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  • Another round! 21 fresh bars for every occasion

    Washington, DC News
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:23 pm
    We have become a world obsessed with rankings. The 23 best cupcakes in Washington.
  • Harry Reid: Bundy Ranch Supporters 'Domestic Terrorists' (Video)

    Roll Call: Daily News
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In one corner, the Senate majority leader. In other corner, a Nevada rancher disputing the government's authority to collect grazing fees and restrict access to land for his cattle.
  • Bevin tries to put MIT flap behind him

    TheHill - Top News
    Alexander Bolton
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    "I’ve never claimed ... that I’m a graduate of MIT," McConnell's challenger said in the ad.
  • The Needle: House of ZZZZZZ

    City Desk
    Perry Stein
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Reality Bites: A House of Cards veteran is reportedly developing a reality show based on D.C. "up-and-comers," including Hill staffers between the ages of 19 and 29.  -3 Dirty Talk: The blog Stop Requested takes Young & Hungry's latest column about having sex in D.C. bathrooms one step further, imagining what how conversations in said bathrooms could go. A sampling: "Hill Country (Karaoke Edition): “Shhhh, not so loud! I want to hear Wagon Wheel!” +2 Holy Guacamole: Chipotle says it will raise its prices for the first time in three years as the costs for beef, avocados, and cheese…
  • In slow start, D.C. region raises $217.5M in first-quarter venture

    Washington, D.C. Business News - Local Washington, D.C. News | The Washington Business Journal
    Bill Flook
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The exuberance of last year's  record D.C. region venture totals waned somewhat in the first three months of 2014, with 43 companies raising a collective $217.5 million, according to the MoneyTree report released Friday by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. The total represents an 18 percent drop compared with the same period last year, and a 31 percent fall from the fourth quarter of 2013. Leading the total so far this year was Appian Corp, a Reston-based…
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    City Desk

  • The Needle: House of ZZZZZZ

    Perry Stein
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Reality Bites: A House of Cards veteran is reportedly developing a reality show based on D.C. "up-and-comers," including Hill staffers between the ages of 19 and 29.  -3 Dirty Talk: The blog Stop Requested takes Young & Hungry's latest column about having sex in D.C. bathrooms one step further, imagining what how conversations in said bathrooms could go. A sampling: "Hill Country (Karaoke Edition): “Shhhh, not so loud! I want to hear Wagon Wheel!” +2 Holy Guacamole: Chipotle says it will raise its prices for the first time in three years as the costs for beef, avocados, and cheese…
  • The FBI’s Video Had Chinatown Pose as Shanghai Because That Was Cheaper

    Perry Stein
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Earlier this week, City Desk took a jab at a new FBI video that tries to pass off D.C.'s Chinatown as Shanghai. In a few of the shots, the movie didn't even seem to try to disguise that it was Chinatown: The Friendship Archway, the distinct diagonal crosswalk on 7th and H streets NW, and the AT&T logo at that intersection were all in clear view. The video, Game of Pawns, which was shot in 2012 and publicly released Monday, is intended as a warning to American students studying abroad about the dangers of getting caught up in foreign espionage activities.It dramatizes the true story of…
  • Get Ready for the Inaugural Cannabis Awards Tonight

    Perry Stein
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells will take home a Vanguard award tonight—surely a worthy consolation prize for a man who just lost the mayoral race and is out a D.C Council seat. The award will be presented at the inaugural DMV Cannabis Awards Event, which celebrates people who have worked to reform marijuana laws in the region. The actual award is a plaque, and there is no cash prize. The event is intended to bring together leaders in the marijuana reform movement from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia and it was organized by the DC Cannabis Campaign, Virginia NORML, and Maryland…
  • District Line Daily: The Last Picture

    Perry Stein
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:03 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 financially strapped Filmfest D.C.'s 28th and likely last year kicks off tonight with a line-up of more than 80 films over the next 10 days, including the opening-night selection of The Grand Seduction and the closing-night film The Bachelor Weekend. Read our guide of what to see and what to skip. LEADING THE…
  • The Needle: Balls Out

