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One more Georgetown fixture will soon be packing up its bags to leave Wisconsin Avenue. Commander Salamander, a clothing and accessories store on Wisconsin Avenue, will be closing by the end of the month without plans to move to another location, according to store management.
(vox populi, 2010, January 20)
Commander Salamander joins 52 other businesses that will have either closed or moved to a different location within the last year, according to a report compiled by Georgetown Metropolitan.
(vox populi, 2010, January 20)
If you wanted to dress in punk or new wave clothes, Commander Salamander was one of those places you shopped. Since the early 1980s, the little shop on Wisconsin Avenue is where you went when you needed cool sunglasses, a pair of safety-pinned bondage pants, glitter makeup or Doc Martens boots.
(WTOP, 2010, January 21)
While most of the 2009 business closings were smaller independent stores, established brands and businesses like American Eagle and Nathan’s shut down, too. On a brighter note, 22 stores also opened (or relocated) in 2009, among them Gore and Dean, Georgetown Cupcake, and Diesel.
(vox populi, 2010, January 20)
Judging from the three stores on Commander Salamander’s block of Wisconsin Avenue that are currently sporting “Going out of business” signs in their windows, which besides Commander Salamander include Milano and Hardware, 2010 does not look too promising for Georgetown businesses.
(vox populi, 2010, January 20)
http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/01/20/another-georgetown-business-commander-salamander-is-closing/One more Georgetown fixture will soon be packing up its bags to leave Wisconsin... more
Think you might get lucky tonight? Well, if you're in D.C., don't bring more than two condoms in your purse, or you could be arrested as a prostitute.
In D.C., police can declare "Prostitution Free Zones" where officers can pick up (I mean, arrest) anyone suspected of prostitution. And they use carrying three or more condoms as proof of intent to prostitute -- rather than intent to spend the weekend getting jiggy with a guy.
But as RH Reality Check points out, the real danger of this law falls to people who actually are sex workers. It pushes them to abandon safe sex techniques, putting their own health at risk as well as that of the general population. Add to this the fear of arrest or harassment that keeps sex workers from seeking health care, and you have a recipe for disaster. Everybody should know by now that the nation's capital has a rampant problem with HIV/AIDS; this backwards law contributes to its spread (at three times the rate that characterizes a severe epidemic). It's not like you can expect the johns to bring their own rubbers.
This law prioritizes making commercial areas look clean and pretty lady-free, not protecting the public's health. But the root of the problem isn't this one law: it's the criminalization of sex work. If you want to criminalize something, stick to pimping -- after all, many of these women have been trafficked unwillingly and subjected to violence. If they weren't so afraid of being arrested for stepping forward to condemn their pimps, we'd have a better chance of finding the true criminals in this situation.
http://womensrights.change.org/blog/view/dont_carry_condoms_in_dc_--_you_could_be_charged_with_prostitutionThink you might get lucky tonight? Well, if you're in D.C., don't bring more... more
Thank you for taking out the time to view my bio. I am versatile artist on stage and in film. I believe in the gift I’ve been given and the life changing ability it brings. I use my gifts to expose parts of humanities struggle yet glorify God in both positive and negative. I have been in bad times, seen good times I am thank for all the support I get from around the world. I have spread my unique sound and style from Los Angeles to New JerseyThank you for taking out the time to view my bio. I am versatile artist on stage and... more
Police in the US are investigating a detective who appears to draw his gun during a mass snowball fight on the streets of Washington DC.
Video taken at the scene shows people pelting a man with snowballs after his car, a Hummer, gets stuck in the snow.
The man - not in uniform at the time - then appears to pull out a gun while an angry crowd gathers and chants: "Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight."
DC police refused to comment, telling the BBC an investigation was under way.
At one point on the video - shown on YouTube - the man identifies himself as a "detective", but refuses to give his full name.
Then he proceeds to admit to pulling his gun.
