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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/28/2012

DeMorning Links: Nats and Metro strike a daily deal

Transit-using Nats fans will have a guaranteed ride home. (Nikki Kahn - PHOTO BY NIKKI KAHN/THE WASHINGTON POST)
The trains will run after late Nationals games — no thanks to team owner Ted Lerner or Major League Baseball, but, thankfully, also no thanks to city taxpayers. Instead LivingSocial is stepping in to bail the Nats out, earning massive amounts of positive publicity and goodwill for a low, low price. The Post’s Mark Berman and Lori Aratani report: “Metro refunds as much of the [$29,500] deposit as the transit agency takes in in fares during the extended service. And Metro’s fare increase, which went into effect in July, makes it even easier for event organizers to recoup their deposit. ... Under the old fare rates, it took 8,150 rides for an organization to make its deposit back. Now, the third party needs only 5,504 fans to ride Metro ... to recoup the deposit.” The Verizon Center ended up paying less than $3,000 for two nights of extended service after this week’s Madonna shows.

In other news:

Marion Barry addresses Georgetown, says he’s working on an autobiography and federal prosecutors are “holding the city hostage” (D.C. Wire, FishbowlDC, Washingtonian, Examiner, G’town Dish)

Suspects in Capitol Hill beating had been arrested for subsequent robbery, with victim’s cell phone taken into evidence (Post, WaTimes)

Federal grant will fund merit pay for DCPS principals (Post, Examiner)

Chief tax appraiser appears to have lied on job application (Post)

Auditor: Police refuse to detail compliance with demonstrations law (Post)

Did Vincent Orange break electioneering rules with small business summit lit? (WaTimes)

CBE reforms are coming, Gray says, but will they be any good? (Loose Lips)

Someone drew a mustache on a firehouse picture of Chief Kenneth Ellerbe (WRC-TV)

Checkered financial history for former Michael Brown treasurer “raise[s] questions about why he was entrusted with the candidate’s money in the first place”(WaTimes)

Did campaign finance authorities give Brown a “golden pass”? (Examiner)

Sentencing delayed for figure in Harry Thomas Jr. case while investigation proceeds (WaTimes)

No “burdensome overregulation” for Uber, please (Post editorial)

Because Uber makes it easier for a black man to get a ride (The Root DC Live)

Inspector general’s office notes agencies only implemented 86 percent of its recommendations (Examiner)

“Building-sized photograph” to go in at 14th and T streets NW (ArtsPost)

Developers seek movie theater with “elevated experience” for The Yards (JDLand)

Who says D.C. government is unpopular? More people are living near city hall! (Housing Complex, WBJ)

Arrest made in downtown gun assault (Crime Scene)

Streetlight contract can’t wait for appeal, city says (WBJ)

If Mitt Romney or Gary Johnson win D.C., openly gay people will cast their electoral votes (Blade)

The Third Ward — which is actually in Ward 4 — awaits Mitt Romney (Post)

Mind the owls, Rock Creek joggers (City Desk)

Remains found in Stafford County, Va., identified as missing D.C. woman’s (Post)

Man stabbed to death late Thursday near H.D. Woodson High School (Crime Scene)

Pedestrian struck and killed in Columbia Heights early Friday (WUSA-TV)

Plenty of construction jobs in the city (Capital Business)

Charter school rugby team gets Hollywood treatment (DCist)

Have you consulted a professional land-use expert?


Best wishes to Vincent Orange Jr. and his new bride! (@VincentOrangeDC)

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