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Taken for Granite => Intensive Porpoises => Topic started by: fajwat on September 19, 2008, 01:03:21 PM

Title: dc stuff
Post by: fajwat on September 19, 2008, 01:03:21 PM
I thought this one was one of several good dc related blog posts I've seen lately, but it also has some general psychological and political commentary.

http://joah.typepad.com/diatribes/2008/09/who-is-the-wash.html

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Who is the 'Washington Elite'?

Each year, tens of thousands of young people descend upon our nation's capital.

They carry with them Ph.Ds in micro-finance and international relations, Master's degrees in business administration and public affairs, bachelor's degrees in government and Spanish and a world of ambition and hope and motivation.

They bring experiences absorbed over years of conversations with college-degree-wielding parents and older siblings, lessons from semesters spent studying abroad in places like Peru and Italy, stories collected from movies like The Constant Gardener and Fahrenheit 9/11 and told best over microbrews.

They espouse the virtues of diplomacy over military action, fair vs. free trade, sustainable development and alternative energy options. They chide the realities of lobbying, campaign politics, 527s, Republicans and any Department of Defense official not named Colin Powell. They attend Congressional receptions, happy hours that turn into AA (Apathetics Anonymous) meetings and kickball games that are more like mating rituals.

They talk about how poor they are from Sunday through Thursday (at 5pm) then drink too much at places like Local 16 and 18th Street Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays. They turn vaguely-known college classmates and Craigslist strangers into roommates to live in over-priced apartments in Dupont Circle or over-aged houses in Mount Pleasant. They are way just too busy to have one or two great friends so they spend a lot of time with eight or ten drinking buddies.

They replace the college bubble with the District bubble and dread the 30-minute Metro ride to Arlington or Bethesda. They have left the student government meetings, chemistry cram sessions and late night Taco Bell runs and replaced them with watching The Daily Show, reading DailyKos and eating Jumbo slice or falafel.

They don't have as good of taste in music as people in San Francisco. They don't bike as seriously as people in Austin. They don't care about the environment as much as people in Portland. They don't spend as much time outdoors as people in Denver. They don't dress as well as people in New York. They don't like summer as much as people in Chicago. They don't hate winter as much as people in L.A. They don't act like snobs as much as people in Boston. They aren't as liberal as people in Seattle. They aren't as conservative as people in Atlanta.

They want to be in the middle of everything. They don't want to be the best or worst at anything. They just want to be in the midst of it all.

They go to Washington, D.C., for just that reason. They immediately polarize themselves on nearly every issue. They just want you to understand what they're saying because then you'll agree with them.

They leave their hometowns and home states and try to change the status quo. They watch the years go by.

They both fail and succeed. The status quo has changed in one way or another.

They too have become the Washington elite.

They reach a point where they no longer identify with their hometowns or home states or high school classmates. They have nothing in common with Sarah Palin. They don't get why that matters.

Maybe I'm in the middle of it all too. Maybe I'm half Sarah Palin, half Washington elite.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 23, 2009, 04:09:59 PM
Turning this into a general DC thread.

Run for your lives!!!!

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This Won’t End Well for Nervous DC Residents

CBS plans to film a TV pilot on Wednesday, which will include a huge explosion near the Key Bridge.  Details below:

For the filming of a TV pilot, there will be a simulated explosion on Wednesday, March 25 between 9:30 a.m. and noon near Key Bridge in the District. The explosion will produce a 20 to 30′ fireball that will last for approximately 2 minutes.


Please pass along this information to others appropriate. The Department of Homeland Security and D.C. Police and Fire departments have been notified, along with the Washington Airports Authority. The Virginia State Patrol and Arlington Police Department will be contacted. If you have additional questions, contact Kathy Hollinger or Burt Warner with the DC Film Office at 202-727-6608.


The explosion will take place on the Potomac River just north of the Key Bridge and Jack’s Boathouse (K / Water Street, NW under the Whitehurst Freeway). In the scene to be filmed, there will be six (6) sculling boats on the Potomac River and one of them blows up.


CBS Paramount television is filming a pilot titled "Washington Field." This is a new television series about the elite Washington field office of the FBI and a team of agents with exceptional and diverse skills who are called together for only the most critical cases.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 24, 2009, 10:42:26 AM
A simulated real explosion with a simulated 20-30' fireball that is real.  No one panic!!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Nubbins on March 24, 2009, 10:50:37 AM
Wow, a real simulated fireball! 
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: monkey! on March 24, 2009, 01:13:17 PM
Simulated? Really?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: fajwat on March 24, 2009, 04:25:22 PM
update to TFA:

http://famousdc.com/2009/03/23/this-wont-end-well-for-nervous-dc-residents/

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UPDATE II: From a concerned citizen:  Hello. I just got off the phone w/the appropriate authorities as well as the film company and the first thing that was said to me is that no big explosion for filming has been approved nor would it be since 9/11.

The film crew said there would be sculls on the river but there will be only a flash of light and a puff of smoke (they’ll work on effects in studio) but no, no big fire ball lasting 2-3 minutes. I was told if I blinked I would miss the flash of light.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Tatertots on March 24, 2009, 04:53:10 PM
"Hey guys, I can't come hang out tonight since 9/11."
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 24, 2009, 05:13:41 PM
LOL!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on April 10, 2009, 06:03:21 PM
Good night Vertigo...


http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2009/04/10/this-sucks-vertigo-books-is-closing/

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Vertigo Books has just announced that it is closing. Very sad news as the bookstore had an awesome staff, offered a great selection, and produced interesting readings each month from well-known authors and should-be-well-known authors. They championed African-American literature in particular and had close ties with the DC-area community. They defined the independent bookstore. In an e-mail sent out this afternoon, the shop’s owners write:
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: fajwat on April 17, 2009, 06:11:15 PM
Yeah, I got the news through their mailing list.  Pickings in there sometimes felt pretty desolate if you wanted something other than their specialties.  They had a similar focus to Busboys and Poets store, and they had some really great author readings.  It's a shame they never connected better with the college population.  (They're on the south border of college park campus, right next to the nearest 7-11, wawa, and most of the watering holes.)
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Nubbins on April 25, 2009, 09:34:08 PM
Gotta love The Onion.

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Three Fingered On Class Trip To Washington, D.C.

April 25, 2009 | Issue 45•17

WASHINGTON—Less than 24 hours into their class trip to Washington D.C., ninth-graders from Middleton Junior High School are reporting that three of their female classmates have been fingered.

Those students whose fingerings have been confirmed include 14-year-old Lacy DeWitt, 15-year-old Jamie Cavanaugh, and freshman class president Kelly Oswald.

Rumors of a fourth fingering remain unsubstantiated, though students noted that during Friday's showing of Cosmic Collisions at the National Air and Space Museum, Brian Rupp and Laura Burkholder sat in the back of the planetarium far away from chaperones.

Burkholder was reportedly wearing a skirt at the time.

"We expect our students to be on their best behavior here in Washington," said vice principal Tom Molinaro, who is known to often fall asleep during bus rides, thus increasing the chances of a fingering taking place. "Remember, we're representing our school here."

According to students, the first fingering occurred Thursday at 8:32 a.m., when Jared Geyer, using a Middleton Football hooded sweatshirt for cover, fingered girlfriend Lacy DeWitt roughly 90 minutes into the six-hour trip to the nation's capital.

"I knew Jared was fingering her," classmate Matt Shearer told reporters. "They were laughing with each other and then they got real quiet."

Added Shearer, "Before the trip Jared said he was going to finger her."

The second fingering reportedly took place Thursday night at the hotel after chaperones failed to notice that Nick Stern had been hiding in Jamie Cavanaugh's bathroom during a 10 p.m. room check. After the two chaperones left, Stern exited the bathroom and proceeded to finger Cavanaugh from approximately 10:13 p.m. to 10:17 p.m.

Kelly Oswald, recipient of the trip's third confirmed fingering, was fingered by Greg Wandel on Friday behind the FDR Memorial.

While the official count remains at three, students speculated that as many as 20 of their classmates have been or will be fingered before the trip's end. However, ninth-grade sources have ruled out any chance of 15-year-old Emily Blankenship being fingered, felt up, or even touched, for that matter.

"I guarantee Dave Hilland will finger Jessica Swink," Geoff Schroyer told reporters, adding that Hilland fingered Swink during last summer's whale-watching trip in Boston. "If not tonight, then definitely during the bus ride back. Either way, he'll finger her."

In addition to those who could be getting fingered at this very moment, four other students have reportedly been the object of attempted fingerings, one of which was interrupted when a chaperone entered the railcar exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. According to Jason Schilling, there was no actual finger insertion, though contact with pubic hair was made.

Others who have been implicated in alleged fingerings include Allison Maida, whose whereabouts between 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Friday remain unknown.

"She was probably getting fingered," Joey Ross, 14, said.

When last available for comment, students said that Michael Biller and Carrie Washburn had stayed behind as their tour group left a monument—the name of which they could not recall—and that the situation would likely end with Washburn being "finger slammed."

"I think these trips are so important because they get the kids out of their little bubble back at school," said chaperone and ninth-grade history teacher Heidi DeWitt, whose daughter has been fingered twice during the excursion. "Washington, D.C. is such an amazing city. I'm sure this will be an experience these kids will never forget."
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: saintangelsin on May 04, 2009, 01:46:08 AM
Good night Vertigo...


http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2009/04/10/this-sucks-vertigo-books-is-closing/

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Vertigo Books has just announced that it is closing. Very sad news as the bookstore had an awesome staff, offered a great selection, and produced interesting readings each month from well-known authors and should-be-well-known authors. They championed African-American literature in particular and had close ties with the DC-area community. They defined the independent bookstore. In an e-mail sent out this afternoon, the shop’s owners write:

I went shopping their during their last week of being opened. It was quite heartbreaking. I used to just hangout in there and look at books with my one roommate. Granted that was like 3 years ago when I lived on the lower south part of campus.

Yeah, I got the news through their mailing list.  Pickings in there sometimes felt pretty desolate if you wanted something other than their specialties.  They had a similar focus to Busboys and Poets store, and they had some really great author readings.  It's a shame they never connected better with the college population.  (They're on the south border of college park campus, right next to the nearest 7-11, wawa, and most of the watering holes.)

I agree that it's a shame. It's embarrassing that College Park doesn't have a decent bookstore now. Then again, I think if they sold textbooks or if more professors ordered books through them, they'd still be around.

One more thing, the WaWa closed in September of 2007, which totally blew. Seriously, downtown college park is miserable. 
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on May 20, 2009, 10:23:56 AM
Shame it'll be in such a dodgy area...

http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2009/05/a-real-historic-diner-coming-to-dc/

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This is one of the freshest things I’ve heard in a while. From an email from one of the owners:

“My partner and I are moving an historic 1940’s diner from New York to Washington, DC tomorrow. We bought a Silk City Diner, manufactured by Paterson Vehicle Company in 1947, that has been in upstate New York ever since it was put into service.

The nation’s capital currently has no true diners that I’m aware of; that is, historic modular diner buildings manufactured during 1930-60. So, we’re bringing one to DC by moving it from New York.

It will arrive sometime tomorrow. Unfortunately, I cannot give a specific time of arrival yet due to the nature of highway transportation of oversized loads.

The diner will be located in the Trinidad neighborhood of DC, at the site of a former used car lot shut down by Mayor Fenty in November 2008 (1050 Bladensburg Rd NE). It will be located across the street from Jimmy Valentine’s and 2 blocks or so from the H street bars/restaurants. The initial hours (once we open) will be from 6am-10pm (we think), but we’ll be open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday evenings.”
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on May 26, 2009, 06:08:11 PM
I love how DC is sparing no expense to lay down streetcar tracks... But can't decide what power source to use.  Nor is a decision imminent.  So these tracks are going to sit idle for god knows how long...

Tracks are starting to show up:

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=2450


And more details:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/15/streetcars-on-track-for-return-to-dc/

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The $25 million project - the first phase of the streetcar initiative - is expected to be completed in 18 months. The line will be served by three streetcars the District bought in 2005 for $10 million. They have been mothballed ever since in the Czech Republic, where they were built, because previous streetcar initiatives have failed.

And the pipedream:

http://www.sierraclub.org/dc/sprawl/dc/dc-streetcars.html



Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on May 27, 2009, 03:58:57 PM
WMATA is launching thier "courtesy program."  The first video is below.

Yeah...

Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on June 02, 2009, 05:18:35 PM
Good.  I'm glad it took them 33 years to replace the idiotic slippery death tiles.

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For the past four months, riders on Metro's Red Line have been able to notice a new kind of flooring at DC's Takoma station. Installed as a part of a test to see how well the new material would hold up, the new, larger pre-cast concrete tiles are located at the far northern end of the platform, where they are exposed to the elements. Metro announced yesterday that the test has been successful, and these tiles will soon be coming to other stations whose floors are in need of replacement.

Since 1976, Metro has been using a terra cotta-colored, hexagonal glazed tile. This design feature has long been one of Metro's common design themes which help to unite the architectural experience. Unfortunately, these tiles have not held up well under outside conditions. Metro reports that one of the reasons for platform deterioration at exterior stations has been caused by water seeping through the tiles and damaging the underlying structure.

