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  • Police investigating cause of fatal stabbing of man on Metro

    Washington, DC News
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Authorities say they're continuing to investigate the cause of a Metro stabbing that left an American University graduate dead. Police say 18-year-old Jasper Spires of Northwest Washington was arrested Monday in connection with the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Sutherland.
  • Tech Consultant to Run Against Republican Sean Duffy

    Roll Call: Daily News
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Democrat Kirk Bangstad, a Wisconsin entertainer and consultant who has worked with some of the country's largest tech companies, announced Tuesday he will challenge Republican Rep. Sean P. Duffy in the state's 7th District.
  • Greek prime minister calls Obama ahead of bailout pitch

    TheHill - Top News
    Jordan Fabian
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Alexis Tsipras phoned the president at a crucial moment in his nation's debt crisis.
  • District Line Daily: $7 Million Distillery Pub

    City Desk
    Zach Rausnitz
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com. Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here. The team behind Founding Farmers plans to open a $7 million distillery pub in Mt. Vernon Triangle. The menu will take inspiration from "the spirit of George Washington." Make of that what you will. LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Landmark Theatres has taken over West End Cinema and will reopen it. [DCist] Donald Trump's…
  • The road most taken: Your tales of nightmarish commutes — and workarounds

    Washington, D.C. Business News - Local Washington, D.C. News | The Washington Business Journal
    Bob Niedt
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    We got quite a bit of traffic on our traffic story. You know, the one that asked the question, "Are you a mega commuter?" and was based on a U.S. Census bureau paper showing Greater Washington as the third-worst area in the U.S. to commute in regard to travel time. I told you about my daily home-to-work-and-back-again ride between Chantilly and Rosslyn. I asked for your road stories. You shared (and thanks for all of your emails): From Teresa Mannix, assistant dean for communications, McDonough…
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    Washington, DC News

  • Police investigating cause of fatal stabbing of man on Metro

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Authorities say they're continuing to investigate the cause of a Metro stabbing that left an American University graduate dead. Police say 18-year-old Jasper Spires of Northwest Washington was arrested Monday in connection with the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Sutherland.
  • Fringe Festival, Still Crazy After All 10 Years

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
    It's 10th anniversary time for the Capital Fringe Festival, the annual summer performing arts festival that keeps on moving and keeps on staying. Ever since the Capital Fringe Festival-which runs from July 9 to August 2 -- appeared in and around Washington ten years ago as one of the many offsprings of the Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival, it has made yearly strides to become something more than a fringe thing.
  • Obama points to progress fighting Islamic State

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Washington a President Barack Obama portrayed the U.S.-led coalition Monday as gaining ground against the Islamic State but conceded more difficulties ahead in fighting what he described as a nimble and opportunistic enemy. "We're starting to see some progress," the president said during a rare visit to the Pentagon, ticking off a list of towns in Iraq and Syria that he said had been wrested from IS control in recent weeks.
  • A call to share the care

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    As America continues to strengthen the care we provide to those who have gone to war on behalf of our nation, we must recognize that for too long we have overlooked the most valuable individuals entrusted with the well-being of our wounded, ill and injured veterans. Nearly five-and-a-half million spouses, parents, children and other loved ones have voluntarily put their lives on hold to provide our returning service members with a trusted continuum of care that could not be replicated without them.
  • Obama administration: Education bills lack accountability

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:50 pm
    In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington.
 
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    Roll Call: Daily News

  • Tech Consultant to Run Against Republican Sean Duffy

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Democrat Kirk Bangstad, a Wisconsin entertainer and consultant who has worked with some of the country's largest tech companies, announced Tuesday he will challenge Republican Rep. Sean P. Duffy in the state's 7th District.
  • Truckers Push Efficiency In Case for Longer Trailers

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    Drivers nationwide could find themselves sharing the roads with longer double-trailer trucks under a proposal making its way through Congress.
  • At National Building Museum, Life's a Beach

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    For Hillites in need of an impromptu beach fix, the National Building Museum is happy to oblige, no swimsuits or sunblock required. The museum's Great Hall, home to so many Hill fundraisers and galas, is hosting the BEACH, a monochromatic, indoor representation of the real thing.
  • Free Your Mind at Comic-Con

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    Attending Comic-Con International can certainly be about granting the imagination carte blanche to explore every fevered dream and act out the most outlandish childhood fantasies.
  • Democrats Land Mike Coffman Challenger in Colorado

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Colorado State Senate Minority Leader Morgan Carroll announced her candidacy Tuesday against Republican Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado's 6th District.
 
