Author Archive for Will Sommer

District Line Daily: Shooting in Adams Morgan

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A cab driver was shot and killed this morning in Adams Morgan, with the suspects shooting [...]

District Line Daily: D.C.’s Most Dangerous Intersections

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If you're driving through Washington, you might want to avoid New York Ave. and Florida Ave. [...]

The Needle: Catnapped No More

Meow: The cat stolen from a D.C. animal shelter over the weekend has been found alive by D.C. police. +1
Closing Time: What a time we've had, City Desk, but now it's time for me to go. Your next blogger will be picked soon. It could be you. +1

Taxi Fares Go Up Today, Sort Of

Starting today, the minimum price of a D.C. cab ride goes up from $3 to $3.25. But there's a catch.
In order to charge the additional 25 cents, drivers need to get the long-awaited credit card machines installed in their cabs. The drivers have until August 31 to get the machines. From now until the end [...]

District Line Daily: Plane Crashes Into Apartment

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Residents of a Herndon apartment building woke up to a crashed plane in their building early [...]

The Needle: Ambulance Shutdown

Broken Down: A D.C. ambulance carrying a man shot by police shut down yesterday, thanks to a device meant to keep the ambulance within environmental standards. -3
Touchdown: Pigskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his fiancee's thank-you notes to fans who bought gifts from their registry make the best of an awkward situation. +1

Metro Sends Cease-and-Desist to Parody “HotCars” Site

Parody Metro dating network Metro HotCars—"Here to Turn Up on the Heat on Your Love Life"—had people laughing last week, but Metro wasn't amused. At the time, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the transit agency was "reviewing its legal options" against the humor site.
Today, it looks like they're done reviewing.
Metro has sent HotCars creator Kyle [...]

Jack Evans Launching Mayoral Campaign on June 8

The 2014 mayoral field just got a little more crowded. Following D.C. Council colleagues Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is set to announce his own mayoral campaign on June 8.
Evans will launch his campaign at the corner of 14th and Q streets NW in front of Logan Circle's new Le [...]

District Line Daily: Hirshhorn Bubble Trouble

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The weird, wonderful Hirshhorn Bubble is on life support—and it could take the museum with it. [...]

Judge Dismisses Eric Payne’s Lawsuit Against Natwar Gandhi Under Free Speech Law

Eric Payne is still suing the District government and Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi (pictured above) for allegedly firing him over lottery contract whistleblowing,  but he won't be able to sue them for defamation. In a ruling yesterday, a Superior Court judge threw out Payne's defamation lawsuit by using D.C.'s anti-SLAPP law, which bars so-called "strategic [...]

The Needle: Let’s Hear It for the Girls

D.C. for the Ladies: Washington is the best city in America for women, thanks to its single men and health care providers. +2
Change It: This Pigskins name debate, despite showing signs that it's losing momentum, isn't going away yet. +2

Before Armed March, Organizer Will Attend D.C. Toke-Up

Will activist Adam Kokesh stop getting arrested in time to get arrested at his July 4 armed march on D.C.? Despite getting arrested at a Philadelphia rally where protesters smoked marijuana earlier this month, Kokesh has started organizing another pro-pot event for June 8—and this time, it's in front of the White House.
Kokesh's Philadelphia arrest [...]

District Line Daily: Heat Wave’s Here

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Get ready to sweat: For the next few days, the Washington area is looking at temperatures [...]

The Needle: Near Miss Over Reagan National

Plane Tango: Two aircraft came within a mere 950 feet of each other at near Reagan National Airport on Friday. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, according to a spokesman. -1

Hot Hot Heat: Maybe this summer won't be as mild as expected. -4

Downtown Sinkhole Blamed on Blocked Storm Drain

The good news is that the downtown sinkhole at 14th and F Streets should be fixed by Friday. The bad news is that fixing it is going to come with a hefty price tag.
Speaking in front of the sinkhole this afternoon, Deputy Mayor Paul Quander said the roads surrounding the sinkhole, which have been at [...]

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