The new tiles are made of concrete. They are square, but are cut to appear hexagonal. Each slab is larger than the traditional seven-inch hexagonal tiles rail riders are used to, reducing the permeability of the platform surface. These tiles should do a better job of protecting the platform supports in addition to being safer for passengers. They will be less likely to come loose as the current tiles are wont to do, and have the added advantage of being less slippery. The new tiles are just as easy to keep clean as the old tiles, but require less upkeep. Additionally, the uniformity of design which is unique to Metro will be maintained.

These tiles will be installed soon at other Metro stations where decades of snow and rail have taken their toll. The rehabilitation of platforms with these tiles is expected to occur this fall. All future Metrorail platform construction and rehabillitation, including the Silver Line to Tysons and Dulles, will use the new pre-cast concrete tiles.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on June 17, 2009, 03:07:46 PM
So NOLA has this whole crescent city manhole cover shit that's beautiful and has become a weird local art thing:

http://www.planetneworleans.com/new_orleans/2005/11/new_orleans_water_meter_cover.html

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F51LuwgmglUL._SL500_AA280_.jpg&hash=6ed694e0ee54559379566c6ee030f7e9)

And what does DC get?  We get DC Slits:

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greatsociety.org%2Fuploads%2Fuserfiles%2F3%2Fdcslits.jpg&hash=4251aaf7cdeeb01b7b91404bd70977bf)
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on June 22, 2009, 12:14:53 PM
Two people were shot last week and, well... Now this craziness broke over the weekend:

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The shooter from the incident  outside Five Guys in Columbia Heights has turned himself in and apparently was an intern for CM Graham.  From an email from Council Member Jim Graham:

“This morning I sent out the message, below.  By early afternoon, I received a call from media with a rumor that the shooter was an intern in my office.  I could hardly believe what I heard…all the same, I confronted the young man with this incredible report.  He had started work in my office only this week, and had been absent for the better part of two days.He had been at the Convention Center for the summer youth program.In response to my direct questions, he denied any involvement with the afternoon shooting.

I also contacted a high ranking MPD official, who assured me that MPD at that time had no suspects.  I then went to the Mayor’s press conference on gang violence at 14th and Irving.  During the press conference, I heard MPD announce that they had a suspect and expected to make an arrest before the end of the day. When I got back to the office, after 5 PM, all the interns had left.But I received a call from MPD saying they had a warrant for the intern’s arrest on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. 

I then called the intern, whose is a 19 year old named Devyn Black, and told him there was a warrant out for his arrest.I advised him that the best course for action was for him to turn himself in, and cooperate with eh police.  I offered to come and get him in my car and take him to the Third District headquarters at 17th and V.  He agreed, and I went and got him. He surrendered to police and 3D, was charged and is now in custody. It’s very sad and upsetting. But he did the right thing ultimately.

Have a good and safe weekend, Bests Councilmember Jim Graham”
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on June 23, 2009, 10:59:24 AM
Man, bad night for DC.  Prince of Petworth posts this on his blog:

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I got two very similar sounding emails. First from the Lamont & Georgia Area:

“In the last 30 minutes - multiple volleys, 60+ initial shots. Major police / fire / ambulance response.”

Second from the Warder and Newton Area:

“Around 9:45pm this evening, I heard a number of what sounded to be gunshots (I have a hard time telling… there were fireworks going off in the neighborhood as well tonight). It sounded pretty intense, with some squealing tires following and tons of emergency services sirens shortly thereafter. I also heard some my neighbors’ kids outside screaming, “Someone got shot!” Perhaps you can verify and/or shed some light?”

I haven’t seen any police reports but will update as soon as I do. Did anyone else hear/see this incident?

UPDATE:

“There is now a police or news helicopter circling the area. My neighbor indicated that a black SUV right outside our building at the 3500 block of Warder has 3 bullet holes in it and that the gunfight initially began on Quebec Place, NW. Likely related is an overturned car near Georgia Ave. ”

This has just been a brutal day…
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 13, 2009, 09:43:44 AM
Nacho, I know you've been in moving hell, but I'm sure you've caught wind of the lastest Marion Berry/City Paper drama.

I mean, who wouldn't love this headline?

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/display.php?id=37514
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 13, 2009, 09:46:30 AM
That headline is something!  CP's desperate. 
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 15, 2009, 09:33:19 PM
Between Comcast and work, I though you might have snapped, Nacho.

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Police shoot and kill armed man near US Capitol

WASHINGTON – A chaotic scene unfolded near the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday after police shot and killed an armed man in what authorities described as a routine rush hour traffic stop that turned deadly.

U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Schneider said the unidentified 35-year-old man refused to stop at the checkpoint about two blocks north of the Capitol complex. The man drove the wrong way down a street and struck two officers with his car — one on foot and the other on a motorcycle, Schneider said. The two officers received minor injuries.

Police opened fire after the man brandished a handgun and refused to put it down, said Schneider, who described the melee as "very fast moving, very fluid."

"The officers felt they were being threatened — they were in fear for their lives," Schneider said.

She did not know if the man fired at police first. District of Columbia Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said the man was being taken to a hospital. It was not clear where he died.

The late afternoon scare occurred as lawmakers were wrapping up a third day of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Police briefly sealed off part of the Capitol as a precaution, but the buildings were reopened about a half hour later. Authorities said the shooting was not related to the Capitol complex.

"We hear pop, pop, pop, like a gun," said Carol Lanigan, of Toledo, Ohio, describing how she saw a white car come flying down the street with two police cars behind chasing it.

She said she heard about four or five shots.

"There were so many gunshots being fired my family got down," said Robert Drumm, a tourist from Oklahoma who was visiting the nation's capital with his family.

Drumm said he saw someone being taken away in an ambulance. He said he first noticed trouble when he saw one car speeding and being chased by a police vehicle.

Numerous emergency vehicles converged quickly in the area.

Another witness, Dale Lanigan of Toledo, Ohio, described a similar scene, although he said two police cars gave chase.

As the car went past him, Lanigan said, "the driver had one hand on the wheel and it looked like he was reaching for something."

Lanigan said he then heard shots and police ordered him to get away.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 16, 2009, 06:22:01 PM
Oh-ho!


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MSNBC reportsthat a Virginia judge has scheduled John Allen Mohammed, the infamous DC sniper, for a November 10 execution date.  Mohammed was convicted of murdering Dean Meyers during a random killing spree in 2002 that left 10 people dead and several others severely injured. Over the course of three weeks, Mohammed and his accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, shot 14 innocent people in Virgina, Maryland and DC. The pair concealed themselves and a high powered rifle in the back of a specially modified sedan.  Both were captured in 2002 after a concerted effort by law enforcement and local communities and Mohammed was sentenced to death in Virginia in 2004.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 16, 2009, 09:31:31 PM
This got double posted in "RC's book of killers."
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 17, 2009, 08:07:31 AM
Yeah.  I searched high and low for the old sniper thread... And for the secret broken forums that I thought were still floating around in the massive labyrinth of GS files.

Oh well.

And, also, yawn.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Nubbins on September 17, 2009, 10:40:21 AM
Man, I bet living in DC during that shit was absolutely insane. 
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 17, 2009, 10:57:27 AM
Didn't really faze me.  I remember coming back from the UK and taking the Metro out to just within about a mile of the Leisure World killing.  It was about three days after, and the snipings were still going on.  But it was pretty ho-hum.

I think Chandra Levy got more of a rise out of Washingtonians.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 17, 2009, 11:33:45 AM
I remember going to gas stations in silver spring and olney and looking around.  Other people in those areas seemed nervous too.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 17, 2009, 11:39:54 AM
Maybe I'm just hyper-paranoid and it's always on my mind so, when it actually does happen, it doesn't feel very different.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 17, 2009, 12:48:34 PM
I'm watching you, riiiiiiiight NOW.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 17, 2009, 12:52:00 PM
Through the multitude of secret spy camera that my co-workers believe are mounted around the office?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 17, 2009, 02:29:26 PM
Yes.  I've tapped into the KFC customer satisfaction monitoring network.  They're very concerned about keeping your office happy.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 17, 2009, 02:42:31 PM
Dude, seriously. 
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Nubbins on September 17, 2009, 02:46:35 PM
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Cassander on September 20, 2009, 07:13:36 PM
oh god.  i laugh, but i used to love double decker tacos from taco bell at one time.  i probably could still kill four or five of them right now, i just choose not to, like i'm on some kind of health splinter cell mission. 
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Tatertots on September 21, 2009, 01:45:32 AM
Yeah, I'm a fan of the double decker. Oh, god. Now I need to find the closest Taco Bell...
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 21, 2009, 12:39:11 PM
Great, now my lunch plans are set as well.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 23, 2009, 10:54:00 AM
Tonight is "DC Henge" -- http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2009/09/23/dchenge-is-tonight-september-23/

Dan Brown was right!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Nubbins on September 23, 2009, 11:48:31 AM
TACO SMELLLLLLLLL I love it.

We had a Taco Bell in the student union when I was in college and it typically stayed open until 1 or 2 in the morning.  Soooooooo many drunk Taco Bell runs, wow.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 27, 2009, 06:39:45 PM
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The mastermind of the sniper attacks that terrorized Washington-area residents in October 2002 will die by lethal injection next month, a Virginia corrections official said Tuesday.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 28, 2010, 06:49:08 PM
So I've ignored the DC bag fee freakout... But it looks like I'd better start paying attention:

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Break out those reusable totes! DC’s new 5 cent fee for disposable bags is such a great idea that Virginia and Maryland may soon follow suit. That is, if two new bills pass.

This week, Maryland Del. Alfred Carr (D-18) introduced a bill patterned after the District’s that would give 3 to 4 cents per disposable paper or plastic bag to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund to pay for pollution mitigation.

Last week, Virginia Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-49) introduced a similar bill that works the same way and would benefit the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund. He says this approach could reduce taxpayers’ costs for cleaning waterways and lower stores’ expenses on bags
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on February 03, 2010, 02:16:15 PM
For about two years, they've been fucking up everyone's commute and building the bike stand of bike stands -- this huge glass wing with all sorts of stupid services.

So, now, there's this:

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The news came this afternoon from Wash Cycle that Metro is considering a proposal to increase fees by 185% for its bicycle lockers at various Metro stations from $70 a year to $200 a year. The increase would make it, per square foot, more expensive to store a bicycle than it would be to store a car in one of the WMATA garages.

While Metro’s certainly in a hard place financially, is almost tripling the fees of cyclists who ride to Metro the way to handle things? Surely $70 was too low, but trebling the cost? We’ve asked Metro what their argument was for such a dramatic hike. We’ll let you know what they say.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 04, 2010, 08:39:23 PM
Man, I love this town.

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Bethesda man who hosts sex parties at home gets zoning warning

A Montgomery County zoning inspector has issued a warning to a man who says he hosts sex parties in the spacious home he rents in Bethesda.

The man, Paul Pickthorne, said in an interview that he is a practitioner of "BDSM," or "bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism." Since renting the house last summer, Pickthorne said, he has hosted four parties in the 6300 block of Tone Drive attended by dozens of people who also are involved "in the scene," as he called it.

Because Pickthorne accepted "donations" of $20 to $50 from the attendees, the parties constituted "a commercial enterprise," said zoning inspector Frank De Lange, who issued Pickthorne a written warning last week. If Pickthorne holds future parties that participants pay to attend, De Lange said, he could be assessed a fine.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 31, 2010, 10:27:33 AM
Whew... Today's headline:

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Ten people were shot last night, four fatally, around 7:30pm in the 4000 block of South Capitol Street in an act of violence that has shaken the city. NBC4 reports that the weapon used in the shooting was “an AK-47 type” firearm, and that in the ensuing chase, four DC Police officers were injured in a crash on St. Barnabas Road in Oxon Hill as the chase went beyond the District line.  Three individuals were arrested in the Condon Terrace neighborhood in Southeast DC at the conclusion of the chase and have been taken into custody in DC.

The drive-by shooting represents the District’s single biggest act of violence since ten were shot at the O Street market in 1994 in a gang hit.  The motives for the shootings are unclear, as are any gang ties, but it is possible that the violence is related to the funeral of a man shot on Chesapeake St SE several days ago.

DC Fire/EMS said that over 50 personnel responded to last night’s shooting, including almost a dozen ambulances, in a typical mass casualty response.  Victims were transported to Washington Hospital Center for treatment.  One died at the scene, one en route to the hospital, and two have succumbed to gunshot wounds overnight.  Six more remain in the hospital, two with life-threatening injuries.  This is a story that will continue to unfold over the next few days, we’ll do our best to keep you updated.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on April 28, 2010, 01:58:13 PM
Nice.  Just reading about Kumar's mugging.  Quit acting, head to DC to work for Obama, get mugged at gunpoint... Welcome to the Terrordome, buddy!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on May 17, 2010, 01:25:07 PM
The much anticipated renewal of dreaded Rhode Island Ave begins:

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Tomorrow marks a big turning point along the stretch of Rhode Island Ave in NE. The District in partnership with Urban Atlantic and A&R Development will finally be breaking ground on Rhode Island Station, a $107 million public-private mixed-use transit-oriented development.

The town center focused project will bring 274 apartments, 70,000 square feet of main street retail, and a new Metro commuter garage. We like how they kept the scale in line with the surrounding neighborhood and avoided the go to mega high rise development (though we know factors other than aesthetics went into the decision). Should be ready for delivery in 2011.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on May 26, 2010, 11:25:52 AM
So much for streetcars...


