Posts Tagged ‘Silver Spring’

District Line Daily: Voter Rolled

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The District's voter rolls may not be honest, according to the Washington Times, which reports that [...]

Something to Cluck About: RentACoop Brings Farm to Family

Juliana, 3, and August, 1, dashed into the backyard to gather a couple eggs from their coop. Their mother Pamela, followed behind, empty newspaper bag in tow, ready to pick up any overnight chicken poop.
Their eggs collected, Juliana and August headed to the kitchen to make breakfast. But this meal wasn't collected at a farm. [...]

Photos: Thanksgiving Parade

Parade Gallery.  Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD.  Nov. 19th.  © 2011 Matt Dunn

The Needle: No Taxation Without Solid Waste Edition

Recycling Legislation: Our federal overlords on Capitol Hill generate 5,300 tons of solid waste a year; after all, as any Tea Party activist will tell you, most bills are hundreds and hundreds of pages long, and printing them all out means a lot of garbage. Now the Architect of the Capitol has grand visions of [...]

The Needle: I Quit Edition

Gone for Good: The Washington Nationals have, contrary to all usual behavior in past seasons, won 11 of their last 12 games, including one this afternoon, and looked like a decent ball club while doing it. So naturally, manager Jim Riggleman decided this was the perfect time to resign. Riggleman apparently was bothered that the [...]

‘Pepco Sucks Ass’

Updated below.
Dispatch from a Silver Spring source, who lives right over the D.C. line and still doesn't have power:  "Pepco sucks ass. Forty-four hours with no power and no relief in sight. I was so fucking angry I left my home at 12:30 after midnight to drive the streets looking for a Pepco truck. I [...]

Photos: Thanksgiving Parade

The Needle: Election Day Edition

Vote for Me: The only election that really matters in D.C. municipal affairs, the Democratic Party primary, is under way. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray both scour the District for votes. For a clue as to which candidate feels more confident, check the locations of their evening parties—Fenty will be at [...]

The Needle: No Hostages Edition

Phillips Flames Extinguished: A fire in a museum is about the worst nightmare any curator could have. So when the Phillips Collection started blazing this morning, it would have been easy to panic. But museum workers spirited artworks out of the building as soon as they realized the fire had started, and the areas directly [...]

The Needle: Silver Spring Syndrome Edition

Silver Standoff: A gunman strolls into the Discovery Communications headquarters in downtown Silver Spring and takes hostages, apparently in an attempt to get the cable conglomerate to stop airing shows that encourage people to have babies. Why? Because the gunman is nuts. The alleged suspect, James Jay Lee, was arrested in the same place two years [...]

Gunman in Discovery Hostage Standoff Dead, Reports Say

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Suspect James Jay Lee is dead, according to Washington Post sources.
UPDATE, 5 p.m.: Police shot the suspect, James Jay Lee, apparently because they feared he was going to set off what they believed was an explosive device. The three hostages he had taken were freed safely. Lee is in police custody.
A [...]

Betts Murder Underscores Risk of Pick-Up Crime

Local gay-rights activists are growing increasingly concerned about the recent spike in so-called pick-up crimes in and around the District.
The organization Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) has issued two alerts warning gay males to be wary of hooking up through phone chat lines or via the Internet, as the risk goes far beyond contracting sexually transmitted [...]

Third Betts Murder Suspect Booked

A third suspect has been booked in connection to the Brian Betts homicide case. Montgomery County Police have charged Deontra Q. Gray, 18, with one count of first degree murder, one count of armed robbery, and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Gray is being held without bond.
Two other 18-year-olds–Sharif Tau Lancaster and [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Remembering Brian Betts

As the death of Principal Brian Betts continues to be investigated, I spent part of my night reading something unrelated to his murder. I read the Facebook tribute page that had inevitably been created to honor his memory. On that page, there is no surplus debate, no one demonizing Michelle Rhee. And there is no [...]

Rhee, Evans Release Statements On Principal’s Death

Updated 2 p.m.
Earlier this morning, Michelle Rhee released a statement on the suspicious death of Brian Betts, principal of Shaw @ Garnet-Patterson MS. He was found dead in his Silver Spring home. MOCO police say Betts appears to be the victim of a homicide.
Read Rhee's statement as well as Councilmember Jack Evans' statementin full after [...]