Posts Tagged ‘d.c.’

D.C. Sales Tax to Drop to 5.75 Percent on Oct. 1

Here's some good news to end your week with: Starting Oct. 1, the District sales and use tax will drop from 6 percent to 5.75 percent.
The higher tax rates on food and drinks at restaurants (10 percent), tobacco (12 percent), and some rentals (14.5 percent) will remain the same. The tax on medical marijuana will [...]

Baby Panda Gets a Little Fatter

The panda team at the National Zoo performed another check up on its famous cub today, and she now weighs 3.07 pounds and is 11.4 inches wide around her belly.
Vets say her heart and lungs sound healthy.
"The cub is very active and keepers said she is very wiggly and squirmy. She’s trying to support her [...]

Uber CEO: Writers Shouldn’t Think We’re Responsible When Things Go Wrong

Uber, seemingly in permanent murky water in D.C., has a funny way of playing damage control.
Last Saturday night, Bridget Todd, an activist and former lecturer at Howard University tweeted at the company that her Uber driver choked her after she kissed her husband in the back of the vehicle because he didn't approve of her [...]

Vince Gray: So-So on Olympics. Dan Snyder: Gung-Ho.

Mayor Vince Gray had a muted response to the prospect of D.C. hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024, striking a pragmatic tone following an unrelated press conference Tuesday. "It will be weighed with what's best for the city," Gray told reporters. "We have only finite resources to go around."
Gray, who so far has played no role in [...]

Man Pleads Guilty to Attacking Girl on H Street NE in Middle of Day While on PCP

A D.C. man pleaded guilty to attacking and attempting to sexually assault a 9-year-old girl in the middle of the day on H Street NE.
Demetrick Littlejohn, 27, pleaded guilty Friday in D.C.'s Superior Court to one count of attempted second-degree child sexual abuse in a type of plea where he did not actually admit to committing [...]

More Than Half of DCPS Students Who Attended a Closed School Not Re-Enrolling This Year

More than half of District students who attended 10 of the 13 public schools that were shuttered in June because of low enrollment numbers did not sign up to attend a District public school for this upcoming school year, WAMU reported today.
This is a potentially big hit for the D.C. public school system, which [...]

More Than 60 Percent of Cabs Won’t Have Credit Card Readers by Sept. 1 Deadline

The long-awaited Sept. 1 celebration when every single D.C. cab would allow credit card payment is now 30 more days away.
About 4,200 District cabs said they would not meet the D.C. Taxicab Commission's Sept. 1 deadline to install electronic payment readers in their cabs and applied to the agency for a 30-day extension. That amounts [...]

Resident Launches Blog So You Don’t Have to Go to ANC Meetings

A new neighborhood blog has launched in the District to fill the void of the now-defunct Borderstan.
Short Articles About Long Meetings—an ode to the lengthy and, at times, arguably superfluous nature of Advisory Neighborhood Commission meetings—will cover neighborhood meetings in the Dupont, Logan Circle, and U Street areas.
Founder David McAuley, the blog's sole contributor, says he hopes [...]

b Magazine Thinks It’s Found 100 Reasons Why Baltimore Is Better Than D.C.

The full ethos of Baltimore is on display this week in the latest cover story from the Baltimore Sun's b magazine: “100 Reasons Why Baltimore Is Better Than D.C.” That’s right, 100 reasons.
The illustrated cover is enough to make any Washingtonian fret over the safety our status as the nation’s capital. There’s Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s eyes laser-beaming the very [...]

Bonjour! Washington Is the New Versailles

As promised, Sean Hannity devoted his entire show Friday night to "BoomTown," an expose of our city and its filthy lucre. But instead of likening Washington to the Capitol from The Hunger Games, Hannity's guests opted for a new analogy: Now we're Versailles.
"Not only is Washington, D.C., becoming, you know, this new Versailles that reminds you [...]

Its Driver Inside, Car Falls Into the C&O Canal

A car was driven into muddy bed of the C&O Canal in Georgetown around 3 p.m. today, according to D.C. police.
As of 3:30 p.m., the driver was still inside the car, while the vehicle was on its side, according to  the Metropolitan Police Department's Officer Hugh Carew. That description jibes with a picture tweeted from [...]

Obama Wins (D.C.’s Three Electoral Votes)!

Time to announce tonight's least surprising news: President Barack Obama has won D.C.'s three electoral votes. NBC News called the District for Obama as soon as the polls closed at 8 p.m.
That puts Obama a mere 267 electoral votes away from a second term. (It also continues an uninterrupted streak of Democratic victories here since [...]

Trent Franks on Abortion Bill: “D.C. Is Not the Issue”

We caught Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) after his subcommittee’s hearing yesterday on a bill he sponsored that would ban abortion in D.C. after 20 weeks.
“District of Columbia is not the issue here,” he told us, stepping into an elevator. “It’s the pain of the child, and when people make the District of Columbia the issue [...]

Republican Voters Don’t Like D.C.

Sure, this isn't exactly a newsflash, but it's nice to have actual data to back it up. Public Policy Polling released a study last week evaluating how voters feel about metro areas. Pollsters found that "The biggest partisan gap is unsurprisingly for D.C. Democrats like it by a net 44 points, while Republicans dislike it by [...]

National Teen Birth Rate At Historic Low, “Significant” Decrease in D.C.

New data from the CDC shows that teen birth rates are lower than they've been since the 1940s—and fell across all ethnic groups between 2007 and 2010.

In D.C., the teen birth rate fell 10 percent, from 50.4 births per 1000 teenagers to 45.4 births; the CDC deems it a "significant" change. The rate plunged even [...]

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