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At approximately 2 am last night, Councilmembers received the proposed budget from Chairman Vincent Gray and his staff. Among the 11th-hour (or should it be 14th-hour) changes was a near-complete elimination of the H Street-Benning Road streetcar line.

Last night, Council supporters and DDOT officials went to sleep with the understanding that the final budget negotiations had preserved the streetcar.

The line had been approved by the Committee on Public Works and Transportation last week, but the final proposed Budget Support Act removes it and returns funding to some of the Great Streets streetscapes which DDOT said they could backfill with federal funds.

It may be too late to now save the program, but if you want to push for Gray to restore it, call Gray's office immediately at 202-724-8032.

Sarah Campbell, Gray's Deputy Director for Capital Projects, has been pushing for an elmination of the project, according to sources in the Council. Campbell has expressed concerns about the process involved in the planning, which was fairly rapid, but she is also friends with Meg Maguire, leader of the Committee of 100 campaign against overhead wires. There's no way to know for sure how much of her opposition came from professional opinions or personal loyalties.

Many of the concerns over streetcars came from the speed with which this decision was made. Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who opposed the streetcar funding at the committee markup, told Eric Fidler last night that he's not satisifed that DDOT has determined the exact costs of building what they have drawn and what it will take to secure the necessary easements. The station itself is owned by the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, leased to a private company, managed by a different private company, and subject to Congressional oversight. The proposed streetcar terminus would be located under WMATA's Red Line and under tracks owned by CSX and leased to Amtrak.

However, DDOT also prepared a 110-page list of responses to questions from Ms. Campbell last week, of which I'm working to get a copy. I don't know if they specifically answered that question or not, but there are always details worked out with any project up to the end. It's true that the streetcar plan was put together fairly quickly, because DDOT saw an opportunity to get it funded with the capital money designated for WMATA that wasn't able to go to WMATA because of the FTA's timeline.

Complaints about the speed of the project also seem a little ironic given that Chairman Gray cut the streetcar program at 2 am the night before the Council vote.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on May 26, 2010, 05:13:32 PM
And...

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D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray said he has worked with the office of the Chief Financial Officer to come up with money that would allow the city to restore funding for streetcars. Gray spokeswoman Doxie McCoy said $10 million would be made available immediately to purchase streetcars in fiscal 2011. Another $37 million would be place in reserve pending an operations and funding proposal from Mayor Adrian Fenty. The council would then have to approve the proposal. The decision to restore funding came just hours after the council decided to pull money from the streetcars to fund other services. But within moments of the decision, the council was inundated with calls. -- Nikita Stewart
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 16, 2010, 07:24:35 AM
Wow.  3.6 earthquake rolled through here at 5:04. 

The most impressive thing is the noise it makes.  It really is Angry Earth God stuff, eh?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 16, 2010, 07:27:02 AM
Sub-standard WP reporting.  And...and then...and then, like, the shelves were totally shaking...and...and...!


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The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.6 magnitude earthquake centered in Montgomery County at 5:04 a.m. Friday.

The epicenter was in Gaithersburg near the intersection of Forest Brook and Waring Station roads (39.145°N, 77.222°W), USGS reported in a preliminary finding. Its depth was 3.1 miles.

Authorities in the District and Montgomery and Arlington counties said there were no reports of damage.

“We are getting flooded with calls,” a Montgomery County police spokesperson said.

Amy Vaughan, a spokesperson for USGS, said the quake was the largest recorded within about 30 miles of Washington since a database was created to track such activity in 1974. Previously, the largest earthquake reported during that time period was a 2.6 magnitude tremor in 1990.

"So this is pretty significant for your area," Vaughan said in a telephone interview with WRC-TV (Channel 4).

At the same time, she said, earthquakes are possible anywhere, because of the continual seismic activity under the Earth's crust. "It may be rare and unexpected, but not unheard of," Vaughan said.

Vaughan said USGS was receiving reports from as far away as Pennsylvania from people who had felt the quake. Given the relatively low magnitude of the tremor, she said, it was not likely it caused any significant structural damage.

"It's going to be very widely felt, more than damaging, we suspect," Vaughan said.

Jahi Chikwendiu, a Washington Post photographer, said he heard and felt the tremor at his home in Reston while he was standing in the kitchen. It was strong enough to wake his wife, who was sleeping upstairs, Chikwendiu said.

"I thought it was thunder at first," he said.

Dean Miletich, of Frederick, said he was taking out the trash when the quake hit.

“When I came back into the garage, everything on the shelves were shaking,” he said. “It sounded like a deep rumble. When I came back inside, my wife had woken up and asked me, 'What did you do?'”
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 16, 2010, 07:36:06 AM
Only 3.6? Oh . . . I guess I shouldn't have eaten part of my wife, huh?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 16, 2010, 07:37:54 AM
Well, you never know!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 16, 2010, 07:39:14 AM
I had no idea there was a quake actually. Though I'm awake at this hour and I'm usually not.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Sirharles on July 16, 2010, 09:30:12 AM
It woke us up, and while I thought I felt the whole house shake I wasn't sure.  The biggest noise we heard was the bedroom door rattling.  We honestly thought it was the cats playing around.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 28, 2010, 12:12:23 PM
The DC weather apocalypse continues.  Sunday's storm (which I missed) is now responsible for 4 deaths, the displacement of a hundred or so folks, and power continues to be out for tens of thousands.  Last night was a bizarre return to the region for me... Trees and branches down.  My neighborhood looked like an army had invaded.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 28, 2010, 12:26:19 PM
Storm footage?  Anyone else find any more?



Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: monkey! on July 28, 2010, 02:02:24 PM
The Pantheon is angry with DC!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 29, 2010, 01:15:47 PM
Oh-ho!  A storm of equal strength is due today.

You know, I've lost power more times in the last two months than I have in 10 years.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 30, 2010, 09:43:01 AM
We drove through some insane storms on our way to Louisville yesterday. I imagine much of that is headed your way.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 30, 2010, 10:25:53 AM
Good! Kill the weddings.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on August 12, 2010, 11:22:22 AM
My god. We got our asses kicked. I'm actually stranded at home. Can't get out my neighborhood. Four foot flood waters at one end and live wires and a 70 year old tree down at the other.

In the parking lot, another huge tree came down...and totalled every car but three. I'm one of those three! How awesome is that?

Over 100000 without power. Pepco says it'll take days to get sorted.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on August 12, 2010, 11:28:09 AM
Crazy. We got light showers last night.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Sirharles on August 12, 2010, 06:52:01 PM
Another big storm just passed the house this evening...still have power...until the skies clear up and it gets sunny and muggy again.  That's when the power usually goes out.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on August 13, 2010, 09:03:30 PM
It's still crazy here.  Took a tour of the neighborhoods (because the main road was blocked this afternoon) and every sidestreet is blocked.  Trees, power lines, you name it.  And I saw three houses that have literally been smashed by giant trees.  There are those huge crane trucks lifting these fuckers off of roofs.  It's like something you'd see on TV after a hurricane or a serious tornado.

Went out to Safeway after traffic died down and passed through the park area.  That's where I grew up...was there for all the famous big DC storms in the 70's and 80's.  The flooding reached areas that I have never seen before.  Incredible damage, too. The riverbank has moved!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on August 18, 2010, 04:30:33 PM
Holy hats... There is no part of Rock Creek that you can't normally wade across. (We got 2-4 inches of rain throughout the region today.)

Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on August 25, 2010, 10:56:18 AM
Local DC LOL's... The Moonies are back!

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OK, so Dan Snyder is out. But Rev. Sun Myung Moon is back? The Washington Times deathwatch continues! New up this morning: The Washington Post reports that Moon is considering buying back the beleaguered New York Avenue newspaper from Preston Moon, the eldest son who has controlled the broadsheet for the past four years. The AP confirms with the Times' executive editor that a deal is in the works to sell the newspaper to a "company affiliated with the Unification Church."

Which would probably bode well for the future of the paper—or what's left of the paper after Preston Moon's regime—and for the Times op/ed page remaining an entertaining home of right wing wisdom mainlined from the blogosphere. Stay tuned!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on August 25, 2010, 11:27:20 AM
The Reflecting Pool (which, yes, is sinking into the swamp that lies beneath DC) is about to get a second life:

http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/bus/2010/08/24-30/County-firm-to-rebuild-National-Mall-reflecting-pool.html
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on August 25, 2010, 11:33:27 AM
Oh, sorry, the current DC thing is to "mythbust" the swamp thing.  It is, in fact, a tidal plain and has a very rich topography including hills and wetlands! Whinge!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 28, 2010, 01:33:38 PM
So we have this really pretty new bike trail that follows (mostly) the rail corridor down to Union Station (starting a few miles away near my house), and there's been a rash of assaults.... Two examples I found today:

DC's new hip crime -- throwing bodily fluids at people:

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This evening at about 7:50 I was heading South on my bike, going from Brookland to Capitol Hill to visit a friend. I was approaching the section just North of Rhode Island Ave. where there’s a parking lot and shopping plaza. About four black youths (junior-high age) were at the bench along the trail, when one of them (the smallest kid, no more than 4 feet tall) came out with a large plastic drink cup and doused liquid at me, hitting my chest. It was not water. It was bodily fluids. I stopped and got off my bike, and tried to catch the perpetrator but they all dispersed (laughing), and I realized it was futile, so I got back on the bike and continued. I made it to my friend’s house, promptly took a shower and threw away the clothes I had on, and then called 911 to report the crime. The dispatcher said that since I was no longer at the scene, they couldn’t file a report, but that they would send an officer to check out the area.”


And an oldie but a goodie:

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“I was riding my bike home from work on the Metro Branch Trail about 3:45 pm this afternoon (Saturday) when a female member of a group of 6 young teenagers stood up from a bench and pushed me off my bike as I rode by. I slammed into the fence along the trail. She then proceeded to sit back down on the bench as I struggled with my bike. They did not attempt to take anything from me. This happened a few hundred feet from the entrance onto the trail at 8th and Edgewood, right by DC Prep. I rode my bike(which was all bent out of alignment) to the trail head and called police. The police responded quickly and were very helpful, but the kids were gone.

I am bruised and shaken, but basically okay.”
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 29, 2010, 11:17:51 AM
Weather apocalypse resumes!  Tropical Storm Nicole is about to hit DC.

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Why not add a tropical storm to the list of absurd extreme weather phenomena we've suffered through this year? Tropical Depression 16, soon to be named Tropical Storm Nicole, is expected to pass through the D.C. region on Thursday, bringing along heavy rains, strong winds, and a renewed sense that someone out there—either God, or at the Weather Channel—really doesn't like the District much.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 29, 2010, 11:36:01 AM
I just took a closer look at the weather report for tomorrow and... Well, I put in for the day off.  When we got hit by one of these in last August, one end of my street was under four feet of sewage and the other end was an electrical death trap tangled in a fallen 100 year old tree.  The wreckage is still lying around.  Hell, wreckage from the fucking Snowpocalypse is still lying around!

Hell, the only way out of my neighborhood for three days after that August storm was on foot.

Plus, a super storm coming through and I'm going to sit in my sad, windowless office and miss it all?  I don't think so. And, if work loses power, then the new policy is for us to sit here and answer the phones in the dark until they conk out as well.  Fuck that.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 30, 2010, 05:59:08 PM
See?  People mocked me for taking today off. I think you're all wrong. I'm alive because I took today off.

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=2066415

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SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The severe weather in Montgomery County on Thursday morning should not have been a factor in the Metrobus collision that left dozens injured, a Metro spokesperson says.

The driver of the bus, which rear-ended another Metrobus on University Boulevard near Brunett Avenue at roughly 7:15 a.m., should not have been affected by the heavy morning rain, says Metro spokesperson Reggie Woodruff.

"Weather does present different hazards. Our bus operators are trained and prepared for it."

The driver, who has been cited by Montgomery County Police for failing to control vehicle speed, has been a Metro driver since 2008. He will undergo a standard drug and alcohol test.

Police and fire officials now say 26 people were injured in the collision. At least 20 people were taken to the hospital.

None of the injuries is considered life-threatening, Montgomery County Fire Department Assistant Chief Scott Graham tells WTOP.

Some of the victims are Montgomery County high school students, Graham says.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 30, 2010, 09:30:38 PM
Okay, so lots of rain and some wind, but not too crazy.  Except:  I went out for a soda this afternoon.  I was gone for 15 minutes.  I came back to one of the small (4 inch diameter) trees outside the door to the building, completely uprooted.  It was a little freaky!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 30, 2010, 09:54:31 PM
Yeah.  World ending here!  Just over rain and nothing more...
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on October 19, 2010, 04:53:36 PM
Man, I feel bad.  My middle American Facebook buddies have all been OMG the Pentagon shootings!  What happened?  AAHHH!

One of them asked about the "shootings in DC" and I asked her "Which one?"  because, like most days, it's been crazy here.  The Pentagon shooter, the kid getting mowed down on GA Ave, and the police chase shootout.

I realized, sadly, that the Pentagon shooting (and the others) barely registered.  Just, ho-hum.  Another fine morning in DC! And I'm not alone, either.  Quick office straw poll shows that no one here heard or cared about the Pentagon shooting.

