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Our Morning Roundup: “Just Having a Good Time” at the Porn Trial Edition

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Good morning, Washington. If you woke up this morning and couldn’t turn on the lights, you’re not the only one! Thousands of D.C. area residents lost power last night after those epic storms dropped us a visit. As one acute observer described it to WaPo, it was a “thunderous deluge” with lightning showing up in “blinding flashes.”

The bizarre obscenity trial against porn industry mogul John Stagliano began yesterday morning (be sure to check out more coverage of the trial at The Sexist). Stagliano is accused of violating D.C.’s “community standards” for two of his films—Milk Nymphos and Storm Squirters 2: Target Practice—and a five minute trailer for Belladonna: Fetish Fanatic 5. In his opening argument, Stagliano’s attorney defended his client by saying, “If you watch closely, it appears that all of the participants are having a good time." But it seems the courtroom had a better time. The trial's attendants watched a segment of Milk Nymphos in silence, while the jurors were among the few to receive headphones. Amidst the courtroom viewing party of Stagliano’s magnum opus, the faint sound of moaning and shrieking was reported to emanate from the headphones.

In other, less riveting, news, Kwame Brown is dealing with his credit card, which seems to have a consciousness of its own. NBC Washington has a good piece about this aspiring D.C. Council chairman.

People are still pissed off about Metro escalators. After the madness Monday morning at Dupont’s 19th street exit, WaPo gives a face to the collective fuming by quoting a woman who says walking up the escalator is a “health hazard.” Perhaps it is—or maybe we just need to get in shape.

Yesterday evening, the D.C. Council finally pushed through legislation allowing the first stretch of overhead wires to be used for streetcars along Benning Road and H Street NE. The debate has revolved around some D.C. residents’ refined aesthetic taste, who argue that overhead wires are displeasing to the eye. George Clark, president of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, says, "everybody in the city is entitled to unobstructed views.” (But does that outweigh everyone's entitlement to better public transit?)

Well, that’s all for now. Stay happy, folks.

Photo by Henrik Thorn under Creative Commons 2.0 attribution license

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  • Charlie

    RE: Kwame Brown's credit card issues

    So Kwame Brown owes $50,000 in credit card debt with penalties and interest. This might seem to be a political liability in that people will say if he cannot handle his own finances then why should he be put in charge of the city's finances?

    However if he puts introduces legislation to cap interest rates and fees (if big lenders can get money from the Federal reserve at 0% interest why should they be able to charge consumers 25%+ interest?) Why aren't their any usary laws in DC?

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