Archive for August, 2014

The Needle: Brown Almost Out of Town

Legal Swan Song: It looks like Chris Brown's long-drawn out D.C. legal battles could soon be over. The singer is expected to accept a plea deal for allegedly punching a man in the face outside the W Hotel downtown last October. That means D.C. could be spared a trial spectacle and more Chris Brown sightings. +3
Four-Day Weekend: Students [...]

District Line Daily: McDonnell Trial’s Final Scenes

Grab your popcorn: It's time for closing arguments in the McDonnell trial.

Photo: Tiger

The Needle: Luddite Dan

Dan Snyder does not have email. Seriously, Dan Snyder does not have email.

This Week’s Page Three Photo

1000 Block of 14th Street NW, August 18

What Happens in Vegas…Causes a Local News Twitter Spat in D.C.

Journalist vs. journalist FOIA death match!

Chatter: Torn WCL

What you said about what we said last week
With its faltering ranking and diminishing employment prospects for graduates, American University’s Washington College of Law is looking less and less like it’s worth its $73,002 tuition. But is the sad state of AU law, as reported on by Will Sommer in last week’s Education Issue (“Lowering [...]

District Line Daily: The Dives of Others

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D.C. is seeing a resurgence of no-frills, relatively cheap bars in D.C. Does this make them dive [...]

Dan Snyder’s Football Team Is Designing a New Stadium, Which Will Be “Very Retro”

Maybe the uninspiring preseason results are just a sign of distraction: The local NFL franchise is shopping for a new home.
Team owner Dan Snyder said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet Wednesday that the team has "started the process" of designing a new  stadium. The stadium, he said, could be in Virginia, D.C., or Maryland, where it's played at [...]

The Needle: To Recline or Not to Recline?

Hero or Villan? A D.C. man invented the Knee Defender—the $22 contraption that clips onto a tray table and prevents people on planes from reclining their seats, and which recently led to an argument between two passengers on a flight, who were kicked off when the plane diverted to Chicago. So is this man a villain? [...]

Former GWU President’s Solution for Sexual Assaults on Campus? Stop Drinking, Ladies

On Tuesday, The Diane Rehm show had a panel of guests talking about the roles of fraternities and sororities on campus, which eventually turned into a discussion of the roles these organizations play in promoting rape culture. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, the former president of George Washington University and a current professor of public service at the school, offered this [...]

Man Escapes Getting Hit by Train After Jumping on Metro Tracks

Last night, a 22-year-old man at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station attempted to commit suicide by jumping on the train tracks. As a train started approaching, the man decided to go back on the platform and was able to climb most of the way back onto the platform before two Metro Transit Police officers pulled him [...]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Says Purple Line Will Not Threaten Endangered Species

The U.S. Fish and Widlife Service is sticking with its research and saying a proposed Purple Line—a light rail train line that would run from Bethesda to New Carrollton—will not have an impact on any endangered or threatened species, despite a lawsuit filed this week that claims otherwise.
Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail and two Maryland [...]

Gear Prudence: Am I Cheating on My Hybrid With a Road Bike?

Gear Prudence: I’ve made a terrible mistake. I’ve been in a three-year relationship with a sturdy hybrid bike that’s met all my urban bike commuting needs. Or so I thought. On vacation I decided it might be fun to try something new, so I rented a high-end road bike and went for a 20-miler over [...]

D.C. Groups Plan Rally for Michael Brown This Saturday on H Street NE

Local organizers of a Michael Brown rally this Saturday evening hope enough people attend to shut down streets in the H Street NE area, as a way to show officials in D.C. and across the country that they're not afraid to "disrupt business as usual" until police departments across the country implement reforms. Last week, these [...]