Archive for April, 2014

Photo: Tourist Season

10th Street NW, April  22

How to Hop on the Wizards Bandwagon

The Washington Wizards are in the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2008. Last week, they won the first game of a playoff series (for the first time since 2006), then won the second one (for the first time since 1982), both on the road against the fourth-seeded Chicago Bulls, to bring a 2-0 [...]

Stronghold Residents Want to Make Sure Their Water Is Safe

In the last three weeks, every household in the Stronghold neighborhood received a flier at their homes with some startling allegations: The rate of pancreatic cancer in the area is suspiciously high, and some residents suspect that it could be tied to their water supply.
Laura Jackson, who has lived in the seven-square-block radius neighborhood that lies [...]

District Line Daily: Michael Brown’s Prison Time

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Prosecutors want Michael Brown to serve 43 months in prison and, in a sentencing memorandum, describe [...]

The Needle: Tattered Rule

Ink Up: The D.C. Department of Health rejected a controversial proposed regulation that would have required a 24-hour waiting period to get a tattoo. +4
Name Game: Two new condos on the 3800 block of 14th Street NW wants D.C. residents to help choose its moniker. Your options? A bunch of skiing- and ski-resort-related names. -3

Three AU Students Arrested for Assaulting Fellow Student

Three American University students were arrested for assaulting a fellow student near campus earlier this month, according to arrest warrant documents from D.C. Superior Court. Milain Fayulu, Anthony Abdelnour and Miguel Lama were arrested on April 11 for assaulting AU student Alex Louden.
Two of the three arrested students, according to AU's student newspaper the Eagle, [...]

Former Charter School Exec Sentenced to Nine Months in Prison for Embezzling School Money

The former executive director of Nia Community Public Charter School was sentenced to nine months in prison for embezzling $29,000 in funds intended for the Southeast school, U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr.’s office announced today.
Monique Murdock pleaded guilty back in November to the charges and also admitted to making unauthorized purchases with a government-issued purchase [...]

The National Zoo’s Bite Club

The animals at the National Zoo may seem like a generally docile bunch, but behind the scenes, they can get pretty rowdy. While baby panda Tai Shan’s nip of a zookeeper in 2008 and a 2003 zebra bite generated awkward press releases, some other animals at the zoo haven’t exactly been model citizens, either. Between [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

700 Block of 13th Street NW, April 22
This and past page three photos are also in this online gallery.

Chatter: Hot Lavatory

What you said about what we said last week
Bathroom sex! Last week’s Young & Hungry column concerned that most clandestine yet impetuous form of intercourse, a topic that plenty of D.C. restaurant and bar owners were happy to discuss. Readers were quick to suggest a few more hotspots for restroom boot-knocking. Like Zaytinya, where “there’s a [...]

Buy D.C.: Georgetown French Market

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.

Pardon My Stench
Channel Jackie Kennedy with these French candles, the same ones she used as first lady in the White House. [...]

Russ Ptacek Spent Tuesday Waiting for Muriel Bowser

WUSA9 investigative reporter Russ Ptacek and a cameraman sat outside Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser's office at the Wilson Building for two and a half hours Tuesday, waiting to snag an interview with the Democratic mayoral nominee. But Bowser never came, and Ptacek, whom Washington City Paper dubbed D.C.'s most excitable newsman in a 2013 cover story, [...]

How an African Kidnapping Crisis Has Terrorized D.C.’s Eritrean Immigrants

The phone call came from eastern Sudan, just as the grocer reached the corner of U and 9th streets NW on a spring day three years ago.
The man spoke clearly in Mebrahtialem Gebrekidan’s mother tongue, Tigrinya, the language of his native Eritrea. Your nephew is being held captive, the voice told him. Pay us $7,000 and [...]

District Line Daily: The Great Divide

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The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design is expected to essentially dissolve [...]

The Needle: Veto This

#ThisTown: This save-the-date card, which was written in the style of a Congressional bill, could be the reason why D.C. gets a bad rap. -5
Chi-What-What?: Arlington County police are looking for a man who allegedly pulled a machete on someone whom his Chihuahua bit. And with that, Arlington just got a whole lot more exciting. +3