Red October

October 8, 2012

Sunday’s hero was Tyler Moore. (Jonathan Newton/TWP)

The Washington Nationals are now undefeated in postseason games played since 1933, and D.C. fans could see a series clinch here as soon as Wednesday. The Post’s Thomas Boswell takes a look back at how far we’ve come: “I’ve been grateful and relieved that all the people who worked for more than 40 years to get baseball back to D.C., build a new park and put a first-rate team inside it have not turned out to be the victims of a lifelong practical joke,” Boz wrote. “This is the season when the Nats not only turned the corner but virtually ensured that the entire Southeast waterfront renewal project, including the District’s gamble in building a new park and giving it to the Nationals, will work out to the city’s benefit and the entire region’s pleasure. Someday, someone will no doubt say that all this was obvious and inevitable. But in real time, it always felt like this day might not ever arrive.”

In other news:

Ex-OCFO integrity chief: Natwar Gandhi played games with internal audits (Post)

“Let’s hope that a D.C. Council committee is serious about getting the answer to these and other troubling questions that surround one of the District’s most critical offices.” (Post editorial)

With Dan Tangherlini running GSA, could “Federal Triangle South” plans include housing? (Capital Business)

“Defeat Jihad” ads must go up, judge tells Metro (Post, Legal Times, AP)

Homeless service cuts mean family shelter beds are going unused (Post)

Metro board investigation into Jim Graham should be wrapping up soon (Post column)

Sometimes the rumors are right; sometimes the rumors are wrong. Either way, “You’ve just got to go on,” says Vince Gray (Examiner)

Budget autonomy referendum proposal is “not perfect,” advocates say, “[b]ut there are no perfect ways to fight entrenched injustice.” (Post op-ed)

“Surely, those who proclaim their support for budget autonomy should see the appeal of D.C. citizens doing the heavy lifting?” (Post editorial)

New regulations give food trucks access to special  vending zones (Post)

What is the Corcoran’s board thinking? (Post)

Ramp by ramp, the 11th Street Bridge moves toward completion (Post)

Vintage streetcars for H Street? Sure, why not. (DCist)

D.C. United stadium talks are “ongoing,” Jack Evans says (Soccer Insider)

Evict the geese from the Lincoln Memorial! (Post)

Nats fans aren’t scary enough for Harry Jaffe’s tastes (Washingtonian)

Another federal case, another judge slamming the District for discovery abuses — this one, citing Alanis Morissette (Legal Times)

GU will have its new athletic facility “in the very near future,” JTIII assures (Post)

Friday council hearing generates another round of zoning rewrite back-and-forth (Housing Complex)

The Chuck Thies speed camera plan: First ticket fully refundable after six ticket-free months (WRC-TV)

New scholarships take D.C. students by surprise (Post)

How Foggy Bottom made itself liveable-walkable again (WAMU-FM)

Why did the MPD tweet a surveillance picture of Freedom Plaza protesters? (City Desk, @timcraigpost)

Arrest made in killing of Shepherd Park man (Post)

Five shot Friday at North Capitol Street and New York Avenue (Post)

Guilty pleas in Metrobus killing (Crime Scene)

We’re transient, but not that transient (GGW)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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