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Good morning, Washington! Did you enjoy Saturday’s micro-derecho? Not the same as the genuine article, right?


  • Don’t expect credit card machines in cabs anytime soon. [Post]
  • Cliques on MARC trains are just like they were in middle school cafeterias, but with more booze. [Post]
  • More than 90 D.C. cops arrested in last three and a half years. [Examiner]
  • Trader Joe’s headed to U Street, Harris Teeter considering nearby location. [Post]


Photo of the Day: Dog Swim Day.

Debt Collection: Disgraced ex-councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. still owes Washington more than $80,000, but that’s a hard sum of money to raise when you’re in federal prison.

Art Underground: Speaking of large sums, the nonprofit looking to turn the underground area under Dupont Circle into a performance and art space needs $30 million to pull it off.

Adios, Geoff: Geoff Tracy, owner of the Chef Geoff’s chain of restaurants, is moving to New York with wife Norah O’Donnell, the new host of CBS’ CBS This Morning. Tracy says much of the work of running his Washington restaurants can be done from afar.

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

  • Possible resolution today as to whether Michael Brown has enough valid signatures to be on the ballot [Post]
  • Brown’s campaign finance reports also due [Post]
  • Lots of MPD officers getting arrested [Examiner]
  • Ron Machen’s future depends on presidential race, but don’t worry, local investigations have a lot of momentum [Times]
  • Closing schools more expensive than first thought [Examiner]
  • Jim Graham is against slipshod construction [Examiner]
  • Reminder: shadow hangs over Mayor Vince Gray’s administration [Post]

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

  • Post fall arts guide: theater, museums, dance, classical—and Grimes. [Post]
  • Mumbo Sauce rapper Black Boo‘s weekly Redskins anthems are back. [DC Mumbo Sauce]
  • Ian MacKaye answers questions in Seattle. [YouTube]
  • “The Smithsonian invited the public to help curate which video games would be featured in the exhibit, and in doing so, more than 3.7 million votes were cast by 119,000 people in 175 countries. Pretty impressive. However, questions began to arise about the role of the curator.” [Arts Marketing]

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

  • Ten hottie bartenders [Girl Meets Food]
  • Blue Long Island Ice Team from Jack Rose [Washingtonian]
  • Arlington police crack down on food trucks. [ARLnow]
  • Rumors that Busboys and Poets is coming to former Uniontown Bar and Grill space [PoP]
  • Stevie Nicks spotted at Bistro Francais in Georgetown. [Reliable Source]
  • Pizzeria Uno closes. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • Trademark, coming to Alexandria, will be based on a “modern day inventor’s lounge.” [Post]