Author Archive for Will Sommer

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 [...]

D.C. Basketball Power-Broker Curtis Malone Charged in Drug Investigation

For years, Curtis Malone has been the head of DC Assault, a powerhouse D.C. area basketball program. The success of Malone's players has given Malone a national profile, including status as a go-between between players and the colleges that want them and sponsorship for the program from Adidas.
Malone, it seemed, had come a long way since 1991, [...]

Publisher: Katharine Graham Would Support Selling Washington Post to Jeff Bezos

After 80 years of family ownership, Washington Post Co. CEO Don Graham and Post publisher Katharine Weymouth decided to sell the paper to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos because of dipping revenues, Graham wrote to the paper's employees today.

"Katharine and I began to ask ourselves if our small public company was still the best home for the newspaper," Graham writes. Still, he [...]

Washington Post Sold to Jeff Bezos for $250 Million

The Washington Post Company announced this afternoon that it's selling the Washington Post and its other newspapers to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million.
The Post, along with other papers like the Washington Post Express, will be owned by Bezos, rather than Amazon. Other Post Co. media properties, like Slate, The Root, and Foreign Policy, aren't part of the deal. Neither is the Post's downtown [...]

District Line Daily: Fight of the Gun

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A D.C. Protective Services Police Department sergeant is on trial for buying an AR-15 assault rifle, even [...]

Police Say They Searched Car Where Dead Trinidad Boy Was Found

Almost 24 hours after 7-year-old Michael Kingsbury was found dead in parked Trinidad car, police say that they still have questions about how he died.
No cause of death has been determined yet for Kingsbury, who went missing on Sunday morning, Assistant Chief Peter Newsham said in a press conference in front of police headquarters late this [...]

How Did Searchers Miss 7-Year-Old Michael Kingsbury?

Seven-year-old Michael Kingsbury was found dead in a car last night, just feet from the Trinidad home he had disappeared from Sunday morning. How could police and other searchers have missed him?
Assistant Chief Peter Newsham told reporters he couldn't speculate how Kingsbury hadn't been seen in previous searches around the car, parked in an alley [...]

District Line Daily: All of the Lights

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Which traffic lights in the region drive you crazy? Local motorists weigh in.

Two [...]