Author Archive for Chris Shott

D.C. Booze Police Removed From Pot Patrol

Mayor Adrian Fenty's  administration sparked some heady debate when it announced plans this past summer to put city liquor regulators—not health officials—in charge of medical marijuana distribution in the District.
Oh, sure, patients and doctors would register with the Department of Health, but the growers and sellers would instead be subject to the city's Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board [...]

Pot Shop 101: How Much to Start Up a D.C. Marijuana Dispensary?

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn and wife Stephanie Kahn have a simple plan for bankrolling their controversial proposed medical-marijuana facility on Blair Road NW. "We plan on financing this from our personal life savings," he says.
How much are we talking? Well, that's a bit, um, hazy at the moment.
The biggest expense will likely be the price of the herbal remedy itself, [...]

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Feces Flinging Inmate

The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that inmates disciplined by the Department of Corrections aren't protected from further criminal prosecution for the same offenses under the federal double jeopardy clause.
The court's decision stems from the rebellious behavior of one Travis Haney.
According to court papers:
While being held at the District of Columbia Jail pending trial in another [...]

Suspicious Package More Suspicious Than Usual [UPDATED]

WJLA-TV is reporting an "escalated response" to today's suspicious package at 19th and F Streets NW, which had authorities tied up for five hours, sealing off several square blocks surrounding the World Bank and parts of the George Washington University campus.
Some witnesses may have even heard a "small explosion," according the local ABC affiliate's Jennifer Donelan, who describes the overall level of police response [...]

Adrian Fenty Is Bustin’ Loose

Eight years ago, during a campaign rally in Kalorama Park, I asked then-Mayor Anthony Williams how he intended to woo the District's all-important go-go demographic. At the time, Kevin "Kato" Hammond of Take Me Out to the Go-Go magazine had been lobbying local leaders about the plight of the District's indigenous music scene and planned to endorse candidates in the upcoming [...]

World Cup Roundup: Summers Time Rolls in High Definition

If there's anything that Brazil and Portugal fans can agree upon–well, besides Portuguese, of course–perhaps it's the flickering high-def bliss of the area's "Best Soccer Pub." Or maybe the baja wrap. Correspondent C.T. Schwink reports from Summers Restaurant in Arlington, during Friday's 10 a.m. clash of South American and European powers.

World Cup Roundup: Orange You Clad You Came to Mackey’s

The Dutch have always been among the brightest soccer fans. Well, at least visually. Special correspondent Juliana Brint reports from Mackey's Public House at 1823 L Street NW, awash in orange for Thursday's Netherlands-Cameroon match up. "A fair number of orange clad fans here already," she reports 10 minutes prior to the 2:30 p.m. kickoff. "Best costume thus far: guy [...]

World Cup Roundup: Unlucky at Lucky Bar, Patriots Pack Public

Will early morning alcohol sales dry up across the District if the United States fails to advance to the World Cup knockout round? Only Algeria stands in the way of more ante meridiem revelry. Special correspondent Kim Chi Ha tries to report from Lucky Bar, where she is turned away shortly before Wednesday's 10 a.m. kickoff–"reached maximum capacity a while ago," she reports–and [...]

Record Deaths, Suicides and Fare Hikes: Metro’s Worst Year Ever

In the year since the deadliest crash in Metro history, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has at least attained a certain level of distinction. "We do not see the frequency of accidents on other properties that we are seeing on Metro," notes National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman in Tuesday's WaPo article on the transit authority's [...]

World Cup Roundup: Where’s My Waiter? Watching Soccer at Jaleo

Pub patrons aren't the only passionate soccer fans being distracted from doing work during this summer's World Cup. Wait staff, too. Special correspondent Christopher Heller reports from Jaleo at 480 7th Street NW, where your late afternoon lunch just got later because Spain is playing Honduras on TV:
6th minute-A small crowd, roughly a dozen, is watching the match on [...]

Another Blaze Scorches Joe Englert’s Boozy Empire

Popular H Street NE hangout The Argonaut is closed following an apparent kitchen fire on Sunday morning. Photos of the extensive damage have been posted on the place's own web site, which also dishes up some details on the Argo's post-blaze hangover:  
Most of you may not know this, but our kitchen used to be an alley. Which means that [...]

Weekend in Review: Summer Solstice Edition

Break out the bongos, hippies! Monday marks the summer solstice, when the sun hits its highest angle of the year. Expect highs in the 90s with a strong chance of drum circles. The annual astronomical event means summer has now officially arrived. And D.C. cops are, naturally, quite busy. Tis the season for peak crime, after all (curfew at 11 p.m., kids): WaPo [...]

World Cup Roundup: American Mayhem at Molly Malone’s

Domestic beers flowed freely a full hour and a half before Friday's 10 a.m. kick-off of the United States' match against Slovenia. Special correspondent C.T. Schwink reports (live blogging!) from Molly Malone's along Barracks Row on Capitol Hill, where anyone not wearing red, white and blue sorely sticks out amid all the U.S. jerseys, flags, scarfs, and bandanas:
Pregame-The [...]

Leave the Trees! Court Sides With Protesters in DPW Poster Removal Case

The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday sided with Brookland residents Don and Abigail Padou, whose 2008 lawsuit accused the Department of Public Works (DPW) of yanking their political posters off utility poles in violation of their First Amendment rights.
According to court records, the Padous were planning a rally that August in protest of the District's alleged failure to comply with its [...]

World Cup Roundup: Cult of El Diego Convenes at El Patio

The only thing better than noshing fresh hot empanadas at 7:28 a.m. is watching tempestuous Argentine hero Diego Maradona go apeshit while you chew. Special correspondents C.T. Schwink and Mike Madden report from El Patio in Rockville early Thursday morning, where the owner demands that everyone stands during the broadcast of Himno Nacional Argentino:

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