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District Line Daily: Mayoral Dump

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Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal is expected to officially announce his mayoral bid today. The eight-week period for gathering ballot petition signatures has started, and Mayor Vince Gray still hasn't announced whether he will run, which could carry big risks for his potential campaign. And a Vince Orange mayoral attack site, Orange2014.com, is aggravating the mayoral hopeful's actual campaign.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Medstar Washington Hospital Center is expected to cut around 120 jobs. [WBJ]
  • UDC is proposing to cut the school's athletic teams. [Post]
  • The South Carolina man who mowed the lawn outside the Lincoln Memorial came back to D.C. to be honored with the gift of a chainsaw for his services. [News4]
  • The Virginia attorney general race is still undecided, and as of Monday, Democrat Mark Herring was beating Republican Mark Obenshain by just 117 votes. [WAMU]

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

  • Washington Hospital Center layoffs blamed partly on fallout from Jeff Thompson's Chartered Health. [Post]
  • Vince Gray needs a new precedent for picking up petitions late. [Post]
  • Kojo Nnamdi thinks Gray will run. [Washingtonian]
  • More on Paul Zukerberg's attorney general election fight. [WAMU]
  • District thinking about social impact bonds. [Housing Complex]
  • Holiday trains on Metro for Veteran's Day make people who have to work even sadder. [Post]
  • Andy Shallal plans big mayoral announcement this morning at Ben's Chili Bowl. [Facebook]
  • Proposed Franklin School renderings released. [Housing Complex]

 

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

  • HPRB clears Dupont mansion for redevelopment. [WBJ]
  • A new blog is dedicated entirely to traffic in NoMa. [DCist]
  • A wartime view of the monuments [Ghosts of DC]
  • The Washington Monument scaffolding begins coming down today. [WJLA]
  • Why all the sudden bike hate in the press? [GGW]
  • Georgetown plans to expand on-campus housing. [WBJ]
  • Central Union Mission makes its move. [WJLA]
  • Photos of the progress on a Congress Heights charter school. [CHOTR]
  • Today on the market: Deanwood 5BR

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

  • Angelika Film Center plans to open an eight-screen movie theater at Union Market in 2015. [Post]
  • This isn't the District's first influx of movie theaters. [Post]
  • Killing Kennedy breaks ratings records for the National Geographic Channel. [WBJ]
  • The Post obits The Unifics' Al Johnson. [Post]

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

  • Hipster dining and drinking survival guide [Zagat]
  • Iron Gate Inn will reopen under chef Tony Chittum on Nov. 19. [Post]
  • Marvelous Pizza on H Street NE reopens after FBI raid this summer. [District Cuisine]
  • One of Thally chef Ron Tanaka's hidden dining gems is Chix. [Eater]
  • Petworth Citizen now serving Sunday brunch. [PoPville]
  • The 11 best doughnuts in D.C. [DCist]
  • Reviewing California Pizza Kitchen. [BYT]
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