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The weather didn’t waste any time getting autumnal, did it? On to the news:


  • Police working with developers to avoid mistakes made in Chinatown. [Post]
  • Falls Church derecho hero accused of trying to have sex with 12-year-old girl, aiming gun at her family members. [Post]
  • Convention delegate Marion Barry has light zing for Barack Obama on black economic issues; Vincent Orange gracious about Barry’s popularity in Charlotte. [Examiner, Examiner]
  • Public schools west of Rock Creek Park suffering from overcrowding. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Man Flipping.

Initiative Interrupted: You’ve got a little while longer, at least, to make donations as a corporation to D.C. politicos. Initiative 70, the proposed referendum banning corporate contributions, won’t be on November’s ballot, but could qualify for a spring special election.

Notes on a Poking: Spotting big-time actors in the D.C. Shorts Film Festival is part of the fun. Take Friend Request Pending, which stars Judi Dench as a Facebook stalker.

Executive Brew: The White House’s beer recipe is out, and both D.C. Brau and Capital City Brewing Company want a crack at it.

The Times They Are a-Changin’: Don’t count the Unification Church out just because Rev. Sun Myung Moon is dead.

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

  • Intralot lottery memo describes politically “toxic climate” around lotto deal; Kevin Chavous and David Wilmot lose their cool with Times reporter. [Times]
  • Marion Barry wildly popular at DNC. [Examiner]
  • Barry explains why he’s a Democrat. [NPR]
  • Post labels Mayor Vince Gray a “pariah” at convention because of the D.C. delegation’s crappy seats. [Post]
  • Feds state obvious in court: They are still investigation da mayor. [Examiner]
  • Ward 3 schools overcrowded. [Examiner]
  • More pay for good teachers [WAMU]

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

  • Artist Tom Green, the longtime artist and Corcoran teacher diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has died. [Post]
  • (e)merge Art Fair announces exhibitors, cultural partners, and sponsors for the 2012 festival at the Capitol Skyline Hotel [Art 202]
  • The Man Who Just Wants to Make D.C. Commuters Happy has printable signs for your depressing cubicle of misery. [Post]
  • And the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre goes to… actor F. Murray Abraham [Post]
  • Fall festivals! Fall festivals! Fall festivals! [DCist]
  • The Washington Post publishes its fall outings guide [Post]
  • Washingtonian’s September theater preview [Washingtonian]
  • Mt. Pleasant to host outdoor movies [The 42]

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

  • Restaurants know more about you than you think. [New York Times]
  • Chefs are the new diplomats. [Post]
  • More details on Rogue 24 chef R.J. Cooper‘s Mosaic District restaurant [Washingtonian]
  • Eater DC editor Amy McKeever heads to Eater National. [Eater]
  • Liquor license suspension at Atomic Billiards in Cleveland Park [PoP]
  • President Barack Obama gives White House beer to Virginia firefighters. [Obama Foodorama]
  • Behold! A 2,014 pound hamburger [Zagat]