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    City Desk

  • District Line Daily: $7 Million Distillery Pub

    Zach Rausnitz
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com. Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here. The team behind Founding Farmers plans to open a $7 million distillery pub in Mt. Vernon Triangle. The menu will take inspiration from "the spirit of George Washington." Make of that what you will. LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Landmark Theatres has taken over West End Cinema and will reopen it. [DCist] Donald Trump's…
  • District Line Daily: Foo Fight

    Zach Rausnitz
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com. Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here. We wanted to send a photographer to the Foo Fighters blowout at RFK on July 4th, but the band's contract was outrageous. If you attended the show and took a great photo, send it our way. If we run it in print, we'll pay you. LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: D.C., Arlington residents sound off on jet noise at nearby Reagan…
  • Andrew Giambrone is the New City Desk Reporter

    Steve Cavendish
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Washington City Paper has hired Andrew Giambrone to run our City Desk blog, beginning on July 13. Giambrone comes to us via the Atlantic, where he just completed a one-year fellowship with the magazine. While there, he wrote about reducing gun violence, delivering flu shots via Uber, and a subject near and dear to our hearts, D.C. statehood. He interned at the New Yorker while at Yale, where was on the staff of the Yale Daily News. He grew up in Brooklyn. The biggest attraction to the job, Giambrone says, is the chance to cover local news, and we promise to flood him with those chances…
  • Buy D.C.: Tourist Kitschy Cool

    Kaarin Vembar
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Each week, Buy D.C. will highlight shops and items you can only find in the D.C. area, curated by Kaarin Vembar, owner of personal shopping and wardrobe editing service Closet Caucus. If you live in D.C., there’s a good chance you strive to avoid the city’s more touristy offerings. But you’re missing out on some serious swag. Here’s some fun merch locals rarely encounter. That’s How Rough Riders Roll Take a bath while brushing up on history with this Theodore Roosevelt rubber ducky. Historic duck, $.99. Washington Welcome Center. 1001 E St. NW. (202) 347-6609. Empower-Mints D.C. is…
  • Chatter: Buy, Buy, Buy

    Emily Q. Hazzard
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    What you said about what we said last week Chris Heller’s thoughtful checkup on the D.C. United stadium deal poised to turn this city into a soccer town (any day now, guys...) was bound to get readers’ knickers in a twist. And oh, what a twist they’re in! JC bristled at any comparison between District stadiums: “The Nats deal and United’s deal are completely different. The city owns every inch of land they are buying for United’s stadium.” OK, JC, let me stop you right there: They own the thing they are buying? Does any part of that raise a red flag to you? “The city loses…
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    Washington, D.C. Business News - Local Washington, D.C. News | The Washington Business Journal

  • The road most taken: Your tales of nightmarish commutes — and workarounds

    Bob Niedt
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    We got quite a bit of traffic on our traffic story. You know, the one that asked the question, "Are you a mega commuter?" and was based on a U.S. Census bureau paper showing Greater Washington as the third-worst area in the U.S. to commute in regard to travel time. I told you about my daily home-to-work-and-back-again ride between Chantilly and Rosslyn. I asked for your road stories. You shared (and thanks for all of your emails): From Teresa Mannix, assistant dean for communications, McDonough…
  • Here they are: The top D.C. health care stories of 2015 ... so far

    Tina Reed
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    It's been a big year so far for health care in Greater Washington. While bio has dominated the headlines with the growth of precision medicine investments and the industry, the health-tech rush and the green rush have also captured the attention of investors. Here's a look at some of the most talked and the most-read stories in local health for the first six months of 2015: The precision medicine race heats up: Inova Health System announced massive investments with the $180 million acquisition…
  • Maryland among few states with lower home values

