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  • Congress races to finish VA, highway bills

    Washington, DC News
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio defends the work of the GOP during a brief news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday as Congress prepares to leave for a five-week summer recess.
  • Fight Night: Reid Intervenes to Get Visa for Boxer Diego Chaves

    Roll Call: Daily News
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Between managing a busy pre-recess agenda, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., squeezed in some help for a boxer who needed a visa to be able to fight in the United States this weekend.
  • Cantor to resign from Congress

    TheHill - Top News
    Jessica Taylor
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    After losing his primary and exiting leadership, ex-Majority Leader will step down Aug. 18.
  • The Needle: Young and Reckless

    City Desk
    Perry Stein
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Big Spending: More than 30 percent of millennials living in Maryland and Virginia buy fast food at least twice per week, according to a study by Level Money. (And yes, for purposes of this study anyway, Chipotle is considered a fast food joint.) In Virginia, they spent an average of $971 a year on fast food; in Maryland, they spent $967, ranking D.C.'s neighbors as the fourth and fifth states, respectively, where millennials spend the most money on fast food. -4 The Blues: Just how bad is the Silver Line for Blue Line commuters? Bad, but not terrible. A WAMU reporter spent an hour on…
  • More than 21,000 homeowners in Greater Washington tapped government refinance

    Washington, D.C. Business News - Local Washington, D.C. News | The Washington Business Journal
    Mark Holan
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    More than 21,000 homeowners in Greater Washington refinanced their mortgages through a federal government-backed program in the one-year period ending in March. A total of 12,487 home mortgages remain eligible for the Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP, according to data released this week. To qualify, homeowners must be up to date on their payments, have an unpaid principal balance of greater than 80 percent of their property value and a mortgage issued before June 2009 at least 1.5 percent…
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    City Desk

  • The Needle: Young and Reckless

    Perry Stein
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Big Spending: More than 30 percent of millennials living in Maryland and Virginia buy fast food at least twice per week, according to a study by Level Money. (And yes, for purposes of this study anyway, Chipotle is considered a fast food joint.) In Virginia, they spent an average of $971 a year on fast food; in Maryland, they spent $967, ranking D.C.'s neighbors as the fourth and fifth states, respectively, where millennials spend the most money on fast food. -4 The Blues: Just how bad is the Silver Line for Blue Line commuters? Bad, but not terrible. A WAMU reporter spent an hour on…
  • PETA Slams WMATA’s Rat Traps

    Perry Stein
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    In case you're keeping track: Ben's Chili Bowl is PETA-approved. Metro is not. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for the transit agency to stop capturing rodents intruding on its properties with glue traps, which likely subject the animals to a "prolonged, painful death." "Each glue trap set in Metro stations can mean excruciating pain and a lingering death for any bird, mouse, or rat who gets caught," says PETA Senior Director Colleen O'Brien in a press release. "PETA is calling on D.C.-area transit authorities to end this taxpayer-subsidized cruelty by ending its…
  • Should Yoga Be Exempt from the “Yoga Tax”?

    Perry Stein
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The namesake of D.C.'s much-debated "Yoga Tax"—yogis—say the discourse surrounding the recent expansion of the sales tax to include health clubs has misrepresented what they're all about. The Yoga Alliance, a national nonprofit yoga advocacy organization that boasts more than 50,000 registered yoga instructors as members, argues that yoga is not actually a fitness program and should be exempt from the new sales tax that has come to be known as the "Yoga Tax." As first reported by Talking Points Memo, the Yoga Alliance wrote a letter to the District's attorney general and chief…
  • Photo: Traffic Report

    Darrow Montgomery
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    1500 Block of K Street NW, July 31
  • Chatter: Swell Maps

    Jonathan L. Fischer
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    What you said about what we said last week A map accompanying last week’s cover may have been the most controversial sidebar we’ve run in some time. While readers were almost unanimously rah-rah about Arts Editor Christina Cauterucci’s long look at the history and resurrection of Back Alley Theater, they were split on contributor Maxwell Tani’s accompanying maps tracing the spread of D.C. DIY venues over the last decade. The online version of the feature included the approximate locations of dozens of current venues, as well as others stretching back to 2004, which led Steve to…
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    Washington, D.C. Business News - Local Washington, D.C. News | The Washington Business Journal

