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Self-driving cars are years away at best, but backers say they could reduce traffic in the District.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Office of Tax and Revenue employee allegedly bilked city for more than $300,000. [LL]
  • New York Ave. speed camera rakes in almost $12 million for city in about two years. [Post]
  • New bike lane on L Street will eliminate 150 parking spaces. [Examiner]

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

Photos of the Day: Cat Power at 9:30 Club.

SEC Inquiry: The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to see all CFO's office investigations made over the past two years.

Inventive Theme: A new gastropub set to open in Alexandria has an unusual theme: inventors.

Theater Rumors: Claims that an indie movie theater is set to open up near the 9:30 Club have, for now, been exaggerated.

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

  • Rough day for CFO Nat Gandhi [Times]
  • Jack Evans says CFO needs to get a good securities lawyer [Post]
  • Vince Gray is wondering what's going on in Gandhi's shop [Examiner]
  • Grover Norquist thinking about moving out of D.C. due to high taxes, poor schools [Post]
  • Shadow campaign aide Jeanne Clarke Harris' court hearing delayed [Examiner]
  • Self driving cars! [WAMU]
  • War on cars [Examiner]
  • UDC cutting 110 jobs [WAMU]

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

  • More shiny new apartments are coming to the Petworth Metro. [WBJ]
  • ...and to Dupont. [UrbanTurf]
  • D.C.-area home construction is back up to 2006 levels. [Post]
  • The recession turned almost five million Americans into renters. [HousingWire]
  • Six thousand Washingtonians duck into Cars2Go each week. [DCist]
  • Lobbying continues to slump ahead of the election. [Post]
  • And of course we know that lobbying is at the root of everything that happens in D.C., right? [Daily Beast]
  • The Council is cracking down on scooters. [DCist]
  • Weigh in tonight on bus/bike lanes on Georgia Ave. [Park View, D.C.]
  • Today on the market: A lot of work, a little money required near Fort Dupont Park

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

  • City Paper-approved MC Kokayi goes head to head with his kid son in a freestyle battle. Watch! [Potholes In My Blog]
  • City Paper-approved guitarist Alex Minoff releases his album. Listen! [Bandcamp]
  • Bruce Springsteen throws his weight behind President Barack Obama in Virginia, and Rep. Eric Cantor's Democratic opponent in Virginia's 7th Congressional District has an advocate in bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley [NBC Washington]
  • Rosslyn is getting yarn-bombed [ArlNow]
  • Playwright Gwydion Suilebhan unleashes Anthem, a film he wrote for Maryland's Centerstage [Gwydion Suilebhan]
  • Village Voice reviews its favorite Oddisee tracks [Village Voice]
  • Inside the Washington Ballet's Dracula [Post]
  • The popsters in D.C. band Dot Dash release a video for "The Past Is Another Country" [YouTube]
  • Ted Leo, age 42: "In my world, I’m not that young ... rock and roll is a young person’s game." [Washingtonian]
  • A storyteller talks about the cathartic experience of dishing to a complete stranger in the StoryCorps van, temporarily parked in Arlington [Washingtonian]
  • Terrible coupon company announces screening of terrible '80s movie at Nationals Park [Post]

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

  • Some D.C. Council members support a New York-style large soda ban. [WTOP]
  • José Andrés and Ferran Adrià dine at Toki Underground. [Eater]
  • Is Michael Voltaggio coming to Alexandria? (No.) [Washingtonian]
  • Five best brunches in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Grillfish opening for brunch. [PoP]
  • A restaurant made out of cardboard [HuffPost]
  • Foods for a celebration or a pity party [Eatocracy]

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