City Desk

The Needle: Potomac Poker Edition

So Long, and Thanks for All the Bike Lanes: It was revolving door day at the Wilson Building. DDOT Director Gabe Klein, a favorite of the smart growth set, departed in the morning, along with DCRA ; by the afternoon, the big news was the appointment of Allen Lew as city administrator and Gerri Mason Hall as Almost Mayor Vince Gray's chief of staff. So that's one transit-friendly official out, one former Amtrak official in. May not be time to trade that Bianchi in for a BMW yet, after all. +2

But I'm a Congressman!: Last month, around 1 a.m. one night, a guy got into some kind of altercation near the Capitol building and called police for help. He was, he told the cops, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. In fact, police now say, he was Walter Nelson Lewis Jr., he was, at 26, less than half Kingston's age, and he had somehow gotten a hold of a real lapel pin identifying him as a member of Congress. Lewis has been charged with impersonating a member of Congress—which we're not saying is a tactic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton should use if Republicans don't give D.C. a vote, but we're also not saying she shouldn't. +1

The District is All In: Vegas on the Potomac is here at last! The D.C. Council passed a law last night allowing the D.C. Lottery to set up online poker games, which would be legal as long as players are physically in the District while gambling. The bill would generate about $13.5 million in revenue, which the city could certainly use. Yes, technically, the law would run afoul of several federal statutes. So what? Raise! +1

Twitter Power: Annoyed about your Pepco bill and/or that time the power went out while your TiVo was in the middle of recording Glee? (Note: We don't watch Glee, but we understand a lot of you do.) Vengeance can be yours tomorrow, as Pepco president Thomas Graham will take to the utility's Twitter feed to answer questions from customers. That is, unless power suddenly cuts out at the Pepco headquarters on account of all the trees in D.C. Hit Graham up at @PepcoConnect. +2

Yesterday's Needle rating: 40 Today's score: +6 Today's Needle rating: 46

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  • noodlez

    YO MR MADDEN WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THAT $12k BIKE FENTY GOT FROM COLNAGO?

  • Mike Madden

    Good question, noodlez -- will see if we can figure that out.

  • INSIDER

    this is not gonna be good,Amtrak OFFICIAL,this means MS L GREEN,GRAY's good freind is gonna have her hands in all the DISTRICT affairs with the oppointment of GERRI HALL,her coworker at AMTRAK.just like she held both of GRAYS victory party at both of her family MARK BARNS CLUBS. she is the same one that he tried 2 give the DC Lottery 2. thats why the contract went 2 her and GRAYS good friend thru her son who dont even live in the city. well looks like we all are 2 late,she already lock the top job down thru agian her good freind and co-worker ms GERRI HALL.

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