Archive for January, 2014

The Needle: D.C’s Deep Pockets

District Dough: D.C. posted a $321 million surplus for the 2013 fiscal year, but it all seems to be going to reserves and debts and nothing exciting like a waterpark. +3
Bad Goodell: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the  Washington football team's name is presented in a way that honors Native Americans, but would not answer [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

2700 Block of 14th Street NW, January 29
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LivingSocial PulseCheck: Company Goes AntiSocial

This is part of an ongoing series monitoring the fluctuating pulse of D.C.'s very own online coupon company, LivingSocial.
LivingSocial just got a whole lot less social. The D.C.-based online coupon company announced today that it would no longer host live events at its 918 F Street NW venue or in cities around the country.
The company [...]

MPD Officer Arrested for Allegedly Stealing From Evidence Room

Another D.C. cop is in trouble with the law.
Twenty four-year police force veteran Rodney Williams was arrested and charged with second-degree theft Thursday for stealing evidence from the Evidence Control Branch, MPD said Friday.
Officials would not reveal what he stole, but said a tip from another department employee launched the investigation.
Williams is just the latest [...]

District Line Daily: D.C. Still Not Free

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The Government Accountability Office issued a blow to D.C. Thursday, writing in a report that [...]

The Needle: Whatta Zoo

Animal House: A lot of animal news today. First, Rusty the red panda was exiled from the National Zoo to go mate in Virginia because Bao Bao was causing too much of a raucous. Then the rare snowy owl that came to D.C. for a visit was struck by a bus! -3
Axis of Evil: Dan Snyder's [...]

Feds Say D.C. Budget Autonomy Referendum Has “No Legal Effect”

The federal Government Accountability Office issued a blow to D.C. today, issuing an opinion that the city's budget autonomy referendum has no legal standing.
The referendum, which District voters overwhelmingly approved last April, would amend the Home Rule Charter to allow the D.C. government to spend its own tax revenue without approval from Congress. The law [...]

Large Sinkhole Forming by Massachusetts Avenue SE

A large sinkhole is forming alongside Massachusetts Avenue SE between 34th and N streets, on the southwestern end of Fort Dupont Park, according to the District Department of Transportation. The Metropolitan Police Department closed the road in both directions around 3 p.m.
DDOT spokesman Reggie Sanders says it's possible that the sinkhole extends to the roadway.

D.C.’s Shelter Hotline Got 704 Calls Monday

Severe weather is becoming the new normal this winter. This week, snow fell and fell again, temperatures plunged, and the city workers and contractors responsible for making sure that no D.C. resident freezes were in full action. Allison Smith, a program manager at the United Planning Organization’s D.C. shelter hotline, says that on an average [...]

Fire Lieutenant Put on Desk Duty Pending Investigation of Medric Mills’ Death

The D.C. fire lieutenant in charge of the truck that allegedly did not respond to pleas for help after an elderly man collapsed outside a fire station on Rhode Island Avenue NE Saturday has been put on desk duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS Department confirms. [...]

Is Dan Snyder Just Trolling Everyone?

The Dan Snyder era of Washington football has not been the most glorious, nor has it seen the wisest personnel decisions in the history of our storied local franchise. But it turns out the team owner/destroyer-in-chief of fans' playoff fantasies doesn't appear to have significantly better taste in who he hires off the field, either.
ThinkProgress has [...]

Name D.C.’s Snowy Owl

D.C.'s love for its new snowy owl has already been demonstrated and, to the apparent horror of all of Twitter this morning, tested. Still, anything with a place in our hearts deserves a name of its own. So we put it to you: What should the snowy owl's name be? Here are Washington City Paper's suggestions:

Hedwig and the [...]

Chatter: You Bet Your Ask

What you said about what we said last week
For last week’s Answers Issue, we tackled 25 questions about how we live in and think about the District. And our readers? They had a few criticisms, compliments, and, most frequently, addenda.
One reader, perhaps thinking of some of D.C.’s fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods, asked for an example of a once-poor [...]

Snowy Owl Struck by Bus!

A bus reportedly struck the snowy owl, D.C.'s critter celeb of the moment, at 15th and I streets NW early this morning. (Metro cannot confirm if the bus was one of its own.)
Police found the owl and reported the injury to National Zoological Police before transferring the bird to the National Zoo. Upon arrival, the [...]

Bao Bao Kicks Rusty the Red Panda Out of National Zoo

The always elusive Rusty the red panda has the left the National Zoo once again. This time, however, he didn't escape for a tryst in Adams Morgan, but rather was transported by zoo keepers to the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., so he could mate with fellow local red panda, Shama.
Why [...]