    Jeff Clabaugh
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Home prices are rising in most corners of the country, but Maryland finds itself on a short list where that’s not the case. That's according to real estate firm CoreLogic Inc., which says average home values in Maryland in May were down 1.5 percent from a year earlier. That drop was led by a 1.8 percent decline in Baltimore. Maryland is one of only five states with lower home values compared with a year ago. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mississippi and Louisiana are the others. Among metro areas,…
  • Team behind popular Provision No. 14 has another D.C. restaurant coming soon

    Rebecca Cooper
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    The newly formed restaurant group behind popular 14th Street spot Provision No. 14 will open another restaurant, this one in the former Famous Luigi's space at 1132 19th St. NW. Bonfire, a 5,500-square-foot restaurant and bar, aims to open by November, according to Lance Marine of CBRE, who represented the landlord in the lease deal. The restaurant will have two bars, with the majority of dining-room seating on the main level. The building was occupied for 70 years by Famous Luigi's, a pizza and…
  • Conversion to condos at D.C. hotel, 2 relocations lead permits

    Michael Neibauer
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Welcome to this Tuesday edition of permits. Let's get straight to it. 2660 Connecticut Ave. NW: The JBG Cos. will convert 162 hotel rooms on the third through the eighth floors of the Marriott Wardman Park into 31 luxury condominium units. Work will also include a new lobby, fitness room, lounge and storage spaces on the ground-floor level, and the introduction of three rooftop deck areas. The condos will be served by a new underground garage, which was the subject of a previously issued permit.…
 
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    The Fix

  • A list of the well-known politicians who have defended Edward Snowden

    Amber Phillips
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Now that he's left office, former attorney general Eric Holder appears to have softened a bit on how he'd handle Edward Snowden. Holder told Yahoo News on Monday that he thinks his former Justice Department should strike a deal with Snowden, whose revelations of government spying on foreigners and Americans put our country "in a different place," […]
  • Bill Cosby and his fellow scolds just took a legal beating

    Janell Ross
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    It's a long-established legal principle: Public figures have fewer privacy protections under the law than ordinary citizens. So when a federal judge ordered Monday that documents in a civil suit brought against Bill Cosby be made public on the grounds that Cosby is not a private citizen, it wasn't that surprising. What was surprising is what the […]
  • Why it’s surprising more pols don’t get caught hiring illegal immigrants

    Hunter Schwarz
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    On the heels of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments that many illegal immigrants from Mexico are rapists and drug dealers and that the U.S. should build a wall on its southern border paid for by Mexico, workers at a Trump hotel that is under construction in Washington, D.C., told the Post they and some of their […]
  • Marco Rubio is wrong: Time travel can win the future — just not ours

    Philip Bump
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    During a speech in Chicago on Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio derided the Democratic front-runner by suggesting that her policy ideas were outdated. “The race for the future will never be won by going backward,” he said. “It will never be won by hopping in Hillary Clinton’s time machine to yesterday.” It's a very au courant […]
  • Hillary Clinton relied heavily on white voters in 2008. In 2016, it’s reversed.

    Philip Bump
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    There are a lot of reasons that Hillary Clinton lost in 2008. One of the most prominent was that she was running against one of the most dynamic candidates in recent memory at a time when people were eager for something new. Another was that the dynamic candidate she was running against was black. The latter […]
 
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    The Hill: Contributors

  • Was the euro a mistake?

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Was Europe's common currency doomed from the start?The question nips at the back of the minds of its advocates, both economists and politicians, as they reckon with the crisis of Greece. In the wake of Sunday's rejection of bailout terms, European...
  • Why are we so afraid of nuclear?

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    There is little doubt that the words "nuclear" and "radiation" engender fear and anxiety in many humans. What is less certain is why.Although we tend to interpret reality through the lens of our present knowledge and awareness, the roots of common...
  • Is Florida the GOP's Waterloo?

