanged The Butler—the film based on Wil Haygood‘s touching 2008 article about longtime White House employee Eugene Allen—but wealthy black donors helped pull it together. [Post]

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

  • The 10 best grilled cheese sandwiches in D.C. [The Plate]
  • Four zombiethemed cocktails [Girl Meets Food]
  • Lavagna‘s brunch gets an A+. [Bitches Who Brunch]
  • Pho 14 set to open in Adams Morgan on Nov. 1 [PoP]
  • Lyman’s Bar coming to 3720 14th St. NW. [Washingtonian]
  • Fiola owners opening seafood-centric restaurant called Fiola Mare in Washington Harbor. [Post]
  • Insides some serious restaurant wine cellars [Express]