Archive for December, 2012

New Year’s Eve Uber Trips Will Require “Sobriety Test”

If you're planning to use formerly controversial sedan service Uber to get around town for New Year's Eve, be ready to pay up. In a video chat this afternoon, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick warned that minimum fares for Uber trips tonight, driven by surge pricing, could reach as high as $100.
Uber's only raising its prices [...]

The Needle: Topher

Bachelor Party: Will Bachelor Pad star Chris Bukowski name his upcoming "ladies sports bar" Buk & Doe, Bracket Room, In Theory, Over-Under, ChangeUp, Rolecab, or Topher? Which is worse? -5
College Park Explosives: Police found a third explosive device in a week in College Park today. -3

H Street Shooting Was Over Sneakers, MPD Says

This morning's shooting on H Street NE, first reported by DCist, was indeed over a pair of sneakers, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
People were waiting in line outside the DTLR clothing store at 902 H Street NE this morning, anticipating the release of new Air Jordans, when shots were fired.
No one was injured in [...]

Prince of Petworth Reader Seeks Fistfight Advice

Local gentrifier blog Popville (née Prince of Petworth) has really expanded its offerings lately. Previously, it was just a place for marriage proposals, and narcing on your neighbors and potential Chinese terrorists. But now Prince Dan Silverman is offering a new service: an open forum on how to properly handle a "near fist-fight".
"I was legitimately [...]

District Line Daily: He’s Back

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Good news for Pigskins fans: injured quarterback Robert Griffin III will probably be able to play [...]

The Needle: The Grades of Wrath

Fairfax Leaks: An anonymous user of Fairfax County's rowdy Fairfax Underground forum leaked more than 2,000 pages of Fairfax High School student grades. -4
Brr: The Washington region could experience unusually high winds on Saturday. -3

Apple Employee Reveals Hierarchy of D.C. Apple Stores

During 2011's Lululemon murder trial, two employees of Bethesda's Apple store, which shares a wall with the athletic-apparel store, testified that they heard someone crying, "Oh God, stop" the night of the crime.
"Neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers asked the two employees why they didn't call 911," Bethesda Patch noted at the time. Which is a [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

Hains Point, December 17
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Albrecht Muth Competent to Stand Trial, Says Judge

Albrecht Muth claims to be an Iraqi general who regularly talks with the Archangel Gabriel, but that didn't stop a judge from ruling this morning that he's mentally competent to stand trial for the 2011 murder of his Georgetown socialite wife, Viola Drath, the Washington Post reports.
Judge Russell F. Canan's ruling comes at the end [...]

District Line Daily: What a Year

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Decades from now, our descendants will think about 2012 and wonder: What did Kwame Brown mean [...]

UDC President Allen Sessoms Ousted by Board

The University of the District of Columbia's Board of Trustees announced that it was firing four-year university President Allen Sessoms late Wednesday night, according to a press release from the board.
Board of Trustees Chairwoman Dr. Elaine Crider thanked Sessoms for leading UDC. “But as we grapple with the challenges of reducing staff and programs, continuing [...]

The Needle: Kwame Brown at the Holidays

My Bad: Disgraced ex-Council Chairman Kwame Brown is using the holidays as a chance to proclaim his innocence to his supporters—except as far as his bank fraud goes. He did that.  +1
Going Bald: Pigskins quarterback Kirk Cousins blames his new cropped haircut not on an overzealous teammate with a razor but on a barber who [...]

Washington Examiner Bags Its 50th Fugitive

The Washington Examiner likes helping law enforcement agencies catch fugitives so much, it joined Pinterest. But that solution hasn't been an effective as its lower-tech "Most Wanted" print column, which scored its 50th successful fugitive tip on Friday.
Scott McCabe, a crime reporter for the Examiner, says editors were originally just looking for another regular feature [...]

Cyclist Wants $70,000 for Capitol Hill Dooring

Dooring—the unexpected opening of a car door in the path of a bike—can be the bane of urban cyclists. Now one biker who says he was injured when a taxi door opened in front of him is suing the driver, the cab company—and the federal government.
Eastern Market resident Micah Dammeyer was headed north on 1st [...]

District Line Daily: Airport Salaries Take Off

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Has the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority found a money tree? It seems like it. Although the [...]

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