Posts Tagged ‘Harry Thomas Jr.’

The Needle: Shuttered Edition

No Pictures: These days, just about everyone has a high-powered camera attached to their cell phones. So maybe it's not surprising that homegrown photography chain Penn Camera is closing up shop—but it's still a shame. Business over the holiday season apparently was precipitously low, and the Beltsville-based firm decided not to bother going on after [...]

This Week’s Page Three Photo

2400 Block of 17th Street NE, December 2
Page three photos are also posted in a big picture gallery.

The Needle: Let’s Get Ethical Edition

Certificate of Occupation: The big worry for the people occupying McPherson Square has been that a sudden police raid–like the ones in New York, Oakland, UC-Davis, and, oh, just about every other Occupy encampment—would clear them out. This weekend's demolition notwithstanding, they shouldn't have to worry about that: A judge has ruled that authorities need [...]

Harry Thomas Jr. Really Wanted to Help Constituents Hit a Ball

Everybody's telling Harry Thomas Jr. stories now. Here's mine.
Back in 1996, I wrote a column for Washington City Paper about the only goal I ever had: I wanted to hit a home run in softball.
A real home run.
Not an inside-the-park thingee any punch-and-judy swinger will occasionally get out of a good bounce or an [...]

Photos: The FBI Raid of HTJ

City Paper managing editor Mike Madden was at the home of Ward 5's Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. this morning as it was being raided by FBI and IRS agents. He tweeted a few pictures:
More pictures after the jump.

From Loose Lips: FBI at Harry Thomas’ House

Via Loose Lips:
WTOP's Mark Segraves is reporting that the FBI is at Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.'s house, but at the moment has not been arrested.
LL is hearing all sorts of disparate info from his sources at the Wilson Building about what's currently happening. LL will be updating throughout the day as more facts become available.
Thomas [...]

The Needle: Save Us, John Beck, You’re Our Only Hope Edition

Eat Your Vegetables: For years, stereotypes of D.C. dining began and ended with lobbyists sitting in steakhouses, carving up the world along with their filets. That's now well out of date—and as a new survey shows, D.C. apparently has the highest percentage in the country of diners who eat vegetarian meals when visiting restaurants. Don't [...]

The Needle: Walmart Doesn’t Kill People, People Kill People Edition

Always Low Prices On Guns: It turned out Walmart didn't need much of a hard sell to get D.C. government officials to welcome them to town; the only argument the city's really putting up so far is about whether they'll deign to give us four stores, or five, not about whether they'll do things like, [...]

The Needle: Sunglasses Edition

Wilson Building Whirlwind: The summer is usually a little slow for political news. Today wasn't. First, D.C. officials announced that the city was suing Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. for allegedly using earmarks to buy himself an Audi. Thomas says he's done nothing wrong, but the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office were already [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: In Transit Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Parking Fairies: From the Bloomingdale blog comes an announcement by a local resident who has convened a "parking focus group" because, "...CM Thomas and Dr. Johnson expressed that they wanted to empower members of the community to take charge [...]

D.C. Councilmembers Share Your Pepco Pain

As mad as some of you might be after Pepco’s recent missteps restoring power following the Jan. 26 thundersnow event, don’t worry: some members of the D.C. Council would like you to know they are even more angry.
Speaking at public hearing of the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs late Friday afternoon, several councilmembers [...]

The Needle: Sepp Blatter Hates America Edition

Qatar? I Hardly Know Her: A collection of D.C. bigwigs turned up at the Newseum this morning, preparing to celebrate word that FedEx Field would host up to seven matches in the 2022 World Cup, which would, of course, be played in the United States. Everyone from D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. to Greater Washington [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Political Metaphor Comes to Life Edition

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Kwame Brown vs. unpaid traffic tickets
Tommy Wells is disappointed
Ron Moten's news conference: the video

Good morning sweet readers! LL is pumped to have survived his first earthquake this [...]

U.S.: Harry Thomas Jr. Owes $16k in Student Loan-Related Debt

Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. appears to be the latest member of D.C.'s legislative body with financial woes to come to light—court records show the U.S. government is claiming he owes  than $16,000 in student loan-related debt.
UPDATE: Thomas disputes this, saying all his loans have been "satisfied," and the whole brouhaha originated from an [...]

Harry Thomas Jr.: Speeding Ticket Scofflaw?

If D.C. Council chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent Gray is in a bit of trouble for an outstanding Maryland ticket from 2002, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. may be really in for it. According to Maryland court records, Thomas has earned himself five speeding tickets in the Old Line State—none of which have been [...]