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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. 

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • 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]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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]

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