"Yes I did because I got hit by snowballs," he tells angry residents who demand to know his badge number.
Images and video appear to show him exposing his gun briefly, always pointing towards the snow on the ground.
Panicked residents shout, "He's got a gun," but others continue to lob snowballs his way.
The confrontation, which took place on Saturday, ended only when other policemen were despatched to the scene, and managed to calm everyone down.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan police, Det Kenny Bryson, told the BBC on Sunday that he would not comment on the allegations and refused to identify the officer involved.
Det Bryson said the department was looking into the allegations of misconduct but that there was "nothing further" to report.Police in the US are investigating a detective who appears to draw his gun during a... more
"SCHULTZ (08:12): So Mika starts looking at her Blackberry and so does Scarborough and obviously the White House is texting them or emailing them or whatever and they didn't like the show. Because Arianna had been on there, I'm on there, Howard Dean had been on there and they wanted some balance.
Now think about that - here's the White House getting in contact with 'Morning Joe' because they're afraid there's too many lefties on the air! Now if that's not sensitivity at its highest level, I don't know what is! I told ya a few days ago they had rabbit ears! They don't like anything that's being said right now, they're getting beat up!"
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend?" Please break out of the left/right paradigm. To get started, I recommend 'Fall of the Republic'. You can watch the full length movie on YouTube."SCHULTZ (08:12): So Mika starts looking at her Blackberry and so does... more
The Senate passed legislation Sunday that opens the door to the District of Columbia legalizing medical marijuana after over a decade of Congress blocking the issue through budget restrictions.
Nestled in the $447 billion omnibus spending bill approved Sunday by a vote of 57-35 is language that frees up Washington D.C. to use local money to implement a medical marijuana measure approved in a referendum by nearly 70 percent of voters in 1998, resurrecting an effort that has been stalled since Congress imposed a rider blocking money to actualize the measure. The House version of the spending bill passed last week included similar language, and President Obama is expected to sign the legislation this coming week.The Senate passed legislation Sunday that opens the door to the District of Columbia... more
The Washington Blade stopped the presses Monday after 40 years, but another publication serving the gay community may rise in its ashes.
(Richardson, V., 2009, November 17, par.1)
Kevin Naff, editor of the now-defunct Blade, said Monday he's working to put together an employee-run newspaper with the same staff. Already, he said, "several investors have lined up," while others have offered office space to the newly planned publication. "We got dragged down by forces beyond our control, so now we're taking control," Mr. Naff said.
(Richardson, V., 2009, November 17, par.2-3)
On Monday, Window Media, the Blade's parent company, ceased operations of all its publications, which include the Southern Voice, the Houston Voice, the South Florida Blade and 411 Magazine.
(Richardson, V., 2009, November 17, par.4)
More details at the link:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/17/washington-blade-closes-new-paper-for-gays-planned/The Washington Blade stopped the presses Monday after 40 years, but another... more
It's an event that's sweeping the globe! First in London, then San Francisco, now Washington, DC!
Dandies and Quaintrelles put on their finest tweeds and throwback gear, polished up their vintage bikes and took to the streets of DC this past Sunday. The glorious bike ride brought together over 300 dapper ladies and gents, in character, as they rode down Capitol Hill, through downtown DC, and past the White House. NPR reported that the First Lady even took a peek at all the commotion outside.
This was DC's first Tweed Ride... the first effort by a new DC social group called "Dandies and Quaintrelles" The Tweed Ride raised money for the elderly and Alzheimer's research.
Look for future Tweed Rides coming to a city near you!It's an event that's sweeping the globe! First in London, then San... more
The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to... more
Nighttime is the perfect time for visiting the monuments in Washington, D.C. Stop One: FDR—The Four Freedoms, fountains, and moving forward “with strong and active faith.”Nighttime is the perfect time for visiting the monuments in Washington, D.C. Stop One:... more
The Supreme Court refused Monday to block the execution of John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the sniper team that terrified the suburbs of the nation's capital in October 2002.
