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Afternoon Shots: November 20

Creigh Deeds's son could have been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the Potomac River is still pretty gunky, and more to know tonight.

Despite improvements to the Potomac River's health in the last year, the Potomac Conservancy gave the nation's river a C, stating that there is still major work to do to improve its overall health. Photograph by Melissa Romero.

Three psychiatric hospitals said they had room for Gus Deeds a day before he apparently stabbed his father, Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds, and fatally shot himself. So why wasn’t he hospitalized before? [Post]

In case Playbook, the Hotline, CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, MSNBC First Read, District of DeBonis, District Line Daily, and DCist’s Morning Roundup aren’t enough for you, you’ll soon be able to get an “early-morning tip sheet” from the New York Times. [Capital New York]

The Potomac River gets an “A” for effort in wastewater management, but a “C” overall in its latest environmental report card. [Well + Being]

DC Mayor Vince Gray isn’t the only one hedging about running in next year’s elections. Meet some of the other potential candidates for various races. [Loose Lips]

If you’re going to be caught up in a federal drug sting, don’t tip your dealer like Representative Trey Radel did. [Capital Comment]

Go to the intersection of First and M streets, Southeast, check out the giant mural covering an abandoned government building. [After Hours]

Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser is going to UMD next year, a move that might also get him involved with the Corcoran. [Capital Comment]

Happy hour of the day: Lovers of inexpensive French red wine should head to Bistro Du Coin (1738 Connecticut Ave., NW) for a Beaujolais Nouveau release party.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.