  • More than 21,000 homeowners in Greater Washington tapped government refinance

    Mark Holan
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    More than 21,000 homeowners in Greater Washington refinanced their mortgages through a federal government-backed program in the one-year period ending in March. A total of 12,487 home mortgages remain eligible for the Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP, according to data released this week. To qualify, homeowners must be up to date on their payments, have an unpaid principal balance of greater than 80 percent of their property value and a mortgage issued before June 2009 at least 1.5 percent…
  • 3 reasons why July was a rough month for Neustar

    Bill Flook
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    July was not kind to Neustar Inc. Despite a brief uplift from its second quarter earnings release, the past month brought mostly sour news for the Sterling-based tech company, all of it related to its fight with rival Telcordia for a mammoth phone-number switching contract. Neustar manages a key telecom industry database that ensures consumers can keep their phone numbers when moving to a new carrier. Were it to lose this contract after its 2015 expiration, Neustar would lose half of its revenue. Here…
  • Oval Room revamp aims for casual options alongside fine dining

    Rebecca Cooper
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    With its location a block away from both the White House and K Street's ample lobbying and law firms, the Oval Room has always been a go-to spot for expense account lunches and client dinners. With the restaurant's recent renovation, owner Ashok Bajaj is looking to broaden that audience. That means adding pops of color throughout the dining room, stripping off (some of) the white tablecloths and adding new menus for bar snacks, cocktails and — for the first time — happy hour. The $1 million…
  • D.C. begins search for interim central library, Class A or B office the likely choice

    Michael Neibauer
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    A few years from now, D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will undergo a total renovation, one that will temporarily force all central library operations out of their 901 G St. NW home. The D.C. Public Library hasn’t nailed down what size interim space it will need, or exactly where it will be, or whether it will be in one or more buildings, but it has issued a solicitation for an architectural firm to help identify the temporary space, and then to design it. For commercial real…
  • MedStar Health gets approval for 'one-stop' health shop south of Dupont Circle

    Tina Reed
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    MedStar Health’s downtown ambulatory care center is a go. Work is expected to begin in early 2015 on the $26 million ambulatory care facility in the downtown D.C. Lafayette Centre after health regulators approved it last week, officials said. Lafayette Center is located between the 1100 blocks of 20th and 21st streets NW near the Farragut West Metro stop. According to the application approved as part of the District’s Certificate of Need process, MedStar will occupy 97,500 square feet of…
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    TheHill - Business&Lobby

  • K Street’s power duo going global

    Megan R. Wilson
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Former senators at Squire Patton Boggs plot an expansion.
  • Fast-food chains go to war with labor board

    Benjamin Goad
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Business groups are up in arms over an NLRB decision.
  • Under Contract

    The Hill Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The State Department is buying up almost $180,000 in Toyota vehicles for work by the Drug Enforcement Agency in Afghanistan, aimed at targeting drug trafficking. The department is requesting four 2014 Toyota Corollas and...
  • Lobbyists quietly advise GOP on gay marriage shift

    Megan R. Wilson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Republicans on K Street are helping members of their party shift stance on gay rights issues.
  • Lobbying world

    The Hill Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The Network Branded Prepaid Card Association has named Doug Bower as executive director and president, effective Aug. 5. He comes from BlueYield, an auto lending exchange, where he served as the executive vice president...
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    Roll Call: Hill Life

  • Roll Call After Dark Tunes of the Week: Farewell to the Leader

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The art of the mix-tape lives, particularly when it's so useful in wishing a fond fare-the-well to outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. Brother blog Heard on the Hill compiled a Spotify list that could be used as a substitute soundtrack for the tribute video Republicans prepared for Cantor. We present the play list here as our tunes of the week, with our personal favorites coming from two disparate films: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "The Sound of Music."
  • Thomas Massie Says D.C. Should Look at New Hampshire or Pennsylvania Gun Laws

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    District officials have suggested Maryland's restrictive handgun permit policy might provide the best model for their city, as they attempt to enact new gun control measures, but Rep. Thomas Massie thinks they should look to Pennsylvania or New Hampshire.
  • #tbt: Eric Cantor Edition

