Afternoon Shots: November 12

Post columnist pens infuriating article, Andy Shallal begins mayoral campaign, and other things to know.
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The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen wrote this today: “People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York—a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts—but not all—of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.” [Post]

Cohen’s editor says the column was “misinterpreted,” but maybe it should have been edited “more carefully.” [Business Insider]

What voter turnout issue? More than 75,000 votes have been cast so far in the National Zoo’s panda-naming contest. [Twitter]

Police are investigating the murder of Council of Governments transportation planning chief Ron Kirby, who was found dead Monday in his Alexandria home. [Capital Comment]

Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal launched his mayoral campaign today. [Capital Comment]

H&M’s Georgetown store (3222 M St., NW) reopens tomorrow. The line outside the door is likely forming some time later tonight. [Shop Around]

Why bother with all the prep work when you can buy Thanksgiving meals from some of Washington’s best restaurants? [Best Bites]

Union Market is getting an eight-screen movie theater in 2015. [Open House]

Happy hour of the day: Athens, Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Company enters the DC market with a tap takeover at ChurchKey (1337 14th St., NW).

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