Archive for October, 2012

The Needle: Teddy for Halloween

Teddy Wins: Will freshly victorious Teddy Roosevelt be a hit for Halloween tonight? This Teddy costume, made in Colorado of all places, looks pretty good. +3
Yellow Card: Post-Sandy rescheduling has put D.C. United at a disadvantage against the New York Red Bulls. -4

Photo: Landscape

13th Street SE, October 31

Adams Morgan’s Mellow Mushroom Unleashes Terrifying Mushroom Man

If you see someone with a giant yellow nose following you down the street sometime soon, beware. It could be foam mascot Mel O. Mushroom, come to feed you a pizza.
Pizza chain Mellow Mushroom, whose D.C. restaurant is on Adams Morgan's 18th Street, is trying something really strange. If you follow them on Twitter or Facebook, [...]

Union Station Barnes & Noble Closing

Ah, the charms of the mega bookstore. Shelves and shelves of options, actual room to browse through them (I'm looking at you, Kramerbooks!), and the inexplicable tolerance for people who just read all day without paying.
That special experience will now be a little less available in the D.C. area, because the Barnes & Noble in [...]

Marion Barry Will Not Answer Hipster Doofus Question

VICE Editor-in-Chief Rocco Castoro and the Daily Beast's Michael Moynihan (who really should know better) came down to D.C. last week to ask Marion Barry some questions about the third presidential debate. Along the way, they went to Nellie's and DC9, too.
But when they asked Barry whether Mitt Romney had better hair than Barack Obama [...]

Aspiring Snitch Seeks Help on Prince of Petworth

City Desk is no fan of the "stop snitching" phenomenon. If your neighbor is selling hard drugs or beating people up, snitch away! But this advice-seeker on Prince of Petworth is giving calling the cops a bad name:
There are a couple of cars that belong to new tenants on our block that have out of [...]

Start-Up Offering Free Storage for D.C. Sandy Victims

Hurricane Sandy wasn't too bad in Washington—even Bloomingdale got off easy. But if your home was damaged, Austin, Texas-based start-up Sparefoot wants to help.
The company, which collects self-storage unit listings, is offering a $100 voucher for a month of free storage space in the Washington region for Sandy victims. To qualify, just book storage through [...]

District Line Daily: Heroic Pepco?

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Hurricane break's over, it's news time!

How Pepco kept the lights on. [...]

The Needle: After the Storm

Adios, Sandy: This second Hurricane Sandy day-off was nice, wasn't it? Even if you had to work, there was a relaxed, Sunday-after-a-sleepover feeling. +3
The Candy Constituency: What is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton giving trick-or-treaters tomorrow? She won't tell the Post, but insists, “I’m giving away what kids want—candy.” +1

Photos: Hurricane Sandy, What She Left Behind

Georgetown Waterfront, October 30
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D.C. Sniper’s Ex-Wife Says People Blamed Her for the Killings

Now that Hurricane Sandy has everyone used to watching daytime TV, let's get pumped for tomorrow's Ricki Lake Show. In the new episode, airing at 11 a.m. on Fox 5, Mildred Muhammad, ex-wife of D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad, will reveal that her husband was a really bad guy.
You might have already realized that after [...]

Mayor Declares Schools Open Tomorrow, Halloween Back On

Bad news, kids: Mayor Vince Gray announced today that D.C. public schools are reopening tomorrow after being closed for two days for Hurricane Sandy. On the plus side, though, the mayor says trick-or-treating should be fine.
At an afternoon press conference, Gray said that there should be no weather issues tomorrow during what he described as [...]

Washington Post’s Daily Circulation Down Almost 9 Percent

Grim numbers for the Washington Post today from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, which reports that both the Post's daily and Sunday editions are facing big circulation drops.
The paper's Sunday edition circulation saw a whopping 20.2 percent decline, from 846,019 copies in September 2011 to 674,751 in September 2012. In fact, that drop should be [...]

Transportation Returns: Taxi Surcharge Expiring, Bikeshare and Car2Go Reopen

We can move again! With the remains of Hurricane Sandy turning into what amounts to a heavy drizzle, D.C.'s transportation services are reopening. Metro already announced that service is being restored at low levels at 2 p.m., while car-sharing service Car2Go, which closed at 7 p.m., started renting again at 10 a.m.
Capital Bikeshare is set [...]

District Line Daily: Metro Returns

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How did everybody weather the storm? Washington seems to have come off relatively well, considering [...]