Author Archive for Arthur Delaney

Recipe for Disaster

The D.C. Department of Corrections says releasing Program Statement No. 5031.1A will "encourage an act of terrorism." Why, then, did the department make the document readily available on its website, where anyone in the world could look at it?
Read all about it in this week's cover story. Take a look at the document, too, [...]

Violent Night!

Lots of terrible stuff happened in the Trinidad neighborhood Friday night. A 13-year-old boy was killed and six others were shot, according to reports. NBC4 and WTOP are on top of the story today. Police tell NBC4 they might reinstall those controversial checkpoints because of the violence. (Never mind that the checkpoints were for some [...]

Nuts to the Nats

The Washington Nationals are withholding stadium rent from the city because, they say, the stadium isn't finished. Well! I've been to a couple games, and I see a fully-functioning stadium. And it costs $11.50 for a beer and a bag of peanuts!
Fellow D.C. taxpayers, listen to my plan: So long as the Nationals withhold money [...]

Great Gun Story

The Washington Post's Shankar Vedantam has a killer angle today on the D.C. handgun ban: An old study found that D.C.'s suicide rate dropped off big time soon as the city enacted the ban in 1976, because handguns make it real convenient for a guy to shoot himself when he gets a suicidal impulse. I [...]

A Memorial Day Tradition

President George W. Bush greeted Rolling Thunder bikers on the South Lawn of the White House Sunday. After brief comments, the prez ditched his jacket and tie to pose for photos in a biker vest presented to him by Vietnam vet Artie Muller, president of Rolling Thunder. Bush thanked Muller with a hard-but-friendly slap [...]

Coeus Closing?

Several parents of students at the Coeus International School have told the Washington City Paper that the school is closing after the end of classes in May. Coeus founder and headmaster Daniel Hollinger, when questioned by a reporter at the school this afternoon, refused to confirm or deny that classes will not be held in [...]

UDC Gets Props from U.S. News

The University of the District of Columbia’s law school is surging in the U.S. News & World Report specialty ranking for the “clinical training” category. The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, which won full accreditation from the American Bar Association only three years ago, has tied Stanford for 13th place (and clobbered 19th-ranked [...]

D.C. Police: Breaking the Law?

In February, D.C. police up and decided that they would watch video feeds from their surveillance cameras live, in real time. Chief Cathy Lanier told the Washington Post she thought her department under-utilized its cameras. "I thought, 'Why the heck aren't we watching them?'" she said.
Here's why: The law suggests that you aren't supposed [...]

Washington Gas: Absurd

Washington Gas is making bad service into a form of art. Since November, they've sent me two bills every month–one for me, and one with my name on it for the nice lady who lives in the apartment upstairs. She and I verified that it's her gas bill by checking the meter numbers on the [...]

Stalled In Park

The National Park Service is taking its sweet, federal time making improvements at Lincoln Park, the largest and most popular park in Capitol Hill. First, in late October, NPS blocked half of it off with a chain-link fence and gave no warning or explanation. Then, when pressed by D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells’ office for information, [...]

LL Video: Barry’s B-Day Bash

Loose Lips attends Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry's birthday bash, held last night in honor of Mayor-for-Life's upcoming 72nd. Remarkably, Barry actually speaks to LL.
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Will There Be Bias?

Slate has an article today on the grotesque corruption of a Mississippi forensic examiner who used bogus bite mark analysis to help prosecutors, ultimately leading to the bogus imprisonment of innocent people. The author of the piece has reported on the situation before and offers an interesting observation:

One key problem is that forensics labs [...]

LL Video: Obama Victory Party

Loose Lips attends the Obama Victory Party after polls closed on the Potomac Primary.
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LL Video: The Real Super Tuesday

Loose Lips queries D.C. Councilmembers about The Real Super Tuesday, the Potomac Primary on Feb. 12.
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Marion Barry is Fascinating!

In today's Washington Post, Metro columnist Marc Fisher PWNS D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry for pulling a huge flip-flop on Mayor Adrian Fenty's proposal to close 23 schools. Barry was grandstanding for TV cameras on Thursday, calling schools chancellor Michelle Rhee "bullheaded" and railing against the proposed closings. Less than 24 hours later, he's shaking [...]