Archive for July, 2013

FixWMATA Closing Up Shop, Moving to Texas

WMATA's chief gadfly is leaving town. Chris Barnes, the man behind the apoplectic FixWMATA blog, announced this morning that he's headed to Houston in the fall.
Barnes gained a certain notoriety through his tweets, which were uniquely rageful even by Twitter standards. (Sample from the past 24 hours, commenting on the news that WMATA was reducing [...]

Photo: Man With Cardboard Sign

H Street NW, July 25

Panda: Pregnant?

Here is our dutiful post informing you that a panda might once again be pregnant at the National Zoo.
Zoo scientists confirmed this morning that its lady giant panda, Mei Xiang, has demonstrated a secondary rise in urinary progesterone. Mei Xiang will either give birth to a cub in 40 to 55 days or end this [...]

Lincoln Memorial Could Reopen Today Following Vandalism

A vandal with a abstract-expressionist streak splattered green paint on the Lincoln Memorial overnight, according to U.S. Park Police. Park Police Capt. Steven Booker told CNN that the police were alerted to the incident just before 1:30 a.m. A National Park Service spokesperson told reporters this morning that workers are removing the paint and the [...]

District Line Daily: The Green Lincoln

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It's a beautiful Friday, and the Lincoln Memorial is closed. Vandals splashed the famous statue with green [...]

The Needle: Honesty, Honestly Edition

Truth Hurts: Joe Edwin Honesty of Alexandria? Not so honest, apparently. He was arrested yesterday for lying about placing a bomb in the Fairfax County courthouse. +2
I Have to Admit It's Getting Better: Manager Davey Johnson was ejected from today's Nationals-Pirates games, but at least things ended with a Bryce Harper walk-off homer. +3

Photo: Man With Newspaper

Franklin Square, July 24

SmarTrip Card Prices Drop to $2 This October

WMATA is doing away with its clunky SmarTrip pricing scheme this fall and reducing the price of the card to $2. General Manager Richard Sarles announced today that the changes will go into effect on Oct. 1.
Currently the cards cost $5 and come with a $3 rebate offer if you register your card online. A [...]

Chatter: Awkward Segway

What you said about what we said last week
"Rolling Papers," last week’s cover story by Jenny Rogers, introduced readers to the world of sightseeing wonks, tourism regulators, and Segway libertarians. The comments on our website were quickly visited by a fourth group: Segway NIMBYs. “I’ve been living in downtown since 2003 and think the Segway tours are [...]

District Line Daily: How to Fix Everything

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Build more parks. Fix the ANCs. Nix the ANCs. Install cupholders on Capital Bikeshare bikes. The [...]

The Needle: Surveillance Blimp Edition

Zeppelin Security: The Army is planning to deploy 74-meter blimps over the District to keep us safe from aerial threat. At 10,000 feet above the ground, the blimps will be able to scan for missiles, drones, and ships—they'll see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The good news: No one will be able to [...]

District Line Daily: McDonnell’s Sorry

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Facing scrutiny over his family’s spending and gifts, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell made a public apology [...]

The Needle: Gold Buick LeSabre Edition

No Jorts: The Department of Parks and Recreation has released an advisory on what clothing is and is not allowed to be worn in D.C.'s public swimming pools. The department is taking a particular and specific stand on jean shorts, detailing that both "cut-off shorts" and "long cut-off shorts" are verboten in the pool. -1
London [...]

Crafty Bastards: The Fair So Nice, We Held It Twice

Crafty Bastards, the indie arts and crafts fair sponsored by Washington City Paper, will return to Union Market this year—for two days.
The fair will run Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will cost $5, and they'll be available for purchase starting Aug. 29. City Paper held Crafty [...]

Pigskins Shame Spiral: Art Monk and Darrell Green

The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.
Who: Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk (No. 81 in your programs, No. 1 in receiving yards) and Hall of fame cornerback Darrell Green.
Change the name? It should be "seriously considered" (Monk) and "deserves and warrants [...]

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