It's always weird to be reminded that DC is more of a distant space station than a part of America.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 19, 2010, 05:44:27 PM
I'm with you though. It's national news and I'm like, "Oh, another shooting. YAWN!"
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 19, 2011, 10:36:30 AM
So the huge fucking shake-up round these parts is the murderdeathkill at Lululemon Bethesda a couple weeks ago.

The story: Two female employees go back after hours (for unclear reasons) and men in masks break in and rape and murder one, then rape and brutally beat the other, leaving her tied to a chair with her dying friend all night.

Discovered in the morning, all of Bethesda has a heart attack at the horror of this crime. Immediately, a $135,000 reward is posted and five zillion police descend on the scene. Lululemon closes all their stores, and the town waits in gentrified yuppie-drone horror for a resolution.

I had drinks with Jimmy Patterson (author of Bermuda Shorts (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098262512X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=santafewriterspr&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=098262512X)!) who told me that he found the whole story fishy. He suspected the surviving woman of being involved.

And...today's news:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/18/AR2011031805560.html?wprss=rss_metro/md

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Lululemon Bethesda slaying arrest announced; Brittany Norwood being charged with murder
By Dan Morse and Maria Glod
Saturday, March 19, 2011; 1:03 AM

The woman portrayed as the brave survivor of a brutal attack at a Bethesda yoga store has now been charged with killing her co-worker.

The victim-turned-suspect was found inside the Lululemon Athletica store bound and bruised, and she convinced detectives that two men in ski masks and gloves raped and beat her and her fellow employee.

But it was all a lie, police now say.

Brittany Norwood, 27, was charged late Friday with murder in the March 11 death of Jayna T. Murray, 30, who was beaten and stabbed.

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said that there is no evidence there were any sexual assaults at all and that Norwood very likely inflicted her own injuries and tied herself up.

Norwood's tale, which captivated the region and had shoppers and merchants along Bethesda Row in fear, began to unravel as detectives looked at the evidence.

"When the investigation began, detectives had only the story of Ms. Norwood to go by," Manger said. But "the forensic evidence and the physical evidence was not supporting what Ms. Norwood had told us."

The suspect's story terrified residents and merchants in downtown Bethesda, an area of restaurants and high-end stores that has long been considered one of the safest spots in the region. Stores moved to install security cameras. Private security guards escorted workers to their cars. Average citizens began asking clothing stores if they'd sold ski masks to anyone suspicious. A reward of more than $150,000 was lined up to catch the intruders.

But in the end, Norwood, who went to high school in Washington state and college in Long Island, N.Y., couldn't keep her story going, police said.

Assistant Chief Drew Tracy said there were some inconsistencies from the beginning, but detectives chalked them up in part to a stressed victim.

One of the unanswered questions, Tracy said, involved Norwood's wounds. The wounds were superficial, compared with Murray's. Investigators wondered why she didn't leave the store before another employee opened it the next morning.

A big break in the case was provided by evidence found in Murray's car, Manger said. Norwood had gotten into Murray's car, which had been parked in front of the store, and drove it to a parking lot a few blocks away off Wisconsin Avenue, the chief said. He declined to specify what was found in the car.

Manger also said detectives found only two sets of bloody shoe prints in the Lululemon store. One set belonged to Norwood, he said, and the other came from shoes that belonged to the store and were found at the crime scene. So that cast doubt on the story about intruders, police said.

In addition, employees of an Apple store next door said they heard two women arguing the night of the killing, Manger said.

Tracy and Manger both said that detectives had little choice but to believe Norwood's story at first.

"Victims of sexual assault, you have to take their story as truthful," the chief said.

When police began their probe, Manger said, detectives aggressively investigated Norwood's story. They examined surveillance cameras from the area, searching for signs of the mysterious attackers. Tips came in, and officers even followed a man they thought might be a "person of interest," Manger said.

"Four days ago I really believed this was a random crime of opportunity," Manger said. "It's a tragic case."

At first, Norwood appeared to be a victim, along with Murray.

About 8 a.m. last Saturday, a worker at Lululemon arrived for work and heard a noise in the back of the store. She retreated and asked a man outside to go in. He found a horrific, bloody crime scene, according to officials.

Norwood was tied up. She was taken to a local hospital, where detectives spoke to her. Police officials began describing the case to reporters, based largely on her statements.

By Monday, officials had established a timeline of what they believed had happened:

At 9:45 p.m., after closing the store, Norwood and Murray left. But Norwood called Murray to say she had left her wallet in the store and asked if Murray could meet her there, police said. They went inside, closely followed into the store by two masked men, who attacked them.

By Tuesday, what appeared to be a promising lead that tracked the suspect's original story had dried up, according to a police source. At the same time, analysis of forensic evidence was starting to come in.

For Bethesda Row merchants, the arrest was a relief.

"Everybody feels like they can breathe," said Golnaz Fiez, general manager of Assaggi Restaurant Mozzarella Bar on Bethesda Avenue, a few doors down from the yoga store.

The restaurant's business was down 50 percent this week, said Giovanni Medrano, a manager at the restaurant. Foot traffic along the road has been light and many businesses have closed early because employees were nervous, he said.

"It brings closure to the case," Medrano said. "People have been very, very apprehensive. Very, very nervous."
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 20, 2011, 11:03:20 AM
The story continues:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/motive-sought-in-bethesda-yoga-shop-slaying/2011/03/19/ABHJrox_story.html
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 20, 2011, 11:21:40 AM
Call it my inner yuppie, but I'm somewhat relieved that it didn't go down according to the original story. It was all too random yet seemingly calculated by these imaginary perpetrators.  And now of course, it seems obvious that it was TOO random yet calculated to have gone down that way.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Cassander on March 20, 2011, 12:59:10 PM
So...yeah.  Even without watching CSI or Law and Order or ANY COP SHOW EVER aren't people generally aware that if you say you were raped that they will test for it?  I know I'm focusing on a dumb detail in a horrible story, but jeez.  Why even throw that in?  Isn't the robbery and assault enough?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2011, 08:19:15 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/curtains-for-the-historic-takoma-theatre/2011/03/18/ABFiFO3_story.html

The Battle for the Takoma Theater.

A fascinating story, actually. I met McGinty about ten years ago when he was selling cars out of the theater's parking lot, and his tale of woe was terrible then. He's been saddled with a plot of land that's nearly bankrupted him because the local community wants to preserve it as a landmark. Yet the local community doesn't put their money where their mouth is and, whenever the Theater has tried to revive in the past, it's been ignored. So...  He says it best:

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“What irritates me the most is these people who say they’ll be hurt if this place is gone — they never came,” he said. “They never came until I said I want out. And now they want to come?”

It's the same sort of attitude that infects Silver Spring and Bethesda. This weird backlash to gentrification, I guess it is, but it's perpetuated by the gentrifiers themselves who have no real sense of community.

I can't quite figure out the psychology behind it.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2011, 08:26:50 AM
Oh, and, Norwood is in court today... So everyone is standing by for a juicy motive in The Case of the Yoga Shop Debacle.

Until then, we have to suffer through the Post throwing out headlines like this:

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Friends remember Murray, who enjoyed hiking and running with friends and went bungee jumping for her 30th birthday.

Murray, who had hair and shoulders and two arms -- just like us!!!!!! -- is missed by her friends.

No, no. I got it wrong. I have to go for the repetition thing:

Murray -- like many of our readers -- had friends and is missed by friends as friends miss her with their friends.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 21, 2011, 12:12:18 PM
Here's my theory:

Workers at the Apple store next door heard arguing. I think Norwood and Murray got into it over something. There was some pushy/shovy. Murray takes a dive, maybe slips and cracks her head or breaks her neck. Norwood panics. She beats on Murray's already dead body. Stages the robbery/assault.I'll be interested to see if any of Murray's wounds/bruises were post mortem.

So no pre-meditation. Maybe no intent to kill in the moment. Just a lot of bad luck and bad energy coalescing into something tragic.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2011, 12:16:02 PM
Man, that still takes a sick mind. Norwood beat herself up, as well.

I think she's in court now. Hopefully we'll get a statement this afternoon.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 21, 2011, 12:56:20 PM
I think she'll crack and confess before long.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2011, 01:03:38 PM
She has confessed. We're just waiting on the motive, and it seems like the police know. They're just keeping quiet till after the arraignment.

The excitement's all over! We're down to filling in the blanks for the movie script at this point.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 21, 2011, 01:14:59 PM
When did she confess? I hadn't heard that.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2011, 01:22:52 PM
I went back to look. Guess I'm inferring it from the police acquisitions. So we don't have anything from her, just that she's a suspect, and the recreation of events from the police... And, you know, the fact that she's been arrested and is going to court. I think there's little doubt. The cops have been pretty clear that the two girls were alone.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2011, 04:12:07 PM
Here we go!

With special "no more editors at the Post" typos included!

(Let's also discuss beating someone so hard with yoga equipment that you sever their spinal cord.)

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Lululemon suspect held without bond
By Dan Morse
The woman who had portrayed herself as a victim in the slaying of a co-worker at a Bethesda yoga store was ordered held without bond Monday at her first court appearance.

Brittany Norwood, 28, stood motionless and expressionless throughout the 15-minute hearing. She made her appearance via video feed from the jail. Besides giving her name in a clear choice and saying she had seen the charges, Norwood did not speak.

But State’s Attorney John McCarthy was vocal about what he thought of Norwood and the crime. He called Norwood’s lies “detailed and pathological.”

“Her cunning and her ability to lie is almost unparalleled,” McCarthy said in court.

Norwood was charged late Friday with murder in the March 11 death of Jayna T. Murray, 30, who was beaten and stabbed inside the Lululemon Athletica, where they both worked..

The victim-turned-suspect was found bound and bruised, and she convinced detectives that two men in black ski masks and gloves raped and beat her and her fellow employee.

But it was all a lie, police now say.

The suspect’s story terrified residents and merchants in downtown Bethesda, an area of restaurants and high-end stores that has long been considered one of the safest spots in the region. Stores moved to install security cameras. Private security guards escorted workers to their cars. Average citizens began asking clothing stores if they’d sold ski masks to anyone suspicious. A reward of more than $150,000 was lined up to catch the intruders.

McCarthy said Norwood used items in the store to bludgeon Murray and the blows were too numerous to count. He presented photos to the judge to show how bad Murray’s injuries were. Her spinal cord was severed, McCarthy said.

Police believe the killing stemmed from a workplace dispute.

McCarthy said Murray had called another Lululemon employee to talk about problems with Norwood, including the possible theft of merchandise.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2011, 04:31:35 PM
So here's the thing -- if I were Murray, I wouldn't have trusted this bitch for a second.

The bosses ask her to search Norwood, then moments after she makes her report Norwood calls with what is obviously a trap?


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The woman killed at a Bethesda yoga store had a crushed skull and a severed spinal cord as a result of a brutal 20-minute struggle with a co-worker, a prosecutor said Monday.

Brittany Norwood appeared via video hookup in Montgomery County District Court and pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the March 11 slaying of Jayna Murray at Luluemon Athletica.

Montgomery County District Court Judge Gary Everngam denied Norwood bond and order her to remain in the county jail. If found guilty, Norwood faces life in prison.

State’s Attorney John McCarthy offered the following account in open court:

Murray had been instructed by her bosses to look into Norwood’s purse for possible stolen merchandise. Minutes after the two closed the Bethesda Row shop on March 11, Murray called her manager to confirm that she found what appeared to be stolen items in Norwood’s purse.

Minutes later Norwood called Murray to say she had left her wallet in the store, and needed her to re-open the business so she could retrieve it.

Workers at the adjacent Apple Store later told police they heard two women fighting for nearly 20 minutes. McCarthy told Judge Everngam that Norwood used items in the store as weapons in the attack.

Murray and Norwood were found the morning of March 12 after a manager opened the store and heard groans coming from the back room. The place appeared ransacked, and the manager called police.

Murray was found beaten to death. Norwood was tied up.

Norwood told police that two masked men with gloves attacked the women after they had returned to the store because Norwood left her wallet behind.

But police said the evidence did not support Norwood's account and her story didn't hold up under repeated questioning. She was arrested Friday.

Detectives called family members of Norwood to sit in on an interview. After detectives left the room, McCarthy said Monday, Norwood told them:“I don’t want to disappoint you. I’m sorry.”

Then, according to McCarthy, Norwood told her family members that she wasn’t going to say anything more because she thought they were being recorded.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 22, 2011, 10:35:30 AM
Meanwhile, in Bethesda...


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For 90 minutes, authorities say, Brittany Norwood sat in her victim’s parked car, concocting a plan to cover up the horrendous crime scene she had just created in the yoga apparel store where they worked.

Her colleague, Jayna Murray, lay dead, bludgeoned and stabbed inside Bethesda’s Lululemon Athletica shop, prosecutors said. Something was tied around Murray’s neck. There was blood everywhere.

The plan that Norwood formed — as detailed in court Monday by Montgomery County’s top prosecutor — involved planted evidence, phony injuries and a pathological series of hundreds of fabrications.

“Her cunning and her ability to lie is almost unparalleled,” John McCarthy told District Court Judge Gary Everngam, saying that Norwood, 28, should be held without bail until she is tried.

McCarthy said the attack in the store occurred after closing March 11, shortly after Murray reported to a manager that she had discovered stolen store merchandise inside Norwood’s bag. Norwood bludgeoned Murray for as long as 20 minutes and struck so many blows in the same places on her body that it was difficult to determine the exact number of wounds, the prosecutor said.

