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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #105 on: July 06, 2011, 05:13:28 PM »
There's been quite a bit written about everything.

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #106 on: July 18, 2011, 10:32:58 AM »
Oh, good. This whole week is going to be heat wave, bad air death. Awesome!

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #107 on: July 18, 2011, 06:14:19 PM »
Oh, good. This whole week is going to be heat wave, bad air death. Awesome!

We're all going to die!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/massive-heat-wave-scorches-us-as-drought-continues-in-south/2011/07/17/gIQAaYOnLI_blog.html?wprss=capital-weather-gang

I don't even want to know what's going to happen to Cass...

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #108 on: July 19, 2011, 02:32:09 AM »
It was a high of 48 here today....bwah haha haha.  Tomorrow they are predicting a blast of hotter air...a high of 55.

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #109 on: July 19, 2011, 08:35:28 AM »
They're calling for heat index values in the 110's by the end of the week.

Right now, the morning is starting off okay. 80 degrees and 80% humidity. AC units are rattling at full blast and draining a stream of water. It's awesome!

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #110 on: July 20, 2011, 08:39:01 AM »
Nice!

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Forecast: Horrible heat almost here; triple digits possible Thurs-Sat with heat index near 110-115 http://wapo.st/n1y7d6

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #111 on: July 20, 2011, 09:55:27 PM »
Don't breathe!!

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #112 on: July 26, 2011, 12:20:47 PM »
Oh, look at that. DC unemployment is up over 10%. And here I figured all these new $3000 a month efficiency condos would need an army of cleaners!

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« Reply #113 on: August 15, 2011, 05:53:46 PM »
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Police: Woman attacks art at DC museum again

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who attacked a painting at Washington's National Gallery of Art earlier this year has struck again, police say, this time lashing out against a Henri Matisse painting at the museum.

Susan Burns of Alexandria, Va., was arrested Aug. 5 after police say she walked over to Matisse's 1919 painting "The Plumed Hat," and slammed the painting repeatedly against a wall, damaging its frame but not the $2.5 million painting.

The 53-year-old Burns was arrested in April for attacking an $80 million Paul Gauguin painting called "Two Tahitian Women." As a condition of her release she promised she would stay away from all museums and art galleries in Washington.

In the latest incident she was charged with unlawful entry and brought to the city's mental health facility.

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« Reply #114 on: August 16, 2011, 01:29:58 PM »
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Rogue 24 makes you sign a contract to get a reservation

Get your pen out if you want to have dinner at Rogue 24, Washington's new conceptual restaurant serving only 24- and 16-course tasting menus in the middle of an alleyway, because first you have to sign a two-page contract to cement your reservation. And if you're keyed up about snagging reservations for the buzzy new restaurant, don't get so excited that you tweet about your meal between courses or take a snapshot of your favorite dish: Cell phones and cameras are explicitly banned during the more-than-three-hours-long dinners. As the contract states, "All guests should be able to enjoy the experiences that surround them at Rogue24 free of distraction." Apparently, you can't send out a tweet to chef RJ Cooper in his own restaurant; you have to wait until you get home and you're released from your contract.

Beyond that, diners must agree to the restaurant's cancellation policy and give up their credit card information. If reservations are canceled within 72 hours of the dinner (up to 3 p.m. on the day of the reservation), diners are on the hook for half of the check. Cancellations after 3 p.m. on the day of or showing up more than 30 minutes late for their dinners earn a 100-percent charge. Considering that meals run $175 per person for the 24-course Journey menu with beverage pairings, forgetful and tardy diners can run up a hefty charge without enjoying a single bite.

The contract also asks patrons to list allergies and dietary restrictions, commit to either the 24- or 16-course tasting menu and decide whether they want drink pairings. Oh, and this contract must be returned within 72 hours of making the reservation or the reservation is voided. Best of luck.

Download the contract here [PDF].

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Re: dc stuff
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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #116 on: August 22, 2011, 02:04:40 PM »
This isn't really news... It's just nice that Union Station will actually have an educational display blocking foot traffic instead of the usual paintings of trains made by 5th graders.


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Amtrak is opening a new exhibit this week at Union Station that chronicles the history of the “Great Migration,” the movement of millions of Southern blacks to the North in the early part of the 20th century. The exhibit will remain on view through Sept. 26.

Allen Ballard, a University of Albany history professor who consulted on the exhibit, told the Washington Post that the movement is an example of the “push-pull theory.”

“Jobs vanished in the South,” Ballard told the Post’s Larissa Roso. “When America went into war in 1917, there was a cutoff of immigration from Europe to the U.S. In the North, you had therefore not enough laborers, and this created kind of a suction effect, a need of hands to work in the factories. They were pushed out by economics and by oppression, and they were pulled into the North by opportunities, there were jobs.”

