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ESPN Raid on Current and Former Post Staff Continues

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Let's just change the name of ESPN's The Undefeated to Washington Post North.

When Kevin Merida left his managing editor position at the Post to run ESPN's offshoot—rescuing it from a perpetual state of limbo when Jason Whitlock was in charge—you knew that the run on current and former staffers would begin. Today's departure? Sports staffer Clinton Yates.

Via a staff memo: Read more ESPN Raid on Current and Former Post Staff Continues

New Affordable-Housing Developments Will Cost More Than $200 Million


On Friday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced 12 affordable housing projects spread across D.C. that are expected to benefit nearly 1,800 residents once they come online. The projects stem from more than $80 million the District awarded to developers from its Housing Production Trust Fund—bolstered last year by Bowser's approved budget—in addition to federal low-income housing tax credits and resources granted by D.C.'s human services departments.

A list of the projects shared by the Department of Housing and Community Development shows that, together, they will cost an estimated $217 million to build or preserve. The two most expensive developments are located in Ward 7, pegged at more than $40 million each in costs. Seven of the projects are preservation-based (so units are kept "affordable" through loans and covenants) while five require construction: Of those, four are new builds and one will be a "gut rehabilitation project." The preservation projects are anticipated to cost an estimated $107 million, and the construction projects $110 million.

In other words, D.C. and the federal government are fronting more than 40 percent of these projects' development costs.

Read more New Affordable-Housing Developments Will Cost More Than $200 Million

Iowans for D.C. Statehood? You Betcha.


Monday’s Iowa caucuses are usually thought of as the first nominating contest for the presidential election, but this year, D.C. Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss hopes that some voters in state will take up another issue: D.C. statehood.

Strauss and his fellow shadow senator, Michael D. Brown, as well as Shadow Rep. Franklin Garcia, formed part of a delegation of District officials that traveled to Iowa this weekend to advocate for statehood as part of the primary elections.

While Iowa may seem like a choice out of left field, the shadow delegation will be working closely with Iowans For D.C. Statehood, a real, nonprofit organization based in Des Moines that has been actively advocating for the issue for the past year, since a resolution was passed by the Polk County Democrats to support statehood. It’s that resolution that the representatives hope to get on party platforms during the elections. Read more Iowans for D.C. Statehood? You Betcha.

D.C. Police Fatally Shoot Man Carrying BB Gun [UPDATE]


The Metropolitan Police Department says the weapon of a man whom an officer fatally shot around 2 a.m. Monday was later determined to be a BB gun.

The shooting happened on the 5300 block of Clay Terrace NE, the same block where an MPD officer non-lethally shot a woman who had pulled out a knife in broad daylight last August. The following month, gunfire broke out on the same block around 11:30 a.m., leading to the death of one man and injuring another.

"An officer attempted to stop an individual, which was followed by a brief foot pursuit and struggle," MPD states in a news release late this morning. "During this struggle, the suspect failed to comply with the officer’s commands and produced a firearm. The officer then discharged his service weapon." Read more D.C. Police Fatally Shoot Man Carrying BB Gun [UPDATE]

Buy D.C.: Audrey Hepburn Style

Each week, Buy D.C. will highlight shops and items you can only find in the D.C. area. It's curated by Kaarin Vembar, fashion and beauty writer, and co-host of the ​Pop Fashion​ podcast.

Flat Out Gorgeous
While everyone else was in stilettos, Hepburn was wearing classically chic flats. Gucci flats, $123. Ella-Rue. 3231 P St. NW. (202) 333-1598.

The little black dress became synonymous with Hepburn’s style. Burberry dress, $100. Clothes Encounters of a Second Kind. 202 7th St. SE. (202) 546-4004.

Twisted Sister
Hepburn wore pearls as part of her Breakfast at Tiffany’s costume. This updated version can go from the office to a night out. Necklace, $40. Lou Lou. 1304 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 333-3574.

Oscar Wild
Hepburn won an Oscar for Roman Holiday. You can practice your acceptance speech with this toy replica, or just let it grace your mantelpiece. Oscar, $7. Chocolate Moose. 1743 L St. NW. (202) 463-0992.

Raise Some Eyebrows
Before there was Cara Delevingne there was Audrey Hepburn. Get perfectly sculpted brows with this slanted sculpting pencil. Hourglass brow sculpting pencil, $32. Blue Mercury. 1427 P St. NW. (202) 238-0001.

