Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian’

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

Meteorites: Not Just for Russia

As you follow the meteorite crash story in Russia (latest injury figure: 725 people), let's recall the Washington area's own brush with extraterrestrial fame: the 2010 Lorton meteorite.
The meteorite crashed into a Lorton doctor's office on Jan. 18, 2010, to instant acclaim: the Post declared it "Everybody's Favorite Meteorite." Doctors Marc Gallini and Frank Ciampi, who [...]

District Line Daily: Two Hours on the Tracks

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As if Metro trips to the suburbs don't already feel long enough, Metro passengers on a [...]

Photos: George Clinton

Slideshow.  Bring Back the Funk Concert, National Mall.  June 27th.  © 2012 Matt Dunn

$4.5 Million For Pandas That Won’t Have Sex With Each Other

Pandas are the worst. They're lazy, they won't have sex with each other (unless they're related), they fake pregnancies, and when they do manage to get pregnant, they almost always let one of the babies die.

But whatever! The National Zoo is celebrating a $4.5 million gift from David M. Rubenstein that will fund its useless panda-breeding [...]

Photos: Santarchy DC

Full Gallery.   National Mall, Dec. 17th.  © 2011 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Siri Will Help You Find Naked Ladies Edition

Dear Siri: Are you looking for abortion services in the District? Don't ask the iPhone 4S assistant Siri to help you find any of the clinics in town! Megan Carpentier writes: "Ask the Siri, the new iPhone 4 assistant, where to get an abortion, and, if you happen to be in Washington, D.C., she won’t direct [...]

Photos: BK Adams Exhibit

Metro Bad News Roundup: Out-of-Pocket Payments, Bad Spelling Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service,Washington [...]

Photos: Smithsonian Protest

Photo: Museum of Censored Art

700 Block F Street, NW. © 2011 Matt Dunn

The Needle: Dave Matthews Next for FBI? Edition

Trouble in Ward 9: At first, news that federal agents had arrested Jack Johnson at his home this morning was a little confusing; soft rock is annoying, but weren't there worse offenders, like David Gray, Dave Matthews, or that idiot who said that crazy shit to Playboy? Upon further review, though, it seemed the Jack [...]

The Needle: Have Faith in Faith Edition

Election Redux: Anyone who could read a poll (i.e., everyone but Adrian Fenty) had known for some time he was likely to lose to Vincent Gray last night. And lo and behold, he did! To find more surprising results, you had to look a little harder—for example, 1,319 D.C. Republicans wrote in a choice for [...]

Zoo Babies: National Zoo Welcomes Four Lion Cubs, More Coming

It's baby-birthing mania over at the National Zoo. The zoo's 5-year-old lion Shera gave birth to a litter of four cubs overnight. The first-time mom is resting comfortably with her new pests.
And that's not all, folks! Baby daddy Luke also likely knocked up Shera's sister, Nababiep, in June. She's expected to give birth sometime in [...]

The Needle: It’s Not Easy Being In the Smithsonian Edition

Hi Ho: The original Kermit the Frog puppet will join the Smithsonian's Museum of American History, along with several other Muppet prototypes that used to star on Sam and Friends, on WRC-TV, the first showcase for the Sesame Street crew. Presumably, they'll take their place alongside other treasures of American pop culture in the nostalgia-inducing, [...]