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    As Eric Cantor gave his last speech as majority leader on the House floor, Capitol Lens decided to dig into the Roll Call archives for different views of the outgoing majority leader's time on the Hill.
  • Harassment Complaints Up at the U.S. Capitol

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    U.S. Capitol employees are reporting more claims of discrimination and harassment -- a 20 percent increase from the previous year, according to a report released Thursday by the Office of Compliance.
  • Digging In to the Kentucky Hot Brown

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Thank you, Chris Pogue (wherever you may now be), for dispatching this food sleuth on one of the most delectable assignments to date.
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    The Fix

  • How Obama feels about Congress right now — in one McKayla Maroney face

    Jaime Fuller
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Yup, that's basically how President Obama feels about Congress right now. Before signing an executive order on workers' rights and federal contracts Thursday, Obama spoke about the House's decision to move forward with a lawsuit accusing the president of abusing executive orders. "And I said to Speaker Boehner, tell your caucus the best way to avoid me […]
  • House Republicans are the gang who can’t shoot straight. Again.

    Chris Cillizza
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Oops, they did it again. A spending measure designed to address the ongoing crisis of undocumented children entering at the country's southern border was shelved Thursday because the Republican leadership couldn't rally the necessary votes to pass it. That decision raised the specter that the House would adjourn for a five-week summer recess without passing any sort […]
  • Andrew Cuomo is in trouble — but probably not for reelection

    Philip Bump
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This post has been corrected. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has three things going for him as he faces a reelection campaign this year. First, he's a Cuomo, and the last name that helped him earn his current position, following in the footsteps of his popular father, former governor Mario Cuomo, likely still works […]
  • The ‘do-nothing’ Congress isn’t even good at doing nothing anymore

    Aaron Blake
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    In a last-minute twist, the House looked as though it might adjourn Thursday for August recess without passing a bill to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Quelle surprise. The fact that this Congress isn't getting much done is no secret. And as the great Philip Bump wrote a few weeks back, it's on pace […]
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t care if John Boehner hates him. He likes it.

    Chris Cillizza
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Ted Cruz is running for president. No, he hasn't announced it yet. But if you can tell a man by his actions, then expect to see Cruz in Iowa a LOT more over the next year or two. (Cruz will be in the Hawkeye State on Saturday to headline a dinner thrown by Bruce Rastetter, […]
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  • So, how about those elections?

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The polls continue to show that Republicans will prevail in the upcoming congressional elections. It seems to be all about motivation. It isn't that their candidates represent the majority public opinion; it is simply that Republican voters are more...
  • Russian sanctions are a big deal for Europe

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the context of ample global liquidity, nothing seems to faze the international financial markets. Tuesday's announcement by the Europeans of major economic sanctions on Russia was no exception. For despite the serious adverse implications that...
  • A need for strategy and investment in HBCUs

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recently, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) released a new report titled Top Strategic Issues Facing HBCUs, Now and into the Future. The report draws upon two sources: a survey conducted by AGB and a recent...
  • The FCC shouldn't go down the primrose (preemption) path

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already has suffered two judicial rebukes in its efforts to impose net neutrality mandates on Internet service providers, most recently this past January in the D.C. Circuit's Verizon v. FCC decision....
  • How much is that regulation in the window?

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Regulations that are issued by federal agencies in order to protect public health cost money. Much of this cost is imposed on businesses, which then either bear the costs or pass them on to customers or workers. As a result, agencies issuing a...
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  • Israel, Hamas agree to humanitarian cease-fire

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Israel and Hamas will observe a 72-hour cease-fire beginning Friday morning, according to Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Kerry and Ban said the U.N. representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator...
  • Democrat tweets Ted Cruz poem

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Two House Democrats on Thursday pointed fingers at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for the cancellation of the vote on the GOP border bill, which has delayed the start of the five-week-long August recess. House Republican leaders pulled the $656 million...
  • Gov. Perry: Congress shouldn’t recess until border ‘job is completed’

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) on Thursday said Congress should not leave Washington for its five-week recess until the “job is completed” on the border crisis.Perry said in a statement that it was “beyond belief” that Congress is abandoning its post,...
  • Top Dem ‘concerned’ by Kerry’s remarks on Israel

