Author Archive for Mike Riggs

Our Morning Roundup: The (9/11) Truth Hurts

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to another addition of Freedom Friday. How about that Van Jones, huh? Obama's enviroczar yodeled down on himself an avalanche of hate after a video of him calling Republicans "assholes" was found on the internet and explicated by the savants at FOX News. Why this irritated Sean Hannity [...]

Alice Swanson’s Family Made a New Memorial

Anna Shoup emailed City Paper with news that Alice Swanson's aunt was at the intersection of Connecticut and R streets NW today, where she replaced her niece's memorial ghost bike (which the Department of Public Works removed on Friday) with flowers and a hand-written sign that reads, "Why has the mayor taken the bike?"

Alice Swanson Memorial Removed

The ghost bike memorializing cyclist Alice Swanson has been removed. Swanson was killed at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and R Street NW on July 8, 2008. The snow-white bike had remained there since shortly after the tragedy.  She was hit by a trash truck while she was riding her bicycle to work.
The bike's [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Ted Kennedy, Quarterback

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to another Freedom Friday!
Theory: Mainstream political reporters are to Sen. Ted Kennedy what Sports Illustrated's Peter King is to Brett Favre. Kennedy wasn't just any old senator–he was a monolith, a model, a(n) [insert ejaculatory praise here]; Favre, despite his retirement shenanigans, isn't just any old quarterback–he's the [...]

Radley Balko Comments on CNN’s Unattributed Use of His Reporting

Late last month, WaPo's Ian Shapira accused Gawker of ripping off his story about a pricey consultant: "Gawker's version of my story, headlined " 'Generational Consultant' Holds America's Fakest Job," begins by telling its readers to "Meet Anne Loehr" — with a link to my story but no direct mention of The Post."
The fallout that [...]

Whole Foods Protesters Miss the Salad Bar

Single Payer Action promised yesterday to picket Whole Foods stores in New York, Austin, and D.C., and today, picketing they are: Neatly, sweetly, and sweatily, making the lunch scene at 1440 P St. NW the most bucolic  in the history of organic-food-store protests.
Holding up a piece of orange poster board three times as wide [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Boycott City

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to the last Creative-Loafing-in-bankruptcy Freedom Friday! This time next week, we very well might be under "new management," as health-code-violating restaurants like to say.
Today: Lefties will picket the Whole Foods at P Street. Tomorrow: Righties will respond by handing out Whole Food CEO John Mackey's Wall Street Journal [...]

Single Payer Action to Picket P Street Whole Foods

In response to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's August 11th op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which he decried the public option, the non-profit organization Single Payer Action has organized protests at Whole Foods stores in Austin, D.C., and New York.
From the group's organizing email:
We know that Whole Foods allows non-profit public interest groups [...]

Our Morning Roundup: When It Comes to Phelps, Only Bad News Matters

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to another Freedom Friday! How about this "heat wave," enh? ENH?
Michael Phelps, Olympiad and hero to long-necked people everywhere, crashed his Escalade in Baltimore last night. To give you an impression of how bad the accident was, here's WaPo's headline: "Phelps Uninjured in Two-Vehicle Crash." There wasn't enough [...]

Beware the New, “I’m Stranded in London” Facebook Scam

Darrow Montgomery, Washington City Paper's amazing staff photographer, just alerted me to a new Facebook phishing scam. While using social media to spread the good word of WCP, Darrow received an instant message from an old friend. Said old friend claimed that she was stranded in London after having been robbed at gunpoint of all [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Birthers, Ben Stein, and the Nature of Reality

Good morning sweet, sweet, City Desk readers, and welcome to another installment of Freedom Friday! We have a new justice at the Supreme Court of the United States–isn't that exciting? Dear race-baiting Republicans: Better luck next time (kisses).
In other other interesting news, the New York Times fired its second token conservative yesterday. Ben Stein, of [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Better Late Than Never

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to Tuesday! It's not a themed Tuesday, because really, can't we just be grateful it's not Monday anymore? Jesus.
Lots of news about shoes, after the jump!

Our Morning Roundup: We Need Another Beer Summit

Kudos to CNN for leading its Obama Beer Summit story with who drank what instead of who said what. There's a special place in hell for people who pander. Also, did you know Obama had another meeting yesterday, with Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? Of course not.
While we're on the topic of elevating abusive cops above [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Do You Feel Safer?

Good morning, City Desk readers (both insured and uninsured), and welcome to our muggiest Freedom Friday yet! Bad ideas thrive on attention, and the Henry Louis Gates Jr. story is getting a ton of it. According to the arrest report, which Gates has said contains "fabrications," the arresting officer asked Gates to come outside and [...]

BREAKING: Metalocalypse Gets Its Own Video Game

We interrupt your regular schedule of news that matters to report that video-game maker Konami, the brains behind Dance Dance Revolution, Metal Gear Solid, and Silent Hill, has partnered with the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, the entertainment goliath behind Tim and Eric, Venture Bros., and Squidbillies, to release a video game for Xbox and Playstation [...]

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