Archive for April, 2014

The Needle: What’s This Guy Smoking?

 
Calm Down, Bro: Rep. John Mica and other House Republicans are expected to single out the District’s marijuana decriminalization bill during a May 8 hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, which Mica chairs. “It’s against federal law to do certain things on federal property, versus now the District is looking at [...]

Navy Yard Residents to Council: We Really, Really Do Not Want the CSX Tunnel

D.C. Council Chariman Phil Mendelson held a marathon five-hour hearing today on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel—an operating, 100-year-old rail track for freight trains that runs through the Navy Yard and Capitol Hill areas. The owner of the tunnel, CSX Transportation, says it's in need of major renovations.
And some residents don't want those renovations to happen, [...]

It Rained. D.C. Hasn’t Washed Away Yet. People Tweeted.

The rain is falling, D.C. is under a flood warning until 3 p.m., and a flash-flood watch is in effect until tomorrow at 6 a.m. While the city hasn't seen any extreme flooding today, according to DC Water spokesman John Lisle, the agency has a crew on the streets monitoring two adjacent neighborhoods that typically experience [...]

Albrecht Muth Sentenced to 50 Years for Murder of Viola Drath

Albrecht Muth could get out of jail just in time to celebrate his 100th birthday. The 49-year-old man was sentenced to 50 years today for the 2011 murder of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Herms Drath, a Georgetown socialite and journalist, the Washington Post reports.
Prosecutors were seeking life in prison.
Muth, who is German, was convicted of the [...]

District Line Daily: It’s Electric!

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Exelon Corp., the largest U.S. nuclear operator, agreed to purchase Pepco for $6.8 billion in cash, [...]

The Needle: Snyder Says?

 
Dan Snyder Cares: The revelation of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist antics and his subsequent ban from the NBA have elicited people to draw some loose comparisons of Sterling to Dan Snyder, the owner of Washington's football team who has said he would never change his team's racist name. So what was Snyder's [...]

D.C.’s Noisiest Bars, According to the District Government

There's a lot of noise being made these days about, well, noise.
Last month, I followed around the D.C. Nightlife Noise Coalition, a group that formed to combat what it says are Dupont's excessively noisy bars. And in March, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration announced that its joint noise task force with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory [...]

Want to Know More About the Eritrean Kidnapping Crisis? Watch This Film.

“Please, Meron, my sister, hurry up, hurry up! Please! Rescue us tonight!” one hostage desperately pleads from captivity in an African desert, in a phone call to Meron Estefanos, an Eritrean activist and journalist in Sweden. “If I get out of this hell, it’ll be like being born again,” another caller says.
Estefanos hosts a weekly [...]

District Line Daily: Almost on Track

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What work still needs to be completed before the Silver Line is ready for passengers? There [...]

Just an Average Evening at D.C.’s Actual Last Video Rental Store

Chevy Chase's Potomac Video is shutting down, and the eulogies have had an extra touch of cultural dejection. Last week, DCist published a nice read chronicling the "final days at D.C.'s last video rental store," while just yesterday, the Washington Post ran a long piece on Potomac Video under the headline, "After 33 years, Washington's last video [...]

The Needle: D.C. Schooled

High School Dropout : In 2012, the country experienced its highest high school graduation rate, with 80 percent of seniors receiving a high school diploma. D.C., however, is well below the national average at 59 percent, though it should be noted that cities often experience higher dropout rates than suburbs. -5
Road Block: The new bike [...]

D.C. Residents Finally Care Enough About the Wizards to Buy Their Stuff

This all may seem obvious, but it's worth pointing out to anecdotally convey how the Wizards' recent success has trickled down to a typically sleepy part of the local economy: Wizards gear is selling out at local stores!
Rodney Smith, owner of Capitol Hill Sporting Goods and Apparel, says that, with the exception of a few [...]

We Have Hit Peak Panda, and It Costs $6,000

Bao Bao the baby panda may sleep all day, but panda-related mania never rests. There was the woman who flew from Ohio to see Bao Bao the moment she made her public debut, the press conference to reveal the results of a panda paternity test, and—lest we forget!—the time the zoo moved Rusty the Red Panda to [...]

District Line Daily: D.C.’s Attendance Problem

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Last school year, about 15,000 D.C. public school students, or about 32 percent of all students, [...]

The Needle: Celebs, They’re Just Like Us

Celebrity Bikeshare: The Bulls' guard Derrick Rose is too injured to play against the Wizards in the first-round playoff series, but he was spotted touring the District on a Capital Bikeshare bike today. Great use of public transportation, but next time, wear a helmet! +3

Photo Leak: Earlier this week, WUSA9's Russ Ptacek chronicled on Twitter his [...]

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