Casa Ruby Seeks Donations After Vandalism Incident


Following an alleged assault last Wednesday at Casa Ruby, a nonprofit organization that serves D.C.'s LGBTQ population, the group is asking for donations to help repair its center located at 2822 Georgia Ave. NW.

As first reported by The Washington Blade, a pair of transgender women were charged with simple assault and destruction of property on Jan. 27 after they allegedly threw computer monitors at a Casa Ruby staffer. Ruby Corado, the founder of the organization, told the paper that the duo had been receiving "housing-related services" from Casa Ruby, adding, "We have a history with these two girls." (Corado has not responded to a request for comment.) Now, the group has created an online fundraiser at seeking $3,500 to recoup the cost of the damages. As of Monday, more than 80 donors have compiled more than $3,250.

Read more Casa Ruby Seeks Donations After Vandalism Incident

Gear Prudence: I Love to Commute by Bike, But I Live Too Close to My Office!


Gear Prudence: I’m starting my dream job next week. It’s exciting, but there’s one problem: I’ve bike commuted 10 miles each way to my old job for the last five years and have loved it. But my new job is only a quarter mile away from my apartment, and it seems like it’s too close to bike to work. Is there a minimum distance when bike commuting doesn’t make sense anymore? —Choosing Lovely Occupation, Sacrificing Exercise

Dear CLOSE: Yes and no. A quarter mile isn’t much of a bike ride, and it’s highly unlikely that you’d derive the same joys from it that you have from your former 10-mile commute. Moreover, you’d probably spend as much time getting your bike out of your apartment and locking it up at the office as you would spend actually riding; the math on that simply doesn’t work. In this regard, walking to the office makes more sense and there’s much to recommend it: You still get to spend some time outside and embark on at least a little physical activity before and after the workday. Read more Gear Prudence: I Love to Commute by Bike, But I Live Too Close to My Office!

District Line Daily: A Violent End to the Weekend

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D.C. police are investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting that occurred around 2 a.m. Monday on the 5300 block of Clay Terrace NE. They are also investigating a double stabbing that left one man dead and another injured; it occurred at the Barcode nightclub on the 1100 block of 17th Street NW just before midnight Sunday.


  • When the D.C. Council votes on a permanent cannabis-club ban Tuesday, it will also consider at least three amendments that seek to limit the extent of the ban or to gut the ban entirely. [Post]
  • After Walmart announced it would not locate East of the River last month, Wards 7 and 8 still lack many grocery stores. [Post]
  • As the Iowa Caucuses kick off tonight, D.C.’s congressional delegation is advocating for statehood. [AP]
  • On Friday, a judge ruled invalid a minimum-wage ballot initiative lined up for November. [City Desk]
  • D.C. Health Link has extended health-insurance enrollment until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. [WJLA, NBC4]
  • Do you find it too pricey to live in the District? Consider commuting from Baltimore. [The Baltimore Sun]


Read more District Line Daily: A Violent End to the Weekend

D.C. Principal Says He Was Swarmed by School Children on Red Line


“When they entered the train, it was like a riot.”

Michael Thomasian, the principal of St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Brookland, was on his way to a dinner in Georgetown last night when his trip on Metro was brutally interrupted by a group of school children.

Thomasian got on a Red Line train at the Brookland station around 4:40 p.m. yesterday to ride to Friendship Heights where a ride was waiting for him. At NoMa-Gallaudet, Thomasian says that a group of kids, all wearing khaki-colored pants, got on the train and surrounded him, yelling loudly while taking videos and pictures with their phones.

Read more D.C. Principal Says He Was Swarmed by School Children on Red Line

Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares ‘Great View’ of D.C. from Space

Scott Kelly's sitting in a tin can far above the world. Planet Earth is blue, and he can't help but snap a photo of D.C. Read more Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares ‘Great View’ of D.C. from Space

Chatter: Answers to No One

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Reader response to our annual Answers Issue brought out the tattletale in some readers: Va resident wanted to know “RE taxis w two plates, if I see DC taxis w only DC plates parked in VA who should I report them to to make sure they are paying the correct fees?” But Mari was having none of that shit: “VA resident, get over yourself. Maybe they are a district resident that comes to sleep with their girlfriend at night. Go find a hobby.” What if this is a hobby, like trainspotting? Maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Just kidding! This is nonsense, don’t go around checking up who’s paying their fees.

