Author Archive for Michael Schaffer

The Needle: RIP, Paper Farecards Edition

The Cost of Paper: Metro really, really wants you to start using plastic farecards. Starting Monday, riders can transfer up to $20 from a paper farecard to a plastic one–up from the current maximum of seven. And as of July 1, there's a penalty of sorts awaiting paper-card riders: They'll pay an extra dollar per trip. [...]

How Much Chuck

What if you went to a go-go funeral and a political meeting broke out?
That was the vibe last week when D.C. officialdom helped say farewell to Chuck Brown. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton touted her efforts to establish a national Chuck Brown Day on Aug. 22. Mayor Vince Gray proposed renaming a city park after the [...]

District Line Daily: Chuck Goes Home, Kwame Gets Mad

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.
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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Friday, and it's June, and our daughter [...]

Meet Your New City Desk Writer!

Some home news on a new Washington City Paper staff writer starting soon—and the identity of the blogger behind the DC Porcupine Tumblr. Here's the text of an email announcing the hire:
Colleagues-
We made a hire this week: Will Sommer, former City Paper intern and current Patch staffer, is going to start in a couple of weeks [...]

District Line Daily: Meet Michael Sindram, Ramen Takes Over

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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It's Thursday, and our print edition is hitting [...]

Awards Season for City Paper

Finalists for the Association of Alternative Newsmedia's 2012 AltWeekly Awards were released today, and Washington City Paper scored four nominations. Highlights:
Theater critic Chris Klimek won Arts Criticism nominations for a trio of reviews: A Kennedy Center performance of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Arena Stage's performance of Amy Freed's You, Nero, and a double-barreled July review [...]

D.C.’s Top Baby Names: Sophia, Ava, William, Alexander

The Social Security Administration's latest list of most popular baby names by state is out this morning.
According to the list—which reflects Social Security card applications from the previous year—D.C.'s top five names for boys in 2011 were  William, Alexander, Daniel, James, and Christopher.
For girls, the top names were Sophia, Ava, Elizabeth, Olivia, and Sofia. Drill [...]

The First City Paper President?

Over at New York magazine, the Daily Intel blog had some fun yesterday riffing on this week's Newsweek cover headline calling Barack Obama "The First Gay President." After all, previous pieces of attempted journalistic provocation had labeled Obama the first female president and the first Jewish president, among other demographic identifiers. Wasn't this trend played [...]

Vote This Way on April 3!

In D.C. politics, two events are fast approaching: April 3, the day of the primary elections, and whatever future date the plummeting poll numbers of D.C.’s troubled political class finally hits zero. You can’t stop the calendar, but election day might represent an opportunity to turn around the dismal view most people have of their [...]

What Else Should the D.C. Council Ban?

This week, the D.C. Council briefly turned its attention away from the city’s strained budget, yawning economic chasm, and corruption scandals to focus on something more immediate: councilmembers’ language. During a shouting match at a council retreat earlier this month, at-large member David Catania famously dropped an f-bomb on Ward 8’s Marion Barry. Now the [...]

News About Newsletters

Some home news for anyone who subscribes to Washington City Paper's email newsletters: They're changing—for the better, we hope.
As of this week, Loose Lips Daily and D.C. in 10 Links will morph into The District Line, a morning compendium of news, opinion and links from City Paper's website, as well as links to stories about [...]

Reservations About Reservation 13

Over at Greater Greater Washington, David Alpert is sharply critical of what he believes is the Gray administration's decision to delay the development of a new neighborhood in the hopes of luring a Washington Redskins practice facility.
Alpert is a smart guy when it comes to urbanism: All things being equal, it's vastly better for a [...]

Ted Talks

Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals, is one of those members of the District elite who transcends politics.
Which isn't to say that Leonsis, a tech mogul turned sports tycoon, doesn't have the skills to make it in his city's main game. Last night, I watched the owner of the 1-12 [...]

D.C. Voting Rights Don’t Stop for Snow!

Snow in New Hampshire may have stopped a delegation of high-profile District pols. But it hasn't stopped artist/ex-hunger striker Adrian Parsons. Mayor Vince Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown, Councilmembers David Catania, Michael Brown, Mary Cheh, Yvette Alexander, Vincent Orange, and Marion Barry and a slew of activists were slated to fly up [...]

Examiner, Disowned?

Over the years, we've had as much fun as any other readers when it comes to tweaking the Washington Examiner. But, really, in hyping non-existent Big Brother schemes or publishing comically slanted screeds against bike lanes that just happened to inconvenience parking spaces near the paper's office, our local right-wing tabloid was only doing its [...]

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