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The District has scraped together an additional $400 million in reserve funds to keep the city running for the rest of the month, ensuring that all 33,000 city employees will get paid on Oct. 29.


  • Overall expulsion rates drop in D.C. charter schools as many of the schools revisit their discipline policies. [Washington Post]
  • The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would that would pay up to $100,000 in college tuition costs over four years to students living in the District. [WAMU]
  • The Anti-Defamation League called on sports teams to stop using offensive names and mascots. [WTOP]
  • Jim Graham, who has represented Ward 1 on the D.C. Council since 1999, launched an exploratory committee Tuesday as he reconsiders a reelection bid. [Loose Lips]


GOP-Mex: Republican's secret meeting in Tortilla Coast is just the latest example of the Grand Old Party loving Tex-Mex food in the District.

Big Fail: Big Chair Cafe Bar & Grill, Anacostia's only real sit-down restaurant, closed Monday, likely because of an internal dispute.

Flip Flop: Once a victim of split voting himself, former Councilmember Sekou Biddle contributed to the campaigns of both Ward 1 challengers Bryan Weaver and Brianne Nadeau (who risk split voting each other out of the race.) But then he showed his superior support for Weaver and asked for his contribution to Nadeu to be returned.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips?

  • District taps another $400 million to keep operating. [NBC 4]
  • Vince Gray meeting with nearby Fairfax, Montgomery, and Prince George's county leaders to talk shutdown. [NBC 4]
  • Sorry, Mr. Mayor—Hillary Clinton can't help you. [Post]
  • David Catania proposes plan to pay $100,000 for residents' college tuition. [WAMU]
  • Jim Graham launches an exploratory committee. [LL]
  • Expulsion rates dip at charter schools. [Post]
  • MLK Library vote gets heated. [Housing Complex]
  • Suspect arrested in killing of Howard student. [Post]
  • What killed Anacostia's Big Chair Cafe? [Housing Complex]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips?

  • Residential street parking is way underpriced. [Atlantic Cities]
  • A modest proposal: new Metro station in PG County. [GGW]
  • A survey of D.C.'s architectural styles. [UrbanTurf]
  • Nobel winner says homeownership is a bad investment. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Tommy Wells wants to convert RFK lots to playing fields; Yvette Alexander isn't thrilled. [DCist]
  • Chef Geoff tells court developer's jerking him around to redevelop downtown building. [WBJ]
  • Shutdown be damned: Ford's Theater reopens. [Arts Desk]
  • Today on the market: Petworth/Brightwood rowhouse

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips?

  • Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett vows to reopen Glen Echo Park this week if the feds do not. [BethesdaNow]
  • How the shutdown is impacting art events and exhibits in D.C. [Modern Art Notes]
  • Town Danceboutique seeks to add a "summer garden." [PoPville]
  • Local stand-up comic Aparna Nancherla made her Conan debut this week. [Post]
  • LIBRARY FIGHT! [Housing Complex]
  • In The Max Levine Ensemble's new music video, ghosts take over the White House and Congress. [DCist]
  • The Kids Euro Festival returns. [AP]
  • CulturalDC announces an open call for artists. [Art202]
  • ICYMI: Ticket scalping accidentally made not-illegal in the District. [WJLA]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips?

  • Spike Mendelsohn's We, The Pizza coming to Crystal City. [Eater]
  • Cafe Japone closes in Dupont. [Barred in DC]
  • Internal restaurant problems doom Anacostia's Big Chair Cafe. [Housing Complex]
  • Where to get foie gras for dessert [Zagat]
  • Three restaurants that didn't make Tom Sietsema's fall dining guide [Post]
  • Taqueria Habanero coming to 14th Street NW near Red Derby. [PoPville]
  • Does Baltimore like bacon more than D.C.? [Washingtonian]
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