Waterways will remain swollen for days, but no serious impacts are expected. (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post/Via Instagram)

The District of Columbia, it’s now clear, was spared the worst of Superstorm Sandy. You didn’t have to be in a Hummer convoy with Mayor Vincent Gray to figure out that, despite some downed trees and sporadic power outages, things weren’t so bad here. And while river flooding remains a threat over the next few days, the impacts are expected to be limited. The city leaps back toward normalcy today, with schools and government offices open, Metro resuming normal weekday service, and most other transportation options back to normal. Also open today: Early voting,  with officials adding an extra two hours each day through Saturday to make up for the two lost days.

In other news:

Inside Pepco as it battled to keep the lights on (Post)

So, yay, Pepco? Or, OK, Pepco? (City DeskLoose Lips)

Arbitrator rules that fire chief illegally retaliated against union boss (WaTimes)

State Board of Education candidates’ challenge: “[M]any voters still aren’t sure exactly what it is or what it does” (Post)

$35 million needed to turn abandoned 11th Street Bridge span into park (WJLA-TV)

New crime lab chief vows to preserve independence (Legal Times)

Harry Jaffe thinks leadership is keeping the D.C. GOP from victory — not a toxic national brand (Examiner)

“What is the problem, [Vincent Orange]? Perhaps Jeffrey Thompson got your tongue?” (The Nose)

Why so few black baseball players these days? (Post column)

Employees of flooded Washington Harbour business continue to press for compensation (WBJ)

The D.C. National Guard was out in force during Sandy (DVIDS)

Eleanor Holmes Norton will be handing some sort of undisclosed candy this evening (Post)

Haydee’s in Mount Pleasant wants to stay open 24/7 (PoP)

Did you know: There was an ad for the Watergate on the day of Richard Nixon’s first presidential inauguration (Ghosts of DC)