Archive for April, 2013

The Needle: Waving Goodbye

Serious Stuff: Should Nationals fans stop doing "the wave?" Your Needler doesn't know anything about baseball, but it does seem like the anti-wave crowd is light on arguments. DCist writes: "It's amateurish, never well-timed, and, well, kind of pointless." Coincidentally, that could describe most things fans do at sports games. Plus, Bryce Harper is in [...]

WPFW No Longer Moving to Silver Spring

WPFW-FM will not be moving to Silver Spring.
That news should come as a relief to the group of programmers, supporters, and listeners who, since earlier this spring, have been agitating to end a deal that would have moved the progressive "jazz and justice" station into a studio space on Colesville Road leased by a subsidiary [...]

D.C. Speed Cameras Will Lead to Rise of the Machines, Warns Columnist

Enjoy the revenue, D.C. Council, because soon we'll be doing the cameras' bidding.  Washington Times columnist Armstrong Williams—yes, that Armstrong Williams—thinks the traffic cameras present something more than just a hassle: They're about the rise of the machines.
Williams is concerned that the cameras will replace human cops, who sometimes give out warnings instead of traffic [...]

District Line Daily: RGIII No Show

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Why did Robert Griffin III skip out on the White House Correspondents' Dinner? It's a mystery, [...]

The Needle: Campaign Season

Door-Knocking: The at-large race has been over for a week, but mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser is already out campaigning. +1
Brainstorming: Can Greater Greater Washington come up with a better name for anti-bikeism than "anti-bikeism"? -1

Report: D.C. Cabs Will Be Red With Gray Stripe

Washington's long-running debate over what uniform color scheme D.C. cabs should adopt will finally be over Wednesday when the D.C. Taxicab Commission announces the design. But NBC 4's Tom Sherwood is already reporting that the cabs will be mostly red with a gray stripe.
In February, the "One Color Panel" set up by the commission decided [...]

Wizards’ Jason Collins Comes Out as First Openly Gay Active NBA Player

In a Sports Illustrated story published today, 34-year-old Wizards center Jason Collins has come out as the first openly gay athlete in a major professional sport.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center," Collins writes. "I'm black. And I'm gay."
The Boston Celtics traded Collins to the Wizards in February and is currently a free agent, which means he [...]

Photo: Women Checking Smartphone

7th and H Streets, NW.  April 27th.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

District Line Daily: Bobb Considers Mayoral Run

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The already-thick field of potential 2014 mayoral candidates gets a little more crowded: Former city administrator [...]

The Needle: LivingSocial Losses

Still Living Social: LivingSocial recorded a $50 million net loss in the first quarter of 2013, but managed to cut its expenses. +/-0
Hit the Bricks: "Exposed brick" walls in the D.C. real estate market can be disappointing. -1

The Answers Column: How Are Segways Regulated in D.C.?

How are Segways regulated in D.C.?

Segways are not considered motor vehicles in the District; they fall under the category of "personal mobility device." They follow D.C. bicycle laws, which means Segway users aren't required by law to wear a helmet and aren't required to use bike lanes except in the Central Business District (which covers the [...]

American University Frat Accused of Mayonnaise Hazing

American University's Tau Kappa Epsilon frat has been accused by its own brothers of hazing, the university student papers reports. The hazing was decidedly food-centric:
Alleged practices include forcing pledges to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana; do planks, wall sits, pushups and extensive walking; drink an entire gallon of milk in one hour or [...]

District Line Daily: Budget Autonomy for Teens

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Florida Rep. John Mica isn't impressed with the District's successful referendum on budget autonomy. "When my [...]

Photo: Horse Braying

600 Block Madison Drive, NW.   April 13th.   © 2013 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Greek Tragedy

C*ntpunt: University of Maryland sorority member Rebecca Martinson, whose rage-filled email to lackluster sisters won the country's heart, has resigned from her sorority. Too bad! Martinson should've dropped the anti-gay slurs, but she's got style. -3
Train in Vain: Only half of Metro riders surveyed even knew about the Silver Line.-4

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