    Perry Stein
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Ball Gall: A Ballston cafe's logo, which is plastered on its front window, looks just like a penis. But despite ridicule from Yelp reviewers and passers-by, the restaurant is sticking by it and won't take it down. +3 Caffeine High: Today in completely arbitrary national rankings, a D.C. coffee shop was named as one of the top 50 coffee shops in the country by the Daily Meal. Congrats, Peregrine Espresso! +2 This Is Nuts: A local baby squirrel fell out of its nest and broke its ankle and now has a bright red cast! +2 Peep Show: One of the Washington Post's 2014 Peep Show semifinalists…
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    Washington, D.C. Business News - Local Washington, D.C. News | The Washington Business Journal

  • In slow start, D.C. region raises $217.5M in first-quarter venture

    Bill Flook
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The exuberance of last year's  record D.C. region venture totals waned somewhat in the first three months of 2014, with 43 companies raising a collective $217.5 million, according to the MoneyTree report released Friday by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. The total represents an 18 percent drop compared with the same period last year, and a 31 percent fall from the fourth quarter of 2013. Leading the total so far this year was Appian Corp, a Reston-based…
  • Outdated proposal? No problem.

    William Welch
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    When the Government Accountability Office sustains a protest or when an agency takes corrective action in response to a protest, the agency will often re-evaluate existing proposals without amending the solicitation or asking for final revisions. How can an agency do that when the proposals have expired or are so out of date that the contractors can no longer produce what they promised in the proposal? GAO leaves that to the agency to figure out. Protesting contractor: Logistics 2020 Inc., of Chester,…
  • One scary comparison: One night's hospital stay in the U.S. vs. rest of the world

    Tina Reed
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    We probably didn’t need another study to tell us that health care is the U.S. is expensive. But we may not have realized just how expensive until now. Data released Thursday by the International Federation of Health Plans points out it costs more — way more — in the U.S. for common drugs and procedures than in eight other developed nations around the world. According to the report, the average cost of one night’s hospital stay is $4,293 in the U.S., nearly double New Zealand’s $2,491…
  • Affordable Care Act sign-ups reach 8 million, Obama says

    Tina Reed
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Better late than never?  Sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act have surpassed 8 million — or 1 million more than original projections, President Barack Obama announced during a briefing at the White House Thursday afternoon. Crediting a surge of sign-ups that came during the two weeks after the open enrollment period was set to end on March 31, Obama said: “This thing is working.” He can, in part, thank folks from the nation's capital and Maryland. D.C.'s health insurance exchange reported…
  • Roadside assistance startup Urgent.ly raises seed cash, preps for Series A

    Bill Flook
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    When we last left off with Urgnt.ly two years ago, the Northern Virginia startup was building a web- and iOS-based home services-finder that could quickly locate roofers, repairmen and other professionals and overlay their whereabouts over Google Maps. It had, as was the custom for startups at the time, misplaced the middle vowel in its name. Today, Urgent.ly is fresh off a more than $500,000 seed raise (more on that below) and preparing for a larger Series A round, after spending last year recruiting…
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    The Fix

  • That time Martin O’Malley hung out with Jonah from “Veep”

    Chris Cillizza
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Love having @VeepHBO in Maryland! MT @PeterHambyCNN: Followed Jonah on Instagram. Found this… pic.twitter.com/HWY3g7eLDZ — Martin O'Malley (@GovernorOMalley) April 17, 2014 "Veep" -- starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer -- is, without question, the best political show on television. (It blows "House of Cards" out of the water.)  And, one of the brightest […]
  • The one sentence from President Obama’s press conference that Democrats should pay attention to

    Chris Cillizza
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    President Obama delivered a statement in the White House press briefing room touting the signup successes of the Affordable Care Act. He also took four questions from reporters -- running the gamut from the situation in Ukraine to the ACA to the possibility of immigration reform. But, for Democrats running for office this November, there […]
  • Where you’re most likely to get arrested for marijuana and DUI, in 2 maps

    Aaron Blake
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The possession and sale of marijuana remains illegal in 48 states -- though about a dozen more have moved to decriminalize possession to some extent. That means people are still getting arrested and cited for marijuana possession and use every day in much of the country. But whether or not pot-smokers get into trouble depends […]
  • And the winner of The Fix’s #nextsuperPAC contest is……

