Author Archive for City Desk

Fuego/Frio: “This Could Be 1880, For All I Know!”

A timeless episode, in which Erik sifts through a deep pile to give props to the Post's Ready to Rent advertorial supplement ("a humdinger of a publication") and to Asian Fortune ("you can't beat this magazine, folks") for its snazzy, bloggy layout and its treatment of evergreen stories. The black sheep? None other than [...]

Fuego/Frio: Women, Women, Women!

This week's episode—a must-watch!—centers on the Examiner's super-late scoop on the whole "D.C. ranks number 1 in cocaine use" thing (hey, even we got there first!). Metro Weekly, meanwhile, gets dinged four times (count 'em!) for a.) an "ugly cover"; b.) a weak corrections policy; c.) an overly anonymous scene page; and d.) a shamefully [...]

Breaking: Fenty Press Conference on Holocaust Museum Shooting

At around 2:45 p.m., Mayor Adrian Fenty convened a short press conference on the Holocaust Museum shooting. Fenty confirmed that a single shooter entered the main entrance to the Holocaust Museum and immediately opened fire. A security guard returned fire. The gunman was hit. The gunman, who has not been identified officially, has been taken [...]

Latest on Holocaust Shooting

Sgt. David Schlosser just gave a briefing on this afternoon's shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Here are the key points:
*A lone gunman entered the building around 12:50 p.m. The man was armed with a long gun, and it's unclear at this point whether it was a rifle or a shotgun.

Tonight: The Kinsey Sicks at the 10th Washington Jewish Music Festival

From tonight's pick by Caroline Jones: "One part kitsch, one part political satire, and one part glitter, the Kinsey Sicks, describe themselves as “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet.” The group returns to D.C. on Saturday night with a new set of parodies, skewering everyone from Condoleezza Rice to Vanna White. What began 15 years ago [...]

Fuego/Frio Hits Home!

In which Erik gives prop to former CP reporter Jessica Gould, scolds the Examiner for "buying the tort reformers' angle," refuses to read Baltimore Gay Life, and dings the auto section of the Washington Hispanic for overstepping its advertorial bounds.
PLUS: A stirring bonus segment in which Erik lobs a BIG ONE at CP's own glass [...]

Fuego/Frio: The InTowner‘s Greatest Headline to Date

BIGGEST COMEBACK SINCE EMINEM: Erik Wemple is all sound and fury this week, taking down the Post for copy errors and showing some love to the Blade—for its investigative work on gays in the military—and the InTowner for one of its...distinctive headlines.
Don't touch that remote!

Sex Behind the Velvet Curtain

In her City Lights pick for today, contributor Maura Judkis wrote about "Behind the Velvet Curtain" at the Katzen Arts Center: "Many of the works aggressively comment on gender disparity and sexuality, from Lenka Klodova’s photographs of a disembodied nude female torso in various household settings, to Erika Bornova’s sculptures of bejeweled women with ghastly [...]

Roque Gerald Loves His Staff

Roque Gerald has served as the acting director of the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) for less than a year. In that short time, however, he has learned an important lesson about management. Say nice things about your underlings, that is.
In a youth conference today at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Gerald [...]

Oak Hill Facility to Close In Two Weeks

A D.C. official said today that the Oak Hill Youth Center, the city's facility for housing youth offenders, will shut down in two weeks. "This is a good achievement for the city," said David Muhammad, chief of committed services for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Muhammad made the remarks at a youth conference at [...]

Harold Brazil Trial: All Over but the Verdict

Reporting by Mike DeBonis
Closing arguments recently wrapped on United States vs. Harold Brazil. In case you missed it, catch up on the former councilmember testifying on his own behalf. Judge Jennifer Anderson dismissed participants with the announcement that her ruling will happen on Friday, May 1. Details on the closings to come. Check more trial [...]

Brazil Testifies in Assault Trial

Reporting by Jason Cherkis
Today, in Room 218 of D.C. Superior Court, the trial of former At-Large Councilmember Harold Brazil lumbered on.
A quick refresher: Brazil's charges stem from an Oct. 9, 2008, incident at Georgetown tattoo parlor Jinx Proof. After 7 p.m. that night, Brazil entered the shop with two female companions, one of whom went [...]

New Parks Director: Ximena Hartsock

At a press conference this morning, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced the installation of former D.C. public schools principal Ximena Hartsock as the head of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Hold on–that means someone was fired.
Yes, that was Clark Ray, who was nominated by Fenty in August 2007 to run DPR. True to [...]

UPDATED: Barry Prosecutors Ask for Probation Extension

Mike DeBonis reports:

Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry has left court, surrounded by staff, friends, and family, including his son, Christopher.
He appeared very frail. He spoke very slowly, in an unsure voice. "Let me make it crystal-clear," he said. "I understand my responsibility as an American citizen. I apologize to the judge and take full [...]

Prosecutors, Barry’s Probation Officer at Odds

Mike DeBonis continues his coverage of Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry's probation hearing:
Barry's probation officer, Kurt Panzer, has just recommended to the court that Barry's probation be extended for two years. The prosecution is asking that Barry be jailed for 30 days, either on weekends or at a halfway house. Court's in recess at the [...]