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said he was “concerned” with Secretary of State John Kerry's statements on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.The congressman said he supported Kerry for...
  • Snowden asylum expires Thursday as Russian officials review case

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum status in Russia expires on Thursday, but the National Security Agency leaker is still waiting for officials to approve an extension.“Edward still remains in Russia and we have prepared and submitted a package of...
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    A Parent in Silver Spring

  • DC Personal Trainer Hector Vargas of Via-Wellness.com

    Jessica McFadden
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Washington, DC-area personal trainer Hector Vargas of Via-Wellness provides group fitness programs When I learned from friends that Hector Vargas of Via-Wellness.com was offering a morning boot camp workout for women in my Silver Spring neighborhood, how could I say no? I read his bio and was intrigued. My fitness level and weight loss had […]
  • DC-Are Blow Out Perfection at Blo Blow Dry Bar and Body By Blo in Gaithersburg

    Jessica McFadden
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Blo Blow Dry Bar and Body by Blo in Gaithersburg at 317 Ellington Blvd, near the Rio Washingtonian Now you do not have to wait for that New York work trip, or haul yourself down to DC or Bethesda for that hair style perfection that comes from walking into a blow dry bar. The brand […]
  • My Interview with Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Director Jake Kasdan

    Jessica McFadden
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Why would a Hollywood studio fly out a group of mom bloggers, me included, to be a part of the Los Angeles media junket for Sex Tape? I mean, just typing the words SEX TAPE may have landed this in your spam filters or blocked by your network administrator. And don’t I usually write on […]
  • $25 off new UberFAMILY: Uber DC car rides with car seats

    Jessica McFadden
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you use Uber around DC or when you travel for work? I do. After decades of hailing cabs and waiting on hold with dispatchers, I think this on-demand car/driver service is completely the bee’s knees. And now you can use Uber with your kids…without lugging a car seat! You can now grab a ride […]
  • 7 Best Things About Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    Jessica McFadden
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Have you taken your family to Busch Gardens Williamsburg? I applied to serve as a Busch Gardens Williamsburg blog ambassador, and was selected to review the experience with my family during the 2014 season. We just returned from our visit to this massive, marvelous, seriously beautiful amusement park. Our day at the park was full of […]
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  • DC Blogs Noted

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sometimes blogs disappear into Twitter, and such was the case with Unsuck DC Metro, one of the District’s most popular blogs. Now it’s a Twitter powerhouse, with some 25,000 followers and a steady retweet stream of misery. The complaints (below) are related to the Blue Line, which has seen some changes since the opening of the Silver Line. Save the Blue Line explains. Can Lyman’s Tavern resurrect pinball culture in DC? DCist. Weighing in as well is New Columbia Heights. An in-town vacation of sorts: The District Darling goes to DGS Delicatessen, Jazz in the Gardens, Red…
  • DC Blogs Noted

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jimbo.info stops by the soon-to-open new coffee shop, Compass Coffee in Shaw, and takes a photo of the owners, both having served in the Marines together. Four quick facts on DC’s economy and its impact on residents. DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Is the climate dragon awakening? Metlfactor. All about the potential of a methane release. The FBI is moving out of DC, which doesn’t seem right, but so it is. District Source. Why it may be worth paying for off-street parking. PoP.
  • DC Blogs Noted

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nine reasons why Emily will take her husband’s name. Dear Me. One commenter calls the rest room mannequin creepy. Restonian. Vacation Report: Asheville, NC, seems like a very nice place to visit. Many goats. Dine and Drink DC. Bike commuting article from Washington Star, 1972. Rebuilding Place. In white oak, the region’s east-west divide becomes an urban-suburban one. Just up the Pike. Urban Turf says the Silver Line will ease the trip to Dulles a little, and by little it means “not by much.”
  • DC Blogs Noted

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    With all the drama of a horror movie, the Greatest Escapist discovers a giant bug in her bathroom at 3 a.m. Among the riders on the newly opened Silver Line, were the people behind the FAAB Blog (Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling). Many photos. Metro amenities include a bike room. Plus, More reaction in the Restonian. An artist who lives near Metro’s Silver Line sketches impressions. Urban Sketchers. What I’ve learned since moving to DC. Latest installment, beginning at 3001. HughChe’s Blog. The American Geophysical Union blog has some photos of the DC boundary stones,…
  • DC Blogs Noted

