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.

Coming up:

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!

Cupcakes and Poetry. The DC Cupcakes women will chat at 11 a.m. Or send your questions to critic Michael Dirda anytime during National Poetry Month.

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.

Donald Trump arrives at his Comedy Central Roast in New York. (Charles Sykes/AP)