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Re: dc stuff
« Reply #117 on: November 03, 2011, 08:22:25 AM »
Hey DC! Shout out if you're getting tired of ten homicides a night and 30-person street brawls in what is, increasingly, a completely lawless and post-apocalyptic metro system.

Adventure is underground!

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« Reply #118 on: November 03, 2011, 08:38:41 AM »
"Warriors!!!  Come out and play!!!"

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« Reply #119 on: November 03, 2011, 02:05:45 PM »
And scene.

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1st-degree murder conviction in yoga shop killing

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A woman who killed her co-worker in an upscale suburban Washington yoga clothing shop was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday and faces the prospect of life in prison.

The Montgomery County jury deliberated for a little more than an hour before returning the verdict against 29-year-old Brittany Norwood, who showed no expression as the decision was read.

There was no dispute in the weeklong trial that Norwood had killed 30-year-old Jayna Murray inside the Lululemon Athletica shop in affluent Bethesda on the night of March 11. The only question for jurors was whether the killing was premeditated and an act of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors portrayed Norwood as a calculating and ruthless murderer who lured Murray back to the store after closing and attacked her with about a half dozen instruments — including a hammer, knife and wrench — then doctored the crime scene and concocted an elaborate fable that pinned the blame on two masked men.

Her lawyers said Norwood, a former college soccer player who had only recently started working at the store, had simply snapped during a heated argument and spun a series of "delusional" lies as a result.

The distinction was crucial because a second-degree murder conviction would have carried a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, far shorter than the punishment of life without parole now being sought by prosecutors.

In the end, the jury appeared swayed by the prosecution's description of Norwood as a cunning criminal. Juror Donny Knepper said he was struck by the sheer number of wounds Murray suffered; a medical examiner counted at least 331 separate injuries, including a fatal knife wound to the brain.

"How could that be anything but premeditation?" said the 36-year-old Knepper.

A judge's ruling prevented both sides from discussing the reason for the fight, but prosecutors have said Murray caught Norwood with stolen merchandise from the store and that Norwood stood to lose her job if the theft was reported.

The crime attracted immediate attention because it occurred in a bustling, high-end commercial thoroughfare.

Based on Norwood's account that she and Murray had been attacked by robbers, police spent time hunting down leads and residents and shoppers in a county where murders are relatively rare were rattled by the thought that two dangerous men were on the loose. Those fears proved misplaced.

Norwood, who was interviewed multiple times over the next week at the hospital, her home and at the police station, emerged as the sole suspect as her story unraveled. She was arrested seven days after the killing.

"The case that we tried and the person we tried was not the case we got involved in initially," Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy, who prosecuted Norwood, said after the verdict.

Murray's family choked back tears as the verdict was read and a "yes" sounded from their side of the courtroom. Norwood's family sat impassively and declined to comment afterward.

"More than anything, I know the trauma our family has gone through," said Murray's mother, Phyllis. "I want no other family to go through this."

Norwood's attorney Doug Wood said he was disappointed at the speed of the verdict and said he expects to appeal. Sentencing is set for Jan. 27.

"I think that we were surprised that this happened so (fast). I thought we had established a pretty good case for second-degree murder."

Jurors heard from detectives who interviewed Norwood and initially believed her story; from Apple employees who testified that they heard two women loudly arguing next door; from a nurse who examined Norwood at the hospital; and from a constellation of forensics experts whose testimony linked Norwood to the slaying.

McCarthy told jurors during closing arguments that there was abundant evidence of premeditation, from the number of wounds and weapons to the elaborate cover-up. After the two women had closed the store for the night, Norwood called Murray and asked her to return, saying she had left her wallet inside and needed help getting back in.

He said however long the attack lasted, there was enough time for Murray to plead for mercy — she cried out for help and beseeched Norwood to "talk to me," according to testimony — and for Norwood to grab at least five different weapons inside the store to use against her victim. A medical examiner testified Wednesday that Murray was alive for the duration of the attack.

"This crime took an enormous amount of time, and there were dozens of opportunities — multiple times — when she could have stopped this," McCarthy said.

In the 10 hours after the attack, prosecutors say, Norwood used a size-14 shoe to track blood around the store. She cut herself, even making a slit in her the crotch of her pants to support the allegation that she was raped with a coat hanger, and bound her hands above her head.

When police arrived the next morning, a dazed Norwood told police her concocted story. Detectives testified that they initially believed Norwood and treated her as a victim.

Wood, her lawyer, said it was ridiculous to think the killing was premeditated because her narrative was so inconsistent and riddled with holes. If she were so methodical, he said, she would have left the store after the killing instead of sticking around to stage the scene. And he said it defied reason for her to claim she had been raped when she had to have known that an examination would swiftly debunk that accusation.

"Is that the story of someone who is cunning?" Wood asked incredulously. "That's the story of someone who is the exact opposite of cunning. That's the story of someone who is delusional, lost."