    Matea Gold
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    When we asked you to coin the name of the next big-money vehicle expected to rise on the political landscape, we were expecting brilliance. Clever word play. Alliterative allusions. What we should have also braced for: a deep cynicism about the role of money in politics. To recap, here was the challenge: come up with […]
  • President Obama threw a shaka sign at the Wounded Warrior Project bike ride

    Katie Zezima
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    President Obama, Vice President Biden and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinsheki welcomed participants of the annual soldier ride, a nearly 60-mile bike ride that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, to the White House on Thursday. "Biking nearly 60 miles in three days would be a challenge for anybody, but for all of you this is a […]
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    Pundits Blog Archive

  • How should Obama respond to reports of anti-Semitism in Ukraine?

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have reportedly been told to register themselves, their families and their property by pro-Russian separatists under the threat of expulsion from the country and confiscation of their property. This...
  • ObamaCare: What was all the fuss about?

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Can you imagine such a headline in November 2014?All that after hundreds of millions in Koch brothers' negative ads, over 50 votes in the Republican-led House to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act and Republican candidates from coast to coast...
  • Dems should look to Jim Webb in 2016

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has been suddenly swept away by a toxic conservative tide, can former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton be far behind? The Tea Party is gone as well, leaving a few stalwart governors still standing in the middle...
  • Money and politics

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Things go around and come around, an old saying goes. So it is with a meeting I'll never forget, and one that resonates in the wake of recent Supreme Court decisions. It occurred decades ago when I was on the Common Cause board of directors in the...
  • For Wall Street and insurers, Obama is the (profit) messiah

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    In my recent column, I condemned the Supreme Court conservative majority for rulings that allow the 1 percent to buy our democracy at the expense of the 99 percent, and called for a constitutional amendment to reverse these decisions. Viewed from a...
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    News Archive

  • Baby on board: Chelsea Clinton is pregnant

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday she is pregnant with her first child, due late this year. The former first daughter, 34, made the big reveal in New York City at an event hosted by the Clinton Foundation.“We have our first child arriving...
  • DOCUMENT: Trey Radel's campaign finance report

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Former Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) refunded more than $63,000 to campaign donors after pleading guilty to cocaine possession and resigning from Congress earlier this year, federal election records show. According to campaign documents filed...
  • Holder calls hate crimes an 'affront to who we are'

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Attorney General Eric Holder said hate crimes are an affront to what the United States stands for in comments at a memorial service Thursday for three people killed in a shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas.Holder said the country is...
  • Beau Biden to run for Del. governor in 2016

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
     Vice President Biden’s eldest son announced Thursday he intends to run for governor of Delaware in 2016.Beau Biden (D) currently serves as the state’s attorney general, and said in a statement he won’t seek reelection this year, according to...
  • McAllister staffer resigns after video leak

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    A staffer for Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) who was accused of leaking the "kissing" video of the congressman has resigned.Monroe district office manager Leah Gordon quit her position late Wednesday, McAllister chief of staff Adam Terry told The...
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    A Parent in Silver Spring

  • Summer 365: Summer Camp Experts

    Jessica McFadden
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    This summer my husband and I are considering sending our 10 year old son Charlie to his first overnight summer camp experience. I know I am more nervous at the prospect than is Charlie! Thankfully, the camp experts — “counselors” — at Summer 365 are available to walk my family and me through this process! Summer […]
  • GIVEAWAY: Mother of All Baby Shower VIP Tickets for You and a Friend (and Exclusive Coupon Code)

    Jessica McFadden
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Moms’ night out! Free spa treatments! Treats! Exciting expos! Big prizes! The DC Mother of All Baby Showers is an adults-only parents’ event taking place at Great Beginnings’ new Northern Virginia location in Chantilly, Virginia on April 25th from 5-9pm.  The event features over 50 amazing products and services for expectant and new parents, free […]
  • Spring Break Camps with Montgomery Parks

    Jessica McFadden
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:13 am
    You are not too late! There are still camps open for Spring Break 2014. Sign your kids up today! Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, wants to help make kids and parents happy this spring by offering a host of fun, affordable and convenient programs. And that includes those hard-to-find […]
  • GIVEAWAY: $25 Gift Cards + Awesome Fire Safety Jams

