Archive for July, 2013

Ballers and Cents: Why Is the District Helping Buy Land for a D.C. United Stadium?

When it comes to stadium financing, the private sector ain’t what it used to be.
Consider the Verizon Center. When Abe Pollin, the former owner of the building and its primary tenants, the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals, died four years ago, every tribute made sure to note that he’d paid to construct the downtown arena [...]

The Needle: Smoke Weed Evryday Edition

Swipe Delay: D.C.'s entire taxi fleet was supposed to add credit-card readers by the end of this summer, but some services that are installing the devices can now apply for a one-month extension. -1
Pot Bubble: If you're one of the few Washingtonians who are able to legally purchase medical marijuana, you should feel good about [...]

Georgetown Mascot-in-Training Drops Out (Updated)

It looks like there will be one fewer Hoya on Georgetown University's campus next year.
The university confirmed today that Jack Jr. or "J.J.", its canine mascot-in-training, will not be returning to campus in the fall.
"J.J.’s caretaker and walkers have worked to orient him to campus and train him for mascot duties," Georgetown spokeswoman Rachel Pugh [...]

District Line Daily: Show Me the Money

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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The first campaign finance reports for D.C. mayoral candidates are due today.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

Work on [...]

The Needle: Go Read a Book Edition

Art Attack: Jia Mei Tian, the 58-year-old woman charged with vandalizing the National Cathedral, is in policy custody without bond. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said today that MPD believes the cathedral vandalism and three other incidents involving paint or human feces are connected. -2
Hit the Books: After suspending Sunday operations in 2009, D.C. Public Libraries are [...]

Medical Marijuana: Better Late than Never?

After 15 years of waiting, qualified D.C. residents can now legally purchase medical marijuana. The city's first sale was made Monday night to a 51-year-old, HIV-positive Northwest resident at the Capital City Care dispensary. Regulated dispensaries have been in the works since the D.C. Council passed legislation approving them in May 2010, but the initiative [...]

District Line Daily: Cathedral Spruce-Up

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A woman was arrested in connection with the mysterious green paint splatter that was found in [...]

The Needle: Gort Reno Edition

Danger Zone: As you might recall, both automobile boosters and smart-growth activists aren't exactly stoked by the ongoing zoning rewrite's limited changes to the city's parking requirements. Luckily, this years-long debate is getting closer to ending: Today, the Office of Planning was expected to deliver its final proposed rewrite of the code to the Zoning Commission, which has [...]

Woman Arrested in National Cathedral Green Paint Splattering

Just a few hours after green paint was discovered splattered in the National Cathedral, police have arrested a woman in connection with the incident. The AP reports that the woman was taken into custody in the area of the cathedral and will likely face destruction of property charges.
Whether the cathedral paint job, which damaged a [...]

Photo: Rock Creek Park

Glover Road NW, July 26

Green Paint Found Splattered in National Cathedral

Green paint was found splattered in the National Cathedral this afternoon. Cathedral spokesperson Richard Weinberg confirmed that paint was found but declined to provide further details.
According to a National Cathedral employee, the paint was found in one of the chapels on a lower level that is open to the public but less frequented than the main [...]

District Line Daily: Fight of the Gun

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A D.C. Protective Services Police Department sergeant is on trial for buying an AR-15 assault rifle, even [...]

The Needle: Sharknado Re-Up Edition

NEA, A-OK: According to this weirdly thin WAMU report, some number of unnamed Congressional Republicans want to make significant cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Kennedy Center. Since conservative Republicans make these kinds of threats, well, all the [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

800 Block of 14th Street NW, July 16
Past page three photos are in this gallery.

WMATA Scolds Form Advocacy Group

Look out, WMATA. One of your most persistent Twitter scolds created a lobbying group — even though he won't be around to lead it.
Chris Barnes, the watchdog behind the FixWMATA Twitter account and blog, co-founded the Metropolitan Transit Advocacy Group this month, an advocacy organization that promises to be even more persistent reminder of everything [...]

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