Archive for June, 2013

The Needle: RGIII Bachelor Party Edition

Jail Break: The escape of Rusty the red panda, it turns out, was not engineered by an outsider but by a bit of rain. Zoo officials now say that waterlogged tree limbs enabled Rusty to climb out of his exhibit. +1
Stop—Take Fare Card to Station Manager: Metro station manager Prince Egyir was charged with embezzlement [...]

Metro Employee Charged With Stealing Fare Cards

Not every Metro thief can get goods as valuable as defibrillators. Sometimes, the best you can do is fare cards with a few cents of value.
Today, Metro Transit Police charged Metrorail station manager Prince Egyir with embezzlement for allegedly collecting paper fare cards with insufficient fare from riders. According to Metro Transit Police, Egyir assembled these [...]

This Week’s and Last Week’s Page Three Photo

1400 Block of Eye Street NW (Rear), June 21

800 Block of 14th Street NW, June 18
Page three photos are also in this gallery.

District Line Daily: The Cigarette Culprit

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.
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Yesterday, we learned that a cigarette butt probably started the fire that burned down our beloved Frager's. And get [...]

Photo: Girl with Sid Vicious Shirt

7th and H St. NW, June 27th.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Pigskins Defender Edition

Health-Care Care: Alleged shadow campaign financier Jeffrey Thompson's former health-care company, Chartered Health Plan, owes more than $47 million to its providers—and part of that tab is going to be paid by local taxpayers. A developing deal could have the city paying around $35 million to settle the firm's accounts. -3
The Pigskins' Latest Defender: Stephen Dodson, [...]

Zoo Debuts Newest Elephant

At least one zoo animal was where she was supposed to be this week: Bozie, the National Zoo's newest Asian elephant, arrived at her enclosure promptly at 10 a.m. this morning for her official introduction to the public.
Bozie, age 37, was born in Sri Lanka but has lived in zoos since she was a year [...]

Chatter: The Food Abides

Who has two thumbs and picked nits with the Food Issue, our list of 50 must-try dishes in the D.C. area? A handful of readers, obviously. “You go all the way to Gaithersburg for a hotdog, but you skip the Torta Ahogada at La Mexicana Bakery? Shame on you,” wrote monkeyrotica.
“DGS’ matzo is good but wayyyyyyy [...]

District Line Daily: D.C. on TV

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This week's cover story: How Washington insiders consult on shows like Veep and House of Cards to create [...]

Photo: Man Smoking

7th and H St., NW.  June 26th.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Legalize Gay Edition

See Ya, DOMA: The Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, thereby extending federal benefits to married same-sex couples. The scene outside the courthouse was celebratory, and presumably the scene at many bars tonight will be even more festive. Among the people who will be drinking especially hard: The journalists who [...]

How Did a Bear End Up in Palisades?

It’s been a good week for furry fugitives in the District. Just two days after Rusty the red panda staged a prison break from the National Zoo, a small black bear led D.C. police on a 90-minute chase through Northwest D.C. this morning.
The bear, which weighed less than 100 pounds and was deemed “harmless” by [...]

At Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling, Joy, Relief, and the Velvet Underground

In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court today extended federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and separately cleared the way for gay marriage in California by declining to rule on the state's Proposition 8. A massive crowd, braving heat and spotty cellphone reception, had amassed outside of [...]

District Line Daily: The Taxi Sting Ring

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Chinatown businessman Tony Cheng and his son Anthony were indicted yesterday, charged with trying to bribe D.C. officials [...]

The Needle: Normal Pooping Edition

Better Red Than Dead: A day after he escaped the National Zoo before being apprehended in Adams Morgan, Rusty the adorably truant red panda has been checked out of the zoo's veterinary hospital and is "eating normally, drinking normally, and pooping normally." +4
Cab Cash: A federal grand jury indicted politically connected D.C. restaurateur Tony Cheng [...]

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