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Ruins of Ancient Washington

April 11, 2014

Ruins of Ancient Washington

The Lil Pub is no more. Capitol Hill’s 18-seat bar closed in January, leaving an empty, forlorn little hut near Eastern Market and Barracks Row. It was built in 1937 as Little Tavern No. 20, an outpost of  eatery emperor Harry F. Duncan, purveyor of tiny hamburgers (“Buy ‘Em By The Bag!“).  The last Little Tavern closed in 2008, but many of the distinctive buildings have been re-purposed

The building at 655 Pennsylvania Avenue SE was converted into a bar some 30 years ago by retired DC cop J.J. Elliott who was killed in the place by an intruder. New proprietor Howard Schurr (and the gentrification of other nearby pubs) made the place the Hill’s preeminent dive bar.

More:

“D.C. Dives: Lil Pub Reflects Old Days On Capitol Hill,” Jerad Walker, WAMU Metro Connection

“Little Tavern Locations,” Diner Hunter

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Snow on Cherry Blossoms

March 17, 2014

Snow on Cherry Blossoms

There’s snow on our Capitol Hill neighbor’s cherry tree today. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Spring starts on Thursday.

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DC: Shamrocks in the Snow

March 17, 2014

DC: Shamrocks in the Snow

Faith & Begorra! Break out your green parkas. It’s a snowy Saint Patrick’s Day in Washington DC. Maybe they can hold a parade on the Metro. On the Green Line, of course.

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DC March Weather: It’s Complicated.

March 15, 2014

DC March Weather: It's Complicated.

“If you live in Washington, D.C., you may want to have both mittens and tank tops on hand. And an umbrella. Maybe some sunscreen. And a hat. Just bring everything. The National Weather Service issued the following forecast for this evening:

WE SOMETIMES SAY THE FORECAST HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. I THINK WE CAN TAKE THAT LITERALLY AT THE MOMENT . . . AS THIS FORECAST HAS ALMOST EVERY POSSIBLE WEATHER TYPE/HAZARD . . . IN THE FIRST 36 HOURS. STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS . . . SNOW . . . WIND CHILLS. . . STRONG WINDS . . . UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPS . . . UNSEASONABLY COLD TEMPS . . . POTENTIAL FIRE WEATHER CONCERNS . . . MINOR COASTAL FLOOD POTENTIAL . . . THERE IS NOT MUCH LEFT.”

– “Snowstorm Spawns Most Hilariously Comprehensive Forecast Ever,” Nadia Drake, Wired

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Train Bridge

March 14, 2014

Train Bridge

The Reagan National Airport Metro station now has a Train Bridge:

“The ‘Train Bridge’ is Metro’s solution to temporarily out-of-service elevators at the National Airport station. Rather than shuttle passengers who need elevator assistance from the airport to another nearby station, Metro officials decided they could use a train to bridge the temporary gap.

And so, a train bridge is just that — an Metro train riders can use as a pass through to the other platform.”

“The station at National Airport is uniquely configured to allow such a use since it has three tracks. Metro officials simply park the train on the middle track, allowing folks to move easily between platforms depending on whether they’re headed toward Franconia-Springfield or into Prince George’s County.”

– “See Metro’s ‘Train Bridge,’” Lori Aratani, Washington Post

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‘I Stole Your Bike’

February 19, 2014

I Stole Your Bike

Christian, Stephon and Joshua White followed a bike thief around and shot the documentary I Stole Your Bike. Here’s the trailer:

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DC is Like, ‘OMG Snow!’

February 14, 2014

DC is Like, 'OMG Snow!'
Snow! In DC! WaPo has the pictures to prove it. Supermarket shelves have been stripped of vegan scones, dried mango slices — all the basics. Hope the National Guard and Red Cross are standing by.

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The Beatles DC Concert, 1964

February 11, 2014

The Beatles DC Concert 1964

At Noon on February 11, 1964, two days after their live telecast on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York, John, Paul, George and Ringo braved a snowstorm and took a train to the Nation’s Capital for a concert that night. The Beatles were seen as a menace by Washington’s barbers and the Second Coming by DC’s squealing teens.

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Message to the NFL

February 1, 2014

A message to the NFL from the National Congress of American Indians, oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native organization.

More:

“Over 200 Civil Rights Organizations Call For Washington, DC Football Team to Change Its Name,” NCAI.org

“The Epic Battle To Save The Most Offensive Team Name In Professional Sports,” Travis Waldron, Think Progress

“The Washington R*dskins’ Wily Mascot: Coach William ‘Lone Star” Dietz,'” Linda M. Waggoner, Montana: the Magazine of Western History

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Snow in DC, Panic in the Streets

January 22, 2014

Snow in DC, Panic in the Streets

The Washington DC area got a few inches of snow on Tuesday, closing schools and government offices and setting off panic in the grocery aisles. Republican lawmakers were peeved that a little snow shut down the Federal government — that’s the GOP’s job.

More:

“Snowball Frenzy Unleashed in Dupont Circle,” CBS News DC

“Feds defend snow day from snark,” Ben Goad, The Hill

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