Archive for June, 2012

The Needle: Can’t Take the Heat

Blue Strike: In a move that threatens to bring Washington to its knees, Ralph Nader and DC Vote are planning a "limited general strike" on July 2. This is no standard industrial action, though: Strikers have agreed to be 15 minutes late to work on the 2nd, with increasing lateness one day a month until [...]

Alleged “Pimpette” Locked in Legal Battle With Redskins Tight End

Redskins tight end Fred Davis was suspended last season after failing drug tests, but now he's facing another challenge: a legal fight with a woman named Makini R. Chaka that has involved restraining orders and nightclub blacklists, Washingtonian reports.
Depending on who you believe, Chaka is a "pimpette" who provides women to celebrities or a [...]

New Bill Good News for Addicts, Partying Parents

A new District law meant to protect D.C. drug users could also have an unintended beneficiary: "cool" parents.
The Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Amendment Act of 2012 is intended to make it safer for drug users to call emergency services in case of another user's overdose by offering them legal protections. But it could also help [...]

Post’s Marcus Brauchli Can’t Get No Respect

Some questions spring to mind after watching this grainy lip dub to about half of fun.'s "We Are Young," performed by various Post Web people to celebrate editor Marcus Brauchli's 51st birthday (title: "YOU are young).

Why were we finally granted a reprieve from Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know," only to have it be immediately [...]

Ads Coming to Bikeshare

Good news for libertarians who think Capital Bikeshare relies too much government money: The District's Department of Transportation is looking for a company to sell ads at the District's Bikeshare stops.
The ads will go on the map panels at 128 of the stations in the District (the other four are on Park Service property). According [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

1400 Block of R Street NW, June 23
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District Line Daily: Buried Treasurer

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At last, it's Friday! If you make it through today's heat, you've got the whole [...]

Photo: Girl and Doll

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

“The Entire World Is Going to Kick Our Ass”: Supreme Court Crowd Reacts to Verdict

After the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, City Desk ventured to the court to get reactions to the decision. Some people were thrilled, others weren't too happy

"I didn’t come to this country for slavery," says 70-year-old Susan Clark of Santa Monica, Calif. "I want Mount Rushmore. There’s not a Democrat on [...]

The Needle: Ted Leo, “Basset Aficionado”

Spot Spat: The D.C. Council's plan to "fix" residential parking permits apparently involves taking street parking spots away from the public. No councilmember seems to have any interest in going after the real problem: streets where no non-resident parking, even for less than two hours, is allowed. -4

What If CNN Covered Local D.C. News?

The seconds after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law this morning were not CNN's finest moments. The network breathlessly reported that the court had found the law's mandate for all Americans to have health insurance unconstitutional, when in fact, the court had done the exact opposite.
And while the [...]

District Line Daily: Train in Vain

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Happy Thursday to all. In this week's cover, we discover that the future of rail [...]

Photos: George Clinton

Slideshow.  Bring Back the Funk Concert, National Mall.  June 27th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Up Twinkles

Bundle of Love: Occupy D.C. members have created a handy map showing where the District's bundled campaign donations are coming from. The map's easier to use than the Office of Campaign Finance's creaky online database, although just about anything would be. There are lots of bundlers in the District, but Baltimore and [...]

Post Reporters Attempt to Seduce, Are Spooked by Alaskan Men

Fellas! There aren't enough of them in D.C. for Post reporters Tara Bahrampour and Annie Gowen, who decided to solve their singleness by cruising for men in Alaska, where the gender demographics are more in their favor.
Alas, Gowen and Bahrampour don't seem to have considered why D.C. hasn't been inundated by Alaskan mail-order grooms: a [...]

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