Archive for March, 2014

The Needle: An Undefeated Season

Home Run: The Washington Nationals won their season opener against the Mets today in the 10th inning. The only thing better than a winning team? A winning team whose stadium has lots of good food and beer. +4
Generation Why? Mayor Vince Gray officially proclaimed that the end, or at least Millennial Week, is coming to D.C. in June. [...]

Vince Gray Hearts Millennials

Mayor Vince Gray made Millennial Week an official thing today, which means this farcical celebration honoring the accomplishments of 20- and early-30-somethings officially now has the support of a 71-year old chief executive.
"Whereas, according to the United States Census, Millennials are the largest generation in the history of the United States and Washington DC is the [...]

Lanier: Man Found Dead in Kenilworth Park Appears to Have Committed Suicide (Updated)

The search for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd continues as officials comb through the 700-acre Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens searching for signs of the girl, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters this afternoon.
Lanier confirmed reports that police recovered a dead man's body today at the park and that the man appears to have committed [...]

Reports: Police Find Male Body in Kenilworth Park

NBC4 is reporting that police found a male body today at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens—the park officials have been searching in the case of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. Police have not yet identified the body, NBC4 reports. Metropolitan Police Department officials are holding a press conference at 3 p.m.
Officials have been searching the park since [...]

Park Police: Man Does Yoga, Masturbates, Throws Dead Animal at Car Near Mount Vernon Trail

Two women walking on the Mount Vernon Trail along the George Washington Memorial Parkway were presumably looking for some peace and tranquility the evening of March 11. Instead they found a yoga-loving, publicly masturbating man.
A U.S. Park Police officer was dispatched around Belle View Boulevard in response to a complaint of disorderly male conduct, according [...]

District Line Daily: Where Have All the Voters Gone?

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Slightly more than 14,000 voters cast ballots during the two-week early voting period that concluded Saturday [...]

The Needle: Snyder vs. Colbert

Colbert Kerfuffle: Stephen Colbert takes on Dan Snyder for starting a charity to benefit Native Americans rather than actually changing his team's racist name. As Colbert points out, the charity's official name, "the Washington [Pigskins] Original Americans Foundation," actually contains the word Snyder's critics say he should stop using. The segment and Colbert's now-deleted tweet [...]

D.C. General Comes Under Scrutiny Following Disappearance of Relisha Rudd

Members of the D.C. Council talked to government officials and homeless advocates today to try to better understand how the expansive homeless shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital operates and what institutionalized protocols may have created an environment where the disappearance of 8 year-old Relisha Rudd could go largely unnoticed.
Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham, [...]

District Line Daily: The Search for Relisha Continues

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The search for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd took another heartbreaking turn yesterday when police said Kahlil [...]

The Needle: Popping the Cherry

 
Cherry Don't Blossom: Because it is March—and still so freaking cold—experts are pushing back the expected date of the cherry blossom's peak bloom from April 9 to April 13. -4
Parking Jam: D.C. was ranked the seventh worst city in the country for parking by some study. -3

Metro Approves Fare Hikes. Here’s What You’ll Be Paying.

The Metro Board of Directors approved its fiscal year 2015 budget today, which, as expected, included fare hikes on buses, trains, and parking.
The fares go in effect July 1, 2014. Here it is, in dollars and cents:
Metrorail

Fares will increase about 10 cents per trip, or by about 3 percent.
Short trips of 3 miles or less [...]

Police on Relisha Rudd: “He May Have Killed Her”

Kahlil Tatum, the man authorities are seeking in connection with the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, could have killed her, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday afternoon.
Officials are now searching the sprawling Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, off Anacostia Avenue NE, for any signs of the missing girl.
The last sighting of Relisha was March 1, Lanier [...]

Dear Abby: Can a White Woman Wear a Chocolate City Shirt?

In the 1970s the District's population was more than 70 percent black, earning it the affectionate nickname "Chocolate City." Today, black people are narrowly not the majority anymore in the District; in confectionary terms, the saying now goes, D.C. has become more vanilla.
Of course, the demographic shift started long ago and can't all be attributed to what's now [...]

District Line Daily: The Politics Issue

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Washington City Paper's Politics Issue is online and on stands today. Read it to see [...]

Who to Vote for (and Who Not to Vote for) in D.C.’s 2014 Democratic Primary

Another election, another set of would-be leaders who mostly seem determined to test just how willing District voters are to keep showing up and voting no matter how lousy their choices are.
What better explanation is there for the field that confronts D.C. Democrats? Four of 13 members of the D.C. Council are seeking the nomination [...]

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