Archive for April, 2012

Take My BlackBerry—Please!

Pity the poor BlackBerry user in D.C.
For years, the devices carried a certain dorky status, at least among the Capitol Hill set; obsessively checking your email at happy hour showed you were important, or at least you thought you were. These days, though, the only thing carrying a BlackBerry tells people is that you haven’t [...]

The Needle: Caps Win! Edition

The Ice Of Boston Is For Losers: Not many hockey pundits picked the Washington Capitals to beat the Boston Bruins in the first round of this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins won the whole thing last year, after all, and besides, the Caps are from D.C., where all things sport-related for most of the [...]

Lanier: Dead Tourist In Petworth May Have Been One Of Several Victims

This afternoon Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier held a press conference where she suggested that 66-year-old Denver tourist Gary Dederichs—who was found lying in a Petworth alley and died of head trauma—may have been one victim in a string of attacks.
There were two more victims the next day with similar injuries. Both are still alive, but, [...]

Racism, Twitter, and Joel Ward

So, last night, Caps winger Joel Ward became a local hero after scoring an overtime goal that will take the team into the second round of the NHL playoffs. Since Ward is black, and some people can't seem to help but say racist things when black people do awesome things (see: Rue, The Hunger Games), [...]

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Natural History, 1995
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Gwyneth Paltrow “goops” D.C.

Someone in this office who shall remain nameless subscribes to goop, the aspirational lifestyle newsletter produced by New York-based actress Gwyneth Paltrow. This issue, "gp" has "gooped" D.C. after being asked by a friend for a hotel recommendation in town. She observes:
Locals say the vibe in DC, from popularity of neighborhoods to the real estate [...]

Infant Mortality Rate Down

Some good news! The Post reports that D.C.'s infant mortality rate is down:
Of 9,156 children born in the District in 2010, 73 died before their first birthday, a rate of 8 per 1,000 births, according to the latest data available.
The District’s infant mortality rate was one of the worst among large U.S. cities, peaking in 1989 [...]

Hail to Robert Griffin III

No doubt in the minds of the Washington Redskins operation who the team will select with the second pick in tonight's NFL draft, apparently—this newsletter just went out from, with the subject line "Get Ready For Griffin!":

Griffin, of course, is the player soon to be known all around town as RG3, Baylor quarterback Robert [...]

District Line Daily: Responsible Gentrification, Chez Middling

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7th and H Street, NW.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Game 7 Edition

Fun City U.S.A.: Time for another installment of meaningless national rankings and arbitrary statistics! Today's focus: Fun! Which is why we're using exclamation marks on every sentence in this item! Trident, the chewing gum company, asked residents of big cities how fun their area was, and D.C. ranked 7th! In the country! For some reason, [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

Jefferson Memorial, April 20
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Republican Voters Don’t Like D.C.

Sure, this isn't exactly a newsflash, but it's nice to have actual data to back it up. Public Policy Polling released a study last week evaluating how voters feel about metro areas. Pollsters found that "The biggest partisan gap is unsurprisingly for D.C. Democrats like it by a net 44 points, while Republicans dislike it by [...]

Times Takes Advantage of Viola Drath Connection

The Times has a heck of a long read on the marriage between Viola Drath the journalist and socialite and Albrecht Muth, the man accused of murdering her last August. The story comes on the heels of the widely reported news that Muth remains mentally incompetent to stand trial—after a judge ordered him evaluated for [...]

The Man Who Beat Barry Wants To Talk About Filipino Remarks

Gregory Cendana, the Democratic National Convention delegate who pulled more votes than former mayor-for-life Marion Barry in the March D.C. caucus, is concerned about Barry's recent comments about hiring Filipino nurses.
At a D.C. Council hearing on Monday, Barry said: "In fact, it's so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a [...]