Finally, reader Rich, who sounds like a profoundly unpleasant person but he reads our paper so I guess we like him well enough, wrote: “The inferiority complex: There’s an aspect of DC that makes it easy to dismiss it as Columbus Ohio (or worse, Indianapolis) with better monuments. The city and its folks gets boosterish about ridiculous things. People try to connect Langston Hughes to DC because he lived here briefly–his work is connected to Harlem and, to a lesser extent, Cleveland and he was born somewhere further West. DC also is basically a musical footnote, but we’ll never hear the end of its brief contribution to Punk and it’s small part in Funk. DC is more of a real city than it was 20 years ago, when the second string border town was more obvious. But DC and DCers have such inflated ideas about themselves that they have to transfer it to the place, and do it w/o a sense of humor. I knew a lot of DCers before I came here and I always found them to be pretty annoying. I got on well with NYers, Bostonians, but DCers were just so smug an d humorless and usually less knowledgable than they thought about the world.” Rich, if the only difference you can genuinely perceive between D.C. and Columbus is some monuments, you truly don’t get this city at all. Move to Ohio, you’ll save a bunch of money.

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Judge Throws Out Minimum Wage Initiative, Casts Doubt on Past D.C. Elections


A D.C. judge ruled that a $15-per-hour minimum wage ballot initiative cannot move forward, saying that approval by the D.C. Board of Elections was invalid due to its members’ expired term limits.

The ruling throws into question the validity of previous BOE actions such as recent councilmember elections and a ballot initiative that legalized marijuana.

Judge Maurice Ross said during the Friday morning hearing that he was not persuaded by BOE Attorney Rudolph McGann’s arguments that the D.C. Charter, which states no specific term limit for board members, overruled the two-year term limits set by D.C. law.

“The Board of Elections argument is that [saying these members’ terms have expired] makes everything in the past four years go to chaos. That may be,” Ross said.

Read more Judge Throws Out Minimum Wage Initiative, Casts Doubt on Past D.C. Elections

Affordable Housing Investment Expected to Help 1,800 D.C. Residents


On Friday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser gave an update not on the District's snow-removal efforts but rather on her adminstration's endeavor to expand D.C.'s stock of affordable housing.

"Housing affordability is one, if not the top, issue facing the District of Columbia," Bowser said while announcing an investment of more than $80 million toward 12 development projects across the city. The projects will preserve or create 804 affordable units and are expected to benefit around 1,800 residents; 83 of these units will be designated as "permanent supportive housing" for the chronically homeless (like La Casa in Columbia Heights).

Read more Affordable Housing Investment Expected to Help 1,800 D.C. Residents

Who’s Responsible for Clearing Snow From Bus Stops?

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A week after the beginning of D.C.’s massive blizzard, many bus stops and shelters remain partially blocked due to piles of snow left by plows and other removal efforts.

Part of the problem is that the responsibility for snow removal from bus stops depends on where the stop is located, WMATA said in an advisory on Wednesday.

“Of the 11,000 stops in the region, only about 600 are owned by Metro,” the advisory said. “If the bus stop or shelter is on private property, such as a hospital campus, shopping center, mall or business park, chances are that the property owner or management company has snow clearing responsibility.” Read more Who’s Responsible for Clearing Snow From Bus Stops?

D.C.’s Blizzard Coverage Looked Very White on Local News Sites

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The Blizzard of 2016 was just beginning to bear down on D.C. a week ago and I was stuck in snowless Toronto, left only with my memories of Snowmageddon, which taught me how fun it could be for a city to shut down. In Canada, a snowstorm isn’t shit and we’re forced to hike through mountains of snow to get to work and school on a regular basis.

Feeling left out, I spent my Friday night tuned to ABC 7’s live coverage, watching well into the early hours of Saturday. For the next several days, I experienced Snowzilla vicariously by devouring all reports, photos and videos of the storm.

I started to notice something. In local media coverage of the snowstorm, D.C.’s black and other nonwhite residents have been virtually erased. Either I missed the exodus of more than half of the city’s residents, or the media was simply neglecting to include the perspective and experience of anyone who doesn’t live in NW, Virginia, or Montgomery County.

Read more D.C.’s Blizzard Coverage Looked Very White on Local News Sites