    Jessica McFadden
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Watch These Fire Safety Music Vids and Enter to Win a $25 Gift Card to Purchase Your Favorite Kids’ Albums (2 Winners!) Music and entertaining streaming videos are appealing to kids, which makes them a great way to introduce your children to important educational and safety concepts. We Are Teachers and its fire safety site, […]
  • Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up: Saturday April 5th Family Fun

    Jessica McFadden
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Your family can get a jump on environmental activism (and fun!) before Earth Day by participating Saturday April 5th in the largest effort to clean both the Anacostia and Potomac watersheds, the annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up.  This area-wide Clean-Up offers many local sites where families can help clean litter from along streams and river […]
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  • DC Blogs Noted

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Philly Bricks, a blog in that wonderful city, looks at a city council action to block the sale of two lots to developers. At issue is gentrification, and the writer makes note of what’s going on in other cities, including DC. The post is Ground Zero: Point Breeze. Barred In DC goes inside the Red Line, a bar in Gallery Place, and returns with photos and a report. If you have lived in DC longer than two years, there’s a very good chance you have been called for jury duty. This might be interesting to you. City Desk. A very thoughtful post about aging parents. Flashfree. A new bar,…
  • DC Blogs Noted

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Curb the tourist hate, Washington people, because they are onto something here, writes Neighborhood Nomads. If you’re sick of the endless lists, skip this post uness you want to know why millennials should live in Clarendon. Open House. Ok, about the visit to the Corinthian. Alice’s Adventures Underground. About the new pizza place coming to H Street. Frozen Tropics. Great photos of you know what. Mak Photography.
  • DC Blogs Noted

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In defense of Shakespeare, an author, surprisingly, in need of one. Coffee + Stink. DC is increasingly treating bicycles as serious transit. The decision to put in curb-protected cycletracks may be the biggest advance yet. Beyond DC. Pink with grave stones. Photo. Exposed DC. BadWolf DC talks to the owner the a new bar, District Lost & Found that’s planned for 9th Street NW, Blagden Alley. A nicely written tribute to a teacher, mentor, friend. Cloture Club.
  • DC Blogs Noted

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A baseline mammogram turns up something. Once in a Blue DC Moon tells what happened next. What happens if a birth certificate isn’t good enough? Red Nose, the post: Bureaucracy. Mom, circa 1980. Photo. DC Tropics. Excerpt: It’s hard to believe that in this photo from 34 years ago, my parents are both younger than I am now. Meet some of the people exiting vox populi. Oh, hi DC names his favorite Dupont Circle bar.
  • DC Blogs Noted

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    About a shooting in DC. East Bank DC. Excerpt: Last night, Virgil Wood – a neighbor from the block I lived on in Anacostia – was shot and killed on his front stoop, directly across the street from my old house. I’ll admit, I usually gloss over headlines like this. This kind of thing happens so often around DC, and I’ve become pretty numb to it. In this case, because it’s about someone who I’ve known since I moved back to DC, who’s been to my house, and whose number is in my phone – the headline is just really crushingly personal. Reality check.
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  • Go Home Already: Onward

    Matt Cohen
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    End-of-day news: Silver Line looking for new executive director, a bookstore is opening (!) in Petworth, and more. [ more › ]
  • Cosplaying Geeks Will Attempt To Break World Record Tomorrow

    Matt Cohen
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Looks at the Reflecting Pool! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! No, really, it probably is Superman (a few dozen of them). [ more › ]
  • 500 Families, 100 Days Launches With Enthusiasm, But Not All The Details

    Sarah Anne Hughes
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    While a basic outline of how the program will work — by providing rapid re-housing vouchers to families and conducting landlord outreach to find units — was enthusiastically outlined, some of the details had yet to be ironed yet. [ more › ]
  • Chris Brown's Alleged Victim Uses Boxing Metaphors In Testimony

    Matt Cohen
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The trial for Chris Brown's bodyguard started today. The victim testified and used some clutch boxing metaphors to describe the alleged incident. [ more › ]
  • Dear John: Baby Wale

    Matt Cohen
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Although Baby Wale may be very guilty of swagger-jacking, its bathrooms are thoughtful, with a solid attention to detail and helpful signage. [ more › ]
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  • In Case You Missed It

