Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian’

Disabled Man Settles Discrimination Suit Against Smithsonian

Lawyers representing a disabled man who filed a federal discrimination suit against the Smithsonian Institution last year after the National Air and Space Museum allegedly refused to allow him on its flight simulators because he was in a wheelchair say their client has settled with the Smithsonian—in an agreement, they say, that will make the museum more friendly [...]

T-Rex Successfully Arrives in D.C., Droves of Visitors Pack Natural History Museum

The 66-million year old bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex from Montana, called the Nation's T. Rex,  were successfully transported to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History today in 16 crates. The crates were moved into the 1,830-square-foot Rex Room and, for the next few months, workers will document, photograph, and assess the conditions of [...]

Mom Sloth Bear at National Zoo Eats Two of Her Cubs, Loses Right to Raise the Third

The National Zoo's sloth bear Khali gave birth to three cubs on Dec. 29. But then she ate two of them.
Zookeepers say they removed the third cub in order to save it from its mother, and have been raising it ever since. According to the zoo, it is not uncommon for carnivores like sloth bears [...]

The National Zoo’s Baby Panda Has a Name: Bao Bao

One hundred days after its birth, the baby panda at the National Zoo finally got a name today: Bao Bao, which means "precious" or "treasure."
The name was announced during a ceremony at the National Zoo featuring speeches from State Department representatives and the ambassador from China, which owns the cub. First lady Michelle Obama and [...]

What’s in a Panda’s Name? You Can Decide!

In the latest chapter of U.S.-China panda diplomacy, the People's Republic seems to have stomached some limited democracy: You can now vote online to determine the name of the National Zoo's beloved baby panda, which is on loan from the Chinese.
The girl cub was born Aug. 23, and following Chinese tradition, she will be given her [...]

District Line Daily: Jeff Thompson & The Supremes

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Jeff Thompson, the man who allegedly funded the shadow campaign to elect Mayor Vince Gray, wants [...]

Lucky Tourists Get to Go to Museums for Free Today

After an two-week hiatus, the open air National Mall and the federally funded museums that line it were open for business Thursday morning, and things felt pretty much like they did before the Oct. 1 doomsday.
Families posed for awkward photos, groups of middle school students wearing the same school shirts huddled in front of museums, [...]

District Line Daily: Open for Business

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That's it, the shutdown's over. Everyone can go back to work now and read the latest [...]

A Tourist’s Guide to the Shutdown

Most any touristy plans you had this week are totally useless. The Smithsonian museums are closed. The monuments along that National Mall are barricaded. And the zoo is off-limits. How can you show your visiting family members that your life is more than just your local bar? And what will you do with your own [...]

Tourists Try to Cram in as Many Museums as Possible Before Government Shuts Down

The countdown to doom started Monday on the National Mall as tourists scrambled to jam in as many Smithsonian museums as they could before the almost certain government shutdown Tuesday that would close all of the federally funded museums.
"I've waited all my life and wasted all my money to get here," said Kayla Martin, 65, [...]

Canadian Elephants to Take on D.C.

In what will likely be the biggest D.C. animal news of the day, the National Zoo announced it would welcome three new female elephants in the spring, bringing its total elephant population to seven.
The elephants, on loan from the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada—which said it is relocating the elephants to better suit the [...]

Lawsuit: Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Refused to Let Man in Wheelchair on Its Flight Simulator

A disabled man filed a federal discrimination suit against the Smithsonian Institution this morning after the National Air and Space Museum allegedly refused to allow him to go on its flight simulators because he was in a wheelchair.
Pulseworks LLC, an independent contractor for the Smithsonian that operated the flight simulator exhibit, was also named in [...]

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 [...]

Zoo Debuts Newest Elephant

At least one zoo animal was where she was supposed to be this week: Bozie, the National Zoo's newest Asian elephant, arrived at her enclosure promptly at 10 a.m. this morning for her official introduction to the public.
Bozie, age 37, was born in Sri Lanka but has lived in zoos since she was a year [...]

The Needle: Taxes Tough Talk

Closed-Off Culture: The Smithsonian, unable to afford guards because of sequestration, could start closing off exhibits. -3
Tax Transparency: At last night's Washington City Paper D.C. Council debate, the candidates were challenged to release their tax returns. Today, Elissa Silverman published hers. +1

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