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A lesson in compassion from behind the wheel. Dharma Monkey. DC Peg writes of a former neighbor who recently passed. They sometimes chatted in the laundry room but remained strangers. He was convicted in 1978 of spying for Vietnam. The post: Who knew. The Washington Post obit. Daily Love Affair had dinner at Rose’s Luxury on Capitol Hill and took lots of photos of the food. The i-Thai, a new Georgetown restaurant, is reviewed by Dine and Drink. Photos. Rural Society, a new place in the Lowewe’s Hotel, transforms the space, and the surrounding area, from nothing to something…
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  • Emily Miller’s Two eHarmony Rejections Win ‘The View’

    Nick Massella
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    FOX 5 DC chief investigative reporter Emily Miller guest-hosted “The View” Thursday morning, and in the show’s opening, the Emily Gets Her Gun author shared her experience with online dating. Miller’s comments preceded the brides from ABC’s “Married at First Sight” appearance as guests on the program. “I’ve been out there…I’ve been dating…There’s nobody left,” said Miller, to which host Jenny McCarthy replied, “I used to think the same exact thing.” Miller is one of several women, including…
  • Senators Celebrate ‘Seersucker Thursday’

    Nick Massella
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    US Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are working hard across party lines to revive a popular tradition in the U.S. Senate - “Seersucker Thursday.” And as a result of their efforts, the stripped and checkered suiting has been seen prominently throughout the Capitol on Thursday. Pictured from left to right: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) Also spotted donning seersucker today: Sens. Feinstein, Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski…
  • Afternoon Lede Check – 7.31.14

    Nick Massella
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    House GOP pulls border bill rather than face defeat (The Washington Post). Beltway reopens, backups stretch miles (WTOP). Witness against ex-Va. gov: Gifts were for business (NBC4). From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump… (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Founders of Powell Tate to be Inducted to PRSA NCC’s Hall of Fame

    Nick Massella
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Photo courtesy PRSA NCC On Wednesday, the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announced two additions to its Hall of Fame. On September 9th at the chapter’s annual Thoth Awards Gala, former press secretary to President Carter, Jody Powell, and former press secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan, Sheila Tate, will be inducted. Powell and Tate are the co-founders of the public affairs firm Powell Tate, now a part of Weber Shandwick. Powell passed away in 2009. Tate retired in 2012. “There are literally hundreds of practitioners around town who learned at…
  • Beer, Bourbon Take Center Stage at HuffPost Politics Roundtable on Washington Lobbying

    Nick Massella
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Part three of HuffPost Politics “Drinking and Talking” series hit the web this morning and this time it’s on the topic of lobbying in Washington. At the table is John Feehery, president, Quinn Gillespie & Associates Public Affairs; Heather Podesta, founder, Heather Podesta & Partners; and QGA senior director Jim Manley with HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim, HuffPost White House correspondent Sam Stein, and a fine spread of wine, steak and martinis from The Palm restaurant and more from HuffPost’s fully stocked kitchen. Pour yourself a lunchtime…
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    Frozen Tropics

  • Groundbreaking Celebration for PlayDC Project at Trinidad Rec

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Join Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the Department of Parks And Recreation (DPR) and the Department of General Services (DGS) to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new PlayDC Project at the Trinidad Recreation Center.Where: 1310 Childress StreetWhen: Friday, August 1st at 10am
  • WBJ: More Details on Copycat Co.

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Pork bao in a photo by Flickr user Andrea_Nguyen. Used under a Creative Commons license.Earlier this week the Washington Business Journal revealed that 1110 H Street will become home to a restaurant and bar called Copycat Co. Writer Michael Neibauer now has more details on the upcoming venture.Copycat Co.'s second floor will give itself over to its cocktail program, while the first floor will feature inexpensive foods favored by craft cocktail maker Devin Gong. Among the offerings: pot stickers, bao, skewers, and other Chinese street food.
  • Missing Dog: Stella [UPDATE SHE'S HOME]