“The nature of this crime is shocking in terms of the level of violence,” McCarthy told the judge. “The majority of the blows were directed at [Murray’s] head. Her skull was crushed during the attack.”

Everngam agreed to hold Norwood without bond. No trial date had been set.

Making her first court appearance, Norwood was shown through a video feed from the jail. She said her name and answered yes when Everngam asked whether she had read the charges against her. For 15 minutes, she stood expressionless, her arms folded across a stand positioned in front of her.

A review of public records available online in Norwood’s previous places of residence on Monday turned up no criminal past. McCarthy said he was unaware of one. Friends of the suspect said that descriptions of such a violent attack stunned them.

But law enforcement officials said they had heard from past acquaintances of Norwood’s who said she had a reputation as a thief. Two friends from Stony Brook University, where Norwood studied sociology and played soccer, said the same thing in interviews.

“She was my best friend in college. We had a falling-out because the girl was like a klepto,” said Leanna Yust, a former soccer teammate of Norwood’s.

Yust said that Norwood stole money and a designer shirt from her.

Both classmates said Norwood also could be fun to hang out with. “She could be so sweet, so funny. Amazing soccer player,” Yust said.

Norwood attended the university’s College of Arts and Science from 2000 to 2004 but did not receive a degree, a school spokeswoman said.

She previously worked at the Willard InterContinental Hotel and a Lululemon Athletica store in the District, said sources with knowledge of the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Norwood had recently transferred to the Bethesda Lululemon store, the sources said.

On March 11, Murray checked Norwood’s bag and found merchandise that appeared to have been stolen from the store, authorities said.

Murray and Norwood left the store at 9:45 p.m., police said. About six minutes later, Murray called a manager and told her about the bag check, McCarthy said in court. A short time later, Norwood called Murray, said she had left her wallet in the store and that she needed Murray to let her back in.

The women reentered the store at 10:05 p.m. At 10:30 p.m., employees at the adjacent Apple store heard two women yelling at each other, authorities said. It was unclear what Norwood is alleged to have used to attack Murray, but police have said that Norwood stabbed and beat her co-worker. Some of Murray’s wounds went from one side of her neck to the other, McCarthy said. Her spinal cord was severed.

Norwood left the store to move Murray’s car, which might have been parked illegally because Murray thought the return trip to the store would be brief.

Norwood drove the car three blocks to a lot adjacent to a farmers market. There, she was “sitting in the car for an hour and a half trying to decide what to do,” McCarthy said.

Norwood’s conclusion: Walk back to Lululemon to create the illusion that two masked men had entered the store and attacked the women, authorities said.

According to authorities, Norwood cut a hole in Murray’s pants to make it look like the woman had been sexually assaulted. She created shoe prints by donning men’s shoes from inside the store — size 14 — and walking through the blood, police said. She inflicted injuries on herself, grabbed zip ties from the store and bound her feet and hands, using her teeth to tighten the ties, McCarthy said.

The next morning, when police came to the store, Norwood was there — tied up and in a bathroom — and proceeded to tell her tale.

McCarthy said that Murray’s and Norwood’s blood were found inside Murray’s car.

Norwood was represented during the bond hearing by Alan Drew, a lawyer from the county public defender’s office. He declined to comment after the hearing.

Some of Norwood’s relatives went to Montgomery police headquarters Friday when authorities said that the woman’s story had fallen apart. Detectives let at least one of the family members talk to the suspect alone.

McCarthy said Norwood was asked why she fought with Murray.

“I don’t know,” Norwood said.

Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 22, 2011, 11:28:26 AM
Yes! This is great news:

http://dcmetrocentric.com/2011/03/22/brookland-development-delays/

The ongoing gentrification, tall-empty-building freakout has been consuming the whole Red Line corridor from Union Station to Silver Spring. Brookland was next to fall, but the neighborhood has rallied...

Col. Brooks' Tavern is an awesome bar. It's one of those weird fusion bars -- ancient neighborhood hangout combined with frat shithead hangout from CUA combined with low-level political potentates hiding out from the hustle and bustle. Depending on the hour or the day you never know what you'll get.  A surly waitress and lonely tables, a bustle of insanity and fistfights, or old timers quietly watching the day go by.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 22, 2011, 12:21:27 PM
We should make a Col. Brooks visit sometime. I haven't been there in years.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 22, 2011, 12:28:27 PM
We need to do a Red Line thing!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 25, 2011, 11:19:33 AM
File under gentrification:

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Word out of the U.S. Census Bureau today was that "metropolitan areas"—read, cities and their suburbs—are growing much faster than rural America. Which puts D.C. right in line with one national trend. But the nation's white population barely grew—which makes the District an outlier.

Census officials say 83.7 of the population now lives in metropolitan areas, and that more than 90 percent of the national population growth between the 2000 Census and last year's occurred in cities and their surrounding suburbs. Also growing rapidly: Counties on the fringe of metropolitan areas (like Loudon County or Prince William County here, for instance).

The District's population, counted at 601,723, grew for the first time since 1950, reflecting the surge in metropolitan areas. But here in D.C., that change mostly manifested itself as a flood of white people.

D.C.'s non-Hispanic white population grew by 31.6 percent, while the non-Hispanic African American population dropped 11.5 percent. The city is now 34.8 percent non-Hispanic white and 50 percent non-Hispanic African American; 10 years ago, D.C. was 27.8 percent non-Hispanic white and 59.4 percent non-Hispanic black. The population of those of Hispanic or Latino origin increased by 21.8 percent; the District is now 9.1 percent Hispanic or Latino, up from 7.9 percent in 2000. (The city's relatively small Asian population also grew, up 38.4 percent to make up 3.5 percent of the population.) Because the Census counts Hispanic as an ethnicity, not a race, those figures sound a little clunky.

That's a shocking change in a city that once inspired Parliament to name an album (and song) Chocolate City. Anecdotally, evidence of the whitening of the District has been around for years; it's become a barely veiled topic in the city's politics, and the new data isn't likely to damp discussion of race in D.C.

There is some reason to believe what's happening is that white residents, who used to predominate in suburbs, and black residents, who used to dominate urban populations, are switching places. As USA Today noted recently, "The black population is declining in a growing number of major cities—more evidence that the settlement pattern of African Americans is changing as they disperse to suburbia and warmer parts of the nation." Though it's not clear precisely where the District's African Americans are headed, nearby Prince George's County saw growth in the 15-25 percent range, and the number of whites in the state of Maryland decreased by 0.9 percent.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 25, 2011, 02:22:27 PM
More on "Operation Vanilla City":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/black-dc-residents-plummet-barely-a-majority/2011/03/24/ABtIgJQB_story.html?hpid=z2

The highlight (per my gentrification argument) is the quote from Barry... And the always hilarious "Ward 9" joke:

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“We’re going to stop this trend — gentrification,” said D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8 ). “We can’t displace old-time Washingtonians.”

“The key to keeping this city black is jobs, jobs, jobs for black people so they can have a better quality of life in neighborhoods in the city,” he added. “I believe in integration, but I don’t believe in the apartheid we have in Ward 8. You don’t see corner stores in Ward 3. You don’t see the liquor stores.”

Barry, the four-term mayor who emerged from the civil rights movement, also faulted Congress for overturning a residency requirement for local government workers in 1988. That, he said, helped build up what he called “Ward 9,” referring to Prince George’s County.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on April 19, 2011, 11:18:40 AM
When the levees broke....



....in DC!


http://www.thehoya.com/georgetown-waterfront-flooded-buildings-evacuated-1.2181365

Pictures at the link.

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After heavy rains Monday morning, the Potomac flooded the Washington Harbour shopping area's patio, several restaurants and residences on the Georgetown waterfront.

Pete Piringer, chief spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said that they received a call at around 7 a.m. with reports of flooding at Washington Harbour. Water filled the walkway and spilled down into the lower-level businesses, covering the fountain in the center of the plaza.

"All of the terrace-level areas were affected. Those are mixed use — commercial, office and residence," he said.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 17, 2011, 02:28:08 PM
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Man Shoots Skateboarder With Shotgun

A 66-year-old Calvert County resident used a shotgun to resolve an alleged trespassing incident.

That was after he used a can of pepper spray, police said.

A sergeant from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of trespassing at 6:05 p.m. on Monday, May 16.  The alleged trespassing happened at the Solomons Landing Condominiums, in Solomons.

When Sgt. M. Hurlock arrived, he said he heard a single gunshot, and was then approached by Charles Joseph Armiger, who was holding a shotgun.

Armiger, a resident of Solomons, told investigators that he'd had a history of run-ins with a group of skateboarders in the neighborhood.  He said on Monday night, a group of 7 or 8 skateboarders, all minors, had been cursing, swearing, and banging on doors in the neighborhood.

According to police, Armiger tried to stop the mischief-making, but one of the skateboarders started using profanity against him.  That's when the 66-year-old sprayed the youth down with pepper spray, Armiger told investigators.  He said that after he used the pepper spray, the kids ran.

But he wasn't done yet.

Armiger said that while a neighbor gave chase to the skateboarders, he went back inside to get his shotgun.  He fired at the kids, who were down the road, running away.  Armiger told the Sheriff's department that he had only pulled the trigger to the shotgun to scare the kids, but one skateboarder was struck in the leg.  The juvenile, a 15-year-old, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Armiger is being held on $50,000 bond for first and second degree assault.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on May 17, 2011, 03:04:01 PM
Yeah. Calvert County.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on June 23, 2011, 08:00:06 AM
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2011/06/22/new-york-expat-hates-d-c-so-much-she-got-her-wedding-announcement-in-the-post/

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This morning's Washington Post broke new ground in a genre most experts thought was entirely tapped out by now: Whiny ex-New Yorkers bitching about how much they hate D.C.

Style feature writer Monica Hesse chronicled a meeting of a group of nearly a dozen and a half New York expats who've formed a club they call the Fellowship of Unassimilated Manhattan Exiles, or FUME. Meeting at a ritzy tequila bar of the sort most expats like to pretend doesn't exist here ("The partying continues... NYC style," an invitation to the gathering reads), FUME's members gripe about how difficult it is to buy a newspaper in the District. Or get Chinese food.

The standard reaction to this sort of fare—"So go back to New York!"—doesn't apply here; the group's founder, former Politico staffer Pia Catton, has done just that. But it's still worth examining FUME a bit more closely. TBD has already pointed out that even New Yorkers don't like people who think Manhattan is the center of the world; Twitter has already pointed out that the Post's characterization of D.C. as "a whole city of expats" ignores the thousands and thousands of us who were born here and don't feel the need for an embassy to rally around (even an embassy that serves $80 tequila shots and boring tacos).

What no one's pointed out yet, though, is that one of FUME's stalwarts, education policy wonk Emily Anthony, hates D.C. so much that she... had her wedding written up in the local paper. (Yes, the same local paper that wrote up FUME, and the one that, apparently, no New York expats have figured out can be delivered to their homes so they don't need to buy it at CVS.) We had to figure that out by Googling her name, though, because we hadn't read about it in the Post; real Washingtonians, of course, get their news about the weddings of people with advanced degrees in the New York Times. Which publishes a Washington edition.

Leave weddings aside, though. In the end, like so many New York-beats-D.C. arguments, FUME's comes down to bagels. And while we think it's typically a fool's errand to compare D.C. and New York as if one city weren't more than 10 times bigger than the other, on the bagel front, there's no question who comes out ahead.

After all, if you want to get H&H bagels at a neighborhood deli, New York's got nothing for you anymore. Welcome to D.C., everyone!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on June 24, 2011, 11:05:53 AM
A bit of an uproar about a place that's trying to be a "24 hour hang-out." They applied for a liquor license to match.

"24 hour" alcohol service in DC = start serving at 8:30am and stop at 3am, it's long been on the books but there's what I guess is some sort of unspoken agreement that nobody will actually take advantage of it.

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Margot's Chair, the latest offering from Tryst/Diner/Open City impresario Constantine Stavropoulos slated for the ground floor of refurbished condos at 11th and Monroe Street in Columbia Heights, has mostly made it through the regulatory meat grinder. The 250-seat, 7,000-square-foot hangout spot got a "voluntary agreement" with the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission that allows 24-hour operation and alcohol service until 3:00 a.m. on the weekends, and is shooting for a late-summer opening.

But that hasn't stopped nearby residents from sounding the alarm. Andrew Krieger, an artist who has lived in the neighborhood for 23 years, says he's got 225 petitions from immediate neighbors against the hours and size of the new establishment. In an attack worthy of the "New York Investor" flyer down on 14th Street, Krieger sent City Paper an email entitled "Big Box Coffee House Coming to Columbia Heights!!!" It reads, in pertinent part:

The 11th Street corridor is currently a low-density mix of commercial and residential properties. A business like Margot’s Chair, with no dedicated parking, would alter the dynamic of the surrounding community. At present, our community already feels the impact of other businesses that draw medium-size crowds, and that stay open late. To bring in another one that is even larger does more than demonstrate a lack of planning; it’s irresponsible.

