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Worried Washington parents have created a new growth industry in the city: professional home baby-proofing.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayor opposes Metro service cuts in areas where buses have been attacked with rocks. [Post]
  • City official fired over mishandled taxi contract. [Examiner]
  • Council to vote on legislation that would regulate Uber, other car services. [Examiner]

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

Photos of the Day: The Who.

Truck Yeah: Potentially threatened by new regulations, D.C.'s food trucks have turned to lobbying.

Leftover Brauchli: Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli is out, but the questions he never answered remain.

Yes! Or No?: Despite a nearly $1 million grant from the city, Yes! Organic Market failed east of the river.

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: D.C.'s Flashband Project offers the city's musicians a chance to make short-lived bands.

Payoff: A city attempt to settle a feud between contractors working on Anacostia High School would have cost taxpayers $250,000.

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

  • Vince Gray keeps on keepin' on despite lengthy federal probe. [Times]
  • Hizzoner unveiled new five-year economic development plan that he says he doesn't necessarily need to be around to execute. [WBJ]
  • Parents mad, WTU wants to add charter teachers because of proposed school closings. [Post]
  • H.R. Crawford says it was standard operating procedure for airport board members to get their friends and family jobs. [Post]
  • Mayor says Metro shouldn't cut back service because of rock throwing (though MPD says stopping rock throwing isn't its responsibility). [HC]
  • Food truck owners figure out how things operate in D.C., hire lobbyist, join business association. [Y&H]
  • Failed organic grocery store east of the river cost owner $1 million, city $900,000. [HC]
  • City fires contracting official who botched smart taxi meter solicitation. [Examiner]
  • Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells does not want people doing U-Turns on Pennsylvania Avenue. [DCist]
  • Mendo displeased with Board of Elections. [Examiner]
  • Kaya Henderson sounds like a robot. [DCist]

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

  • A $10 million tennis center is opening in Ward 7 this weekend. [Hill Rag]
  • Phil Mendelson backs a late-night ambulance reduction. [DCist]
  • People pay a premium to live in diverse neighborhoods. In D.C., Columbia Heights is tops. [Atlantic Cities]
  • New renderings for the big ballpark development. [DCmud]
  • What's in the "federal interest" when it comes to D.C. architecture? [GGW]
  • Airbnb knows D.C. better than we do: Come to 16th Street Heights for its nightlife and Mt. Pleasant for its shopping. [UrbanTurf]
  • Half of new U.S. construction is green. [Architect]
  • Finally, we have reason to be jealous of Crystal City. [ARLnow]
  • Today on the market: Finnish sauna in Cleveland Park

ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Today in our semi-regular Dischord Records dispatch, Rites of Spring vocalist Guy Picciotto talks about the recent release of the band's original six-song demo, 28 years after it was first recorded. [Crib Notes]
  • Artist and outdoorsman Ed Felks discusses the polluted Potomac and filmmaker Hunter Weeks' new feature on the subject. [HuffPost DC]
  • It's already the middle of November, so clearly it's time to start thinking about summer plans. DC Public Library seeks performers and teachers to work with teens in their 2013 summer reading program. [Art 202]
  • Can art really cure what ails you? Over the past year, the Phillips Collection has brought art therapy to chronically ill individuals. The group's work is on display at the museum now. [Washingtonian]
  • Yet another documentary about the immigrant experience in America is on its way, this one produced by local advocate Jacqueline Thompson-Marquez. [Post]
  • Capital Bop talks with Baltimore bass clarinetist Todd Marcus about his sophomore album and the idea of inheritance. [Capital Bop]

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

  • The early word on Taan ramen joint in Adams Morgan [Eater]
  • Food porn from DGC Delicatessen [BYT]
  • Four pre-Thanksgiving wine tasting events [NoVa Mag]
  • The Huxley brings bottle service and table dancing to a former downtown TV studio. [Urban Daddy]
  • Fried chicken biscuits and doggy treats at Woodward Table [Washingtonian]
  • Art & Soul is getting a makeover. [Post]
  • Glover Park's Sprout & Sprig opening at the end of the month. [PoP]

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