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Florida may be the killing field in the war for the Republican presidential nomination. That's because two major candidates call Florida home, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio. Losing their home state's primary would be a hard hit for...
  • Chevron decision's domain may be shrinking

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last August, in a column for The Hill headlined "Happy 30th Anniversary, Chevron!," I said that the Supreme Court's 1984 landmark decision in Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council had "fundamentally altered the existing...
  • Sanders battles big insurance premium increases

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    The New York Times has recently reported that big insurance companies are now planning gigantic increases in insurance premiums that could rise, if insurers get their way, by a staggering 20 percent to 40 percent. Leading the fight against this...
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    News

  • Obama to host Senate Dems

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
    President Obama will host Senate Democrats for a meeting and reception on Tuesday, a White House official said.   The White House says the gathering will mostly be a social occasion. But it gives the president a chance to huddle...
  • Obama calls women's soccer team

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    President Obama on Monday called the United States women’s soccer team to congratulate them on winning the World Cup.  Obama praised the squad for “displaying the strength and spirit that makes our country great – in front of the...
  • South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The South Carolina Senate has voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.  Senate members voted 37-3 on Monday to remove the flag, according to the Post and Courier.  The flag...
  • Lawmaker: US women paid millions less than men for World Cup

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The winners of the Women's World Cup will be paid four times less than the losers of the men’s soccer tournament, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Monday.The U.S. women’s national team that won the World Cup 5-2 on Sunday night will receive $2...
  • Eric Holder: Supreme Court justice?

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he has no interest in returning to public life, even if offered a seat on the Supreme Court.“I greatly enjoyed my career in public service, and I’ll stay involved in political life in some form or fashion,...
 
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    A Parent in Silver Spring

  • Harris Teeter Online Ordering for an Easier Summer

    Jessica McFadden
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Organic milk, fresh brown eggs, cheese, butter, almond milk, coffee, fruit, organic tortilla chips and other healthy crunchy snacks. In my house of three hungry kids, these grocery staples constantly need to be replenished. Lately I have been choosing Harris Teeter as my regular grocery store due to its More Lower Prices campaign. The fresh and organic items that I buy the most are always on sale. I like saving money. But I often feel like the constant trips to the grocery store are my Sisyphean boulder of motherhood. If you are a joyful little four year old, you think a trip to a big,…
  • Sprayground Fun with CLIF Kid #OutToPlay

    Jessica McFadden
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:15 pm
    OUTSIDE.  That’s the name of the game in our house this summer. Less screen time, more play time. Less video game characters, more playdates with friends. Less virtual running from Koopas and Doom Raiders, more real running around with Joe and Owen and Lauren and Cora. So when the CLIF Kid crew contacted me and my fellow DC-area social media moms Stacey Ferguson of Justice Fergie and BeBlogalicious and Amy Mascott of TeachMama to host a big ol’ outdoor playdate with our kids’ friends, it was a no-brainer. CLIF Kid wants to inspire our kids to get outside and just be kids…
  • Heritage Montgomery Days This Weekend

    Jessica McFadden
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:04 pm
    My family and I recently visited the Oakley Cabin in Brookeville, MD  18th Annual Montgomery County Heritage Days This Weekend, June 27 & 28 Although storms are predicted for this weekend, rain cannot keep our area’s history down! Each year, Heritage Montgomery hosts the annual Heritage Days Celebration on the last weekend in June. This countywide festival offers us families the chance to explore and learn all over Maryland’s Montgomery County. Learn about local history as it applies to agriculture, African-American communities, transportation, astronomy and local arts. Many…
  • How to Find a Pediatrician in the DC Area with Children’s National

    Jessica McFadden
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    The number one question I receive via reader e-mails is “How do I find a preschool/daycare?” And the second-most received request I get: “Help me find a pediatrician!” These are crucial decisions we as parents make for our kids. And even as someone who spends a ton of time on the Internet, I still find myself confounded when searching for new health care providers. I know that when I was searching for my first pediatrician when expecting Charlie in 2003, I was most concerned with where the pediatrician practice had privileges. I wanted to make sure that my…
  • GIVEAWAY: Cool Kids Clothes – 5 Winners!

