Author Archive for Will Sommer

Blogger Sues to Get Her Muhammad Cartoon Ads on Metro

"Anti-jihad" activist wants cartoons on buses.

New District Crime Site Steps Into Homicide Watch’s Role

Capitol Justice aims to pick up where Homicide Watch left off

Riding a Bike on the Sidewalk Makes Sense. Why the Hate?

Campaigns that shame cyclists for riding on the sidewalk ignore the real dangers they face.

Andre Iguodala: NBA Star And Accidental D.C. Strip Club Magnate

Golden State Warriors player Andre Iguodala has an interesting side gig

Lawsuit: Dead Body Went Unnoticed in Metro Station for Four Days

The body of a local attorney was hidden behind a platform wall.

Quadruple Murder Suspect in Brooklyn, Police Believe

Suspect worked at victim's company

Feds: Senate Staffer Confesses in Alleged Sex-for-Drugs Scheme

Staffer allegedly intended to trade drugs for sex

I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Big Bag of Money

What do you do with $17,900 in cash?

Kids Break Capitol Hill Sledding Rules With Impunity


Norton Asks for Congressional Sledding Break

Red Sled redemption

Why Did American University’s Law School Plunge in the Rankings?

American University’s law school woos its students with a chance at the kind of international law jobs in which they might handle classified documents. In the spring of 2012, however, one graduate says his classmates got some practice being secretive about something decidedly less important to national security: their own job prospects.
In order to avoid offending [...]

The Pyramid of Congressional Mischief

It’s been quite a summer for the District’s congressional overlords. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) wants to nip the District’s marijuana decriminalization law in the bud, while Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) both want to eliminate the District’s gun laws.
But with so many meddling members of Congress, it can be hard to [...]

The National Zoo’s Bite Club

The animals at the National Zoo may seem like a generally docile bunch, but behind the scenes, they can get pretty rowdy. While baby panda Tai Shan’s nip of a zookeeper in 2008 and a 2003 zebra bite generated awkward press releases, some other animals at the zoo haven’t exactly been model citizens, either. Between [...]

Lawsuit: W Hotel Wouldn’t Let Waitress Wear a Bra With Straps

The W Hotel's P.O.V. Lounge touts its White House-adjacent view of downtown, with a website claiming that the nightlife spot has the "most coveted" vantage in the city. But patrons at the buzzy club may be seeing a little too much, according to a waitress who says she wasn't allowed to wear a supportive bra [...]

An Apple a Day Keeps Congress Away

When the D.C. Council and Mayor Vince Gray left their monthly breakfast on Sept. 24, they were unusually united on trying to keep D.C. open during the shutdown. Precisely how wasn’t clear—ideas included declaring every city employee essential or just staying open and challenging the Department of Justice to prosecute the mayor and Council. Watching [...]