Archive for September, 2012

Occupiers to Shut Down D.C.’s Bank of America Branches Today

Bank of America customers in the District might want to put off any banking plans they had today. Starting at around 8 a.m., protesters affiliated with a group called Occupy Our Homes D.C. are planning to try to shut down all of Washington's Bank of America branches.
"We're expecting the banks to shut themselves down for [...]

The Needle: Hoya Sexy

Mmm, Donuts: The restaurateurs behind Birch & Barley are planning to open a fried chicken and donuts restaurant. +1
Bulldogs or Horndogs?: Is there any way to say that I'm suspicious that my alma mater, Georgetown, deserves this top sexy college title, without sounding like I just missed the party? No? +3
Police/Traffic Chase: What does everybody [...]

Post Gets a New Enterprise Editor With a Big Mandate

Watch out, investigative Posties: There's a new sheriff in town. Post Outlook editor Carlos Lozada is becoming the paper's first enterprise editor, with a mandate to whip the paper's sometimes shambling stories into shape.
"We’re asking Carlos to collaborate with section editors and enterprise teams across the room, to make sure our big projects achieve [...]

Metro Momentum Swag: OK

Hey, Metroheads, I know you love complaining about WMATA online. But as long as you're doing that, why not win some prizes?
That's the idea behind the website for Metro's new Momentum campaign, which features a forum where users can grouse about their pet Metro issues. In exchange for engaging with the site, users get points [...]

No Sleeping at Occupy Dance Party, Says Park Service

Almost a year after the Stop the Machine rally began in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza, a new protest is planned for Monday. But this time, according to the National Park Service, they better not sleep.
The protest, which is being billed as a "one year anniversary dance party," has 190 confirmed attendees on Facebook. Protesters will be [...]

Help Us Write “The Year of the Nats”

With all due respect to D.C. Ty The Monster and Lady Moet Beast, whose "Nationals Anthem" suddenly became more salient this year, there's room for more than one Nats tune in this town. The proposal: a crowdsourced, pro-Nats parody of Al Stewart's smooth-rock classic, "The Year of the Cat," which in recent years has been [...]

Metro Introduces Automated SmarTrip Reloading

Metro: every so often, getting things right. The Examiner reports that Metro is rolling out a new auto-reloading feature for SmarTrip cards.
Passengers can designate a credit or debit that is automatically charged when the SmarTrip drops below a minimum.
The only problem here is that minimum, which Metro has set at $20. That's a decent amount [...]

District Line Daily: LivingSocial Covers Metro Tab

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Readers! It's a good Friday for you and me, but a tough one for drunk [...]

Photo: Teenagers

700 Block 7th Street, NW.   © 2012 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Our LivingSocial Overlords

LivingSocially Transmitted Metro: The long debate over who will pay for late-night Metro service for Nationals fans is over, and a benefactor has been found: daily deals giant LivingSocial. Since LivingSocial recently got a $32.5 million tax break from the District, it's sort of our money anyway, but who's counting? -3
Must Read: Once and future [...]

Photos: Thursday, Three Things

14th and U Streets NW, September 27

LivingSocial To Sponsor Late-Night Nationals Metro

Update, 5:01 p.m.: LivingSocial has been announced as the mystery third party who would sponsor late-night service for Nationals fans, according to WTOP's Adam Tuss.

The impasse over who will pay for late-night Metro services for Nationals fan may finally be resolved. Metro has just announced that it's going to make an announcement about the service [...]

Bearway to Heaven

The Sunday death of the National Zoo's 6-day-old cub underlined the long odds facing giant pandas. Here's a look at the grim stats for baby pandas, in D.C. and elsewhere:
75: The percentage of panda cubs born in the United States that live past their first year, according to USA TODAY.
7: Days that keepers have to [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

1400 Block of Irving Street NW, September 21
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Rock Creek Park Joggers Terrorized by Real-Life Angry Birds

The food chain has gone all topsy-turvy in Washington, as owls have started attacking Rock Creek Park runners, reports WTOP, whose program director Laurie Cantillo could be the owls' latest victim.
As Cantillo ran along the trail Wednesday night, she felt a scraping on her head—from an owl!
"That's what was really freaky. You don't hear a [...]