Archive for October, 2013

The Needle: Politicians Get Spooky

Political Cloaks: Some D.C. politicians really got into the holiday spirit today, including At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, who dressed up as an old bearded man, and Councilmember Yvette Alexander, who went as Nicki Minaj. +5

Nice Gestures: The D.C. Council will take up legislation next week urging Washington's football team to change its offensive name. A well-intentioned move [...]

Betsy Rothstein Leaves FishbowlDC

The always irascible local media reporter Betsy Rothstein is out at FishbowlDC.
Rothstein tweeted Thursday morning that after three years at the site, she's leaving:
Whether raging waters or smooth sailing, my 3 years at FishbowlDC have been the perfect storm. Onto new adventures. Stay tuned...
— Betsy Rothstein (@betsyscribeindc) October 31, 2013
During her tenure at the media [...]

Buy D.C.: Skulls

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.

Timbers Shivering
Chill your beverages to the bone. Fred & Friends ice mold, $8.95. Home Rule, 1807 14th St. NW. (202) 797-5544.

Pirate [...]

Chatter: Pot and Bothered

Last week’s Pot Issue concerned the many debates over the District’s increasing acceptance of marijuana in its various forms (medicinal, legalized, brownie-shaped). Luckily, the dialogue in our comments sections was, for the most part, slightly more elevated than the late-night dorm-room conversations of our university days.
In one article, Martin Austermuhle laid out the various logistical challenges [...]

District Line Daily: The Gas Menagerie

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

The Needle: Biking Thief

Bike and Loot: D.C. police are searching for a man who snatches people's phones while he speeds past them on his bike. -5
And Another: The San Francisco Chronicle is the latest publication to ban the Washington football team's offensive name from its pages. +6

The Name of the Washington Football Team Probably Isn’t Going Anywhere

Leaders of the Oneida Indian Nation said they were "somewhat disappointed" after their meeting today with NFL executives to discuss the Washington football team's name.
The Oneida Indian Nation's Ray Halbritter had a post-meeting press conference with reporters and said the NFL gave no indication that the team name would be changed anytime soon. He added that [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

800 Block of 7th Street NE, October 29
Past page three photos are in this gallery.

LivingSocial PulseCheck: Company Apologizes for Including Dreidels in “Greed Room”

LivingSocial is in damage-control mode today following a $59-a-head "7 Deadly Sins Halloween Party" that the online-coupon company hosted at its 918 F Street space. The problem? The event featured a "greed room" whose decorations included dreidels and gold coins.
The Washington Jewish Week reported that at least one person in attendance found the inclusion of [...]

Three-Win D.C. United Fires Two Front-Office Directors

D.C. United just finished the worst season in MLS history, so—naturally—they've decided to fire some people.
In the press office.
Wednesday afternoon, three days after its merciful ending to its 2013 season at RFK Stadium, United canned Communications Manager Sarah Lerner and Chief Marketing Officer Doug Hicks. Head Coach Ben Olsen, who guided the team to a [...]

District Line Daily: Demographic Shifts

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Between 2007 and 2012, D.C.'s black population shrunk by 3.3 percent while its white population increased [...]

Hundreds of Cab Drivers Show Up for Inaugural Meeting With Teamsters

D.C. cab drivers are pissed about the high costs of city-mandated modernization, so on Tuesday, about 800 of them packed into a union building on Ames Street NE for the first meeting of a new partnership between drivers and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. From the sounds of it, they already had the labor union thing [...]

Photos: High Heel Race

More Photos.  17th Street NW.  Oct. 29th.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Spooky Politics

A Nightmare at the Wilson Building: Mayor Vince Gray will be addressing congressional Republicans about his budget autonomy efforts on Halloween. +3
Conspiracy Theory: Chris Brown's uncle, who owns a barbershop in Southeast D.C., says his nephew was targeted and "knowing him, he didn't hit the guy." -4

Man Accused of Shooting Sean Taylor Says He Didn’t Do It

The man accused of pulling the trigger and killing Washington football star Sean Taylor in 2007 took the witness stand during his murder trial today and said not only did he not kill Taylor, but he wasn't even in the house during the botched armed robbery that left the player dead.
Eric Rivera has already confessed [...]