    Jessica McFadden
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Want to win some gorgeous kids’ clothing from cool Scandi design clothier finside? Five lucky readers will win prizes valued up to $120!  Head on over to the giveaway on A Parent in America here. Simply leave a comment on the post to win!   
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    FishbowlDC Feed

  • Promotion News at PBS NewsHour; Lisa Desjardins Named Political Director

    Damon Marx
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    PBS NewsHour announced a flurry of promotions on Tuesday morning — five in total — including Lisa Desjardins as political director, P.J. Tobia and Frank Carlson as producers, Alexis Cox as segment unit producer, and Corinne Segal as a reporter/producer on the arts team. Desjardins, who joined NewsHour in October of 2014 as a politics reporter and editor, will be covering her fifth presidential election in 2016 as she takes the political director reins. She spent nearly ten years with CNN prior to her stint at PBS, and was a Peabody Award recipient for their coverage…
  • Linda Douglass Named Communications Head at Bloomberg

    Corinne Grinapol
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    Linda Douglass, the former Atlantic Media communications executive, is joining Bloomberg Media Group as its global head of communications, the organization announced this morning. Douglass, who starts in September, will be responsible for strategy and press relations across all of Bloomberg’s many platforms. Douglass stepped down in 2013 at Atlantic Media, where she was the svp for global communications, to “experiment with the concept of more free time.” Douglass had come to Atlantic Media from the White House, where she served as communications director for the office of…
  • Paul Begala: Hillary’s Treatment of the Press Was ‘Horrible’

    Damon Marx
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    You know it’s bad when one of Hillary Clinton‘s biggest supporters, Paul Begala, admits thatthe July 4th corralling of the press was “horrible.” \"Paul, help me understand something,\" said New Day host Chris Cuomo on Tuesday morning. \"You keep saying she wants to take it to grassroots, person by person. How do you square that with shutting out the media? I don’t get how the two go together.\" \"Because you’re not a person, Cuomo. You’re the media,\" joked the former Clinton advisor. \"She is the most famous woman in America perhaps, one of the most famous…
  • Newseum’s First Amendement Survey Results Are Mixed Bag of Scary and Encouraging

    Corinne Grinapol
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    It’s another chapter in the age-old test of whether Americans can name or identify things about their own country. In this case it’s things having to do with that protector of expression, the First Amendment. The Newseum Institute has been tracking Americans’ knowledge and opinions about the First Amendment since 1997, and its 2015 survey results are a mix of good and bad news for fans of the five freedoms. Let’s take a look at some of the findings from the survey, which had a sample size of 1,002 with a 3.2 percent sampling error. The bad: Almost a full third of…
  • Grant Paulsen Joins FOX 5 as Redskins Reporter

    Damon Marx
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Grant Paulsen is joining FOX 5 as a Washington Redskins reporter, announced the station’s vp and news director, Paul McGonagle. “When it comes to covering Redskins Football, you want Grant Paulsen working for you. He is the best beat reporter around,” said McGonagle in the announcement. Paulsen, who currently co-hosts the 106.7 THE FAN talk show Grant and Danny and hosts national weekend baseball shows on Sirius XM’s MLB Network and Fantasy Sports Radio, will contribute to all Redskins-related newscasts as well as FOX 5 Redskins Game Time. “I’m ecstatic and…
 
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    Frozen Tropics

  • One Eight Distilling Dinner w/the Distillers at Granville Moore's

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:34 am
    There are still some tickets left for the July 14th Dinner with the Distillers at Granville Moore's. The special four dinner includes cocktail and food pairings. It's a cool opportunity to enjoy awesome eats and drinks while you meet some of the folks involved in the District's burgeoning culinary and distilling scenes.About the event:One of H Street's most celebrated food-and-drink spots, Granville Moore's, invites you to an intimate dinner of Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Kermisch's creation -- four gourmet courses each paired with a One Eight Distilling signature cocktail or spirit. Guests are…
  • MPD Seeks Man for 7/4 Murder on Metro Train [UPDATE: Suspect in Custody]

