Author Archive for William F. Zeman

Metro Bad News Roundup: Free Fallin’ Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service, [...]

Today in D.C. History: Post Columnist Urges ‘Formidable’ Jarvis to Challenge Barry

On April 28, 1986, Washington Post columnist William Raspberry, urged then-Ward 4 Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis to run against then-Mayor Marion Barry.
Raspberry's column, which called Jarvis "a formidable candidate," was a follow-up to a story by Post city reporter Arthur S. Brisbane. Four days earlier, Brisbane called Jarvis a "formidable" vote-getter who "made a modest [...]

Today in D.C. History: Dancing Kid Interrupts Reagan

On April 25, 1985, a 4-year-old reporter interrupted a speech by President Ronald Reagan with a dance routine in the White House Rose Garden.
Reagan had been giving a speech honoring "exceptional volunteers," including the District's 10-year-old Monica Perez, who had helped run a summer school at her home.
However, Nicholas Speed, a 4-year-old "budding reporter" with [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Metrobus Woes, “Clusterfrack” Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service, [...]

Today in D.C. History: Escaped National Zoo Magpie Recaptured

On April 20, 1983, a magpie that had escaped from the National Zoo a week earlier was finally recaptured, after traveling through both Arlington and Alexandria in its attempt for freedom.

The magpie, which had lived at the zoo since being donated in 1973, escaped through wires "knocked awry by the constant walking of parakeets with [...]

Today in D.C. History: Williams Jeered in Columbia Heights Over Housing Plan

On April 19, 2000, then-Mayor Anthony Williams was jeered by a crowd of tenant activists due to the eviction of low-income families from Columbia Heights.

Williams had ordered a crackdown on "substandard housing" in the Columbia Heights area, saying it was targeted against "irresponsible landlords." However, the policy resulted in a large number of shuttered apartment [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Wheelchair Riding, Marshmallow Peeps Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service, [...]

Today in D.C. History: School Cafeteria ‘Unfit for Human Habitation’ Closes

On April 8, 1994, D.C. officials shuttered the cafeteria at Garnet-Patterson Middle School, declaring the dining hall "unfit for human habitation."
Complaints over the school's physical condition had begun a month earlier, when Darren Jones, then president of the Pleasant Plains Civic Association, had filed complaints about the building's upkeep after he toured the facility the [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Service Dog Stand-Off, “Going Crazy” Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service,Washington [...]

Today in D.C. History: Rioting Spreads Following MLK’s Assassination

On April 5, 1968, civil disorder that had started the night before after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis turned into a full-scale riot in the District, prompting a federal response to protect the government and restore order on the streets.
The night before, local African American organizers—including activist Stokley Carmichael—had begun ordering stores [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Out-of-Pocket Payments, Bad Spelling Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service,Washington [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Delayed Contract, Cheating Workers Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service,Washington [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Delayed Silver Line, Hurt Workers Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service,Washington [...]

Last Train Home?

When it comes to late-night weekend ridership, Metro's most popular stops are not surprising: Dupont Circle, U Street, and Gallery Place. (If that raw data's hard to grasp, Greater Greater Washington made this very handy graph.) While that's probably not all late-night revelers, all those stops are inside the District—so some District officials don't want [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Stabbed Legs, Protesting Employees Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service,Washington [...]

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