Author Archive for Chris Shott

Park Service Recognizes City Paper for Journalistic Gold

City Paper contributor Franklin Schneider continues to earn raves for his recent cover story, "Panned in D.C.," including this blind item on the National Park Service's web site:
A recent article in the local Washington, DC press documented the activities of several persons who were panning for gold in Rock Creek Park. It is critical that park [...]

City Paper Nominated for Eight AltWeekly Awards

From the Department of Self-Promotion: the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) today announced that Washington City Paper has been nominated as a finalist for eight AltWeekly Awards. Only the Boston Phoenix and LA Weekly garnered more nominations among large-circulation papers this year.
The nominees and categories include Darrow Montgomery for photography; Young & Hungry columnist Tim Carman for food writing; former Editor Erik Wemple for [...]

Morning Roundup: Crowded, Uncrashworthy Sweatbox Edition

Area Metro riders are predicatably less than thrilled at yesterday's passage of "the most expansive fare hike in the history of the transit agency," perhaps none more disgruntled than 30-year-old Michael Wasson of Cleveland Park, who told WaPo:
"My position would be, if we need to pay a little more, that's fine, but is this really paying for Metro to [...]

Morning Roundup: Rate Inflation All Over The Place (Almost)

Metro's Board of Directors today is expected to approve a record 15-percent fare hike – "the largest increase in the transit agency’s history," WJLA-TV reports:
For riders, the plan would mean a jump in rail fares to a $1.90 minimum during peak times, and a 20-percent hike for Metrobus trips, to $1.50. The peak-of-the-peak fare hike [...]

Weekend in Review: CIA Soup of the Day Edition

Wet weather didn't just disrupt your balcony barbecue over the weekend. The soggy conditions are being blamed for delaying today's scheduled reopening of the Chain Bridge, WJLA-TV reports. In a cruel twist of fate, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was somehow able to reopen early.
WaPo's Howard Kurtz this morning profiles the frantic lifestyle and obsessive Twitter habits of "Chuckie T," better known [...]

What David Catania Doesn’t Want, Another ‘Greencrack’ Market

In pushing through legislation to legalize medical marijuana this month, D.C. Councilmember David Catania promised "a tightly regulated system that will ensure that we do not see the types of abuses that have occurred elsewhere."
Say, Denver, for instance, where medical pot shops have proliferated in recent months, as The Daily Show's Jason Jones so colorfully illustrates below.
The [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Hemp (Not Pot) History Edition

As I chew on this sticky, hemp-seed infused  granola bar–which is surprisingly not awful (and an "excellent source of Omega-3," according to the label)–an actor dressed in an elaborate George Washington costume is preparing to dump a 50-pound bag of hemp seeds on the doorstep of the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's office.
Is he trying to [...]

Voice of Maureen Bunyan Pivotal to Robert Wone Case

A neighbor who claims to have heard a "desperation scream" on the night of attorney Robert Wone's 2006 murder places the time of the shriek between 11 and 11:30 p.m.
How does he know for sure? Simple. He also heard the voice of WJLA-TV newscaster Maureen Bunyan in the background.
"I know her voice after all these years," testified [...]

Our Morning Roundup: All For Wone Edition

Testimony resumes this morning in the much anticipated trial of three men accused of covering up the 2006 killing of attorney Robert Wone. (Read our coverage of the prosecution and defense teams' opening arguments here and here.) 
The Examiner's Harry Jaffe calls it "the hottest ticket for courtroom drama in town." Albeit not the only one: just down the [...]

Conspiracy Trial in Robert Wone Killing Draws Big Crowd

Prosecutors on Monday begin to present their case against three alleged conspirators charged with obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence in connection to the horrific, hugely publicized 2006 murder of Washington lawyer Robert Wone. (For a quick primer on the case, read WaPo's trial preview here.)
City Desk's own Rend Smith will be filing regular updates on the proceedings. He sets [...]

Biggest Long Shot in Beauty Pageant History Predictably Loses

Las Vegas oddsmakers didn't expect much from aspiring sports reporter MacKenzie Green during last night's Miss USA contest., for instance, pegged the reigning Miss D.C.'s chances at an astounding 5,000 to 1, reportedly making her "the biggest long shot in the history of beauty pageants."
Green politely declined to discuss her chances with City Desk last week. But, according to her Twitter feed, she believed [...]

Court Upholds Payout in Cop’s Road Rage Case

The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the award of $450,000 in damages to a man arrested and jailed for reckless driving (but later exonerated) after a D.C. police detective rear-ended his car.
The bizarre fender-bender case stems from an incident in October 2004, which a trial judge described as a "minor traffic stop," according to court records, "but it [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Peak of the Peak Edition

The most hated man in Washington is glumly going golfing. That's right, folks, Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, your Washington Capitals' fiercest rivals, were finished off rather handily last night by those pesky Montreal Canadiens. 
Caps fans upset about the team's early exit from this year's playoffs can at least take solace in the dejected look [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Metro Gladiators Edition

WTTG-TV brings us shocking–shocking!–video this morning of rowdy Metro riders engaged in fisticuffs and other horseplay. It's "an ongoing problem," according to the local Fox News affiliate. (Albeit a big boon to YouTube.)

D.C. NIMBYs Still Annoyed About Chemical Weapons in Backyard

"We've grown a little too accustomed to having the Army in our backyards, literally in our backyards, for the last 17 years," District resident Tom Smith tells the Los Angeles Times in Sunday's lengthy report about the military's ongoing efforts to clean up ancient munitions pits in Northwest D.C.
The fact that some local residents have been living with chemical weapon [...]