Good morning and welcome to Friday. That is, unless you are a federal employee and uncertain about whether you have work and a full paycheck next week. We have full #govtshutdown reports at PostLocal as well as on the Washington Post home page. Follow it on our Twitter and Facebook pages too.
Speak to the Mayor. We have the first of regularly scheduled online chats with D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray at 12:30 p.m. today. But you’ll want to sign in before then at this link to submit questions and vote on others’ questions to make sure Mayor Gray addresses your most important ones.
Speak eye-to-eye with the Federal Eye Reporter. We’ve got a live video chat with Ed O’Keefe, one of the Post’s government reporters and bloggers, to answer as many of your #govtshutdown questions as possible. It starts at 9 a.m., so commuters — hurry up!
Newspapers thriving! Well, at least in the world of colleges and universities. Get a sneak peak at this story from The Washington Post’s Sunday magazine.
My picks: I’m thinking that we haven’t seen the last of Sulaimon Brown, who refused to testify before a DC Council hearing yesterday, calling it a “witch hunt.” Also, welcome to Virginia, Donald Trump! He bought the Kluge winery property yesterday, primarily for the real estate, but he’s looking forward to having his name on his own wine label, too. “It’s only Trump,” he said. “Everything is Trump!” We also have a touching piece about a Japanese boy who saved an American soldier’s life in a World War II prisoner of war camp. Finally, a fitting end to #DCSquirrelWeek — rodents invade the courthouse. When you report for jury duty, keep your eyes open.