Author Archive for Amanda Hess

Farewell, LL

Did anyone hear all that noise on City Desk from about 8:40 this morning to about 2:48 in the afternoon? No? Well, that's the sound of Loose Lips columnist Mike DeBonis leaving the paper. We'll miss Mike. You can read his final column here, in which he surrenders the initials "LL."
Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Seen A “Suspicious Person” Atop Pickwick Apartments?

The rooftop of the Pickwick Apartments building, located at 1754 S Street NW, is currently being treated to a personal visit by a couple of MPD officers, a roving helicopter, and a good dose of CAUTION tape. What's on the roof, officer? Oh, "just looking for a suspicious person," MPD told a tipster, who submitted [...]

Fenty Press Conference #3: Liveblog

Fire Chief Dennis Rubin with Adrian Fenty at a press conference yesterday
Fenty is expected to make remarks on the red line crash this morning at 8:00 a.m. We'll be live-blogging the press conference here.
8:01 a.m. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Fire Chief Dennis Rubin, Councilmember Jim Graham step up.
8:02 a.m. Fenty says he wants the country to [...]

Strip Club: Way Less Depressing Than The Rest of D.C.!

What's a more depressing happy-hour hangout on your average Thursday: A sports club at 5 p.m., or a strip club at the same time? At Fast Eddies/Archibalds, the double threat located at 1520 K Street NW, we find out!
UPSTAIRS: Fast Eddies, sports bar. At 5 o'clock, a guy in a suit is alone at the [...]

“You Can’t Get a Penis to Do That”

Tore has been selling sex toys at Dupont sexuality emporium the Pleasure Place for a couple months now. Before that, she was selling cars at Eastern Motors. Pleasure Place is easier, on average. "I have to like what I do," says Tore. "And I like sex."
So it didn't take long for Tore to learn the [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Jean-Claude and the Inauguration Housing Crunch

* The Washington Post alerts us to the perils of Inauguration housing:
"We warned people, saying, 'Don't price gouge. The world is coming here. We're welcoming the world,' " [Park City, Utah spokesperson Myles] Rademan said. "We hope that places like the Chamber of Commerce in D.C. are going through a campaign to just ask people [...]

Our Morning Roundup

* It's not just for Republicans anymore! Michelle Obama wears fabulous, egregiously expensive jewelry, too. [via Wonkette].
* DCist Sommer Mathis cries foul on $9.95 plus shipping for a newspaper (don't even get her started on the special election issue sweatshirt). Commemorative hand towels of DCist's official declaration of election newsprint hype blog post coming [...]

Our Morning Roundup

* Read our complete election coverage or re-live the day in photos.
* New York Times recaps Obama's morning after.
* Slate explains what happens now for the "gay couples who entered into legal marriages in California before the amendment passed."
- WaPo's Eugene Robinson tells us why we all lost it on Tuesday.
- In case you missed [...]

Photos: The Celebration

Watch Obama’s Acceptance

Spoiler alert: Obama won!

Watch McCain’s Concession

Insane Person of the Night

And the winner is: The lady in the grandiose white hat at the corner of 6th St. & Rhode Island Ave. who yelled at me, as I rode past her on my bicycle, "Barack Obama! Sieg Heil, Nazi! Sieg Heil on that bike of yours! Nazi!"
Can anyone top this?

The Minimalist Election Night Party Guide

Busboys & Poets, 14th & V St. NW: Yelling at the television. Just like home!
Drum Circle for Obama, 14th & U St. NW: Drum circle. For Obama.
Brightest Young Things Party at Bohemian Caverns, 10th & U St. NW: Actually quite dark.
Bad Brains Show at 9:30 Club: Not all precincts reporting.
D.C. Republicans Party at Unlisted: Sad [...]

Photos: U Street, Hard at Work

While you were watching the election returns:
Seven-Eleven, U St. & 11th St. NW

Ben's Chili Bowl, U St. & 13th St. NW

Rite Aid, U St. & 13th St. NW

FOX News’ “No Spin Zone” Mediates McCain’s Clusterfuck

The homepage of FOX News right now:
"RESULTS ROLLING IN" over what appears to be a backwoods church, followed by "McCain Wins West Va., Ky; Obama Takes Vermont."