Author Archive for Juliana Brint

Neighborhood Watch: Dog Lovers v. Gardeners at Newark St. Park

The Issue: A decade after residents of the McLean Gardens residential community started lobbying for a dog park on Newark Street, construction has finally begun. But can the new dog park and the established, strictly pet-free community garden co-exist in the same place?
The gardeners have had a history of problems with some dog owners who, [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Curious Contracts Edition

Good morning, Washington! The weather gods have decided to mix it up a little bit today, blessing us with a little less humidity than normal. Don't worry about big meteorological shake ups, though—temperatures will still be in the familiar mid-90s range.
The Washington Times continues its reporting on the sketchy D.C. lottery contract with the [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Superlative City Edition

Good morning, Washington! D.C. just won a couple of big plaudits, namely best educated area in the country (according to the Brookings Institute) and most vegetarian-friendly city in North America (according to PETA). Over-educated vegetarians? If someone comes out with a study showing that we also have the highest proportion of Volvo drivers or latte [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Beat by the Heat Edition

Good morning, Washington! As far as heat waves go, D.C. has been putting in a pretty impressive performance this week. Yesterday temperatures peaked at a sweltering 102 degrees, a record for the day. While today will be a bit cooler—the balmy mid-90s!—a heat advisory will still be in effect from noon until 9 p.m.
The rising [...]

Our Morning Roundup: You Don’t Have to Sell Hot Dogs Edition

Good morning, Washington. Looks like there'll be no rest for the sweaty today, with forecasters saying this could be the hottest day of the year thus far and predicting temperatures in the triple digit range. The recent heat hasn't been kind to local train systems, which have been experiencing a number of heat-related delays.
The D.C. [...]

Our Morning Roundup: From Padma to iPad Edition

Creepy news from Arlington Cemetery: A Virginia funeral home was fined $50,000 for mishandling bodies awaiting burial at the hallowed national cemetery. As if that weren't enough, The Washington Post also found gravestones "lying in the muck near a maintenance yard."
As foodies, reality TV fans and Padma Lakshmi devotees probably already know, Top Chef DC premiered [...]

Dennis Sobin Is Offended By Conventioneers’ Anti-Fenty Jeers

From the prolonged "Go Vince Go!" cheers to the loud boos that accompanied incumbent Adrian Fenty's formal introduction, it wasn't hard to tell how the crowd swung at Saturday's D.C. Democratic State Convention mayoral debate. The audience at the Howard University School of Law was so vocally anti-Fenty that former pornographer turned candidate Dennis Sobin took time [...]

‘Let’s Get It On!’ Gray and Fenty Drop the Gloves in Tenleytown

Mayor Adrian Fenty trumpeted his record while bashing that of his main campaign rival, Vincent Gray, at a forum of the mayoral candidates last night at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Tenleytown.
When a question about the District's juvenile justice system was asked, for example, Fenty took the opportunity to remind the crowd that Gray had served as the [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Bros Icing Pols Edition

Good morning, Washington! Are you disappointed that there haven't been any D.C.-specific adaptations of the whole "bros icing bros" phenomenon? Well, We Love DC's David Stroup has you covered:

For more viral, malt-beverage-fueled hilarity, check out Alex Balk's "Bros Icing Bros And The Fate Of Humanity: A Look Back."
In more sober news, The Walk Disney Company will be [...]

Will Mt. Pleasant Go To Haydee’s? Owners, NIMBYs Await ABC Ruling

Haydee Vanegas is confident that city regulators will ultimately rule in her favor. "We expect a good answer," she tells City Desk.
The co-owner of Haydee's, a Salvadorean restaurant at 3102 Mt. Pleasant Street NW, sparked a neighborhood fight earlier this year when she decided to apply for a CN-class nightclub license, a move that would [...]

Cops Found No Match to Prints in Robert Wone Case

Lead Detective Bryan Waid yesterday rattled off a long list of steps taken to rule out the possibility that Robert Wone's mysterious 2006 murder might have been a burglary gone awry.
Waid enlisted the help of cops on the burglary beat and also asked narcotics officers to see if their sources knew anything. "I checked everybody, everybody I [...]

Defense: Here’s How You Scale An ‘Impossible’ Fence

Defense attorney Thomas Connolly turned the tables on prosecutors Thursday in the sensational trial of three Dupont Circle men accused of covering up their friend Robert Wone's mysterious 2006 murder. 
After sitting through hours of video footage of police interrogations of his client, Victor Zaborsky, and fellow defendants Joe Price and Dylan Ward, Connolly whipped out a video all his [...]

Tampering Suspect ‘Didn’t Give a Shit’ About Touching Stuff at Scene of Robert Wone’s Murder

"I didn't give a shit what I touched," Joe Price told investigators as he tried to explain his state of mind upon discovering the bloodied body of longtime friend Robert Wone in a guest bedroom of his Dupont Circle home one August night back in 2006.
Price admitted to touching Wone's t-shirt and also a knife that appeared to be [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Social Climbing Edition

Vanity Fair's new profile of Sally Quinn is out, and it's chock-full of less-than-flattering details about the "star journalist [and] superstar hostess." The piece has plenty of details about Quinn's fraught relationship with the Bradlee family and her infamous final "The Party" column,  but it's most notable for its digs at her much ballyhooed social [...]

Phil Mendelson Gets An Earful at Ward 8 Public Safety Forum

The crowd outside Covenant Baptist Church in Congress Heights last night seemed none too friendly toward Councilmember Phil Mendelson, organizer of the evening's community meeting on public safety.
Clark Ray, who is challenging Mendelson for his at-large council seat, and his campaign team greeted all of the meeting's attendees with a targeted flier: "Another election year meeting in Ward [...]