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Leading into tonight’s do-or-die Nationals game, a reflection on Jayson Werth‘s game-winner last night.


  • Metro reports nails Jim Graham for a conflict of interest. [LL]
  • D.C. congestion terrible. [Examiner]
  • Michael Brown brings up opponent’s ancient drug arrest. [Post]
  • The Onion nails the response to the VP debate. [Onion]


Photo of the Day: Woman Holding Ticket.

The High Cost of No Parking: In exchange for avoiding a requirement to build off-street parking for a new apartment building, Douglas Development could end up buying free Zipcar and Bikeshare memberships for tenants.

Mystery Mansion: The Mansion on O Street, Dupont Circle’s eeriest event space, is headed to reality TV.

Foie Gras Frenzy: Georgetown’s 1789 is offering free foie gras to anyone who can prove that they’re from California, in a nod to that state’s ban on the food.

Laughing With Lekman: Swedish popster Jens Lekman, performing tonight at the 9:30 Club, says that people sometimes laugh at the wrong things.

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

  • Jim Graham says critical Metro report has him feeling like he’s stuck in Wonderland. [Post]
  • Whistleblower cop says Phil Mendelson, MPD are screwing him over. [Times]
  • David Catania wants to force Nat Gandhi to post audit info. [Post]
  • In praise of former control board boss Andrew Brimmer [Post]
  • At-large race getting tense. [Post]
  • More than a 100 turn out to testify against UDC shrinkage. [Examiner]

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

  • Rents are rising fastest in the H Street NE/NoMa area. [UrbanTurf]
  • Jim Graham charged with favoritism, but nothing illegal, as Metro board member. [Loose Lips]
  • What’s driving D.C.’s housing market? Easy loans. [Post]
  • But the market’s once again hampered by national politics. [WBJ]
  • Is crowdsourcing the next big thing in development? [GGW]
  • The successes and limitations of inclusionary zoning. [Market Urbanism]
  • Foreclosures hit a five-year low. [HousingWire]
  • Is Columbia Heights ready to go 24/7? [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Bungalow by Landon Park

ARTS LINKS, by Alex Baca (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Since the Nats are playing today, let this collection of “Take on Me” videos help you hit the song’s high notes. [Style Blog]
  • Here’s another person doing art in Philippa Hughes‘ apartment, documented via Instagram. [Pink Line]
  • If only last night’s debate delved into Dischordian economics! [Twitter]
  • Watch: Heavy Times, “Lantern Trail” [Windian]

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

  • Making a meal from the True Blood cookbook [BYT]
  • Heartburn medication spokesman Spike Mendelsohn now shilling for Captain Morgan Rum. [Washingtonian]
  • Birch & Barley‘s lemon cake with green apple sorbet, yogurt panna cotta, and passion fruit gelee [Open Kitchen]
  • Why Plume at the Jefferson Hotel has the best service in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Famous guests and attempting bribes at Bourbon Steak [Eater]
  • Rumors that Kraze Burger is coming to Barracks Row [PoP]