Author Archive for Lauren McEwen

Today in D.C. History: City Celebrates Emancipation Day

Today, the District of Columbia is observing D.C. Emancipation Day, the day in 1862 that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, ending slavery in the nation’s capital.
Signed on April 16, 1862, the act not only freed enslaved Washingtonians nearly nine months before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but it paid former "owners" who [...]

Moral: Don’t Procrastinate

Yes, a federal shutdown would mean a loss of paychecks, and a halt in city services, a loss of tourist revenue, and a generally embarrassing failure of the government to function. But for some students, it could be worse than that.
It could go on their permanent records.
A handful of college students around D.C. are panicking [...]

Metro Masturbator Spotted—Again

Life for Metrorail customers seems be getting quite savage these days. If the cell phone snatchings and in-car fighting wasn't bad enough, the subway seems to be in the throes of a public masturbation boom.
The most recent complaint about this issue comes, via Hollaback DC, from a woman who was catching the Red Line from [...]

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