Author Archive for Erik Wemple

“Jerk” Fenty Strikes Again

In recent months, two esteemed local news columnists have referred to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty as a "jerk."
And just to prove that the criticism hasn't had much of an impact on Hizzoner's conduct, check out the start of this video. If you don't have time for click-and-watch, I'll give you a summary:
First: A [...]

Barry Reaction Too Strong? Too Weak? Just Right?

Quick recap here on Ward 8 Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr.'s latest misdeeds. And by "latest," here, we're not considering his long record of tax offenses.
In an explosive report issued yesterday, Special Counsel Robert S. Bennett alleged that Barry had done the following:

Bennett Report Moral: Don’t Date Marion Barry

In the coming weeks, D.C. Councilmembers, federal prosecutors, and everyday citizens will be digesting the awesome report on Ward 8 Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr. issued today by Special Counsel Robert S. Bennett of Hogan & Hartson LLP. The report encapsulates a whole bunch of unethical and perhaps illegal behavior by Barry, especially in relation [...]

Your Impassable Alley: Snowmaggedon’s Lasting Legacy

After the first storm of Snowmaggedon, Burleith resident Karen Landes had some problems. A couple of utility lines had fallen in the alley behind her house and found a resting spot on top of her car—so that was Problem No. 1. The alley itself was impassable, constituting Problem No. 2.

Morning Roundup—Digging Out Edition

This whole snow story just won't die, will it? You got:

DDOT: We’ll Get to Side Streets Before Other Jurisdictions

"If not today, it'll be tomorrow."
That's the promise of John Lisle, a spokesperson for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in a long-ranging interview this morning with City Desk. Lisle was referring to DDOT's sked for hitting the residential streets with plows and salt and so on.

Who’s Tough Enough to Open: Cafe Edition

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW) : A chirpy individual answers the phone at this Dupont Circle standby and says, "Afterwords Cafe—we're open." And that's about all you need to know. "We're not that busy yet," adds the individual.
Cafe Mozart (1331 H St. NW): Open, yes, but only for the deli and [...]

DPW Picked Up My Trash Yesterday

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's fleet has gotten a lot of mixed reviews on their performance in cleaning up after two whopper snowstorms. Most of the criticism has focused on how slow crews have been to clear side roads.
Whatever. All I can say is that the trash crews dispatched by the Department of Public Works [...]

Snowflakes Spotted

At 3:58, Adams Morgan. Pretty much right on sked.

Weekend in Review: Snowbigdeal

Everything's closed, we got tons of snow, there's more in the forecast. Yeah, we know all of the above.
What we really want to know is what happened within the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty between roughly 5 pm and 9 pm. At the former hour, his people put out the word that the [...]

D.C. Steakhouses: Weather Wimps

Snow consists of water, and it piles up in little fluffy mounds. It gets pushed around a lot.
In other words, it's just the sort of substance that, you'd suppose, steakmen would scoff about. Steakmen are the brutes who live on red meat and serve it at their steakhouses. Red meat, of course, symbolizes toughness, [...]

It’s Here!

First flakes now falling.

Stock Up on Milk Now!

It's a law of nature every bit as ironclad as a Noreaster: People are descending on milk supplies right now throughout the Washington region, thanks to the forecast.

WaPo’s Eli Saslow: Back on A01 Track!

For a moment last week, I was worried sick about Washington Post staff writer Eli Saslow. After what happened to him, you could only wonder how he could carry on, how he could put one foot in front of the other. Talk about lows.
For the few of you who hadn't been tracking this calamity, consider [...]

Report: Washington Times to Name Dealey New Editor

It just cut 50 or 60 percent of its newsroom staff, depending on which reports you believe.
It essentially dropped metro and sports coverage in the reductions.
It is caught in the middle of a massive power struggle within the Unification Church, the entity whose business interests finance and run it.
Yet the Washington Times [...]