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Out: Tysons Corner. In: Tysons. Just Tysons.


  • Creepy steroid-born meningitis spotted in Maryland and Virginia could be in 23 states. [Post]
  • Yvette Alexander fine with $1,000 speed camera tickets, if it comes to that. [LL]
  • No bumpy tiles for the blind at a quarter of Metro stations. [Examiner]
  • Post investigation of CFO’s office starts bearing fruit as head of internal affairs resigns. [Post]
  • Still no charges in alleged theft of Michael Brown‘s campaign money. [WTOP]


Photos of the Day: Emerge Art Fair Preview.

Magical Sally Quinn: Muggles beware! Post columnist Sally Quinn says that she has cast spells on people, but stopped because they were bringing her bad karma.

First Draft: New gastropub Drafting Table has opened in Logan Circle. Restaurateur Aaron Gordon‘s motto promises good times: “It’s more fun to eat in a bar than it is to drink in a restaurant.”

Presidential Houses by the Numbers: You could buy President Barack Obama‘s house 20 times for what Mitt Romney‘s house cost, and more presidential house factoids.

Digital Domination: As D.C.’s theaters switch from celluloid film to digital, what’s being lost?

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

  • After several months of investigating Michael Brown‘s allegedly stolen campaign money, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier says there isn’t enough evidence (yet?) to bring charges. [WTOP]
  • Head of internal affairs at OCFO quits, says he doesn’t like “the direction the agency is going” [Post]
  • Is Allen Lew working against the mayor’s vision for a sustainable D.C.? [Times]
  • Leon Swain makes his case. [Examiner]
  • OCF and Muriel Bowser not on same page when it comes to conflict-of-interest disclosures [Examiner]
  • Barack Obama promised you wouldn’t have to change your health insurance if you didn’t want to. D.C. has different ideas. [Post]
  • Airports board member tells Ray LaHood to stay out of local affairs. [WAMU]
  • Hill East back in play, again [WBJ]

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

  • JBG goes big in NoMa. [DCmud]
  • Incomes lag behind housing costs. [GGW]
  • A look at the successes of the Housing Trust Fund. [Housing for All]
  • D.C. hunts for a Hill East developer. [WBJ]
  • The latest step in the Sherman Ave. makeover. [UrbanTurf]
  • K Street apartment building goes up in flames. [WJLA]
  • Judge considers legality of controversial pro-Israel ads in Metro stations. [BLT]
  • Those were the (flag) days. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Got 2 go 2 G-town? No G2 to help you. [GGW]
  • D.C. asking prices continue to rise. [UrbanTurf]
  • Douglas Development raises $93 million for Chinatown. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: A slice of suburbia in Michigan Park

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

  • University of Maryland students do “Gangnam Style.” Hey, sexy terrapins! [DCist]
  • Graffiti artist Asad “Ultra” Walker on walking around D.C. at 4 a.m. [Pink Line]
  • Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has reopened after a $50 million renovation. [Washington Post]

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

  • Are martinis better the James Bond way? [NPR]
  • TaKorean opens in Union Market this weekend. [Washingtonian]
  • 42 bars will be allowed to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on Columbus Day. [Post]
  • Reactions to Life After Top Chef [Eater]
  • Snallygaster beer festival survival guide [BYT]
  • Rogue 24 chef RJ Cooper will star in Chefs of Anarchy. [WBJ]
  • Embers Grill opens in near Georgetown Law School. [PoP]