Author Archive for Erika Niedowski

Morning Roundup: The ‘Happy Birthday, Hef’ Edition: PLUS: Friday Is Here!

Good morning, everyone. It's Friday!
First things first: Let's all wish a happy birthday to Hugh Hefner, who is turning 84!

From his bio on the Playboy Enterprises Web site: "Hefner was born in Chicago on April 9, 1926, the elder son of conservative Protestant parents, Glenn and Grace Hefner, and a direct descendant of distinguished Massachusetts [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Braveheart Knows No Burnout’ Edition

Good morning, City Desk, and welcome to the day you have all been waiting for. Friday, I mean!
Did you get fooled yesterday? Jason Cherkis did. His brother texted him that Brian Wilson had died, and Cherkis was actually so distressed he all but hung up on the person he was interviewing, and then started sobbing [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Dyed In the Wool Homey’ Edition

Good morning, City Desk!
Good morning, Mayor Vincent Gray!
Just trying that one on for size, given the BIG NEWS in the mayor's race! What does everyone think: "Can We Do Better"? How could we not, with a "dyed in the wool homey" at the city's helm? (How do you spell that word anyway? Backed up by [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Gilbert Arenas Judgment Day’ Edition; Bonus: It’s Friday!

Happy Friday!
I just want to say that last night was City Paper's Best of D.C. 2010 party, at Lux Lounge, and there were drag queens serving waffles there and I didn't have one and I now regret that.
It's Judgment Day, Gilbert Arenas!
Today is the day we learn if popular professional basketball stars who bring four guns [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Boring Pot Clinic No. 1′ Edition

Well, our new Web site has been live for more than 24 hours now—plenty of time for you to have decided what you like, what you hate, and what you really, really hate. So let us know. We might even listen!
Are you excited for our Best of D.C. 2010 issue, out in print tomorrow? Pick [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘How Ruined Is Your Bracket?’ Edition

Good morning, Friday lovers. It's amazing how, if you just keep working for four straight days starting Monday, the fifth one that comes around is Friday. Every single week!
Just so you know, there will be no references to Alex Chilton in this Morning Roundup (except for an indirect one at the end).
There will, however, be [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘It’s St. Paddy, Not St. Patty, Stupid’ Edition

Top o' the mornin' to you!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Erin Go Bragh! Green Beer Rules!
Full disclosure: I feel, and am, vastly underqualified to write this Morning Roundup, devoid as I am of any Irish blood. But it's Wednesday, and that's my day, so allow a bonnie lass to try (I'm pretty sure "bonnie lass" is [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Fall Back, Spring Ahead, Be More Tired’ Edition

Good morning, City Desk. The bad news is it's raining. The good news is water falling from the sky can't change the fact that it's Friday. It just is!
Your mini-roundup: Mayor Adrian Fenty's been raising a lot of cash. A D.C. inmate escapes, then gets tired. Maryland doesn't want to tax sin. And Times Square [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Should Georgetown Secede?’ Edition

First, a mini roundup: Washington Post readers don't like pictures of gay men kissing ("please don’t shove this 'Gay' business in our face"; "I will be glad when your rag goes out of business. Real men marry women"; "disturbing"). Former representative Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) has some splainin' to do (it's not every day you can [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Happy Birthday, Marion Barry’ Edition

Good morning, good people! It's Friday!
In this space way back on Wednesday, we mentioned—OK, ranted—about O.J. Simpson's "acquittal suit," which, as part of a ridiculously stupid idea, was being offered as a donation to the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian didn't want it, because what self-respecting institution would?
The Newseum! According to the Washington Post's Reliable Source, the [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘They Can’t Take My Dignity’ Edition

Morning, all!
Big news of yesterday: Marion Barry was censured.
Big news of today: Marion Barry was censured yesterday.
Big news of tomorrow: Marion Barry was censured earlier this week.
And not only censured. The D.C. Council also voted to strip him of his committee chairmanship and refer the findings of the Bennett Report to a criminal prosecutor. Can [...]

What Should Happen To Marion Barry? A Survey of Ward 8 ANC Commissioners

City Desk did a survey of ANC commissioners in Ward 8 today to find out: As the D.C. Council considers what, if any, action to take against Marion Barry following the release of the Bennett Report, what do you think should happen to him?

Mary Buckley, of ANC 8B: Buckley says "everyone should be treated the [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Ship Your Pot FedEx to a Former Federal Prosecutor’ Edition; Plus: It’s Friday!

Good morning, Friday! After work today, it's the weekend! Thank you, labor unions!
Have you heard the one about the fake 140-year-old hot dog?
How Batman kicked Superman's ass? ("Holy ass-kicking, Batman!")
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How pot dealers prefer FedEx to UPS ("I mean, if you absolutely, positively have to [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Apologize With a Poem’ Edition

Good morning.
So, in no particular order: Marion Barry is "truly, truly" sorry. Erik Wemple is leaving City Paper. Dick Cheney has had another (!) heart attack. And more snow could be on the way!

And the Parking Spot Saver of the Year Award Goes to…

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