Residents in Columbia Heights want development, but we want it to be responsible development. We want it to be designed so that all can enjoy the peace and tranquility of their homes. If Margot's Chair comes to Columbia Heights, we welcome it to the neighborhood. But be a good, respectful neighbor, and keep the hours of other existing businesses, and partner with the community. Many already have issues with noise, trash and parking. An establishment of this size—occupying a space that used to house six businesses—will negatively impact residents and local houses of worship. It will set a dangerous precedent for all future business in our community.
An issue of this magnitude needs to be carefully reviewed, weighing the benefit to the city’s coffers against the potential destruction of community. There are alternatives in this eccentric, low-density strip, alternatives that maintain community and foster a strong city. These should be studied closely.

A "group of five" is working on challenging Stavropoulos' liquor license. The Alcoholic Beverage Control board may well throw out the protest. But if those 225 signatures are for real, it appears that a significant chunk of nearby residents have a problem with how Stavropoulos' business plan, which will be the first of its kind on the city's newest hip strip and help make the neighborhood into a vibrant, around-the-clock kind of place. And that raises a question: Do neighbors have a right to dead quiet, abundant parking, and empty sidewalks? If you've lived someplace for a long time, should you have a say in the kinds of businesses that decide to come there and change how it feels?

You could try to answer that question by arguing in favor of what Margot's Chair will create. The strangest part of Krieger's letter is the notion that such an establishment would result in the "destruction" of the community, when these kinds of gathering places are exactly what builds community. Having employees and customers up and around during all hours make a neighborhood still troubled by violence much safer. And surely it's better to have a place that caters to a wide variety of people and uses, rather than just another bar. Et cetera.

But the more fundamental point here is that when you move to an area, you sign up for what it's zoned to accommodate and what the market might attract. Eleventh Street is starting to take on attributes of being a real city. Cities don't have entertainment ghettoes and residential suburbs, they have places to eat, drink, caffeinate, and hang out interspersed with areas where you live, play, and work. When it's hard to park, people adapt, which is healthier for everyone. A lot of people really like that kind of environment. Why should the preferences of the people who've been in an area for a long time trump those of people who are moving in, or those who might come from elsewhere to enjoy them?

Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 05, 2011, 04:26:45 PM
Mirzayan was one of the missing I discussed when I wrote about Chandra Levy ten years ago.

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DNA links 1998 DC killing to series of Md. rapes

Investigators say DNA connects the 1998 killing of a woman in Georgetown to a series of sexual assaults in Montgomery County from the same time.

Now police in the District of Columbia plan to start a website to drum up interest in the case and elicit tips on the suspect.

Police say DNA links eight rapes or attempted sexual assaults from 1991 to 1998 to the beating death 13 years ago of Christine Mirzayan. Mirzayan, who was participating in a fellowship program with the National Academies of Science, was walking home in Georgetown when police say she was attacked, sexually assaulted and bludgeoned.

Investigators aren't sure if the suspect is still committing crimes, in prison or even still alive. But they hope the website can bring attention to the cases.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/2011/07/dna-links-1998-dc-killing-series-md-rapes#ixzz1RGDkS3Ze (http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/2011/07/dna-links-1998-dc-killing-series-md-rapes#ixzz1RGDkS3Ze)
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 06, 2011, 08:33:39 AM
You know, RC, you should look into doing a nonfiction series on the area's unsung serial killers/rapists/arsonists. Try to place it in the City Paper or something... Or have a dedicated regional section on GS (which I've always wanted to see).
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 06, 2011, 05:05:42 PM
LOL. The revolution has begun!


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2:45 p.m. Update: At about 11:30 a.m., a contractor for the Maryland State Highway Administration was parked in a white Jeep next to a guard rail on I-295. The Jeep had speed cameras affixed to it to catch speeders going through the construction zone, said Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley:

A man came out of the woods with a shotgun and a hammer and began tapping on the rear of the Jeep with the shotgun, Shipley said. The worker became frightened and started blowing his horn.

“The suspect then came to the front of the Jeep and began yelling incoherently and smashing the windshield with the hammer,” Shipley said.

The windshield shattered, but nobody was injured, he said.

The worker got out of the car and crouched by the guard rail for cover. the man with the hammer and gun left.

“The suspect disappeared into the wooded area,” Shipley said. “We’re still looking for him.”
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 06, 2011, 05:11:40 PM
You know, RC, you should look into doing a nonfiction series on the area's unsung serial killers/rapists/arsonists. Try to place it in the City Paper or something... Or have a dedicated regional section on GS (which I've always wanted to see).

The arsonist story is interesting, eh? I think there's been quite a bit written about that already.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 06, 2011, 05:13:28 PM
There's been quite a bit written about everything.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 18, 2011, 10:32:58 AM
Oh, good. This whole week is going to be heat wave, bad air death. Awesome!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho 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...
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Sirharles 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.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho 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!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho 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
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 20, 2011, 09:55:27 PM
Don't breathe!!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho 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!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse 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.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse 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] (http://mit.zenfs.com/179/2011/08/Rogue24ReservationContract.pdf).
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on August 16, 2011, 11:46:52 PM
Oh ho! Flash mobs in MD and not the singing kind!

http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/16/maryland.flash.mob/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho 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.”
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho 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!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 03, 2011, 08:38:41 AM
"Warriors!!!  Come out and play!!!"
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse 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."
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 19, 2012, 08:27:16 PM
Actually...this kind of makes me sad.

Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 19, 2012, 10:15:11 PM
Really? I laughed pretty hard.

I'm will say that I'm way over the "Shit ______ Says" trend.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2012, 10:12:04 AM
It's not been on my radar. Is it a recent trend? I feel like my life crashed at Dulles on December 19th and I still haven't rebooted yet.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 20, 2012, 12:10:39 PM
It's everywhere.  Search "shit says" on YouTube.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 20, 2012, 12:54:47 PM
No. I refuse.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Tatertots on January 20, 2012, 02:27:00 PM
"Shit Nacho Says"

A.k.a. "Nacho's Voicemail Theater"
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Cassander on January 21, 2012, 02:25:35 AM
"what?"

"Really?"

"is that a thing?"

"I'm not drunk!"
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2012, 01:35:03 PM
Ha, ha, you guys.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 16, 2012, 02:37:49 PM
And scene.

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1st-degree murder conviction in yoga shop killing

Police interrogation videos. I guess if you're smart, you don't need to become a criminal, eh?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/brittany-norwood-police-video-an-analysis/2012/02/15/gIQA5rtvHR_blog.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/brittany-norwood-police-video-an-analysis/2012/02/15/gIQA5rtvHR_blog.html)
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on February 17, 2012, 10:56:52 AM
What a cunt.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2012, 12:14:14 PM
I love this shit...

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/14141/meet-me-down-in-pipetown-dcs-neighborhoods-in-1877/

DC neighborhoods, 1877.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 21, 2012, 12:46:23 PM
So fucking awesome!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 24, 2012, 01:38:51 PM
Tee-Hee...

http://jezebel.com/5912790/arizona-congressman-who-proposed-dc-abortion-ban-gets-hilarious-payback-from-pissed-off-dc-residents (http://jezebel.com/5912790/arizona-congressman-who-proposed-dc-abortion-ban-gets-hilarious-payback-from-pissed-off-dc-residents)

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Arizona Congressman Who Proposed DC Abortion Ban Gets Hilarious Payback from Pissed Off DC Residents

Trent Franks, the Arizona Republican who proposed a 20-week abortion ban in Washington, DC and then barred DC's pro-choice female delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton from speaking out against the measure has a new problem on his hands: a flood of DC residents who are bringing their municipal complaints directly to the Congressman, who they're calling "Mayor." From potholes to rodent problems to public transportation complaints, DC residents have followed Franks' lead and begun funneling their problems to him rather than the city's own government. Well played, smartasses. Well fucking played.

The protest was a cooperative effort between Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC and a group called DC Vote, which aims to secure representation for DC in Congress. Today, about 50 DC residents eagerly waited outside of Rep. Franks' door, ready to let "Mayor Franks" know how he could make his newly claimed city better. According to the Huffington Post's Laura Bassett, some carried plastic rats, some toted pictures of the potholes they wanted Mayor Franks to fill, and some brought disputed parking tickets.

But not everyone got the chance for face time with Mayor Franks, the Arizonan who just sorta declared himself King of DC's D&C's. One put out resident explained his complaint,

    My issue today is metro — full funding for metro. As a constituent here, I use metro all the time, my children use it, and it's really disgraceful the condition they've allowed metro to get to. I have to say I'm very disappointed today. I really wanted to meet my representative, Mr. Franks. He's supposed to be representing us and I did take some time to come in here today, so I hope he takes these concerns into account.

When confronted on the absurdity of a man from Arizona trying to legislate the rights of women in DC, Franks explained that it wasn't about Arizona, or DC, or women. It's about "the pain of the fetus."

The fetuses of Washington had nothing to add, but rumor has it they suspect that their mailman hasn't been showing up every day, and they'd like Franks to do something about that.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on May 24, 2012, 03:48:47 PM
Awesome.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on June 18, 2012, 08:03:39 AM
Rush Plus begins today....

 http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/c.jsp;jsessionid=6212211889883E35D2FCB79BA10F3FAA?item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2flocal%2ftrafficandcommuting%2fmetro-rolls-out-rush-plus%2f2012%2f06%2f16%2fgJQA7Gw8gV_mobile.mobile&cid=578815

What a long url my phone decided to copy over...

Anyway, the plan is to add trains to the Orange line but take them away from the Blue line. Now I know my whining about gentrification often links it with racism, but why others don't find it obvious is beyond me. The Blue line services the poorer sections of the area...and it's getting a fairly major rush hour service cut. So...ugh.

But we don't care because now we can wait even longer for trains to clear Rosslyn!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on June 18, 2012, 09:29:57 AM
This one's a little shorter: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/metro-rolls-out-rush-plus/2012/06/16/gJQA7Gw8gV_story.html
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on June 18, 2012, 09:55:28 AM
The Droid is a tyrant.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 01, 2013, 08:12:17 PM
I almost put this in the football thread, but feel it has as much o d with local politics as anything else.

For the record, as a fan, I have no problem with a name change and actually feel they should have done it a long time ago. We're the nation's capital after all.

Also, Red Tails is pretty cool.

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201304/council-consider-new-name-redskins (http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201304/council-consider-new-name-redskins)

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Council To Consider New Name For Redskins

The drive to change the Washington Redskins' name will take a significant step forward when D.C. Council member David Grosso introduces a resolution calling for the team to eliminate what he calls it "a derogatory, racist" moniker.

The "Redskins" name, which the franchise used while it was still based in Boston in the 1930s, has generated quite a bit of controversy recently. Behind star quarterback Robert Griffin III, the team's popularity has skyrocketed, and there has even been discussion of moving the squad from Landover, Md., to a stadium inside the District. But Mayor Vincent Gray would like the team to consider changing its name before any relocation discussion.

Grosso, an independent, says he has the support of at least two other council members for his non-binding resolution.

"It's been a long time that we’ve had this name associated with Washington," Grosso told the Washington Post, "and I think its time we take a stand and change it."

In his resolution, Grosso writes that the city's name has been dishonored by its association with the Redskins moniker:

"Because it is well known in America and in nations afar that American Indians have experienced utmost suffering and disrespect over the years," the resolution reads.

In place of Redskins, Grosso suggests the team be called the Redtails, which was the nickname for the Tuskeegee Airmen, the aviators who broke the color barrier for U.S. military pilots in World War II.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 01, 2013, 09:14:19 PM
I'm okay with a name change that works with the fight song (like Dragons).

However, I will note that this political body has no power over the Washington Redskins.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 01, 2013, 09:42:12 PM
I'm with you on the fight song thing.

And I think the council is only getting involved by telling Dan Snyder, "If you want a stadium back to DC, change the name." They indeed have no power over a private institution.

Still, they should change the name.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on May 01, 2013, 10:49:36 PM
I doubt that Danny Boy wants back into DC. He has a sweet gig where he is now, that includes owning the stadium.

I can't imagine trying to get to a game in DC.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on May 01, 2013, 10:52:46 PM
The whole thing is stupid.

Also -- red tails. That's when you eat out a girl's hemorrhoids, right?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on June 06, 2013, 08:55:47 AM
Frager's Hardware in Cap Hill burns down. On her drive home last night, Missus RC said she could see the smoke from the highway.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fragers-hardware-store-in-capitol-hill/2013/06/05/fee49424-ce33-11e2-9f1a-1a7cdee20287_story.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fragers-hardware-store-in-capitol-hill/2013/06/05/fee49424-ce33-11e2-9f1a-1a7cdee20287_story.html)
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 16, 2013, 12:09:35 PM
So... what the hell is happening at Navy Yard?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 16, 2013, 12:13:55 PM
So... what the hell is happening at Navy Yard?

What? You mean this morning's crazy shooter rampage? Don't worry, it'll be over in time for this afternoon's crazy shooter rampage.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: monkey! on September 16, 2013, 05:58:40 PM
Guns keep you safe!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on September 17, 2013, 08:08:41 AM
So one of our thousands of disenfranchised vets went insane! Surprised it hasn't happened daily.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 17, 2013, 12:37:12 PM
*shocked face*
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 12, 2013, 05:55:11 AM
Watch out for the flying pigs too.

http://dcist.com/2013/12/streetcar_will_make_first_appearanc.php (http://dcist.com/2013/12/streetcar_will_make_first_appearanc.php)

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Streetcar Expected To Make First Appearance On H Street NE This Week

An actual, real-life streetcar will make an appearance on H Street NE as soon as this week, barring any weather issues.

