Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/20/2012

DeMorning Links: Nats one game away

Bryce Harper led the Nats to afternoon victory Wednesday. (Greg Fiume - GETTY IMAGES)
The Nats came tantalizingly close to overcoming a six-run eighth-inning deficit against the Dodgers last night, only to have Tyler Clippard hang a fastball for Matt Kemp to send over the center field wall. Nats lose, 7-6. But they won the opening game of Wednesday’s doubleheader and are now, get this, one game away from qualifying for a playoff spot, guaranteeing “the city’s first postseason game since 1933,” Adam Kilgore notes. So today’s Post editorial position takes on some added urgency: Hey, Nats, pay up for late Metro service, already — “the Nationals would do well not to bite the hands that feed them — both at the Wilson Building and in the stands.”

In other news:

Outside Coolidge High, student shoots fellow student — perhaps over his “style of dress” (Post, WaTimes, Examiner)

The D.C. Public Library looks at ways of turning MLK into a top-class facility (Post)

How the Certified Business Enterprise program rewards “mammoth, politically connected firms,” not legitimate local small businesses (City Paper)

CFO’s office has been skimming administrative costs from employees’ retirement contributions and giving some of it to Jeff Thompson (AP)

Behold, a townhouse fit for Jack Evans’s Brady Bunch-ed family (Post)

Report: UDC needs to cut costs, and fast (Post, Examiner)

Union official agrees to leave Airports Authority board; meanwhile, Vincent Gray moves to appoint D.C. Chamber head Barbara Lang (Post, Examiner)

Twenty-six DCPS schools on tap for “turnarounds” that could involve charter conversion (D.C. Schools Insider)

In loss for Gray, council rejects tax cut on tech investments (Post, WaTimes, Examiner, WBJ, DCist)

In a move that Bill Clinton might say “takes some brass,” Michael Brown proposes public campaign financing (Loose Lips, AP, DCist, WAMU-FM)

Mary Cheh moves to legalize self-driving cars (DCist)

Schools can keep their animals, council says (Examiner)

Which reformer will step forward to run for Phil Mendelson’s at-large seat? (Loose Lips)

What would Frederick Douglass have to say about today’s D.C.? (Post column)

Can the Eastern Market flea markets be saved? (Hill Rag)

Judge tells John Hinckley’s lawyer he can’t quit now (Post)

Tom Sherwood’s Michael Brown question: “What the heck is he paying for [car] insurance?”


Sequestration would be very bad for Metro (WTTG-TV)

In the coming local elections, gay is good (Blade)

Gray doesn’t like Jack Evans’s schools bill (Examiner)

Check out WMATA’s new and improved bus maps (GGW)

A happy second birthday to Capital Bikeshare (WashCycle)

Is the Tenleytown bus garage really worthy of historic preservation? (GGW)

Housing Complex is back (Housing Complex)

On I Street SW, D.C. has its first green bike lane — as in, painted green (@DDOTDC)

Three D.C. toques on this year’s “Top Chef” (WBJ)

Rock Creek Park was multimodal back in 1966 (WashCycle)

Jesse Jackson Jr. is selling his Dupont townhouse (Chicago Tribune)

In which Chevy Chase compares a flower thief to Jean Valjean (City Desk)

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