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D.C. Queues Up for HQ2
Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that D.C. plans to submit a bid to become home to Amazon’s second headquarters. In a video that played off Amazon’s popular Echo device, run by virtual assistant “Alexa,” Bowser asks: “Alexa, what is the best city for Amazon HQ2?” The response? A montage of D.C. highlights. The city’s bid is being coordinated by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Brian Kenner.

Bold Bite Opens in Golden Triangle
Fast-casual eatery Bold Bite Market opened at 1028 19th St. NW on Sept. 25, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu features hand-spun milkshakes, fries and items from 202 Donuts and TapaBar, other ventures of brothers Alonso and Alvaro Roche. There will also be a Vigilante Coffee espresso bar. Carnivores can chomp on a Black Angus hickory-smoked burger or a grilled half-smoke.

Be Very Afraid … of Pumpkin Cocktails

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Remember the long lines at the “Game of Thrones” pop-up bar in Shaw last summer? Well, the folks behind it — who decked out a Christmas-themed bar last holiday season — have devised a Halloween-themed pop-up, P.U.B. Dread, to run the entire month of October, Washingtonian magazine reported. Visitors will enter through a haunted forest and weave their way into a crypt. There are also plans for a creepy doll room. As for cocktails, expect a lot of apple and pumpkin-infused drinks.

We’re Third Rattiest
D.C. has dealt with rats for years, but there has been a recent surge in residents’ complaints about the critters. Over the last three fiscal years, rat calls have risen by more than 1,000 calls. Last year, calls spiked to a total of 3,286, Fox 5 reported. Orkin Pest Control has named D.C. the third rattiest city in the country after Chicago and New York.

No Signing the Lincoln Memorial
A foreign student who used a penny to etch his name in Cyrillic letters (reported by linguistically challenged Park Police as HYPT MAEK) on a pillar at the Lincoln Memorial has been arrested. Nurtilek Bakirov, 21, apologized repeatedly, telling officers he didn’t know carving was prohibited, according to DCist. The potential penalties are up to a decade in prison and a $25,000 fine. The embassy of Bakirov’s home country, the Kyrgyz Republic, was notified. Earlier this summer, someone spray-painted F**K LAW on the memorial.

Abduction on Metrobus Stopped
Transit police arrested a 39-year-old woman who tried to abduct a 7-year-old from a Metrobus in Northeast D.C. Aug. 30, NBC Washington reported. The victim and his sister were riding the bus to school when Thalia Denise Brown approached them and asked where their parents were. She then told the boy, “When we get off this bus, you’re coming with me. We going to the feds.” Other passengers came to the children’s assistance.

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