Posts Tagged ‘Union Station’

Derailed, Delayed, and a Mad Dash to Stand and Wait at Union Station

While I’m not sure if there’s standard operating procedure for what should happen after two trains collide in the Union Station railyard, there’s certainly some things that train personnel shouldn’t do when dealing with anxious and agitated passengers caught up in the delays. Although the morning train collision was minor—7 were hurt, however—the effects were [...]

The Needle: Plácido, We Hardly Knew You Edition

Adios, Plácido: Local opera company seeks new artistic director and general director. Tenor singing voice, fluency in Spanish a plus; must not enjoy long walks on the beach, at least not if the beach is in Los Angeles. For that's where Plácido Domingo has fled Washington National Opera for, after 14 years in D.C., the [...]

Infamous Larry Craig Men’s Room Under Renovation

In a city where national history plays out in the oddest of places, it's worth noting that the nasty men's room on Union Station's Amtrak concourse is under renovation. Why? That's the venue where then-U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican, was accused of engaging in oral sex with another man in 2004.
While blogger Mike [...]

The Needle: It’s Electric Edition

Power to the People: Frustrated by the frequent power outages that have plagued Howard Kurtz's home (and possibly yours, too)? Pepco has finally found a solution—spend $256 million trimming tree limbs. And voilà: a reliable supply of electricity. After, uh, a five-year wait to implement the plan. Potentially faster solution—go solar. -2
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Labor [...]

Union Station Chaos: Potential Jumper, Bus Fire

A potentially grisly scene unfolded this afternoon at Union Station. DC Fire and EMS spokesperson Pete Piringer says a few moments ago a woman was atop the parking garage "threatening to jump." Frozen Tropics has been keeping track of the crisis via Twitter posts, and it appears things have been resolved:
She stepped away [...]

Did a New York Congressman Ride-and-Ditch a D.C. Cab Driver?

What does a U.S. representative do when a D.C. cabbie doesn't follow his specific, and also illegal, instructions for their drive around town? Ride-and-ditch like any wholesome American!

Photo: Union Station

Rowdy Youths Cause Ruckus at Union Station [UPDATED]

Various news outlets, including WJLA-TV, are reporting Metro's closure of Union Station this afternoon after an apparent altercation, possibly involving a handgun, on the red line.
DC Fire & EMS reports via Twitter of at least one injured party. Meanwhile, We Love DC 's Dave Stroup tweets live from the scene. "[R]eports are two gangs fighting on train, shooting erupted," Stroup noted [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Peak of the Peak Edition

The most hated man in Washington is glumly going golfing. That's right, folks, Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, your Washington Capitals' fiercest rivals, were finished off rather handily last night by those pesky Montreal Canadiens. 
Caps fans upset about the team's early exit from this year's playoffs can at least take solace in the dejected look [...]

D.C.’s Approach To Homelessness: ‘It’s Still Big Buildings Full Of People’

In light of the overcrowded mess going on at D.C. General's emergency shelter for families, I thought I should call Robert Egger. As founder and president of DC Central Kitchen, Egger is unmatched as this city's most forward-thinking authority on homeless issues.
Years ago, Egger had approached city officials about moving away from sheltering homeless individuals [...]

Photo: Monday, the Train Station

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Obama Stands Up Union Station Crowd

DCist is reporting that Obama did not greet the crowd waiting at Union Station. He simply got off his special train and got into his motorcade. The Post has the play-by-play of the president-elect's tour aboard the "Obama Express."
If you waited in the crowds at Union Station, you have to feel a little hurt, right?

Inauguration Contest: Flickr Photo of the Day!

The first in a series of semi-random selections from our extensive D.C Inauguration flickr pool. Upload your photos to win the aforementioned fabulous prizes.

"Celebrate Pepsi-bama" by flickr user jsmjr

*More info on our photo contest available here.

Horrorfest III, Jan. 9 – 15

An alternative to this weekend's theatrical releases is After Dark's third annual Horrorfest, a pretty self-explanatory film festival with the tagline "8 Films to Die For."
Showing at D.C.'s beloved Phoenix Union Station from today through Jan. 15, the fest sounds like it could be a bloody (sorry) fun time at the movies, with picks that [...]

Union Station Theater To Close: Does Anybody Care?

I can't believe that yesterday brought news that Union Station's infamous movie theater will be closing and we didn't write about it! This is significant for several reasons:
1) It's the only District movie theater east of North Cap Street.
2) It was hated.
3) It was one of the major hangout spots for D.C. kids.
4) It will [...]