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Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie's campaign finance reform package could go to committee vote as early as next week. The legislation would close the LLC loophole, which allows some businesses to effectively contribute more money to candidates than others.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Logan Circle residents and business owners discussed how to beat the growing rat population in the area. [WTOP]
  • The National Zoo is back open today! But you still won't be able to see the panda cub. [News4]
  • The tens of thousands D.C.-area furloughed federal employees who applied for unemployment benefits will have to return their checks because they will all be paid for the time they were out of work. [WTOP]
  • The Richmond Free Press says it will no longer use the Washington football team's name in its paper. [WJLA]

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

Tales from the Shutdown: ICYMI, our latest coverage package is filled with harrowing tales from the shutdown.

Crunch Time: WCP staffers participated in an exceedingly scientific blind taste test to see how José Andrés’ new line of potato chips fare against leading brands.

Artistic License: Forgot the new D.C. license with the cherry blossoms, and bring on Marion Barry. These are the licenses we'd like to see.

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

  • Kenyan McDuffie's campaign finance bill would put restrictions on LLC contributions and money orders. [Post]
  • Medicaid payments are back on after the shutdown. [WBJ]
  • D.C. Council takes up tax liens. [Post]
  • Logan Circle holds rat conference. [WTOP]
  • Charter school caught in scandal will stay open for now. [Post]
  • New York Rep. Jose Serrano says he hasn't earned his DC Vote award. [Informer]
  • Charter school enrollment increases. [Post]
  • Nationals Park area could get a hotel. [WBJ]
  • Power loss closes elementary school. [Post]
  • Aspiring nun accused of murdering her baby. [Times]

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

  • Mayor Vince Gray celebrates the opening today of Cardozo High School, whose opening he celebrated two months ago. [AP]
  • LivingSocial CEO keeps buying and selling homes for a small profit. Next stop: 15th and T. [WBJ]
  • Discussing the future of Tenleytown, the "grey lady." [Ward3DC]
  • Logan Circle residents freak out over rats. [WJLA]
  • Developers considering a hotel by Nationals Park. [WBJ]
  • An antebellum D.C. beer garden. [Ghosts of DC]
  • Metro's imbalance is Prince George's fault. [GGW]
  • "Tysons Town Square" is a parking lot. [Post]
  • Bikes vs. Cars, the movie. [Streetsblog]
  • How can we keep "Mid City East" affordable? [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Standard-issue Petworth rowhouse for under $500k

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

  • Man steals credit cards, buys $46,000 in work from a Georgetown art gallery. [City Desk]
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company will bring Kneehigh Theatre of Cornwall to D.C. next year. [Post]
  • WAMU profiles Prinz-D, a local Gallaudet graduate who calls himself the first deaf rapper. [WAMU]
  • Alec and Hilaria Baldwin descend on Washington in the name of yoga. [Post]
  • Spin gives Dismemberment Plan's Uncanney Valley 7/10, but seems to both disagree with and misunderstand Washington City Paper's review. [Spin]
  • Anne Hornaday on 12 Years a Slave, Mother of George, and the fraught history of filming dark skin. [Post]
  • Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse publishes a second young adult novel. [Arts Desk]
  • Shutdown ends, Glen Echo Park reopens, and Adventure Theatre commences Goodnight Moon. [Adventure Theatre]

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

  • Readers pick the best restaurants in Washington. [Express]
  • A former server at Thunder Burger stole credit card numbers to buy art and jewelry. [Washingtonian, City Desk]
  • Former Town House chef John Shields finalizing lease in Georgetown. [Post]
  • Rooftop Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center gets a makeover. [Zagat]
  • Update on Homestead, coming to Petworth. [PoPville]
  • Curbside Cupcakes' first cafe is now open on Capitol Hill. [DCist]
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