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    UPDATEThe Washington Post reports that MPD believes they have the suspect in custody.MPD is actively seeking 18 year old Jasper Spires in the July 4th murder of 24 year old Kevin Joseph Sutherland. Spires allegedly stabbed Sutherland in a train as approached the NoMa Metro station a little before 1pm Saturday afternoon. MPD has suggested that Spires may have stabbed Sutherland as part of an attempted robbery gone wrong. It seems that Sutherland and Spires did not know each other, and that this was a random robbery. The Washington Post reports that Spires had been arrested Thursday for an…
  • MPD Identifies Burned Body as Heineken McNeil

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:40 am
      MPD has identified the body that was discovered June 23rd in a burning trashcan behind the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace as that of 19 year old Heineken McNeil. Mr. McNeil died of gunshot wounds prior to his body being set aflame. MPD is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for Mr. McNeil's murder. The number to call is (202) 727-9099, You can also anonymously text tips to MPD at 50411.
  • Brandi Young is Missing (1100 Block of 19th St)

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
  • Do You Know this Dog?

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    A reader found this dog wandering around 6th and K Street this morning. He does not have a microchip, and is currently staying at the New York Avenue Shelter waiting to go home.
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    just up the pike

  • nine years! (who could have imagined such a thing?)

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    I took this during that awesome sunset Tuesday night.Nine years! Can you believe it? While the focus and style has changed, Just Up The Pike remains. I think of it as a member of my family now. This blog has survived college, graduate school, eight moves (including two out of state), and some thirteen jobs. Over time, JUTP has been a soapbox, a megaphone, and a sort of confidante. I like to think of it as a member of my family. I'm not even sure if it's a blog anymore: of course there are (infrequent) posts, but we've also got Facebook, Twitter, and as of this week, a newly resurrected…
  • how alexandria's "courage wall" helped me find courage

    15 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    A chalkboard wall in Alexandria that recently got national attention for asking people to finish the thought "I wish I had the courage to ..." is coming down. For me, the Courage Wall represented a moment when I took a courageous jump of my own. The Courage Wall in Alexandria. All photos by the author unless noted.Resident and leadership coach Nancy Belmont set up the wall outside her friend's business in the Del Ray neighborhood last month. Inspired by artist Candy Change's "Before I Die" project in New Orleans, the Courage Wall is an interactive piece of public art, constantly changing as…
  • the montgomery and prince george's gazette will shut down (and it sucks)

    12 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    After nearly 60 years in production, the Gazette, a chain of weekly local newspapers in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, will shut down in August. That means an area of over two million people won't have a local newspaper. Post Community Media LLC, which owns the Gazette, announced the closure this morning at the Montgomery County edition's offices in Gaithersburg. Washington Post reporter Bill Turque tweeted the news shortly after. 69 people will lose their jobs. The free, weekly paper's closure is a huge blow to the region's local news scene. While there are many more ways to get…
  • as silver spring urbanizes, neighbors disagree on who "belongs" in a civic association

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Some members of a Silver Spring civic association recently tried to keep their new neighbors from joining. While residents rejected the measure, the fact that the issue got consideration at all illustrates how people disagree on who "belongs" in urbanizing communities. The new townhouses rise behind single-family homes in Seven Oaks-Evanswood. All photos by the author.The Seven Oaks-Evanswood Civic Association (SOECA) sits in the shadow of downtown Silver Spring, just a few blocks from the Metro station. Nearly all of its 220 households live in single-family homes, though the association…
  • to make people-friendly streets, think beyond just cars

    28 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    To make streets that are safe and comfortable for everyone rather than just speeding drivers, we need to measure them differently. In Montgomery County, one councilmember has a few suggestions on how to do that. The way we measure traffic makes it hard to create bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly streets like Woodglen Drive in White Flint. All photos by the author.Like many places around the country, Montgomery County uses two tests of congestion: Level of Service (LOS), which measures how many cars can go through an intersection, and Critical Lane Volume (CLV), which measures how many cars…
 
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