Archive for September, 2013

D.C. Sales Tax to Drop to 5.75 Percent on Oct. 1

Here's some good news to end your week with: Starting Oct. 1, the District sales and use tax will drop from 6 percent to 5.75 percent.
The higher tax rates on food and drinks at restaurants (10 percent), tobacco (12 percent), and some rentals (14.5 percent) will remain the same. The tax on medical marijuana will [...]

Garbage In, Garbage Out

The last time the federal government was on the brink of shutting down, D.C. residents wanted to dump their trash on Republican House Speaker John Boehner's yard at his home in Capitol Hill. This time around, the idea to deliver the District's trash to Republicans on the Hill is already cliche. And besides, if the [...]

PETA Wants You to Stop Exploiting Animals, Start Exploiting Women

The “A” in PETA stands for animals. Humans are animals. Women are humans. By association, they’re a feminist organization.
However, in a Farragut Square demonstration yesterday, where three nearly naked women were painted to look like pythons to protest wildlife exploitation in fashion, their pro-animal message played second fiddle. Throughout the hourlong event—a self-styled rebellion against [...]

District Line Daily: Rainy Day Check

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is expected to introduce legislation Tuesday that would keep the local [...]

The Needle: Done and Dunbar

Dunbar Blues:  The old, prison-resembling Dunbar High School started getting demolished today. No tears necessary: The new Dunbar is pretty swanky looking. +4
Profits to Date: In the Capital scored an interview with the woman who made headlines yesterday for the retaliatory rant she posted on her blog after a guy dumped her via text, [...]

Baby Panda Gets a Little Fatter

The panda team at the National Zoo performed another check up on its famous cub today, and she now weighs 3.07 pounds and is 11.4 inches wide around her belly.
Vets say her heart and lungs sound healthy.
"The cub is very active and keepers said she is very wiggly and squirmy. She’s trying to support her [...]

D.C. Drivers Can Now Legally Be in a Vehicle With an Illegal Weapon If They Don’t Know It’s There

District officials may end up in prison soon because we don't have budget autonomy, but the city scored at least one new freedom today: It is now somewhat legal to drive in a car with an illegal gun.
The D.C. Court of Appeals overturned a 2009 law that made it a felony offense for a person [...]

Government Shutdown Swag for Sale!

If the federal government is going to take D.C. with it during a government shutdown, we're going down in style. Or, if the District's elected officials break federal law and defy the shutdown by spending money without Congressional approval, perhaps they are.
Statehood activist Josh Burch, who runs the blog Neighbors United for D.C. Statehood, and his brother, [...]

Buy D.C.: Crafty Bastards

Each week, Buy D.C. will highlight shops and items you can only find in the D.C. area, featuring different goods from different shops all around the city, curated by 94.7 Fresh FM co-host and owner Kelly Collis.

Doggie Style
Even Fido can have a little bling with a hand-crafted ID collar. Made to order with phone [...]

Chatter: Extension Horde

When it comes to educated readings of the tea leaves, no one can quite agree on what the impending completion of Metro’s Silver Line will mean for commuters in the D.C. area. In last week’s paper, Kytja Weir argued that the addition of the suburban branch could mean longer waits for riders elsewhere in the system, [...]

District Line Daily: Sole Collective

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Our latest issue is on stands today, and our cover story dives deep into the Lamont [...]

The Needle: D.C. Asshole

D.C. Asshole: Guy dumps D.C. woman via text. Woman publicly retaliates. +2
Hit The Road, Nat: Mayor Vince Gray is scheduled to announce the District's next CFO tomorrow to replace Natwar M. Gandhi, who is stepping down later this year. +3

Capital City Mumbo Sauce: We’re Keeping Our Name “Until Someone Beats Down Our Door”

"Mumbo Sauce" may belong to a company in Chicago, but D.C.'s Capital City Mumbo Sauce isn't going down without a fight.
Last month, City Desk reported the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the term mumbo sauce was legally born in Chicago—Argia B's Mumbo Sauce has been sold since 1950—even though a [...]

FBI Releases Footage of Aaron Alexis With Gun in Halls of Navy Yard Building

The FBI released some pretty chilling footage today of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis running through the halls of the Navy building with his gun pointed.

Cab Drivers Rally for Another Credit Card Reader Extension, Commission Says No

District cab drivers have had 120 days and two deadline extensions to retrofit their cabs with electronic payment readers. The D.C. Taxicab Commission is saying enough is enough, and come Oct. 1, any cab caught without a credit card reader will be towed.
But about 200 cab drivers gathered Wednesday in Freedom Plaza to rally against [...]