Author Archive for Will Sommer

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 [...]

Adams Morgan Ad Slammed for Sexual Implications

A new ad promoting Adams Morgan has earned a surprising amount of scrutiny on the Internet. But the campaign—which shows a couple playing footsie under a table and reads "al fresco. al frisky. they're both on the menu in Adams Morgan"—is being criticized for several reasons.
The criticisms, in descending order of seriousness:

In a blog post [...]

Washington Post Editor Martin Baron Is an Enigma

Pity the reporter tasked with covering Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron—he's just too inscrutable. Today, National Journal reporter Chris Frates got a lesson in trying to profile the tight-lipped Baron.

Here's Frates on Baron's plans for the Post:
If Baron has a vision for the paper’s future—and almost certainly he had to offer one [...]

Snakes Fall on Adams Morgan Playground, Terrify Everybody

Today in continued signs of impending doom, snakes are falling out of trees and frightening the children of Adams Morgan. The trouble started in Walter C. Pierce Park on Thursday morning, according to an D.C. police listserv email noted by PoPville:
When the snakes fell they scared the children, and everyone fled. This was in [...]

District Line Daily: PCP Popular With Criminals

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PCP is showing up in the systems of arrested people in Washington more than in any [...]

Uber Fight Will Turn Millenials Into Republicans, or at Least This Guy Thinks So

The news of yet another regulatory fight over once-and-future controversial sedan service Uber has provoked eye-rolls and, from Mayor Vince Gray's chief of staff, moaning about "the Uber zombie hordes." But not everyone is so blasé about capitalism! American Conservative Union Executive Director Gregg Keller thinks that Uber's Washington woes could help Republicans win [...]

Hey, Where Are the Cicadas?

Where are the cicadas? For all the talk about cicada cocktails and cicada po' boys, this year's heralded cicadas emergence in D.C.—"a massive, boisterous grand entrance," as predicted by NPR—has been a flop. Except for portions of Maryland and Northern Virginia, there are no cicadas to be found. Were we lied to about the sex-crazed [...]

District Line Daily: Furlough Friday

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Some 115,000 federal employees are starting an involuntary four-day Memorial Day weekend today, thanks to furloughs [...]

The Needle: Bursting Their Bubble

Pop!: The Hirshhorn Bubble would be so cool, but with the museum director resigning today after an inconclusive vote on the project, it's looking less likely than ever. -4
Bubbly: At last, Veuve Clicquot champagne offers a food truck for the 1 percent. +/-0

D.C. Man Will Brave Potomac Pollution to Promote Swimming

The waters of the Potomac River have been known to contain sewer water and chemicals that scramble fish's sexes, but that isn't stopping Jeff Brown. Brown, a former Army lieutenant, plans to swim eight miles in the river in July to convince more black and Latino people to try swimming.
Brown's swim, set for July 20, [...]

Metro Not Infatuated With Parody “Hot Cars” Dating Site

"Metro HotCars is here to turn up the heat on your love life," reads the website for Metro HotCars, a new dating site that purports to be from the transit agency. "Seeking that special someone to share a SmartBenefits card with?"
It looks legit—it has the same logo and website footer as Metro's site. But Metro [...]

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