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The council voted to push back the first election of D.C.'s attorney general to 2018, despite 90,316 District residents voting in 2010 to put the position on the ballot in 2014.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The president of Howard University is stepping down at the end of the calender year amid accusations of mismanagement and the University's financial struggles. [Housing Complex]
  • Metro ridership was down about 2 percent yesterday because of the government shutdown. [Post]
  • The District is suing several people, including WUSA9 weekday anchor J.C. Hayward, for their alleged roles in taking more than $3 million from a D.C. public charter school. [Loose Lips]
  • Two Georgetown University women's basketball coaches are being investigated for unprofessional conduct and inappropriate language. [News4]
  • The D.C. Council passed a measure Tuesday that would allow local government employees to work and get paid during the federal shutdown. [WAMU]

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

Booze and Flow: Here's a handy flow chart to help you find that perfect food or drink shutdown special in the area.

Artsplosion: Sculptor Craig Kraft purchased a property in Anacostia and hopes to transform the vacant space into a studio, gallery, and residence.

Fedless Tourism: Smithsonian and the monuments closed? No problem, here's a shutdown-friendly tourist's guide to D.C.

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

  • D.C. Council pushes attorney general election to 2018. [Post, LL]
  • Council votes to keep government open, with help from Mayor Vince Gray. [WAMUWBJ, Post]
  • D.C. schools settle Title IX complaint. [Post]
  • Howard University's president steps down. [Housing Complex]
  • Shutdown closes federally owned D.C. parks. [WAMU]
  • Rep. Jose Serrano, D.C. veterans on the list of honorees for DC Vote gala. [DC Vote]
  • Shutdown hits Metro ridership. [Post]

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

  • Shutdown leaves tourists "wandering aimlessly looking to find something to do." [City Desk]
  • And it closes bike trails, though some cyclists use them anyway. [GGW]
  • It could also get in the way of Height Act planning. [WBJ]
  • And it highlights the Washington-D.C. divide. [The Atlantic]
  • West Heating Plant plans to go public. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • Following historic designation, Southwest project loses a building. [WBJ]
  • Streetcar network will take five years post-planning; complete around 2020-2021. [GGW]
  • Buy a house featured on a stamp. [HuffPost DC]
  • ABC board will decide on U Street liquor license moratorium today. [WJLA]
  • Craigslister puts the Capitol up for rent. [Curbed]
  • Today on the market: Live in the heart of Shutdownville!

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

  • Veep will film at the University of Maryland for the next two weeks. [Washingtonian]
  • Artist Craig Kraft buys a building in Anacostia; plans to turn it into work/live/gallery space. [Housing Complex]
  • D.C. Council honors the 9:30 Club. [DCist]
  • The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts honors Rita Moreno amid shutdown. [Post]
  • Inside Eastern Market's Capitol Hill Books [WTOP]
  • Most of these shutdown-related political cartoons are pretty awful. [Post]
  • BYT interviews (e)merge Art Fair founders Jamie Smith and Leigh Connor. [BYT]
  • The Newseum's Anchorman exhibit: yep, still dumb. [DCist]
  • Won't someone think of the books? [Politics & Prose]

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

  • Shutdown specials: moneymakers or publicity moves? [WBJ]
  • FDA food safety inspections suspended during shutdown. [HuffPost]
  • Fourteen early and all-day happy hours [Washingtonian]
  • Five must-try hidden bars in D.C. [Drink DC]
  • Five brunch spots you should have hit already [Thrillist]
  • Barcelona Wine Bar now open in Logan Circle. [Eater]
  • Try free tastings of lamb ragu with lunch or dinner at Osteria Elisir through Oct. 9. [Post]
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