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DC Will Restart Parking Enforcement June 1 | Washingtonian (DC)

DC Will Restart Parking Enforcement June 1 | Washingtonian (DC)

Photograph by Askolds/via iStock.The District of Columbia plans to restart enforcing parking regulations on June 1. Also, if your license expired during the pandemic, you’ll have to renew it before July 1, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in a news conference Monday.The District suspended enforcement of most parking regulations at the outset of the Covid crisis last year and began to ease back into last month. Bowser also announced a . Rates for residential parking permits will change: Permits will cost $50 for a household’s first car, $75 for the second, $100 for the third, and $150 for the...

April 19, 2021
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Arlington's Famed Inner Ear Studios Could Close by the End of the Year | Washingtonian (DC)

Arlington's Famed Inner Ear Studios Could Close by the End of the Year | Washingtonian (DC)

Photograph by Andrew Beaujon.Arlington County will consider buying two pieces of land in South Arlington, near Four Mile Run, to aid plans for an arts and industry district. , such a sale would likely mean demolishing the building that’s home to Inner Ear Recording Studios.Inner Ear moved to the site in 1990 from owner Don Zientara’s Arlington house. In both locations, Inner Ear has been where some of the most famous music from the DC area has been recorded, including some of , most of Fugazi’s work, and the Dismemberment Plan’s album Change. Dave Grohl took his band the Foo Fighters to...

April 17, 2021
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There Sure Are a Lot of Weird Arguments Against DC Statehood in Congress Today | Washingtonian (DC)

There Sure Are a Lot of Weird Arguments Against DC Statehood in Congress Today | Washingtonian (DC)

Image via iStock.The District of Columbia has no mines. It has no car dealerships. Its Medicaid reimbursement rate is too high. These are some of the objections members of Congress made Monday during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on a bill that would admit DC as a state.A seemingly bottomless well of new tests from lawmakers appears to confront statehood advocates. It’s only fair to examine some of them.This objection was voiced by Representative Jody Hice of Georgia. Hice’s argument appears to be that DC doesn’t have the amenities of other states. One problem...

March 22, 2021
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"Sandwich Nazi" Charged in Assault on Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

"Sandwich Nazi" Charged in Assault on Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

Images from a federal search warrant application.Authorities have charged two men with assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick during the insurrection attempt at the US Capitol on January 6. George Pierre Tanios of Morgantown, West Virginia, and Julian Elie Khater of Pennsylvania are charged with spraying Sicknick and two other officers with bear spray. Sicknick died January 7 from injuries he sustained while trying to protect the Capitol from fans of President Trump who believed his lies about why he lost reelection last November.According to , a FBI special agent observed Tanios...

March 15, 2021
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Magic Mushrooms Are Decriminalized in DC as of Today

Magic Mushrooms Are Decriminalized in DC as of Today

Photograph via iStock.DC Initiative 81, which passed with , goes into effect Monday, March 15. Under the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020, natural psychedelics including magic mushrooms, ayahuasca, and mescaline are decriminalized, making arrests for their possession or use the lowest priority for DC police.The law survived a 30-day Congressional review period and a , who prevented the District from fully legalizing cannabis following a 2014 ballot initiative that passed with support from 70 percent of DC voters, to derail it. Harris, who set off a metal detector near the...

March 15, 2021
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White House Staff Packs for Move Behind Trump's Back | Washingtonian (DC)

White House Staff Packs for Move Behind Trump's Back | Washingtonian (DC)

Photograph by Alexander Ramjing via iStock.While President Trump fulminated and obfuscated about the election he couldn’t admit he lost, the residence staff at the White House was , Kate Bennett reports for CNN:As the President publicly railed against the election, fraudulently claiming it was rigged and clinging to the false hope of staying in the White House, his wife was packing up their things to move out, say multiple sources who have observed Trump’s activities since late November.The first lady is now more than halfway done with the job of shipping belongings either to Mar-a-Lago or...

January 14, 2021
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After Joining Capitol Protest, Virginia GOP Pol Says Critics Should Focus on "Colored Community" Instead

After Joining Capitol Protest, Virginia GOP Pol Says Critics Should Focus on "Colored Community" Instead

Dave LaRock. Photograph by VCU Capital News Service, .Virginia state Delegate Dave LaRock after he took part in last week’s protest against President Trump’s election loss, which turned deadly when a pro-Trump mob invaded the US Capitol. Since January 6, he’s that propagates the bogus theory that “paid provocateurs” were responsible for besmirching an “otherwise orderly protest.”LaRock also sent a letter to Vice President Pence on House of Delegates letterhead that called for Pence to , citing concerns about the security of the vote in a state that Joe Biden won handily.In a , LaRock says...

January 13, 2021
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National Landing Is Two Years Old, and People Are Kind of Getting Used to It | Washingtonian (DC)

National Landing Is Two Years Old, and People Are Kind of Getting Used to It | Washingtonian (DC)

A rendering of the future National Landing, courtesy of JBG Smith.Amazon, Arlington, and Alexandria delivered a sharp shock to the world on November 13, 2018, when they announced that not only would Amazon’s much-desired “HQ2” land in Northern Virginia, but that Crystal City and parts of Alexandria would make up a new neighborhood called . The name was . It further . But by the time it , people were just like, Oh, that’s National Landing for you; what are you gonna do?Amazon announced Monday that it is celebrating the anniversary by like legal service providers, neighborhood clinics, racial...

November 17, 2020
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I Have Watched the New "Borat," and Rudy Really Was Just Tucking In His Shirt. But Almost Everything Else About His Scene Is Gross.

I Have Watched the New "Borat," and Rudy Really Was Just Tucking In His Shirt. But Almost Everything Else About His Scene Is Gross.

Photograph by .Work basically stopped for everyone I follow on Twitter yesterday when the Guardian , Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, which will premiere on Amazon Prime Friday. Catherine Shoard, the Guardian‘s film editor, wrote about a scene where Baron Cohen and co-star Maria Bakalova prank Rudy Giuliani, where the former New York mayor and current attorney to President Trump “is seen reaching into his trousers and apparently touching his genitals while reclining on a bed in the presence of...

October 22, 2020
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