    Patrick Tutwiler
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Chris Wallace re-signs (not resigns) with Fox News. Joe Biden Signs Up With Instagram. The Center for Public Integrity responds to ABC News’ Pultizer allegation. Meanwhile winner of said Pultizer, Chris Hamby, ditches CPI for BuzzFeed. And Michael Wolff gets ditched at The Guardian. Whoopi Goldberg Will Write a Pot Column for the Denver Post. Andrew Sullivan is Very Mad at Jo Becker Over Her New Book on Gay Marriage. And, unlike Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly Doesn’t Seem to Have Much Time For Stephen Colbert. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Afternoon Lede Check, 4.17.14

    Patrick Tutwiler
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    A tentative deal is struck between Russia and Ukraine; 8 million people have signed up for healthcare in the exchanges so far; oh, and Chipotle is raising their prices. EVERYBODY PANIC! From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump… continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Obama Presser: 8 Million+ Healthcare Sign Ups, a Deal on Ukraine Emerges

    Patrick Tutwiler
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    President Obama announced today in a press conference that more than 8 million people had enrolled in healthcare exchanges this year. That is 1 million more than initially predicted by the administration and 2 million more than a revised CBO estimate. He also said Democrats should “forcefully defend” Obamacare in the midterm elections and compared GOP resistance to the law to the 7 stages of grief. Republicans have gone through denial and anger, he explained, but “we haven’t reached acceptance yet.” The President also lauded an emerging deal between Ukraine and…
  • Malone Leaves American Prospect for New Yorker

    Patrick Tutwiler
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Today is Clare Malone‘s last day at The American Prospect, according to the Twitters. Malone had been the Web Editor at the Prospect for more than two years. Now, she will be taking up residence in NYC to become a fact checker for the New Yorker. Prior to her career in journalism, Malone worked for Export Now, a Chinese e-commerce site, and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Congrats on the new gig Clare! New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Newsweek Cover: The Age of Biometric Surveillance

    Patrick Tutwiler
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    “The outcome was pure Kafka, with innocent people being caught in the surveillance dragnet. In fact, in attempting to find faces, the Pentagon’s Optic Nerve program recorded webcam sex by its unknowing targets—up to 11 percent of the material the program collected was “undesirable nudity” that employees were warned not to access, according to documents. And that’s just the beginning of what face recognition technology might mean for us in the digital era.” New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
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    Frozen Tropics

  • Alley Blues Behind the 1300 Block of H Street

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    This alley needs some serious help. Photo courtesy of Andrew HysellI received a plea that I help spread the word about the condition of the alley on the north side of the 1300 block of H Street. The situation is fully explained below, but you can clearly see the extent of the problem in the photos. BTW, there are homes in this alley.Photo courtesy of Andrew Hysell I'm the ANC Commissioner for 6a06 which includes the 1300 block of H. I've been working for three years with residents to get DDOT to fix this alley. It's literally collapsing into the ground with the water pipes breaking just…
  • Free Outdoor Screening of Heal H Street

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Photo courtesy of Craig CorlAre you interested in the history of H Street? Do you like outdoor movies? Perfect! You will not want to miss a free outdoor screening of the new documentary Heal H Street. Info after the jump.Craig Corl is just completing his Masters Thesis in New Media Photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Craig has produced a short documentary titled “Heal H Street.” His thesis topic focuses on the neighborhoods surround H Street and the personal impacts of neighborhood decline and gentrification following the 1968 riots. This documentary begins with the…
  • When Did You Move Into The Neighborhood?

