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District Line Daily: Housing Prey

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A Washington Post investigation found that the D.C. government has auctioned off tax liens for decades, resulting in private firms foreclosing on residents' homes for unpaid tax bills that amount to as little $134. The lien auctions were characterized by suspicious bidding patterns by six firms that took turns winning properties worth a total of $540 million.

Mayor Vince Gray responded on Twitter to the findings, saying he was "appalled at injustice revealed by Post article on independent CFO's tax liens" and would immediately be "pursuing potential remedies."

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A taxi or sedan driver was charged with stabbing two people Sunday night in Georgetown. [News4]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says she's optimistic about the prospects of D.C. budget autonomy. [WAMU]
  • The first paychecks for 349 DCPS teachers were either late or written for insufficient amounts. [Post]
  • Be prepared for some major traffic jams tonight around FedEx Field ahead of the Pigskins' season opener. [WJLA]

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

Running With Scissors:  Mayor Vince Gray officially cut the ribbons on three new Shaw restaurants Friday.

Driving Authority: Councilwoman Mary Cheh wants to create a D.C. Transportation Authority.

The Art Of Fight: Meet the man responsible for providing much of the D.C. theater scene with its fake weapons and fighting choreography.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Post investigation finds delinquent tax liens auctioned off, with homeowners losing their properties for as little as $134. [Post]
  • Auctions were plagued by suspicious bidding. [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray calls investigation's findings "unacceptable." [Twitter]
  • Department of Health proposes 24-hour tattoo waiting period. [City Desk]
  • Colby KingJeff Thompson is "toast." [Post]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton expects more progress on budget autonomy. [WAMU]
  • Office of Planning plans "transformation" of Franklin Square. [Housing Complex]
  • Buzzard Point tries to ditch the scavenger bird reputation. [Housing Complex]
  • Cab or sedan driver accused of two stabbings in Georgetown. [NBC4]
  • Frager's paint store reopens after fire. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Lehman Bros. trying to sell site by Nationals Park. [WBJ]
  • Scuttled H Street NE development could become Crate & Barrel. [UrbanTurf]
  • Parcel 42 takes shape. [SALM]
  • Shaw boom continues as mayor opens three restaurants in an hour. [Y&H]
  • D.C.'s central business district cools down. [Post]
  • Housing inventory is coming back. [UrbanTurf]
  • Errant bird knocks out power in Deanwood. [WJLA]
  • Today on the market: Kalorama condo

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

  • Just a week from opening night, soprano Deborah Voigt cancels her appearance in Washington National Opera's production of Tristan und Isolde. [Post]
  • Black Cat's liquor license modification application moves to the ABC Board. [Short Articles About Long Meetings]
  • So far, the heavily subsidized Fillmore Silver Spring has not opened its doors to Montgomery County events as promised—but it's not clear whether it's Live Nation's fault or the county's. [Post]
  • Kanye West and Jay Z announce Verizon Center dates. [Post]
  • Doug Aitken's art train leaves D.C. [Post]
  • Fairfax libraries throw out thousands of books. [WTOP]
  • Drunk dudes shatter Kramerbooks' window in Dupont. [Post]
  • Iraqi hip-hop group coming to D.C. [AP]
  • Smithsonian picks up a piece of Alabama's bombed 16th Street Baptist Church. [Post]
  • TMOTTGOGO reports that local go-go guitarist Wyatt Brown has died. [TMOTTGoGo]
  • The Post's Fall Arts Preview arrived Sunday. [Post]
  • A review of Julie Ruin's sold-out show at Black Cat Saturday night [Post]
  • An interview with Bikini Kill/Julie Ruin's Kathi Wilcox [BYT]
  • Adams Morgan Day 2013: a photo essay [The 42]

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

  • The 10 hottest restaurant openings this fall [The Plate]
  • The Oreo doughnut is here. [Open Kitchen]
  • Restaurants that offer cooking classes [Zagat]
  • Eat lamb testicles at Mintwood Place. [Washingtonian]
  • Taco spot back on for team behind Marvin, Satellite Room. [PoPville]
  • Pizzoli's Pizzeria bandit pleads guilty. [City Desk]
  • Latin food eating contest at Chupacabra [Frozen Tropics]
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