Author Archive for Megan Arellano

Firecracker Thrower’s Beef With the White House: “I Guess the Intelligence Community”

After a long train ride from Wisconsin, Alexander Sahagian spent his first night in D.C. sitting on a park bench. He spent his second night in the D.C. Jail.
Sahagian, 52, is due back in court early next month after being arrested on charges of throwing stones or missiles, fireworks discharge, and disorderly conduct following his alleged throwing of [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Meat-Eating Plants Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

No, Really, Not in My Back Yard: If good fences make good neighbors, it follows that shit fences could make for shit neighbors. A member of the Cleveland Park email list writes the following: "I have a next door [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Feline Acne Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

There’s More Than One Way: The Chevy Chase email list has the answer to all your cat skincare needs. An email titled “Need Dermatologist for Cat” offers the following problems: “Our cat has some hair missing on both of [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: New To The ‘Hood Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Chew for Thought: Bad unknown potential rodent animal! Bad! On the Chevy Chase email list, one resident has observed, "[S]ome animal has just chewed thru the red enamel paint on my new Adirondack chairs from LL Bean. Do [...]

Today in D.C. History: Renovated Eastern Market Reopens After Devastating Blaze

On June 26, 2009, hundreds of people waited in line to get their first look at the new and improved Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. More than two years earlier, a three-alarm fire blazed through the beloved Adolf Cluss-designed building, destroying much of the interior and its original vendor stalls, leaving behind a charred [...]

Today in D.C. History: Williams Bends to Pressure on Chocolate Milk Day

On May 11, 2001, the District did not celebrate "Drink Chocolate Milk Day." Then-Mayor Anthony Williams, relenting to pressure from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and other activists, scrapped his plans to declare the holiday and promote dairy in the popular "Got Milk?" campaign.
After hearing about the mayor’s plans to promote chocolate milk, PCRM [...]

Today in D.C. History: Arsonist’s Decades Long Spree Ended

On April 27, 2005, arsonist Thomas Sweatt was arrested as he left a meeting for KFC employees. It would mark the end of 30 years of fire-starting for Sweatt.
Those 30 years included 353 fires, many of which were never attributed to Sweatt until he identified them as his work. Perhaps that's because, Sweatt, a Southeast [...]

No Disturbance, No Disturbing the Peace

Six years after Lindsey Huthnance was arrested for “disturbing the peace," a jury has declared that she never actually did.
But the case, which took years to build, took the jury only nine days decide. On March 26, the U.S. District Court awarded Huthnanth $97,500 in compensatory and punitive damages for false arrest, emotional distress, and [...]

Is Safeway’s New Receipt-Check Initiative a Rotten Egg?

Stop by the Safeway on 4th Street SW, and prepare to show some paper. Employees are now inspecting customers' receipts on the way out of the store—part of a "quality assurance" initiative from Safeway's upper management that's been soundly greeted with distaste.
The blog Southwest...the Little Quadrant That Could reports that at a Monday meeting of [...]

Wizards’ New(ish) Logo?

So presto-chango, the Washington Wizards are transforming again?
It's been 14 years since our NBA team changed from "The Washington Bullets" to the "The Washington Wizards," and now a new logo with the old red-white-and-blue color scheme is on its way. Washington Post beat reporter Michael Lee alerted readers to what may have been a leaked [...]

More Santería Evidence on D.C. Streets?

It's the Decapitated Fowl of the Week! An anonymous tipster recently mailed the Prince of Petworth, best known for coverage of new eateries and well-maintained rowhouse doors, this blurry picture of a headless rooster that emerged from melting snow on Ogden Street NW near 16th Street NW. Since other dead birds have recently been found [...]

Today in D.C. History: Beatles Perform 1st Live U.S. Concert in Washington Coliseum

On Feb. 11, 1964, at approximately 3:04 p.m., the Beatles entered D.C. to later play before a sold-out crowd at the Washington Coliseum. Only a few months earlier, the group had been largely unknown in the United States. But on this cold February day, D.C. fans braved 8 inches of snow to hear the band [...]