Archive for August, 2013

The Needle: Mumbo Legal Jumbo

Mumbo Sauced: A D.C.-inspired mumbo sauce company can no longer use "mumbo" in its name because the sauce name is already trademarked by a company in the Midwest. -3 
Adams Mayhem: Two men are in critical condition after a bar brawl early this morning at Adams Morgan's Rendezvous Lounge. -3

So Long, Summer

In theory, Labor Day commemorates the contributions of American workers to society. But in practice, its symbolic poignancy is so much more. In D.C., we say goodbye to free pools, the potential threat of shark attacks at nearby beaches, seasonal beers, interns, and sweat-stained suits. This weekend, in other words, we say goodbye to summer. [...]

Enter Soberman: Superhero to Roam Bars, Stop Drunk Driving

Imagine you're at, oh, Public Bar in Dupont late one Saturday night, drinking a Bud, dancing with whoever. All of a sudden an artificially buff man dressed in a red spandex superhero costume (with underwear on the outside, 'natch) loudly introduces himself as Soberman. He wants to know: Do you know how you'll get home?
Soon, [...]

WMATA Puts Green Light on Red Line Service

Good news for those hoping to get an early start to their Labor Day weekends: normal service on Metro's Red Line is now back up and running.
It's a quick turnaround for the line, which was damaged in an overnight derailment. According to a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority press release, two sets of wheels on a [...]

Local Mumbo Sauce Seller May Have to Call Its Condiment Something Else

Mumbo sauce has been hailed as the "heart and soul of D.C. carryout restaurants" —a sauce that truly "captures the flavor of the District."
But according to a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the term "mumbo sauce"—and perhaps the sweet, barbecue-like sauce itself—is not a D.C. native, but was [...]

Chatter: Howard Hawks

What you said about what we said last week
When it comes to the state of Howard University’s finances, the school’s trustees and administrators seem to be of two minds, as Aaron Wiener reported in a piece in last week’s Education Issue. It may be unclear whether Howard is struggling or merely sputtering, but our readers still [...]

District Line Daily: To Sign or Not to Sign?

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The Walmart living wage bill will likely reach Mayor Vince Gray's desk today, and NBC4 reports the [...]

Metro Derailment Closes Some Red Line Stations

Metro's Red Line will be closed between the Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations Friday until further notice due to the overnight derailment of a nonpassenger train.
There will be be limited shuttle bus service between the Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Avenue, and NoMa-Gallaudet stations, but passengers should expect significant delays to their commutes, according to [...]

The Needle: Panda Bait

Pandamotion: The baby panda is strong and round, and there's video of all its baby happenings in action. -3
Checking Checkpoint: D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is not happy about the long security lines at the March on Washington Wednesday and wrote a letter to the Secret Service giving them a piece of her mind. +2

Appeal Denied for Columbia Heights Bird Lover Who Tried To Poison Cats

The Columbia Heights woman convicted in 2011 of attempting to poison her neighborhood cats for the sake of the bird population is, well, still guilty.
The D.C. Court of Appeals denied Nico Dauphine's appeal in a ruling issued Thursday, writing that "the government has met its burden to prove appellant acted with intent to commit the [...]

Video: National Zoo Panda Snuggling With Her Cub

At six days old, it looks more like a naked mole rat than a baby panda, but here's a video from the National Zoo of the cub and its giant panda mom, Mei Xiang, doing cute panda things together.

D.C. Office Of Human Rights Launches Campaign to Combat Discrimination Against Immigrants

Your morning commute is about to get a new, do-goody backdrop.
The District's Office Of Human Rights is launching its annual campaign today, and this year it's focused on highlighting the contributions of immigrants in D.C. Posters for the Immigrants Contribute campaign will be plastered on buses, in the Metrorail system, and in local newspapers.  Eight different [...]

Photos: 50th Anniversary March on Washington

More photos.  Lincoln Memorial Grounds, August 28th.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

District Line Daily: The Last Kemp Mill Records

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The latest issue of Washington City Paper is on stands now, and our cover story is [...]

The Needle: Where’s the Reef?

Reefer Madness: The Reef bar in Adams Morgan closed for good today. -2
All in the Family: Mayor-for-life Marion Barry's son was arrested in Virginia for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. -3