Author Archive for Will Sommer

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 [...]

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 [...]

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