City Desk

Pizzoli’s Pizza Bandit Pleads Guilty

The viral star of a mugging caught on camera pleaded guilty Friday to charges relating to a bizarre armed robbery last May at Logan Circle's Pizzoli's Pizzeria.

James E. Wade, 30, will be sentenced in November and faces up to 30 years in prison for the armed robbery charge.

In May, Wade casually approached two men eating outside Pizzoli's and asked them for some cash, then proceeded to pull out a gun. The cops posted the security video online as they searched for Wade, and it got nearly 25,000 views, largely because of the surreal calmness of the whole event.  (The video is no longer viewable to the public.)

But the video showed the two patrons calmly forking over most of their belongings. At one point, one of the men politely offers the robber a bite of his food, which was later revealed to be a decoy so he could hide his fancy iPhone 5. The Post reported that, upon one of the victim's requests, Wade even took the cash out of one of the wallets and left it behind so the victim wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of getting a new license and insurance card.

Video still via FOX5


Want a Tattoo? D.C. Might Make You Wait 24 Hours

The District may be giving New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's nanny state a run for its money with its latest tattoo and piercing policies.

The Department of Health posted proposed regulations Friday for tattoos and body piercings in the District. Tucked on page 11 of the 66-page document is a draconian idea (at least in the stereotypically spontaneous world of body art) that would require a 24-hour waiting period between the time a customer requests a tattoo or piercing and when they can actually get it.

If passed, this would rank the District's body art regulations among the strictest in the nation.

Read more Want a Tattoo? D.C. Might Make You Wait 24 Hours

Photo: Man Hailing Taxi


H Street NW, September 5

Buy D.C.: Bikes

Each week, Buy D.C. will highlight shops and items you can only find in the D.C. area, featuring different goods from different shops all around the city, curated by 94.7 Fresh FM co-host and owner Kelly Collis.

HairThings-Clean Trousers

The ultimate accessory for biking to work (or maybe a date)? The trouser strap helps keep the urban cyclist’s pants from getting caught in the chain ring.

Brooks Trouser Strap, $26.99. The Bike Rack. 1412 Q St. NW, (202) 387-2453 Read more Buy D.C.: Bikes

District Line Daily: More Walmart Woes

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The plan to build a Walmart in a New York Avenue shopping center in Northeast has fallen apart, leaving just five planned stores for the retail powerhouse in the District.


  • A D.C. paramedic was put on temporary leave after he wrote a letter to the D.C. Council complaining about staffing shortages. [News4]
  • A medical examiner determined that the 9:30 Club's Josh Burdette committed suicide. [WTOP]
  • Federal prosecutors charged 14 people with stealing unemployment benefits from the District. [WAMU]
  • U.S. Park Police charged a man with allegedly taking “upskirt” photos of women sitting on the steps leading up to the Lincoln Memorial. [Washington Post]


Read more District Line Daily: More Walmart Woes

The Council Network

Ward 6 Councilmember and would-be Mayor Tommy Wells will take his campaign to Reddit this week, with an Ask Me Anything discussion scheduled for Sunday. Which got us thinking: What would be the social networks of choice for other local political figures?

Marion Barry

Who: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry

What: Twitter

Why: From old SNCC photos to live updates on Scandal, Barry’s Twitter feed is already one of the best in the District. Read more The Council Network

The Needle: Bamboo Bambino

Panda Daddy: A paternity test revealed the new panda cub's father to be the National Zoo's own Tian Tian,and not the mysterious panda from the San Diego zoo. -2

Charley's Not Sorry:  A new bar and restaurant, Bar Charley, is opening up in Dupont tonight and its got some pretty wacky drink offerings. +1

Read more The Needle: Bamboo Bambino

D.C.ers, This Is How You Can Make It Into the New York Times Wedding Section

There's a new database out there to supplement your weekly dose of matrimonial elitism. Wedding Crunchers has compiled 60,000 wedding and engagement announcements over the last 30 years from the the New York Times wedding section of record, allowing users to search through these archives by keyword and generate charts based on the changing frequency of the term over time. Are hyphenated last names, Ivy League educations, and fancy job titles a recent phenomena in the wedding section? I don't know, but this program can tell you!

While the wedding announcement sifter probably serves some grander sociological purpose, like showing in chart form how the average marriage age has increased over the years among an affluent demographic, I opted to break it down for D.C. purposes so we can figure out our best chances for making it to the golden pages of the New York Times wedding section.

Here's the key to finding your name in the Grey Lady:

1) Move to New York. If you don't make it to the wedding section, don't be so hard on yourself: You were at a disadvantage living in D.C. Those snobs in New York appear in the section about four times as often as D.C.ers, though we've been catching up in recent years. (It should be noted that since New York's population is more than 13 times bigger than D.C.'s, you might actually be better off sticking around.)


Read more D.C.ers, This Is How You Can Make It Into the New York Times Wedding Section

New York Tribe Latest to Tell NFL That D.C. Team’s Racist Name Is Racist

A Native American tribe in upstate New York is the latest group to try to pressure the NFL to change the offensive name of the District's  football team.

Oneida Indian Nation launched its “Change the Mascot” advertisement campaign today and is running its first radio ad in the D.C.-area ahead of the Pigskins' home season opener Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The ad highlights NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's condemnation of an Eagles player who was caught on tape using the n-word. It goes on to ask whether Goodel will continue to allow D.C.'s football team to use a racial slur as its team name and mascot.

