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Big news in the ongoing Gray campaign investigation today, with Howard Brooks scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon. He’ll probably get probation. 


  • Nationals game will create traffic disaster. [Post]
  • Disgraced ex-Chairman Kwame Brown gets a curfew, has to check-in with pretrial services in person. [LL]
  • Harry Jaffe: UDC is a “failed experiment.” [Examiner]
  • CFO Natwar Gandhi to appear before Council today. [Examiner]


Photos of the Day: JR and T.

Maverick: Mayor Vince Gray has bet big on the Nationals series with the St. Louis Cardinals…and awareness about budget autonomy could be on the table.

Minor Twang: A look at the time country and D.C. hardcore collided.

Streetcar Derailed: An attempt to make a proposed car barn for the streetcar line a historic landmark could push the start of the line into 2014.

Luxury Lizard: At Monday night’s Capital Food Fight, attendees paid $1,000 for just a bite of an iguana. Here’s what the expensive lizard—-and warning here, it’s pretty gross—-looked like.

Loose Lips Alan Suderman is out. Loose Lips Links will run again when he returns.

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

  • Massive residential building planned for 9th and N NW. [DCmud]
  • Looking back at 10 years of D.C.’s housing trust fund. [GGW]
  • A study of London backs D.C.’s proposed parking changes. [Atlantic Cities]
  • The city tackles Hill East again, gingerly. [Examiner]
  • Despite September slump, home prices remain high. [UrbanTurf]
  • Boomers are flocking to the city. [Rent Cafe]
  • But lots of people are still moving to the suburbs. [Trulia]
  • An idiot drives through Logan Circle. [DCist]
  • Today on the market: Solar-powered in Fairlawn

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • If the Corcoran relocates outside of the District, it would violate its 19th century deed and charter, a group of arts advocates is arguing. [Post]
  • D.C. Office of Cable Television will move to a former BET studio. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Trippy new Bloomingdale mural is trippy. [Prince of Petworth]
  • The unlikely anthem of the Nationals’ postseason: a-Ha‘s “Take on Me.” [Post]
  • Watch: Phil Ade freestyles in ATL [For the DMV Only]

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

  • High-end restaurants do theme nights. [WSJ]
  • Photos and menus for Satellite Room, now open [Washingtonian]
  • Bardo Rodeo brewpub makes a comeback in Trinidad neighborhood [Post]
  • More one-liners from Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, and others at Capital Food Fight [Eater]
  • Aroi Thai and Japanese opens in Bloomingdale. [PoP]
  • Il Forno Restaurant coming to Ballston [ARLnow]
  • Boon for bacon novelty products [HuffPost]