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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is expected to introduce legislation Tuesday that would keep the local government running amid a federal shutdown using the city's reserve funds. The fund is estimated to have about $164 million dollars, which would keep the government running for about nine days, with daily expenses running between $17 and $19 million.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • With a potential shutdown coming on top of already enacted sequestration cuts, the looming shutdown would be worse on D.C. contractors and agencies than ever before. [Washington Business Journal]
  • A peak at the massive  McLean Silver Line station at Tysons Corner. [WAMU]
  • Police are investigating a string of violent robberies in the Mount Vernon Square area where the perpetrators beat and attack their victims with stun guns. [Post]
  • John Deere donated more than $400,000 worth of equipment to the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall to help maintain the turfs and grounds of the Mall. [News4]

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

Silence the Bells: The D.C. stop of traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells at RFK Stadium this weekend has been canceled because the "financial loss would have been devastating."

Pop Culture: A number of D.C. pop-up restaurants and bars are sticking around through October.

Swag Nation: Want to look like a stylish D.C. activist in the face of a government shutdown? Buy your shirt here.

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

  • Vince Gray introduces his CFO nominee, Phoenix's Jeff DeWitt. [Post, WAMU, LL]
  • Phil Mendelson's legislation to avoid the shutdown would pay employees from the rainy day fund. [DCistTimes]
  • Rep. Darrell Issa says he doubts Congress would punish D.C. for staying open. [Roll Call]
  • David Catania grills education officials over test scores, Gray spokesman compares it to McCarthyism. [Post]
  • Ex-health care finance official steered a contract to her friend, according to the inspector general. [WBJ]
  • D.C.'s shutdown strategy, now in a T-shirt. [City Desk]
  • The Circulator will keep going, government shutdown or not. [Post]

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

  • Meet our new CFO. [LL]
  • D.C.'s office market doesn't look so hot, shutdown or not. [WBJ]
  • A tour of an abandoned Catholic school in Anacostia. [GGW]
  • Traffic deaths have nearly doubled from last year. [DCist]
  • When pop-ups don't pop. [Y&H]
  • Like the Mall turf? Thank John Deere. [AP]
  • Cab drivers aren't happy about the deadline to install credit card readers. [WJLA]
  • Bike parking zoning regs will be discussed next month. [WashCycle]
  • Today on the market: Four-bedroom Georgetown condo

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Rock the Bells is canceled. [WCP, Post, NYT, LA Times]
  • Gallerist Virginia Dwan pledges to donate 250 works to the National Gallery of Art, including works by Robert Smithson, Yves Klein, and Sol LeWitt. [Post]
  • Howard University business professor Gilbert Perkins is also DMV hip-hop educator Sage Salvo. [WAMU]
  • Books Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal thinks you should read [Washington Business Journal]
  • Plug: Go to this City Paper-curated show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum tonight! [WCP]
  • Another plug: Go to City Paper's Crafty Bastards this weekend! [WCP]

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

  • Bars screening the season finale of Breaking Bad. [Post]
  • Chef Geoff Tracy talks brunch. [Bitches Who Brunch]
  • Are chefs on competitive diets good public health messengers? [NPR]
  • Luke's Lobster offers gluten-free lobster roll for $2 upcharge. [Washingtonian]
  • The best hotel bars in D.C. [DCist]
  • Michael Landrum restaurant back on for City Vista. [Don Rockwell]
  • Micro-juicers are all the rage. [Eater]
  • Compass Rose aims for end-of-year opening. [PoPville]
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