Author Archive for Alan Suderman

The Answers Column: Who Tweets for Marion Barry?

Earlier this year, Washington City Paper ran its second annual Answers Issue. And while we were able to address 27 questions—ranging from "Does D.C. have an Iron Dome?" to "Why does Metro smell like rotten fish sometimes?"—there are plenty of sharp queries we couldn't get to.
That's why we're reviving a feature we toyed with back [...]

Napkin Sketch: Watching the Inauguration at the Wilson Building

Loose Lips Daily: Your Song Blows Edition

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Blame Metro?

Go-Go schedule
Goodbye, Amanda

Good afternoon sweet readers! What was up with the wackjob at the Ward 6 mayoral forum last night who kept yelling, [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Waiving Fees Edition

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¿Dónde está Fenty?

NIMBY grill
Don't cover this!

Good morning sweet readers! The power is back. All hail the demon lords of electricity, who giveth light, the Internet, and a [...]

¿Dónde está el Alcalde del Distrito de Columbia, Adrian Fenty?

Hizonner was ausente from the the D.C. Latino Caucus mayoral forum Saturday at the Josephine Butler Center, next to Meridian Hill Park.  (LL was there, and compliments the hosts for having a cheese dish.)
The caucus, which voted 37 to 1 for D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray over Fenty, is muy cabreado that Fenty didn't show [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Power Outage Edition

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Ward 7 celebrity sighting

GOP wants their seat
I'm coming to kill your SUV

Good morning sweet readers! LL's power went out yesterday afternoon and still hasn't [...]

Celebrity Spotting at Ward 7 Mayoral Forum

Update: Per the Gray campaign, here are the unofficial numbers:
Vincent Gray: 226
Adrian Fenty: 64
Leo Alexander: 6
Sulaimon Brown: 1
Michael Green: 1
Ernest Johnson: 0
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Guess which celebrity Mayor Adrian Fenty brought along for the mayoral forum and straw poll this morning in Ward 7. Ronald Moten? Wrong; nobody controls Ronald Moten (though he was there).
The big star was [...]

Loose Lips Daily: The Teachers Get Fired Edition

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Some people say bad things
We all lose at straw polls
Garden v. dog

Good morning sweet readers! Flack of the day awards go to Parks and Rec spokesman John [...]

Some People Say a Lot of Things

Mayor Adrian Fenty is using the same advertising firm for his 2010 TV commercials that he hired in 2006, Minneapolis-based North Woods Advertising, run by Bill Hillsman (as LL noted in his latest column). And on one level, the ads appear kind of similar. Here's a video of one of those 2006 ads. Notice the first line‚ [...]

More Teachers Being Fired, Examiner Says

The Examiner's Leah Fabel has today's big scoop:
D.C. Public Schools are days away from informing a “sizable” number of teachers and school staff that they no longer have a job in the system because of “ineffective” performance, according to school officials.
The school officials are short on details and specifics, but said the exact [...]

Fenty Wins, Gray Loses—But Not Really

Who wants more results of meaningless straw polls? LL's readers do!
The latest one was in Ward 2 last night, where Mayor Adrian Fenty got around 60 percent of the 160-some ballots cast by registered Democrats. His opponent, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, got about 40 percent. Hizzoner is probably not thrilled with the results, though, as [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Bad Timing Edition

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Jim and Adrian on Park Road
Hizzoner doesn't own an iPod, or so he says
Mid-blink poster

Good morning sweet readers! OMG, it happened again: LL gave birth to a [...]

Campaign “Art”

Loose Lips saw this poster of Hizonner on the way to work today. First thoughts: Someone has way too much money to burn printing large color posters.
Second thoughts: Low blow. Everyone looks bad mid-blink.
Third thoughts, upon closer examination: Hilarious that the poster's anonymous designer bothered to write "© 2010, All RTS Res'd" on a poster [...]

Business Groups Yawn as Orange Pushes Brown’s Debt Problems

LL's column this week—which drops in tomorrow's paper and will be available online later tonight—looks at what, if any, impact D.C. Council chairman candidate Kwame Brown's debt problems will have on the race. (There are also a few new details those of you who have been paying close attention to this story might find interesting—even you, [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Investigation Station Edition

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New DYRS chief and fire investigators
D.C. unemployment drops—a little
Some people shouldn't own pets

Good morning sweet readers! LL is on high alert today; his mother-in-law is coming to [...]

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