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    I'm curious to see how the "long time resident"/"newcomer" discussion evolves as time goes forward and the "newcomers" from the 90s, 2000s, and 2010s become the "long time residents". When did you arrive in DC? When did you move into the neighborhood?
  • More on the Pizza Place Coming to 1320 H Street [Updated]

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Steak & Ice shall soon become Pizza Parts & ServiceAs I wrote last night, the guys behind Taylor Gourmet are preparing to open a new pizza joint at 1320 H Street (the old Steak & Ice space). The new place is called Pizza Parts & Service. A source says the interior is quite different, with a lot more light than Steak & Ice. Customers will be able to buy pizza by the slice, or by the pie. Looking for a salad or calzone? Pizza Parts & Service will sell those two. Fans of natural flavors/real sugar will appreciate the selection Puck's Sodas. I haven't seen the menu yet,…
  • Free E-Waste Collection at Union Market Saturday

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Bring your outdated electronics to Union Market (1309 5th Street) for recycling/safe disposal. Here's a list of items you should e-cycle in DC. This is a great chance to safely dispose of those old cd-roms/printers/batteries, & then reward yourself with a Market treat.
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    just up the pike

  • three ways to build in forest glen without creating more traffic

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    As new homes, offices, and shops sprout around the region's Metro stations, Forest Glen has remained a holdout due to neighborhood resistance to new construction. But that may change as WMATA seeks someone to build there.Forest Glen today. All photos by the author.Last month, the agency put out a call for development proposals at Forest Glen, in addition to West Hyattsville and Largo Town Center in Prince George's County and Braddock Road in Alexandria. WMATA owns 8 acres at Forest Glen, most of which is a parking lot, and developers have already expressed interest in building there. Forest…
  • montgomery county schools are segregating, but school officials won't admit it

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A new report says that Montgomery County schools are becoming segregated by income, race, and ethnicity and that "white flight" is occurring in the system's lowest-performing schools. But officials deny that it's even happening. This week, the county's Office of Legislative Oversight released their findings on the achievement gap in Montgomery County Pubic Schools. Researchers note that low-income, black, and Latino students are still lagging their more affluent, white, and Asian peers, but even more so now that both groups are increasingly concentrated in different parts of the school…
  • see maps of how the purple line corridor is changing

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    When built, the Purple Line could dramatically improve transit commutes in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. To explore that and other changes the line will bring, researchers created a series of maps including this one of the "commute shed" of each Purple Line station, or how far you can get on transit before and after it's built. All images from the Purple Line Corridor Coalition.Two weeks ago, the Purple Line Corridor Coalition organized a workshop called "Beyond the Tracks: Community Development in the Purple Line Corridor" to bring different stakeholders together and talk about…
  • pieces fall into place to build the purple line

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Federal Transit Administration has just issued a Record of Decision for the Purple Line, basically approving the 16-mile light rail line between Bethesda and New Carrollton. It's one of the last pieces needed to build the line, which is scheduled to break ground next year and open in 2020. This just got one stop closer to reality. Image from Montgomery County.Maryland Transit Administration officials made the announcement this morning during a Montgomery County Planning Board meeting about the Purple Line, which Purple Line NOW! and BethesdaNow subsequently tweeted. The FTA will make a…
  • "drive 'til you qualify" takes on an urban flair

    12 Mar 2014 | 7:08 am
    There's far more demand for housing in the DC area than supply, especially in urban, walkable neighborhoods. When enough new homes aren't being built close in, the region sprawls further out. In response, new developments on the fringes are adopting urban qualities. View from a porch in Embrey Mill. All photos by the author.In the Before & After Cafe on Apricot Street one recent Saturday, craft beer was on the menu and the soundtrack included Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie. Outside, light snow fell on a deck with brightly colored Adirondack chairs and an edible garden. Across the street…
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  • UT Reader Asks: What Are the Best Interior Decorating Websites?

    UrbanTurf Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    In this installment of UrbanTurf Reader Asks, a reader who recently purchased a condo asks UT readers for their recommendations of the best websites for advice on how to decorate a new home. Keep reading »
  • The Dawn of the Solar Panel Loan

    Lark Turner
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    A San Francisco-based company could make solar panels more widely available. Keep reading »
  • $197 a Month: The Difference a Year Makes in Interest Rates

    Lark Turner
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    One year ago, the average on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.41 percent. On Thursday morning, Freddie Mac reported 4.27 as the average on this type of loan. So, how would the difference impact your mortgage payments? Keep reading »
  • Tax Day Complications for Airbnb Landlords

    Lark Turner
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Filing taxes on the income reaped from Airbnb rentals can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Keep reading »
  • Thursday’s Must Reads

    Lark Turner
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    A self-supporting kitchen; a zoning rewrite delay; and a slow start to the spring real estate market. Keep reading »
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