City Desk

The Needle: Lowercase Edition

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs: Important typographical news doesn't tend to break that often, so when it does, it's big. The District, it turns out, is switching up the look of street signs in the city for the first time in decades, bringing the latest highway design thoughts to D.C. Gone are the block capital letters, replaced by narrower, lowercase type. The one down the block from you won't change overnight, though: DDOT officials say they're replacing the current signs as needed, switching to the new design instead of the old one whenever whatever happens to existing signs that causes them to need replacement happens. +3

Cash Rules Everything Around Me: Want to get elected to local office in D.C.? Chances are you'll soon find yourself talking to real estate developers and other deep-pocketed corporate interests (unless, that is, you don't particularly want to win) about fundraising, thanks to local laws that allow multiple contributions from corporate partnerships controlled by the same person. This November, citizens may have a chance to vote that law out, if an initiative launched today by a handful of good-government activists makes it to the ballot. To qualify, the initiative will need to collect 22,723 signatures in the next 180 days. And then it'll need to somehow prevail in November despite all the corporate cash that'll go into defeating it. +2

Kicked When Down: It's bad enough that various members of the D.C. government are under federal investigation (or going to prison) for various nefarious charges. But now the political scandals may affect the only local pro team that's won any titles in the last decade. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says the search for a stadium for D.C. United is complicated by the Harry Thomas Jr. case and other probes in the District lately. Though you'd think a sport run by Sepp Blatter would have a little more tolerance for political corruption. -2

Have It Your Way: Scientists have finally discovered something potentially more harmful to your health than eating fast food—having it delivered. Burger King is trying out delivery at 10 restaurants in the D.C. area, offering combinations like 10 burgers/20-piece chicken tenders for $14.49 (intended to feed a family, we hope) and in the process, removing the slight amount of exercise required to walk to your car, drive to a drive-through window, and consume their crap somewhere other than your own home. No word on whether they'll eventually get the ordering to work with Siri so no one has to burn any calories at all in the course of ordering. -2

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