NBC4 reports that the D.C. Department of Transportation will move a streetcar from the Anacostia facility to H Street NE near Union Station on Friday. Testing will begin on either Saturday or Monday.

After years of delays, DDOT said in November that streetcar service on the H Street-Benning Road line would begin sometime in 2014. First, testing must take place to get people on the busy corridor — known for its love of jaywalking and double-parking — accustomed to the streetcar. After completion of a certification process, which could take months, passenger service can begin after 30 days. Mayor Vince Gray, however, promised passenger service by February, a goal DDOT says they will work to meet.

DDOT has already tested a hi-rail vehicle, which simulates what a streetcar does, on H Street NE. It took an hour to go five blocks. Another test is scheduled for today.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on December 12, 2013, 07:46:41 AM
Man, you have been gone! H St construction is done. And they're running trains on the Silver Line now to prep for the opening in a couple weeks.

DC mass transit has finally caught up with 1957!!!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 12, 2013, 08:42:27 AM
You guys have those new-fangled horseless carriages yet?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on December 12, 2013, 10:36:30 AM
You guys have those new-fangled horseless carriages yet?

That's what killed the streetcar and slowed down the Metro in the first place! So, yes. Still 1957!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on December 12, 2013, 02:32:46 PM
Did I say 1957?

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/21022/how-might-the-new-metro-loop-work/


Clearly I meant 1907!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 12, 2013, 11:16:31 PM
Quote
DDOT has already tested a hi-rail vehicle, which simulates what a streetcar does, on H Street NE. It took an hour to go five blocks.

Not a valid %s URL
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on December 13, 2013, 08:37:28 AM
Quote
DDOT has already tested a hi-rail vehicle, which simulates what a streetcar does, on H Street NE. It took an hour to go five blocks.


Now we're inching back to 1895 and the two-stroke engine.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 13, 2013, 09:53:52 PM
How dare you remove my deliberately faulty youtube links, RC!!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 14, 2013, 05:31:34 AM
Was there supposed to be a video? Here, I'll put them back.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on December 14, 2013, 10:56:34 AM
It's just the youtube brackets! No link. Even Youtube links of DC transport in action date back to 1895!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 14, 2013, 11:10:12 AM
That's why I deleted it!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 16, 2013, 06:39:10 PM
I put it there to make Nacho angry! Now we have whole derailed thread about it.

Mission Accomplished!!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2013, 08:12:16 PM
I'm so angry!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: monkey! on December 17, 2013, 07:55:39 AM
I'm so angry!

Suck on your thumb.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2014, 06:03:57 PM
Not DC proper but close enough to creep me out.

http://www.khou.com/news/national/Attempted-exorcism-cited-in-death-of-two-Maryland-toddlers-241085141.html (http://www.khou.com/news/national/Attempted-exorcism-cited-in-death-of-two-Maryland-toddlers-241085141.html)

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Attempted exorcism cited in death of two Maryland toddlers

GERMANTOWN, Md. - The mother of two dead children in Maryland has been charged with their murder, along with another woman, in what police say may have been an exorcism gone wrong.

Two toddlers were stabbed to death and two other children were seriously wounded inside a home in Germantown, just a few miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

Montgomery County Police say their own mother, 28-year-old Zakieya Latrice Avery, and a second woman, 21-year-old Monifa Sanford, killed the children as they tried to perform what they believed to be an exorcism, reports CBS Baltimore.

The horrific scene was overwhelming even for veteran law enforcement.

“These are hard cases. That’s it. Thank you,” said John McCarthy, Montgomery Co. State’s Attorney.

Police identified the deceased children as one-year-old Norell and two-year-old Zyana Harris. Avery’s other two children, ages five and eight, remain in the hospital.

It was neighbors that called police early Friday morning after spotting a blood trail and knife outside the home.

“I was walking first around 7:15 with my dog and I see the knife on the floor very close to the car,” said Elisa Aloras.

One witness, who didn’t want to be identified, said as police charged the front door, the children’s mother and Sanford tried to escape out the back door.
“These officers tackled one person and then the other person ran into a vehicle,” she said.

Neighbors are now trying to understand why Avery, who by most accounts seemed like a normal mother, would do something so unthinkable.
“Just like a young 20-year-old with kids. Single mother. She seemed happy to move into the neighborhood,” said Timothy Darden.

“Shocked, but devastated at the same time because there’s kids involved and you hate to see or hear something happened to kids. I’m still kind of devastated by it,” said Michelle Smith.

Both women have been charged with murder and attempted murder.
Police say an investigation continues into the alleged exorcism and motive.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: monkey! on January 22, 2014, 04:44:12 AM
Another 'religion is mental but we're afraid to say so' story.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 22, 2014, 08:51:48 AM
That's a better delivery of the story than the news, which spends 5 minutes saying that the story is too shocking to view and children should leave the room.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 23, 2014, 08:40:23 AM
Oh, good... The army has re-invented barrage balloons.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/blimplike-surveillance-crafts-set-to-deploy-over-maryland-heighten-privacy-concerns/2014/01/22/71a48796-7ca1-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html

We'll stop those Nazis!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: monkey! on January 23, 2014, 08:45:08 AM
We need Jimmy Page to form a new band now.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on February 28, 2014, 10:52:36 AM
Ha! Wow... So I saw this last night and I didn't know what it was. I thought it was a plane going down or something, waited for a flash or a boom, saw nothing, and then went back to playing my video game and didn't think about it again...

Quote
Fiery meteor streaks across the Mid-Atlantic sky

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/02/27/%3Fp%3D31648/
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 12, 2014, 11:54:39 AM


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Ashley Brandt was all smiles last week when she went to board a flight home after a belated birthday trip to the Grand Canyon.

Then, standing in an airport security line in Phoenix, her jaw dropped.

According to Brandt, an agent with the Transportation Security Administration took a look at her D.C. license and began to shake her head. “I don’t know if we can accept these,” Brandt recalled the agent saying. “Do you have a U.S. passport?’

Brandt was dumbfounded, and quickly grew a little scared. A manager was summoned, she says. “I started thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to get home. Am I going to get home?’ ”

The long Presidents’ Day weekend had been Brandt’s boyfriend’s first chance to make good on a December birthday promise to take Brandt to see the Grand Canyon. The two were now on their way back, and the next morning, a class would be waiting for Brandt at her Cleveland Park preschool a couple of miles north of the White House.

But the implication from the TSA agent seemed clear to Brandt: The District is not a state; TSA requires a state-issued ID to board a plane.

Nevermind that Brandt had used her brand-new D.C. license, the one marked “District of Columbia” over a backdrop of cherry blossoms, to board her flight to Arizona days earlier.

Brandt says the agent yelled out to a supervisor, working in adjacent security line. Are D.C. licenses valid identification?

Brandt says she could hear the response, “Yeah, we accept those.”

“She didn’t seem to know that it was basically the same as a state ID,” said Brandt, who had only recently traded her Maryland ID for one from the District. “D.C. is obviously not a state, but I didn’t ever imagine it would be a problem — I mean, the whole population of D.C. has to use these.”

Within a few minutes, Brandt said she was on her way to the gate and her pulse was settling back to normal. But flabbergasted by the experience, Brandt’s boyfriend, Alan Chewning, who had passed security without an incident in another line, fired off a tweet:

“Holy. [Expletive]. TSA @ PHX asked for gf’s passport because her valid DC license deemed invalid b/c ‘DC not a state.’ ”

By the time the two landed, the tweet had gone viral, and stories were flooding in of residents recounting similar horror stories of trying to board a flight with a license from Guam or Puerto Rico.

Asked about the incident, Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman, pointed a reporter to the agency’s Web site, which has a published list of 15 types of valid IDs for airline travel, including “Driver’s Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent).”

Brandt did not file a complaint and a person familiar with the matter confirmed that no TSA incident report was filed over the encounter.

Social media exchanges that followed between Chewning and a TSA public affairs officer, however, made clear the agency had been alerted to the incident. In a statement Wednesday, TSA said: “A valid Washington, D.C., driver’s license is an acceptable form of identification at all TSA checkpoints.”

If nothing else, Brandt’s ordeal offered a fresh rallying cry for advocates of D.C. statehood.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) issued a statement Wednesday saying Brandt’s trouble in Phoenix “dramatically personified” D.C. residents’ lack of voting representation in Congress.

“The rejection of Ashley Brandt’s D.C. driver’s license by TSA because D.C. is not a state has moved collective insult to personal injury,” Holmes Norton said. “The daily disrespect of requiring D.C. residents to pay up on April 15 without a vote in the House or the Senate has now been dramatically personified in the insult to one of our own.”

It was also, perhaps, a lesson on how foreign Washington might seem in Phoenix.

“The whole thing was kind of ridiculous and strange,” Brandt said. “Apparently in Arizona, they’re not sure we’re all right.”
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 12, 2014, 12:30:07 PM
I just shrug and say, "Fucking Arizona."
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 12, 2014, 05:47:49 PM
Oh yes...


Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 15, 2014, 12:15:25 AM
http://theweek.com/article/index/259829/if-a-nuclear-bomb-exploded-in-downtown-washington-what-should-you-do
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 15, 2014, 12:33:06 AM
Reggie, I always get nervous when you post shit like this.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: monkey! on April 15, 2014, 01:59:33 AM
http://theweek.com/article/index/259829/if-a-nuclear-bomb-exploded-in-downtown-washington-what-should-you-do

Duck, and cover!
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on April 15, 2014, 07:53:30 AM
I just hope it happens on a work-at-home day.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on April 15, 2014, 08:18:55 PM
Reggie, I always get nervous when you post shit like this.

You know...just in case you might need it...
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 16, 2014, 10:53:06 AM
The question is whether or not I'll need it this weekend in particular.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on April 16, 2014, 11:37:44 AM
Here's a link to fallout shelters that'll be open at, say, around 2:47pm this afternoon.

I'd also like to take this moment to say that I've greatly valued your friendship and I'm sorry for any hurts I may have caused in the past. It really has been wonderful knowing you.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on May 14, 2014, 02:24:48 PM
www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2014/05/14/designers-compete-to-build-d-c-version-of-high-line-park/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2014/05/14/designers-compete-to-build-d-c-version-of-high-line-park/)

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Designers compete to build D.C. version of High Line park

Six design teams are competing to build a park atop the former 11th Street bridge in the District, a project that is in need of nearly $40 million in funding but which organizers envision as a chance to build a local version of New York City’s High Line Park.

For those who are unfamiliar, the High Line Park is a series of gardens, walkways and performance spaces built on a 1.45-mile stretch of abandoned freight rail line. The public park is at the center of what is now a bustling neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on June 25, 2014, 01:25:10 PM
Or as we Washingtonians call it, Wednesday.

http://www.wtop.com/41/3650866/Taxi-drivers-create-gridlock-in-District (http://www.wtop.com/41/3650866/Taxi-drivers-create-gridlock-in-District)

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Taxi drivers create gridlock in District

WASHINGTON -- Taxi drivers protesting Uber are causing gridlock in downtown D.C.

They've packed the roadways near the Capitol and Freedom Plaza.  The drivers, who are affiliated with the Teamsters Union are taking part in the "Fairness NOW!" caravan. They want to stop Uber and other private sedan services from operating in the city.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on June 25, 2014, 01:35:36 PM
So...I'm near the Capitol and...it's no different than usual.

So, yes...Wednesday.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 02, 2014, 10:41:11 AM
Maryland Drivers *are* worse than VA drivers. There's science to prove it:

http://www.wtop.com/41/3654363/Report-identifies-the-DC-areas-worst-drivers (http://www.wtop.com/41/3654363/Report-identifies-the-DC-areas-worst-drivers)

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Report identifies the D.C. area's worst drivers

WASHINGTON -- It's a question that can start an instant argument among motorists in the region: Who are D.C.'s worst drivers?

Some would say it's the drivers in the District itself; others say motorists from Maryland. Still more would nominate Virginians as the worst terrors behind the wheel.

Well, the numbers are in.

AAA Mid-Atlantic announced on Tuesday the results of a Howard University study of the 29,725 crashes in the District in 2012. The research shows that the District's drivers narrowly edge out Marylanders for the dubious honor of motorists involved in the most accidents in D.C., 37 percent to 33.1 percent.

Virginia motorists were involved in the fewest District accidents, with 13.8 percent.

The remainder came from other states or was unknown. The study included numbers from 2010 and 2011, which showed the numbers staying fairly consistent, though Maryland was slightly ahead of the District in 2011.

John B. Townsend, of AAA Mid-Atlantic, says that the numbers are particularly striking given that nearly three-quarters of the District's workforce comes from outside the city.

He adds in a statement that the high rate of accidents leads to an average annual car-insurance premium of $1,800, the highest in the region. And all of these crashes have an economic effect: "The estimated economic and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the city was just shy of $1 billion in 2010 or $1,659 per capita," Townsend says.

The survey also found that men got into nearly two-thirds of accidents in the District in 2012.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 20, 2015, 02:29:36 PM
Rare Essence played SXSW. But buried in this article is the interesting question about DC's rising rent and whether an artistic class can afford to live here. Nacho and I have long discussed how gentrification threatens the blue collar and black art aesthetic that has been DC's driving cultural force for decades.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/03/18/d-c-s-rare-essence-becomes-the-first-go-go-band-to-play-at-sxsw/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/03/18/d-c-s-rare-essence-becomes-the-first-go-go-band-to-play-at-sxsw/)

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D.C.’s Rare Essence becomes the first go-go band to play at SXSW

AUSTIN — It’s a Tuesday night deep in the heart of Texas, and Rare Essence bandleader Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson is all smiles.

