Archive for August, 2013

At the March on Washington, Tales From the Security Line

The garbled words of something important-sounding could be heard from the soppy stretch of grass between the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial earlier today, as thousands of people waited to cram through about a dozen security stations to get closer to the Lincoln Memorial, where three presidents and Oprah spoke on the [...]

Marching on Washington, 50 Years Later

The only thing that could get in the way of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington Wednesday was the media.
Led by veteran marchers of 1963, hundreds of activists, schoolchildren, and other participants gathered on the 600 block of New Jersey Avenue NW to re-create the events of Aug. 28, 1963. En route to [...]

The Reef in Adams Morgan Will Close

Popular Adams Morgan bar The Reef is closing permanently as a result of a stabbing there earlier this month.
"As many of you know, the last few weeks have been very challenging for the Reef," a manager at the bar wrote in an email Wednesday to some customers, which Washington City Paper obtained. "After much effort, [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

800 Block of 14th Street NW, August 27
Past page three photos are in this gallery.

Man Hits Up Every Capital Bikeshare Station, Because YOLO

Just because you've seen one Capital Bikeshare station doesn't mean you've seen them all. Unless you're Paul Wasneski and you have actually seen them all—all 245 of them.
Wasneski, a 34 year-old Navy Yard resident and public-transit aficionado, went on a three-weekend mission to hit up every Capital Bikeshare dock. As proof, he took photos at each [...]

Watch the March on Washington (and the “I Have a Dream” Speech)

Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall to demand action on civil rights and jobs. The most famous speech of Aug. 28, 1963, was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s, the last one on the program, with its ringing—and entirely unscripted—repetition of "I have a dream." You can [...]

District Line Daily: March on Traffic

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Traffic is expected to be a nightmare today as the District closes roads for the celebration [...]

The Needle: Viet-Noms

Torched Olympics: A nonprofit is pushing to get D.C. to host the 2024 Olympics, but there's so many reasons why that's a bad idea. -5
Viet-Noms: Doi Moi, inspired by the street food of Thailand and Vietnam, opens today on 14th Street NW. +1

Howard Kurtz Evokes Sympathy for Sally Quinn

The Germans must have a lengthy word for the emotional sensation, on account of a Howard Kurtz post, of being made to feel sympathy for Sally Quinn. (Think schadenfreude, but without all the righteous pleasure.)
Kurtz, in a rather Howard Kurtzian fashion, today wrote a mind-boggling article for his new employer Fox News attacking Quinn's daughter-in-law, Pari Bradlee, for what he deemed [...]

Photo: Man with Newspaper

Franklin Square, August 27

With 30 New Ambulances, Fire Department Seeks Redemption

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe announced today the addition of 30 new ambulances to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services' ailing fleet, a move he called a "turning point" in a "tumultuous time" for the department. The ambulances will all be delivered by the end of 2013, and each will run the city nearly $250,000. At a press [...]

Vince Gray: So-So on Olympics. Dan Snyder: Gung-Ho.

Mayor Vince Gray had a muted response to the prospect of D.C. hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024, striking a pragmatic tone following an unrelated press conference Tuesday. "It will be weighed with what's best for the city," Gray told reporters. "We have only finite resources to go around."
Gray, who so far has played no role in [...]

Olympics in D.C.? No Thanks.

Today, we are excited to announce that DC is exploring a bid to host the 2024 Summer #Olympics! Join us at #DC2024
— Washington DC 2024 (@DC2024) August 27, 2013
A bad idea that was first proposed a decade ago and threatened to return last summer during the quadrennial frenzy caused by watching too much tape-delayed [...]

District Line Daily: Rescuing the Fire Dept.

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Amid staffing shortages, the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services is expected to hire dozens of [...]

The Needle: Cut Throat Edition

Cut Throat: The Arlington parking garage where Bob Woodward met Deep Throat is being demolished as part of a redevelopment project. -2
Free Ride: Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser promoted a new program that allows District students to ride Metro buses and D.C. Circulators for free. +2