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That's it, the shutdown's over. Everyone can go back to work now and read the latest issue of Washington City Paperon stands today—which is conveniently filled with harrowing tales from the shutdown.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • And D.C. is guaranteed not to get into this mess again, for at least the next fiscal year. A provision within the deal that ended the shutdown allows the District to spend its own funds until the next fiscal year. [Loose Lips]
  • The reaction to this shutdown was pretty much the same as the one 17 years ago; D.C. leaders were outraged that their city has no budget autonomy and gets extra screwed by Congressional dysfunction. Should Mayor Vince Gray have fought louder and harder? [City Desk]
  • Here's what was shutdown closed the past two weeks, and now open today. [News 4]
  • ...and we're back to eight-car trains on the Metro. [Washington Post]

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

Basket Case: With restaurants trying to stand out amid all this new competition, many D.C. restaurants are opting to bring back the complimentary bread basket.

Clothed for Business: With federal workers furloughed for a couple weeks, area thrift stores reported a spike in people trying to sell their clothes.

Winners and Losers: Everyone and everything pretty much came out a loser during this shutdown, except maybe At-Large Councilmember David Grosso and Mayor Vince Gray, whose images fared pretty well.

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

  • Back to work, feds. The shutdown is over. [Post]
  • As the shutdown ends, Vince Gray meets with suburban county executives. [PostWashingtonian]
  • The District gets a yearlong break from shutdown drama. [Post, LL]
  • Shutdown means uptick in domestic violence victims at shelters. [WAMU]
  • Norton backs up Park Service boss. [WAMU]
  • Furloughed workers head to Georgetown. [Post]
  • Rushern Baker says he'd change the Pigskins' name if he could. [Post]
  • Councilmembers propose new set of bills. [Post]
  • The panda cam will return soon. [WTOP]

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

  • D.C. gets a yearlong shutdown reprieve. [LL]
  • Graduate School USA scraps plans for Southwest Waterfront campus. [Post]
  • For Metro station lighting, it's about quality over quantity. [GGW]
  • D.C.'s the eighth-best city for trick-or-treating—but mainly west of Rock Creek Park. [Zillow]
  • The benefits of removing parking minimums. [Streetsblog]
  • Canal Park rink opening delayed due to ruptured pipe. [DCist]
  • Neighbors outraged over digital clock. [WJLA]
  • The shutdown: bad for the economy, good for love. [City Desk]
  • Today on the market: Spring Valley stone house for a mere $2.4 million

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

  • Shutdown ends, Smithsonian reopens. [WJLA]
  • Molotov Theatre sells its own energy drinks, hot sauce, and salsa. [WBJ]
  • What a former D.C. police officer thinks about graffiti tagger Cool "Disco" Dan [Post]
  • Art collecting for n00bs [Washingtonian]
  • During the shutdown, local vintage and consignment shops cleaned up. [City Paper]
  • What was the shutdown's impact on arts in the District? [Arts Desk]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)
  • Restaurateur Geoff Tracy fights landlord in court to keep downtown Chef Geoff's. [WBJ]
  • Capitol Hill is the Bethesda of D.C., says Tom Sietsema. [Post]
  • Are the owners of Ripple opening a restaurant in the former Reef space? [PoPville, Eater]
  • Taste test of Oyamel's Day of the Dead menu [BYT]
  • Baja Fresh and Zpizza close in Rosslyn. [ARLnow]
  • Simple syrup adds more than sweetness to your cocktail. [NYT]
  • Virginia's food truck regulations [NoVa Mag]
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