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Happy Wednesday, readers. Following the death of writer Gore Vidal yesterday, Mark Athitakis remembers the author’s connection to Washington.


  • D.C. gets a post-derecho disaster declaration. [Examiner]
  • Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker balances running the county with his wife’s worsening dementia. [Post]
  • Bill to restrict D.C. abortions fails. [Washington Times]


Photo of the Day: Mayor Vincent Gray (and Jim Graham)

Jeff Thompson in Maryland: Embattled campaign financier Jeff Thompson gave $3,000 to Vince Gray‘s cousin, a member of Maryland House of Delegates.

Breaux to Go: Longtime Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington President Lynne Breaux is leaving the organization, but won’t say what she plans to do next. Also unrevealed: her favorite Washington restaurants.

Backyard Banned?: Natalie Hopkinson, the author of a new book about D.C.’s go-go culture, says a reading of her book at Chevy Chase’s Politics & Prose was interrupted when the store’s management stopped playing her go-go mix CD. The bookstore’s owner, on the other hand, says the CD was off for only a few minutes.


LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by LL columnist Alan Suderman (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Effort to restrict late-term abortions fails. Arizona congressman wastes everyone’s time scoring [Times]
  • Post squeezing every little bit of juice out of its poll, finds that DC residents don’t like Pepco [Post]
  • Harry Jaffe unimpressed with Mayor Vince Gray‘s stance against Chick-fil-A [Examiner]
  • Gray “thankful” that some of his supporters have created a pro-Gray website [Examiner, Onedc.us]
  • Gray dancing like a ballerina [NBC4]
  • City that can’t operate a working breathalyzer program now has stricter DUI laws [WAMU]
  • British wire service pays attention to Gray’s troubles [Reuters]

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

  • Gore Vidal has died. [New York Times]
  • No Rules Theatre Company is moving to Arlington, where it will be in residence at Signature Theatre [Post]
  • Robert Redford and Annie Leibovitz drop by Washington Post HQ for a Watergate 40th anniversary photo shoot [Post]
  • An office building on 18th Street NW gets a Sol LeWitt drawing for its lobby, with some help from Corcoran students [Washingtonian]
  • The Kennedy Center unveils the lineup for its Woody Guthrie centennial concert on Oct. 14 [Post]
  • D.C.’s Attorney General is scoping out the Corcoran’s possible move outside of the District [Modern Art Notes]
  • A closer look at the architectural designs that shaped the National Building Museum’s minigolf course [Atlantic Cities]
  • Farragut North Metro station gets another shot at public art [Examiner]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Olympians eat junk food, still win medal. [WSJ]
  • New Yorkers are just as egotistical about the superiority of their food as you thought. [NYT]
  • Goodbye, The Guards? [Post]
  • Persimmon in Bethesda closes for renovations. [Bethesda Mag]
  • More Cambodian amok, migas, and soba noodles, please! [Eater]
  • Rotisserie chicken food truck called Ooh Dat Chicken debuts. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Doner Bistro takes over Schwarma King space in Adams Morgan. [PoP]
  • From one gamble to another: Chasin’ Tails owners traded high-stakes poker for the restaurant biz. [NoVa Mag]
  • If you don’t want to wear a meat dress, wear a shirt with meat on it. [HuffPost]