Posts Tagged ‘National Park Service’

The Consequences of Smoking Pot in D.C. Depend on Where You’re Standing

Unless Congress objects, in July the Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014 will take effect in D.C. But to say that pot will be decriminalized in the District would be an oversimplification. While possession will be reduced to a $25 civil fine, you still won’t be able to walk around with a lit joint. [...]

Cherry Blossoms Hit PEAK BLOOM

The nearly never-ending winter seemed like this day would never come, and yet: The cherry blossoms hit peak bloom today, according to the National Park Service.
Peak bloom refers to the time when 70 percent of the cherry blossoms along the tidal basin are in bloom. This is the latest peak bloom date the city has [...]

District Line Daily: Minimum Wage Workers Get a Raise

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Mayor Vince Gray is expected to sign the minimum wage bill into law today, [...]

National Park Service Director to Congress: Seriously, the Parks Are Closed

Republicans put the Director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis, under fire Wednesday morning, subpoenaing him to testify in front of Congress to investigate, in part, why open-air parks like the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial are shuttered.
Jarvis' explanation: Well, there's a government shutdown, and the NPS is funded by the government.
The [...]

Shutdown Shuts Park Streets

Most streets in and around national parks are run by the National Park Service, so like the parks, they'll be closed during the government shutdown. Which, in D.C., means some of your usual routes may be affected.
These are the roads that are closed to both cars and cyclists in Rock Creek Park, according to Jennifer [...]

Activists to Protest Rock Creek Deer Killing

Councilmember Marion Barry's apologizing today after whoever runs his Twitter account called the National Park Service a "mofo" for the Rock Creek Park deer culling. But the mystery tweeter isn't the only one upset about the ongoing deaths. Outraged activists are planning to hold daily vigils to protest the killings, starting tonight through Saturday.
The protest [...]

Rock Creek Park Deer Slaughter Starts Tonight

The deer of Rock Creek Park have so far avoided a depopulation plan announced last May, thanks to a lawsuit and no thanks to the efforts of an unsanctioned hunter, but they can't live forever. The National Park Service's deer culling finally starts tonight, according to a press release from the agency.
But this is no [...]

The Needle: That’s a Registered Under Armour Trademark, Bro

Meme Turns Mercenary: Nationals outfielder and phrase-meister Bryce Harper is about to cash in on "That's a clown question, bro."  Harper or someone representing him has applied for a trademark of the phrase, which will be printed on Under Armour shirts. -1
Barge and No Longer in Charge: The Georgetown, a 30-year-old barge that has plied [...]

The Needle: Book ‘Em Danno Edition

Kiwi Watch: The National Zoo clucks over its latest addition, a kiwi chick that hatched overnight: "As devoted kiwi cam watchers may already know, a second kiwi chick hatched yesterday, March 7! At 4:15 a.m. that morning, the cam still showed a pipping egg. By the time keepers arrived just before 6 a.m. they found [...]

The Cherry Blossoms Are All Right

I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is the best winter ever. (Sorry, snow fiends.) But I would be sad if something happened to the cherry blossoms. Luckily, officials think they'll be okay:
The peak bloom time for the 1,678 trees around the Mall’s Tidal Basin will be announced March 1, the first [...]

The Needle: Drum Major Edition

Turn Out The Lights: It always feels a little Christmas-y in Adams Morgan, thanks to the illuminated martini glass, music note, coffee cup, and shoe that have been hanging from lightposts in the neighborhood for the last decade. But like a tree that's dropped all its needles and needs to go out to the curb, [...]

The Needle: Unoccupied Edition

You Don't Have To Go Home, But You Can't Stay Here: Nothing like some nosy House Republicans to bring a protest to an end. After last week's hearing in Congress, the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police began enforcing a long-ignored ban on camping in McPherson Square today, which could be the first step [...]

Photos: Occupy Tent of Dreams

Slideshow McPherson Square, Jan. 30th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

Occupy D.C. Files Lawsuit to Block Possible Eviction

While the National Park Service has said that it has no plans to evict the McPherson Square or Freedom Plaza protesters, a lawyer for one McPherson group has filed a lawsuit that would prevent the Department of the Interior from evicting the occupiers without a trial. The Examiner reports:
The Park Service has already posted warnings [...]

The Needle: On and On Edition

Occupiers on the March: The distance, on foot, from Zuccotti Park to McPherson Square is about 230 miles. The few dozen protesters who made the trip or joined it along the way as it passed various Occupy encampments arrived in the District today—a day after the so-called "supercommittee" quit work on a budget deal, but hey, that's [...]