Today’s roundup ahead of your evening commute:
• Cathedral quake costs are in. The Washington National Cathedral will reopen Nov. 12, but officials say they need to raise at least $15 million for initial repairs to the earthquake-damaged edifice.
• Just when he thought it was time to retire, Rev. William Norvel chose to accept a post as the 13th superior general of the Josephite Priests and Brothers, a Roman Catholic order that was started 140 years ago to minister to freed slaves. Norvel is the first African American in the job.
• In case you were wondering, assault rifles are still prohibited in D.C. A divided appeals court Tuesday upheld a District ban on semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity ammunition clips.
• The D.C. Council has decided not to declare an official “ethics emergency” for Washington. Member Vincent B. Orange argued that the move was needed to instill public confidence in a council on which some members are facing a host of ethical questions. He ended up casting the only vote in favor of the move.
• National Archives files [illegally] on Ebay. A former National Archives employee admitted in federal court today that he stole nearly 1,000 audio recordings and sold some on the online auction site.
Tomorrow’s forecast from Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow: “Perhaps the best day of fall so far. Skies are fully sunny (ok - you might see a few clouds) and temperatures warm to the low-to-mid 70s. A moderate but not bothersome breeze blows from the northwest at 10-15 mph.”