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The latest issue of City Paper is on stands today, and our coverage package explores what it means for D.C. to join an ever-growing list of shooting rampage sites.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Navy Yard employees return to work today. [News4]
  • In the wake the deadly shooting, Mayor Vince Gray calls for stricter gun control legislation. [Post]
  • A look at what it took for D.C. agencies to lock down Navy Yard and the surrounding area during the shooting. [Housing Complex]
  • Will the mixed-use nature of the redeveloped West End Library impede the library's design? [Housing Complex]

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

Spirit Animals: Niche bars are giving esoteric and underappreciated spirits more love than ever in the District.

No Silver Lining: Metro's Silver Line will make life worse in the District long before it makes it better.

Labored Labor Relations: Mayor Vince Gray's once cozy relationship with labor unions has become strained because he vetoed the Walmart living wage bill. If he runs, what does this mean for his re-election chances?

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

  • Natwar Gandhi's potential replacement as CFO is being vetted. [Post]
  • Mayor Vince Gray will reintroduce his campaign finance bill. [WAMU]
  • Post ed board calls Jack Evans "tone-deaf" for his opposition to censuring Marion Barry. [Post]
  • Gray says D.C. is "vulnerable" to other areas' gun laws. [WAMU]
  • How D.C. goes about locking down a neighborhood. [Housing Complex]
  • The would-be Family Research Council shooter is being sentenced today. [NBC 4]
  • Woman sexually assaulted in Shaw at her job. [Post]
  • The Silver Line will make Metro worse for a long time. [City Desk]

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

  • A Metro map, to scale! [Behance]
  • For those of you who won't be riding the Silver Line, it'll make your life worse. [City Desk]
  • Navy Yard resumes operations today. [WJLA]
  • Work gets underway on a solar-powered development near H Street NE. [ElevationDC]
  • Half of D.C. cabs have credit card readers. [City Desk]
  • Our federal overlords give us permission for Pennsylvania Avenue zebras. [GGW]
  • And you thought D.C. drivers were assholes. [Atlantic Cities]
  • D.C.'s traffic lights are not as timely as they could be. [NBC4]
  • The Southwest BID is one step closer to reality. [SWTLQTC]
  • Today on the market: 16th Street Heights, with columns

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

  • Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough announces he'll retire in 2014. [Arts Desk]
  • Helen Hayes Awards to be split into two tiers. [Arts Desk]
  • Local theater leaders react to the Helen Hayes reforms. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
  • Read this: Monica Hesse digs deep into a local guy's plans to send a pair of local rappers, Pacman and Peso, to North Korea. [Post]
  • Virgin Mobile FreeFest schedule announced [Arts Desk]
  • More about Valerie Plame's spy novel, Blowback [Post]
  • Check out plans for the new West End Library. [WBJ]
  • The National Book Festival doesn't expect the Navy Yard shooting to impact attendance this weekend. [WBJ]
  • An interview with Sunwolf, makers of this year's best local rock anthem (thus far) [D.C. Music Download]
  • Brendan Canty reviews Múm. [The Talkhouse]

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

  • The 10 best pizzas in D.C. [DCist]
  • Frank Bruni on the joys of being a regular [NYT]
  • Sneak peek at the Fainting Goat on U Street NW [PoPville]
  • Minibar has a new menu. [Washingtonian]
  • Chef Geoff Tracy speaks out against proposed minimum wage hike. [WBJ]
  • Daikaya launches lunch with loco moco. [Eater]
  • What to eat and drink at the H Street Festival this weekend.  [Post]
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