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People in the department in which Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis worked had concerns about his job performance, and police are now investigating whether this could have led to his rampage.


  • Another organization is raising funds to help the Navy Yard victims. [Post]
  • A former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Robert White, is running in the 2014 at-large D.C. Council race as an independent candidate. [LL]
  • The D.C. government has issued permits to raze two schools: Brookland Elementary School and the old Dunbar High School building. [Washington Business Journal]
  • The District Department of Transportation is participating in a nationwide event today that will convert 20 D.C. parking spots into temporary parks. [News4]


Burger Ring: A helpful guide to figuring out the difference between all the new and seemingly identical burger joints opening in D.C.

The Red Line: Metro dropped the price of its SmarTrip cards to $2, but, starting Oct. 1, will no longer let people who have a negative balance of more than $1.50 exit stations

Blue Monday: ICYMI, make sure to check out our latest cover package all about the Navy Yard shooting, including what it means for D.C. to join the growing ranks of mass shooting sites and what it took for the D.C. government to lock down the Navy Yard neighborhood.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips?

  • The 2014 at-large race gets a new candidate. [Post, LL]
  • Chamber of Commerce head Barbara Lang is stepping down. [WBJWashingtonian]
  • D.C. Council bill to divest D.C. government funds from fossil fuel companies has five backers. [WBJ]
  • New state superintendent of education Jesus Aguirre blames his charter school's failure in part on anti-immigrant feeling. [GGW]
  • With the Large Retailer Accountability Act dead, Walmart feels safe to hire. [Housing Complex, WAMU]
  • Jonetta Rose Barras: Tax lien fixes don't solve Office of Tax and Revenue problems. [Post]
  • D.C. issues permits to raze two schools. [WBJ

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener, will return on Monday.  (tips?

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips?

  • Bethesda author and 1998 National Book Award winner Alice McDermott (Someone) and D.C. native Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena) are up for National Book Awards. [Post]
  • Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, which premiered at Woolly Mammoth, gets a warm reception off-Broadway. [Post]
  • A chat with DC Shorts founder and director Jon Gann, who's in the process of hosting his 10th annual festival (don't miss our reviews). [Post]
  • What to know before you hit Virgin Mobile FreeFest this weekend [Post]
  • An interview with two of dog & pony dc ringleaders [We Love DC]
  • Brightest Young Things adds another show and after-party to its Bentzen Ball lineup. [BYT]
  • DCist premieres a new Tereu Tereu song. [DCist]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • The best restaurant patios [Eater]
  • How to use body language to get served first at the bar [The Telegraph via Drink DC]
  • Check out the menu for Rose's Luxury, coming soon to Barracks Row. [Twitter]
  • Bistrot Lepic owners to open La Piquette in Cleveland Park. [WBJ]
  • The $20 Diner visits Moa in Rockville. [Post]
  • New menus at Glover Park restaurants [PoPville]
  • Georgio's Trattoria opens in Potomac, Md. [Zagat]
  • Copperwood Tavern opens in Shirlington on Sept. 30. [ARLnow]
  • Try the salt beef sandwich at Duke's Grocery. [Express]
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