Author Archive for Mike Madden

Come to The First-Ever Washington City Paper Fashion for a Fraction Boutique Sale on Saturday

It's February. It's cold. It may never stop snowing.
Who cares?
This Saturday, Washington City Paper has the perfect distraction from this never-ending winter. Come to our inaugural Fashion for a Fraction boutique sale at ideaspace, at 300 Tingey St. SE, to find deep discounts from more than a dozen local retailers. We'll also have cupcakes from Red Velvet, [...]

Chatter: Tea Time?

A few hours after we published Will Sommer’s cover profile of Busboys and Poets owner and mayoral candidate Andy Shallal (“Busboys and Politics,” Feb. 7), one campaign emailed it to supporters. Sommer quoted Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser calling Shallal “a rich socialist,” and that upset a rival. “I never thought I’d see this in a Democratic election [...]

Thursday Is a Snow Day

It snowed, kind of a lot. Here's some of what's closed around town:
For 02/13, fed. offices in DC area closed – emergency & telework-ready employees must follow their agency’s policies
— OPM News (@USOPM) February 13, 2014
The federal government

It's official. Admin offices will be closed along with schools tomorrow, 2/13.
— DC Public Schools (@dcpublicschools) [...]

Here’s Where You Shouldn’t Park During the Snowstorm

For the first time since 2010, the District government will declare a snow emergency Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Mayor Vince Gray told reporters this morning. That means cars parked on snow emergency routes will be towed and incur heavy fines and fees—$375 minimum.
So where shouldn't you leave your car when the flakes start to fall? This [...]

Is Dan Snyder Just Trolling Everyone?

The Dan Snyder era of Washington football has not been the most glorious, nor has it seen the wisest personnel decisions in the history of our storied local franchise. But it turns out the team owner/destroyer-in-chief of fans' playoff fantasies doesn't appear to have significantly better taste in who he hires off the field, either.
ThinkProgress has [...]

Why Ezra Klein Left the Washington Post, in One GIF

Ezra Klein is on his way out of the Washington Post, as Poynter's Andrew Beaujon reported this morning. The Post's editors referred to Klein twice as a "wunderkind" in announcing his departure. His colleague Dylan Matthews only merited one wunderkind reference in that memo, but the Post, which reportedly turned down Klein's pitch for a $10 million-plus site-within-a-site devoted to explanatory [...]

The Needle: Now Fire the Owner Edition

Losing Team With Vexing Owner ISO New Coach: Mike Shanahan will be paid $7 million not to coach the Washington Pigskins next year, as the team fired him and most of the rest of its coaching staff, a day after ending this year's 3-13 season with a loss to the New York Giants. Shanahan won the [...]

Kanye West: “We Should Have Never Ever Let Michael Jordan Play for the Wizards”

Not for the first time, someone asks, "Why did that happen?" about D.C. sports. At his "Yeezus" tour in Chicago, it was Kanye West's turn, griping about Michael Jordan's time with the Washington Wizards. Watch, listen, and learn.

It’s Academic’s Mac McGarry Dies at 87

Sad news for anyone who grew up as a bookish nerd in the D.C. area anywhere in the last half-century: Longtime It's Academic host Mac McGarry died Thursday at his Potomac home. He was 87.
McGarry had retired from the high school quiz show two years ago for health reasons, but only after five decades of hosting the [...]

Post Metro Editor Leaving for Houston

Washington Post Metro editor (and marathoner) Vernon Loeb is leaving the paper to become managing editor of the Houston Chronicle, as Jim Romenesko reported last night. Here's the official memo from Post editor Marty Baron and managing editor Kevin Merida on the news:
To the staff:
We regret to announce that Vernon Loeb is leaving to become managing editor of the Houston Chronicle.
We are losing [...]

This Is How D.C. United’s 2014 Jersey Could Look

After five years selling space on their players' chests to Volkswagen, D.C. United is looking for a new jersey sponsor next season. We asked you to submit possible designs for 2014 D.C. United shirts; here's some of what resulted.

DC Brau, by commenter Guest.

Who Should Sponsor D.C. United’s New Shirts?

D.C. United's jerseys will no longer feature Volkswagen logos next year, the club and the carmaker told the Washington Post's Steven Goff today. That ends a sponsorship agreement that lasted five years, but it also leaves an opening for new advertising space on the local soccer team's shirts.
Some folks are already speculating about who might replace [...]

How Well Do You Know D.C.’s Rules?

Photo and rendering via Office of Planning

Pigskins Shame Spiral: Pat Buchanan

The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.
Who? Conservative political commentator and failed presidential candidate Pat Buchanan.
Change the name? Hell no!
Why? There's no crying in Indian country. "Hurt? Native Americans are 'hurt' by the [Pigskins]' name?" Buchanan writes. "Years ago, I recall hearing a line I thought a [...]

The D.C. Driver’s Licenses We’d Like to See

The District released new designs for driver’s licenses and other identification cards last week (including a vertical layout for cards for people under 21, the better to keep them out of bars with). But the redesign (above) goes heavy on icons that mean a lot to tourists—like the cherry blossoms—and light on the stuff D.C. [...]