“We’re just amped about this thing,” Johnson says backstage before one of his band’s most far-flung gigs. “We’ve done some other festival-type things, but nothing like this.”

This is South by Southwest, the annual music, film and technology mega-conference in Austin — a massive gathering where entrepreneurs, tastemakers and assorted creative types come to schmooze, ­self-promote and get their brains rearranged by new music. Rare Essence is eager to help out with the ­brain-rearrangement part. The legendary Washington troupe is about to become the first go-go band to ever perform at SXSW.

The group is here to formally evangelize for its home town, too. Tuesday night’s musical showcase is presented by the D.C. Economic Partnership, a nonprofit group working on behalf of the city in hopes of persuading tech entrepreneurs to set up shop in Washington. After first establishing a formal presence at SXSW back in 2013, the city devoted roughly $350,000 to to this year’s efforts, which included a “We DC” lounge that hosted five days of panel discussions and parties.

Musically, they couldn’t have booked better ambassadors than Rare Essence — and organizers did a fine job reflecting the city’s musical diversity, too. Tuesday night’s bill also included the rhythm-heavy soul of Black Alley, the glossy indie-pop of Prinze George and the cerebral hip-hop of Oddisee.

“We’re trying to present D.C. in a different light,” says Julie ­Weber, marketing and communications director for the D.C. Economic Partnership. “We’re trying to put the message out there that D.C. is open for business on every level.”

Then Weber zips toward the stage where she gives a hoarse and enthusiastic introduction for Paperhaus, an indie quartet whose bandleader, 27-year-old Alex Tebeleff, is a D.I.Y. rock promoter who hosts regular concerts in his Petworth home, also called Paperhaus. Tebeleff is a mover and shaker who has done plenty to enrich the local underground rock scene, and he says has no plans of slowing down — so long as he can pay the rent.

And that’s the uncomfortable question floating through this particular patch of Texas air: Will Washington’s continued economic growth continue to put the squeeze on our city’s musicians? As pristine condos continue to spring up across Washington like expensive weeds, the ever-increasing cost of living has made it difficult for many musicians to stay in town. One of tonight’s acts, piano-pop trio Jukebox the Ghost, formed in Washington, but left the District in 2007 in search of cheaper rent. (Weber says this issue is a “major conversation piece” that she hopes to see advanced before next year’s SXSW.)

As the clock ticks toward midnight, big men with big drums start crowding onto the relatively teeny-tiny stage. Most of them are sporting candy-red polo shirts and milk-white slacks. One fan, presumably a native Washingtonian, cuts through the thickening crowd shouting a warning to the uninitiated: “It’s about to get live in here, Joe! Y’all are not ready for this!”

The moment the drums kick in, this thing instantly becomes a Rare Essence show. The band works like explosive clockwork, congas and timbales weaving a rhythm that’s as pummeling as it is undeniable. Out in the crowd, hands fly skyward. Butts shake every which way. Newbies become converts. To confirm it, the band closes its set with front-line vocalist DJ Kool performing his call-and-response anthem, “Let Me Clear My Throat.” It sounds like an ecstatic shouting contest.

The sound carries out of the venue and across the street, where two dormant construction cranes loom over an unfinished mixed-use condo building.

It sure feels like home.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 20, 2015, 04:02:22 PM
Rare Essence played SXSW. But buried in this article is the interesting question about DC's rising rent and whether an artistic class can afford to live here. Nacho and I have long discussed how gentrification threatens the blue collar and black art aesthetic that has been DC's driving cultural force for decades.


Threatens? It's killed it. Come visit me at work sometime, we'll walk around NOMA. We'll walk to Chinatown. It's all gone.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 20, 2015, 04:29:37 PM
There are pockets of NorthEast that are "keeping' it real" as the kids like to say.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 20, 2015, 05:21:39 PM
I like go-go.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2015, 09:46:25 AM
There are pockets of NorthEast that are "keeping' it real" as the kids like to say.

Where? I spend all my time in Northeast. Chinatown is New Bethesda, everything around US is now that horrible, glittering "NOMA," the North Capital run is following. H Street is $3500 600 square foot apartment land... Capitol South is beautiful and gentrified and hopping. Even fucking Garfield Park is a playground for toy poodles and white people on iPhones. Then, of course, we have the Hill people, who have always been in their own land...but even the shape and feel of those neighborhoods have changed.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 21, 2015, 02:15:08 PM
Northeast of Catholic U/Brookland still has some working class charm.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on March 21, 2015, 05:42:51 PM
Northeast of Catholic U/Brookland still has some working class charm.

Despite the murder of Colonel Brooks, the boom of the mini-brewery and artisan beer set, and high-rent condo apartments?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on August 03, 2015, 12:46:31 PM
This is making the internet rounds...


Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 13, 2015, 05:45:30 PM
The Washingtonian did an awesome piece in Joe Theismann's infamous 1985 leg break... which is one of the ten culturally defining moments of my youth.

http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/sports/the-oral-history-of-joe-theismanns-broken-leg/ (http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/sports/the-oral-history-of-joe-theismanns-broken-leg/)
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on October 14, 2015, 10:15:47 AM
The Washingtonian did an awesome piece in Joe Theismann's infamous 1985 leg break... which is one of the ten culturally defining moments of my youth.

http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/sports/the-oral-history-of-joe-theismanns-broken-leg/ (http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/sports/the-oral-history-of-joe-theismanns-broken-leg/)

I hate football and never watch it and, yet, I remember this as a defining moment, too. And was actually watching when it happened.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 15, 2015, 02:06:18 PM
So true. I was watching on a mini black and white tv in my bed because it was MNF and I was supposed to be in bed sleeping.

I had to get the paper in the morning before I could talk to my parents about it so they wouldn't bust me.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2016, 02:27:58 PM
It occurs to me that a documentary about all they DC street icons would be awesome. Then again, all the great ones form the 80s and 90s are gone.

http://dcist.com/2016/01/concepcion_picciotto_longest-ever_w.php (http://dcist.com/2016/01/concepcion_picciotto_longest-ever_w.php)

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Concepcion Picciotto, Longest-Ever White House Protester, Dies

You may not know the name Concepcion Picciotto, but you've almost certainly seen the peace vigil that she maintained by the White House since 1981.

Picciotto died today at N Street Village, a shelter for homeless women in Logan Circle, as first reported by the Washington Post. She was around 80 years old.

Her peace vigil included a tent and a barrage of different protest signs, set up in Lafayette Park.

Picciotto told DCist in 2005 that "corruption" inspired her to protest outside the White House, and she railed against nuclear weapons and lying politicians.

Do you think that we'll ever have a good leader?
We hope that there is one, that is what we are trying to do. There must be people out there who qualify, and then we never are able to get them into the palace, because there is so much money involved, millions and millions of dollars. And it shouldn’t be that way. It should be the qualifications of a person to lead the nation to peace and stability.

When Park Police seized the vigil in September 2013, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton intervened on her behalf. Picciotto "is well known for her willingness to engage in principled activism at considerable personal costs," Norton said at the time.

DCist asked Picciotto in 2005 what she would do if "all the madness that you are protesting did stop in your lifetime."

"I don’t know," she replied.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 02:31:49 PM
I want to do a DC doc/coffee table book on all the police call boxes that are all historic,so they can't be removed, but citizens have independently (and vaguely illegally) taken it upon themselves to dress up.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 02:33:35 PM
PS -- that and the street icons are all things I pitched to you for that shoestring Youtube series idea. Local DC, exploring the neighborhoods, selling out to the advertisers like fucking whores...
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2016, 02:57:29 PM
Just because I say it's a good idea doesn't mean I want to invest the sweat equity to do it.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 03:15:06 PM
Just because I say it's a good idea doesn't mean I want to invest the sweat equity to do it.

My plan is, like, a GoPro and a mic stolen from somewhere and we go drink and talk to some asshole who painted a police call box blue and put a ceramic hat on it. We spend two hours getting enough footage for 6 minutes and then we watch Elizabeth Montgomery from the early 60s and hold hands.

Considering we basically do this anyway every time we're together...
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2016, 03:23:00 PM
then we watch Elizabeth Montgomery from the early 60s

Thread is now about dark haired Elizabeth Montgomery.

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F24.media.tumblr.com%2Ftumblr_lpht8hOiRM1qd9o48o1_500.jpg&hash=ce22166df8ae2c59bb7c2c518453f074)
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 03:23:45 PM
Well, shit, that sidelines my argument. Excuse me.


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Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 26, 2016, 03:26:24 PM
(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.moviefancentral.com%2Fimages%2Fpictures%2Freview53118%2Ffotos-de-elizabeth-montgomery-6.jpg&hash=cfeae54ad65d7f8cea52c2bbeb3834ed)
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on January 26, 2016, 03:30:25 PM
ooooh....angels and ministers of grace defend me.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: RottingCorpse on August 05, 2016, 10:44:50 AM
Not DC proper, but still pretty funny.

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/fairfax/fairfax-city-mayor-arrested-in-meth-bust/288285009 (http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/fairfax/fairfax-city-mayor-arrested-in-meth-bust/288285009)

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Fairfax City mayor tried to trade meth for group sex, police say

FAIRFAX CITY, VA. (WUSA9) - The mayor of Fairfax City is one of three people caught trying to distribute methamphetamine in exchange for sex, Fairfax County police said.

Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, who is also a substitute teacher for the Fairfax County Public Schools, was arrested Thursday after police said he tried to distribute meth to undercover detectives.

The investigation began in July after police learned of a possible meth dealer. Police said the suspect, later identified as Mayor Silverthorne, allegedly tried to distribute meth through a website used to arrange for casual sex between men.

An undercover detective then created a profile on the site and within a few days made contact with Silverthorne. The two made arrangements to meet at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner where he would exchange the meth for “a group sexual encounter.”

Thursday, the 50-year-old mayor met the undercover detectives and provided the meth. He was arrested and charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

During their investigation, investigators learned of his alleged suppliers, 34-year-old Juan Jose Fernandez and 21-year-old Caustin Lee McLaughlin.

Fernandez was charged with of felony distribution of methamphetamine, felony possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. McLaughlin was charged with felony distribution of methamphetamine, felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have related information regarding this investigation by calling 703-691-2131. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may provide information through Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477).
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on August 05, 2016, 11:03:58 AM
Man, what is it about local government positions in the Greater Metro Area that drives people mad? Or are we just better at catching them here?
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on October 21, 2016, 04:11:55 PM
In the midst of all the election madness, maybe we should step back a bit and take a look at what's really happening on November 8th.

Both candidates have pledged that DC will become a state in their first terms. DC voters will be deciding if they want this to be a thing next month. If a supermajority says yes, then DC Statehood, for the first time, is going to become a real thing.

Horrifyingly, they've dropped "New Columbia" and have decided that the name of the new state will be...

Washington, DC!

Where DC stands for "Douglass Commonwealth."

So...the name of our 51st state will be Washington Douglass Commonwealth.

Yep.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 15, 2016, 06:50:26 PM
Trump pledged DC statehood?

All post-election stuff I've seen is DC leadership backing away from anything like that and preparing to hunker down for the next 4 years.
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on November 16, 2016, 08:18:44 AM
Trump pledged DC statehood?

Well... In the same way he pledged everything else:

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“I would like to do whatever is good for the District of Columbia because I love the people. You know, it's funny. I've really gotten to know the people, the representatives, and the mayor, and everybody. They're really special people. They're great. And they have a great feeling. So I would say whatever's best for them I'm for.” – Trump being interviewed by Chuck Todd on Meet The Press (2015).

While speaking to the Washington Post Editorial Board on March 21, 2016 Trump said about DC Statehood "I think statehood is a tough thing for D.C. I think it’s a tough thing. I don’t have a position on it yet. I would form a position. But I think statehood is a tough thing for D.C." and "I don’t see statehood for D.C." When asked about granting DC residents about a vote in the House of Representatives he responsed "I think that’s something that would be okay. Having representation would be okay."
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on December 03, 2016, 11:34:49 AM
One of our local mysteries!

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Janet Mihalyfi can picture her dog, Havoc, wandering somewhere in Rock Creek Park, his black-and-tan fur matted as he plods through soggy leaves.

The image is clear in her mind, even though she hasn’t seen the 7-year-old Rottweiler with her own eyes since he went missing on a Bethesda trail in November 2013.

Over the past three years, Mihalyfi has devoted more than $40,000 to looking for him across Washington, D.C., Silver Spring and Chevy Chase. She’s stapled thousands of signs to poles and even sent up drones to scan the parkland.

Much more at the link -- she's not entirely crazy. Havoc has been sighted now and again: http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/Web-2016/Three-year-40000-Search-for-Dog-Continues-in-Bethesda-Silver-Spring/
Title: Re: dc stuff
Post by: nacho on July 19, 2018, 10:04:17 AM
Wow...gentrification at work. Street views comparing 2007 to 2017:

https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/neighborhood/the-difference-a-decade-makes-images-show-rapid-growth-of-7-dc-neighborhoods-90414