Archive for January, 2013

The Needle: Public Enemies

Gangster Squat: It's hard to describe the John Dillinger-on-a-space-station vibe going on at new Dupont Circle club Heist, so take a look for yourself. Bags of money, briefcases with handcuffs on them...and Mr. Monopoly with an M16? +3
No Williams Woes: Former mayor Anthony Williams is not headed to Michigan to save Detroit, despite stories to [...]

Short-Lived Cool Disco Donuts Not Popular With Cool “Disco” Documentarians

Upcoming Dupont Circle doughnut shop Cool Disco Donut earned enough ire over its name, a play on '80s graffiti artist Cool "Disco" Dan, that it pulled a hasty name change today. But two people think owner Aaron Gordon didn't change the shop's name for the right reasons: documentarians Roger Gastman and Joseph Pattisall.
Gastman and Pattisall [...]

Metro’s Richard Sarles to Green Line Passengers: Our Bad

How bad was the Green Line last night, when a series of problems left passengers trapped in a tunnel? So bad that, of all the Metro snafus, this one has inspired an apology from Metro General Manager Richard Sarles.
"I agree with our customers that what happened last night was unacceptable and we are [...]


Washingtonians opposed to development could soon find themselves facing something new: residents who support liquor licenses, want to see more construction, and are actually organized. And if that happens, it'll be due in small part to the proposed U Street NW liquor moratorium.
"I feel like the current system basically gives a heckler's veto to a [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

3100  Block of M Street NW, January 22
Past page three photos are also in this gallery.

District Line Daily: Good Cop, Bad Cop

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In this week's paper, available today: MPD Chief Cathy Lanier inherited 18 cops that the department [...]

The Needle: Inspecting the Inspector General

Much-Needed Inquiry: Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has questions about the inspector general's handling of investigations into school cheating and the D.C. lottery contract. +3
"My Jihad": Ads promoting a peaceful approach to Islam's concept of "jihad" are going up on the Metro system. +2

LivingSocial Lost $650 Million in 2012

Looks like jobs weren't the only things being lost at LivingSocial in 2012. According to new SEC filings from investor, the D.C.-based deals company took a net loss of $650 million in 2012, even as its revenue doubled.
LivingSocial took in $536 million in revenue last year, compared to $862 million in operating expenses—a $326 [...]

Photo: Today’s Weather

Adams Morgan, January 30

Ex-Cop: Metro Police Pepper-Spraying Each Other, Otherwise Running Amok

From pepper-spraying one another to impersonating DEA agents, Metro Transit Police Department officers are committing a variety of indiscretions, according to a new lawsuit filed by a former Metro cop. And, as the suit alleges, if the officers are white, they can get away with it.
David V. Mann worked for Metro for 21 years, and [...]

Strip Club Queens Shakes It Up

It's been a while since we've heard from Strip Club Queens, the reality show that promised to take us inside Washington's Stadium Club. Now series mastermind Delmond Newton has resurfaced, and he's making it rain new cast members.
After spending time in Atlanta for the filming of Strip Club Queens Atlanta, Newton came away impressed with [...]

Washington’s Name-Shortening Trend Claims Another Victim

Just as we were all getting used to dropping SoMo, the GaP, and SoNYA in conversation, Washington's name-shortening trend has struck again. The Post's Tom Sietsema reports that the new restaurant going in next to the Spy Museum will be called NoPa. NoPa, as in North of Pennsylvania Avenue.
NoPa is worrying because it means name-shortening [...]

District Line Daily: Fickle Weather

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Today's weather will be unusually springlike—until it turns into a thunderstorm.

Kennedy Center wants [...]

The Needle: Mudbowl

Mud: Super Bowl-bound Ravens player Ed Reed is no fan of the turf at the Pigskins' FedEx Field:
For all that money down in D.C. man, you'd think that field would be better. That field sucks," Reed said of the Redskins' home turf. "That field was all mud. It was like that guy was running on [...]

Cab Driver Loses His License for Punching a Passenger

The next time you accuse your cab driver of cheating you, there's now a slightly smaller chance you'll get a beatdown. As of yesterday, passenger-punching cabbie Kefyalew Teshome is out of the D.C. cab game entirely.
Late at night on March 3, 2012, Teshome was driving a passenger downtown when the passenger accused Teshome of inappropriately [...]