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    From a reader:Stella went missing today from 1st and  D SE at 12:45pm on July 30th.  Her home is at 15th and F NE. She is fairly shy, particularly towards men, but sometimes will answer to her name.  She is about 60 lbs and 2 1/2 years old.  She is brown, black and white with one blue eye and one brown eye.If you see her, please call Steven at 630-200-6485 or send him email at SendStellaHome@gmail.com stevenbaghdad@gmail.com.There's now a new website dedicated to Stella recovery efforts.UPDATEStella is home safe.
  • Saddle Up with the HRC at Bardo 8/16

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    A reader sent in info about an upcoming Human Rights Campaign event at Bardo (1200 Bladensburg Road). Details after the jump.CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS and for more informationWhether you like cruisin' on a dirt road or meeting your friends in low places, boot scoot and boogie to HRC's "Saddle Up." Pull on your boots and grab your cowboy hat and get ready for a good time, because we all know beer is good and people are crazy...Your $15 general admin ticket includes admission to the event, a souvenir cup and an annual HRC membership or membership renewal.Extra: We will also be having an…
  • WBJ: Copycat Co. Headed to Newsom Space

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    The Newsom building is the distinctive looking one with the single big arch. Here's a fun photo of the block way back in 2006.Washington Business Journal's Michael Neibauer reports that 1110 H Street (next door to the Daily Rider) will become a bar restaurant called Copycat Co. The article says the 1,760 square foot space will consist of: "fast-casual dining on the first floor and a bar on the second."No word yet on the type of cuisine, but Neibauer does mention one name behind the new venture: Devin Gong. Gong is a well known craft bartender. Gong previously tended bar at MiniBar's cocktail…
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    just up the pike

  • in white oak, the region's east-west divide becomes an urban-suburban one

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    The DC area has long faced an east-west divide, with more of the wealth going to the west side. Increasingly, investment is also heading to urban areas over suburban ones. For struggling suburban areas on the east side, the only answer is to take on more urban features. The White Oak Shopping Center. All photos by the author unless noted.One of those places is White Oak in eastern Montgomery County, where the County Council will vote tomorrow on a plan to create a new town center. Local residents are eager to have more jobs and amenities close to home, but civic and environmental groups want…
  • see the lives of physical therapists at walter reed in "run, don't walk"

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Annoying commutes, scribbled-down phone messages, baked goods: it’s just another day in the office for Adele Levine. Her workplace is just like any other, except completely different. She’s a physical therapist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, tending to wounded veterans returning from America’s conflicts abroad. In her new memoir, Run, Don’t Walk: The Curious and Chaotic Life of a Physical Therapist Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center, published this April, the Wheaton resident describes the final days at the military hospital in Northwest DC before it closed in 2011 and…
  • mysterious signs appear around the silver spring transit center

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    While repair work continues on the Silver Spring Transit Center, the entire block around it remains roped off. Friday morning, big signs appeared asking to turn the space into a temporary park. Photo by the author.Six black-and-white posters hang from the fences around the transit center on Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue, reading "Move the fence? Let's use this space." On them are photos of different activities that could happen around it, like outdoor movie screenings, musical performances, and festivals. In the bottom-right corner is the hashtag #DTSS, meant for people to respond on…
  • shepherd park residents tell car2go users from silver spring to stay out

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    While car2go is mostly limited to the District, more and more users live in surrounding areas, and often leave their cars at the edges of the city. One resident of an adjacent DC neighborhood warned car2go drivers to stay away in this note: Photo by George Branyan.Reader Roya Bauman found this handwritten note on a car2go in Shepherd Park, a DC neighborhood that borders Silver Spring. It reads: This street is NOT a garage for these ugly little cars! Be more considerate. Do not park in front of a private home. It is rude and a breach of residential etiquette. We do not care what the owners of…
  • casey anderson is montgomery county's new planning board chair

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Montgomery County's new Planning Board chair will be Casey Anderson, a strong advocate for growing the county's urban areas and improving its transit network. The County Council voted 8-1 to appoint him this morning. An attorney who lives in Silver Spring, Anderson has been a community activist on smart growth, transit, and bicycling issues, previously serving on the board of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. He stepped down to join the Planning Board in 2011, and can be seen walking or biking to meetings there. The council will have to find a replacement for his old seat.
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