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Mayor Vince Gray told a crowd of hundreds of D.C. residents that he would not break the law and spend money once the city's rainy day fund runs dry, but he warned of the devastating effects the shutdown would have on the District if it continues.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • A judge is dismissing most of a federal lawsuit that attempted to stop the closure of 15 District public schools. [FoxDC]
  • The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue failed to notify thousands of property owners about debts because its address records were filled with errors. [Washington Post]
  • The shutdown could delay D.C. craft brewery production. [News4]
  • Opponents to the D.C. United Stadium launched a campaign to question Mayor Vince Gray's plan to use D.C. taxpayer money to pay for half the stadium. [Washington Business Journal]

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

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Free D.C.! Here's a new shutdown idea: Enact the budget autonomy referendum on Oct. 1 instead of Jan. 1.

Peas in a Pod: A bank and a local restaurant will lease space at Walmart's Georgia Ave. site.

 

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

  • Shutdown affects services for  District's safety net. [WAMU]
  • Potential D.C. United stadium opponents organize, led by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. [Post]
  • Ethics board boss "somewhat embarrassed" over continuing spat with inspector general. [Post]
  • Bill requiring nurse-to-patient ratios is moving again in the Council. [WBJ]
  • Mayor Vince Gray proposes styrofoam container ban. [WBJ]
  • Dunkin' Donuts opposes ban. [WBJ]
  • Knife-wielding man arrested at Farragut West Metro station. [Post]
  • Ward 6 Democrats election challenged. [Blade]
  • Shutdown goes too far, threatens D.C. craft brews. [NBC 4]
  • Police looking for two men connected to Rock Creek Park death. [Post]

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

  • Huge apartment building coming to H Street NE. [WBJ]
  • D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute aims to build D.C. United stadium-skeptic coalition. [Post]
  • A map of converted schools in D.C. [Curbed]
  • Foreclosures are on the rise in the D.C. area. [WBJ]
  • What PG County can learn from Atlanta. [GGW]
  • Condos coming to 11th and P NW? [PoPville]
  • Flashback to 1977: Brooklanders dread the Metro's arrival. [Ghosts of DC]
  • This is what a real war on cars looks like. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Gorgeous LeDroit Park 6BR

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

  • House of Cards probably won't return for a third season. [Huffington Post]
  • Doesn't look like Donnie Simpson plans to return to radio, either. [Post]
  • The Textile Museum carefully transfers its collection to George Washington University. [WBJ]
  • Yes, Thriller on H Street happens again this year. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Lyle Link pens an appreciation for Butch Warren. [CapitalBop]
  • Nick Offerman joins the Bentzen Ball lineup. [BYT]
  • Locals rejected from Bentzen Ball host their own comedy show this weekend. [Arts Desk]
  • A very weak, short interview with Artisphere Executive Director José Ortiz [WJLA]

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

  • Tom Sietsema's top 40 restaurants [Post]
  • Boundary Road mentioned in upcoming George Pelecanos book. [Frozen Tropics]
  • Where literary figures would eat and drink [Express]
  • Richard Sandoval restaurant group gets new corporate pastry chef. [Eater]
  • Ice cream and gelato for the autumn [Zagat]
  • Michel Richard opens his New York restaurants. [Washingtonian]
  • Kababji closes in Dupont but will relocate [PoPville]
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