Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’

The Needle: Ciroc Edition

Inspect Yourself: Free booze is not, apparently, one of the perks of being a liquor regulator in D.C. So say Alcoholic Beverage Control officials, who suspended investigator Jermaine Matthews for allegedly accepting two comped bottles of Ciroc vodka and two comped bottles of Ciroc Peach last week at upscale lounge Josephine, where a waitress says [...]

The Needle: The Heat Index Is Too Damn High Edition

Welcome to the Heat Dome: It's both the heat and the humidity, apparently. The heat wave that swept the Midwest this week arrived in the District in full force today, bringing temperatures near 100 degrees and humidity near 100 percent, for heat index readings that the region hasn't seen in more than a decade. The [...]

The Needle: Reinforcing The Fact Edition

Experts Weigh In: The House is setting up a fight with the White House over school vouchers for low-income D.C. students, which the Obama administration is opposing on the theory that Congress really shouldn't be deciding who goes to which schools in the District. And like all issues, the future of D.C. education policy can [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Service Cuts and Videotaped Fights 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, [...]

Derailed, Delayed, and a Mad Dash to Stand and Wait at Union Station

While I’m not sure if there’s standard operating procedure for what should happen after two trains collide in the Union Station railyard, there’s certainly some things that train personnel shouldn’t do when dealing with anxious and agitated passengers caught up in the delays. Although the morning train collision was minor—7 were hurt, however—the effects were [...]

The Needle: Friday Is Better Than Monday Edition

Reading, 'Riting, and Punching: Now this is education reform: A teacher at the Rock Creek Academy punches a student in the mouth, knocking out a tooth, after the student tries to grab his hat. The teacher, Joe Coleman, was charged with assault. No word yet on what Michelle Rhee thinks of the whole thing. -2
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Infamous Larry Craig Men’s Room Under Renovation

In a city where national history plays out in the oddest of places, it's worth noting that the nasty men's room on Union Station's Amtrak concourse is under renovation. Why? That's the venue where then-U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican, was accused of engaging in oral sex with another man in 2004.
While blogger Mike [...]

Photo: Three Travelers

Northbound Amtrak train.  ©2010 Michael W. Hicks

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