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American Students Attack School Over Facebook Loan Advice

Apparently, some American University students don't like being told that they're screwing up their student loans. Especially when that advice is coming from the school whose high tuition they took those loans out to pay for in the first place.

On Monday, American posted on its Facebook page to ask students to try taking out federal loans before turning to private lenders. But students weren't happy that the school didn't realize federal loans couldn't cover the entire cost of American's nearly $40,000 yearly tuition.

"Are you kidding?" asked one student. "Do you honestly believe we take out loans for any reason besides needing to?"

So far, the incendiary post has earned 93 comments, most of them negative.

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D.C. Hipness Heads to TV

The argument over whether D.C. is hip or not, reawoken a month ago (!) by the Atlantic Wire, no longer needs any sort of "news peg" or "relevance" to justify stories about itself. And so, WUSA9 ran a story last night about whether D.C. is hip.

Morgan Greenhouse, VerdeHouse founder and #hipDC Twitter campaign backer, makes an appearance. So does 11th Street's Meridian Pint-Coupe-Wonderland Ballroom cluster, which is apparently known as the "hip strip" but seems more like a gentrification beachhead.

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Mysterious Flyers Mock Metro Repair Deadlines

Anyone who's used Metro for more than a few days has experienced it: the phenomenon of your favorite Metro escalator going down for repairs, with a sign from Metro promising that it'll be running again in a month. A month later, though, it's still just a staircase. Two months later, the same thing. Three months in, and the escalator has its own sedimentary layers.

One fed-up Metro customer recently took matters into his or her own hands, posting at least two flyers poking fun at Metro's shifting deadlines. The mystery prankster included a Metro-style font and logos.

"Relax....don't worry about the date, we'll just keep changing it," reads one notice, posted on an elevator in Bethesda. The flyer above was attached to a broken elevator at McPherson Square.

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District Line Daily: Driverless Cars

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Self-driving cars are years away at best, but backers say they could reduce traffic in the District.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Office of Tax and Revenue employee allegedly bilked city for more than $300,000. [LL]
  • New York Ave. speed camera rakes in almost $12 million for city in about two years. [Post]
  • New bike lane on L Street will eliminate 150 parking spaces. [Examiner]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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Photos: Man and Horse

2300 Block 6th Street, NW.  Oct. 20th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

 

The Needle: RGIII, Immortalized

Quarterback's Creed: Washington Pigskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be depicted in a painting commissioned by software company Ubisoft as some sort of tie-in with its Assassin's Creed series. +2

Bachelor Pad Bar: Bachelor Pad star Chris Bukowski could set up his long-awaited "ladies-style sports bar" in Clarendon. +1

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Post’s Sally Jenkins Mum on Lance Armstrong

Now that  Lance Armstrong has been stripped off his seven Tour de France titles, several people have been wondering what Washington Post sports writer Sally Jenkins, who has written two books with Armstrong, thinks about the revelations. And now we know: Apparently, she's not thinking about it much.

In an email to blogger Jim Romenesko, Jenkins claims that she has been too busy writing another book to read the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's report. As for whether she'll revisit Armstrong, whose character she energetically defended in an August column for the paper, Jenkins is equally noncommittal.

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Photo: Music Critic

7th and H Streets NW, October 22

District Line Daily: Mayor’s Medal of Honor

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There's a new prize in the District now that Mayor Vince Gray has awarded the first Mayor's Medal of Honor to Family Research Council security guard Leo Johnson.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Motor scooter crackdown coming. [Examiner]
  • Enrollment in voucher program being outpaced by money in voucher program. [Times]
  • Is a monster storm headed to D.C.? [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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Photo: Man with Case

Green Line, Oct. 19th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Dead Deer

Woodland Woes: The appearance of a dead deer in front of Cork Wine Bar on 14th Street NW yesterday is grim enough, but even worse is that fact it took the city hours to remove the corpse. -5

DeGrassi Star Polite: Rapper Drake pulled some funny faces at Howard's Yardfest, but at least he didn't justify his reputation for club-fighting while in the District. +1

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Washington’s Hipness to Be Proven by Twitter Campaign

A hip place

Weeks after the Atlantic Wire's Rebecca Greenfield declared D.C. tragically unhip, local firm VerdeHouse—which turns  raw locations into temporary event spaces—is apparently still smarting from the ensuing Internet spat. But now, it's got hashtags.

"We at verdeHOUSE have a bone to pick with Rebecca Greenfield," writes the firm's communications and new media intern, Mansi Shah, in a release. To prove just how wrong Greenfield is, Shah writes, VerdeHouse is asking people to tweet examples of D.C. hipness using the hashtag #hipDC.

But like #FML, #FTW, and #STOPKONY, this hashtag doesn't have to stay on Twitter. For example, Shah signs her email "Forever #hipDC."

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D.C.’s Worst New Neighborhood Name, Revealed

Washington's abbreviated naming trend has really sped up lately. First there was NoMa and FoBo. Earlier this month, south Adams Morgan became SoMo. And now, Washington has yet another abbreviated neighborhood, and this one is the best/worst of them all: GaP.

That would be near the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station. It might seem like that area already has a name ("Georgia Avenue" and/or "Petworth"), but I'll let this Prince of Petworth commenter explain:

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Should Washington’s Wards Have Their Own Flags?

The District's current flag is pretty cool, as countless tattoos attest. But is one flag not enough for D.C?

The Washington Post's Clinton Yates thinks so, arguing today that District residents should designs flags for each of the city's eight wards. 

I think one of the most valuable parts of this process would be the exercise itself. Imagine legislating a process that involved local businesses, schools, historians and residents in the creation of an image that symbolizes the diversity of the District’s eight wards.

The city could commission a contest and take submissions for ideas. Let people vote on ideas at local libraries. Ask school kids what they think. It could be an empowering experience for local artists who don’t have the reach to get their work in galleries or public spaces.

Or, more realistically, a chance for people to flip out at each other and produce some very ugly flags.

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