The Oneida Indian Nation joins the liberal media world, Washington City Paper, a bunch of congressmen, and D.C. councilmembers in its opposition to the team's racist name.

But unfortunately for all these well-intentioned stances and campaigns, team owner Dan Snyder says he will "NEVER" change the team name.

Graphic by Carey Jordan


Panda Cub’s Daddy and Sex Revealed

The two-week old cub is officially a female and her panda daddy is none other than Tian Tian.

Scientists at the National Zoo revealed the results of both the sex and paternity tests Thursday morning.

The cub's mother, Mei Xiang, underwent artificial insemination twice on March 30 after attempts to have her mate naturally with Tian Tian were unsuccessful. But like in all panda mating stories, there was some drama: Scientists and veterinarians artificially inseminated Mei Xiang with a mix of fresh and frozen semen collected from Tian Tian and from another panda, Gao Gao, who lives at the San Diego Zoo.  Either one of them could have sired this new cub.

Read more Panda Cub’s Daddy and Sex Revealed

District Line Daily: Statehood’s Shadow of a Doubt

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The latest issue of Washington City Paper is on stands today and the cover story is all about D.C. statehood and whether the District should fork up more than $ 1 million on this seemingly quixotic mission.


  • A New York Indian tribe is launching a radio ad campaign ahead of Monday's home Pigskins football game, urging the the team to change its offensive name, which it considers to be a racial slur against Native Americans. [News4]
  • The National Zoo is planning to reveal the gender and father of its two-week-old giant panda cub today. [AP]
  • D.C. Councilman David Grosso's Brookland home was broken into last week, and the thief got away with two computers and a camera. [Post]
  • Safeway will pay a $600,000 fine and spend an additional $4 million to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances from refrigerator equipment at 659 stores around the country in order to comply with the Clean Air Act. [Washington Business Journal]
  • A deeper look inside Metro's water and leakage issues that may force parts of the Red Line to shut for weeks for repairs. [Post]


Read more District Line Daily: Statehood’s Shadow of a Doubt

Disc Management: Can Professional Ultimate Frisbee Make It in D.C.?


On a steamy day in early July, the D.C. Breeze struggled through its last game of the season. Playing in front of an animated crowd of 100 at Anacostia High School’s football stadium, the Breeze fought valiantly, though they eventually succumbed to the league-leading Toronto Rush, 31-17.

The loss capped off a rocky first season for the team, which posted a 4-12 record—second-to-last in the Eastern Division. Like many other pro sports franchises that call D.C. home, the Breeze wouldn’t be heading to the playoffs, much less bringing home a championship.

If the Breeze isn’t a name that you recognize as belonging alongside the Nationals, Wizards, Capitals, United, and Pigskins in the lexicon of professional D.C. sports teams, don’t feel too bad—the team just completed its inaugural year in the unlikeliest of pro sports: Ultimate Frisbee.

“Professional” and “Ultimate” may seem a contradiction in terms, especially for a sport with humble roots, an undeniable association with college pickup games, and a longstanding refusal to allow for proper officiating. But the sport’s popularity—Ultimate’s governing body estimates that five million people play annually—has made it ripe for commercialization, and two professional leagues with teams stretching from one coast to the other have emerged in the last year and a half.

While the two leagues have largely stuck to different markets, D.C. is one of three cities—New York and Philadelphia are the others—where each has a team. As Ultimate makes a bid for the big time, the two leagues that hope to bring the sport to the masses have put their competing styles, structures, and corporate philosophies to battle in the nation’s capital.

That, of course, raises the question: Which league—and which D.C. team—will survive? Read more Disc Management: Can Professional Ultimate Frisbee Make It in D.C.?

The Needle: Potential Target


Potential Target:  Target may open its second District store in downtown Washington at the corner of 11th and E streets NW, in real estate formerly occupied by ESPN Zone. +1

Doubling Down: The Post op-ed contributor who wrote in favor of decriminalizing teacher student relationships participated in a Q&A with City Desk and stood by her controversial position, but said the media had misconstrued her message. -5

Read more The Needle: Potential Target

Listen to Jeff Bezos Meet Washington Post Staffers

Despite our proximity to the Washington Post newsroom (about four blocks away) and our similar names, Washington City Paper was unable to legally get into Jeff Bezos' much-anticipated pep rally with his new staff.

But like all good pseudo-media reporters, I was glued to Twitter the entire time and have summed up the gist of what went down Wednesday afternoon. City Paper also obtained audio clips of some of the meeting, which you can listen to below: Read more Listen to Jeff Bezos Meet Washington Post Staffers

Enterprise CarShare Coming to the District


D.C.'s short-term rental car market apparently isn't quite full yet: Enterprise CarShare is the latest to arrive.

Enterprise announced today that it would expand its car share program to the District on Sept. 23 and will have vehicles in about 40 locations with plans to double that number by the end of November.

Enterprise CarShare will directly compete with the similarly-modeled Car2Go and Zipcar, which all allow customers to access vehicles electronically and rent cars for short periods of time.

But it will operate more like Zipcar than Car2Go: Reservations are required, and cars must be returned to a designated Enterprise parking sport. Car2Go allows drivers to return the car to any legal parking spot in the District. Read more Enterprise CarShare Coming to the District