Known as the D.C. Sniper, Muhammad is scheduled for execution Tuesday evening at a state prison near Jarratt, Virginia.
Muhammad, 48, has continued to profess his innocence during two lengthy trials, including one featuring testimony from young accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo, whom Muhammad referred to as his "son."
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/09/scotus.sniper/index.htmlThe Supreme Court refused Monday to block the execution of John Allen Muhammad, the... more
EMBARQ - The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport takes a look into Washington, D.C.'s bike sharing program, SmartBike DC, the first of its kind in the United States.EMBARQ - The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport takes a look into Washington,... more
The latest exhibition on Islamic art in Washington DC’s Freer and Sackler Gallery, which starts on 24 October 2009 and runs through 24 January 2010, is entitled “Falnama: The Book of Omens”.
This exhibition, which is the first of its kind devoted to Falnamas, is centered on manuscripts from Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and sheds new light on their artistic, cultural, and religious significance.
http://www.televisionwashington.com/media1.aspx?lang=en&id=2376The latest exhibition on Islamic art in Washington DC’s Freer and Sackler... more
Seventh Generation, the nation’s leading brand of non-toxic and environmentally-safe household and personal care products, announced today a new partnership with noted advocate Erin Brockovich and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. Together they’re launching the Million Baby Crawl, a grassroots effort to raise awareness about the nation’s badly outdated chemical laws and encourage parents and others everywhere to ask Congress to pass new stronger regulations that will protect the health of all Americans.
Synthetic chemicals are currently regulated by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a decades-old law that experts say has utterly failed to keep the nation’s environment and its citizens safe from materials that cause cancer and a host of other serious illnesses. Under the outdated TCSA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the authority to demand the information it needs to evaluate a chemical’s risk, and neither manufacturers nor the agency are required to prove a chemical’s safety before it can be used. In fact, in the 33 years since the TCSA was enacted, the EPA has required testing on only 200 of the more than 80,000 chemical compounds now in use.
“It’s time for commonsense limits on toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces, and in the products we use,” said Andy Igrejas of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition. “We must act together to see that new legislation is passed and families are protected from unsafe products. The Million Baby Crawl will take much more than baby steps toward making these things happen.”
Congress is writing a new proposal to reform TSCA, updating last year’s Kid-Safe Chemicals Act. Scheduled for a Fall 2009 introduction, the policy will address these and many other deficiencies by establishing tough new safety standards for each chemical on the market and requiring manufacturers to prove that their chemicals meet these standards before they can be used in the products people buy. The bill would give the EPA new authority to restrict any substances that fail to pass the test.
-- excerptSeventh Generation, the nation’s leading brand of non-toxic and... more
BLOOM: Generally speaking we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system, to beat the market, or at least find someone who will pay you a lot of money because they're convinced that there is a free lunch. We know this is largely about power, that it's an adults only, no limit game. We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun. And we get it that if you want a friend, you should get a dog.BLOOM: Generally speaking we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense.... more
A US company and its Chinese partner are piloting a bus powered by ultracapacitors in Washington DC. Ultracapacitors lack the capacity of regular batteries but are considerably cheaper and can be recharge completely in under a minute. Sinautec Automobile Technologies, based in Arlington, VA, and its Chinese partner, Shanghai Aowei Technology Development Company, have spent the past three years demonstrating the approach with 17 municipal buses on the outskirts of Shanghai. The executive director of Sinautec touts the energy efficiency of this approach: 'Even if you use the dirtiest coal plant on the planet [to charge an ultracapacitor], it generates a third of the carbon dioxide of diesel.A US company and its Chinese partner are piloting a bus powered by ultracapacitors in... more
Here's a collage of Obama administration and current news event pictures set to the theme from Gilligan's Island. It's a a bit of a spoof so have some fun with it. There's even a brief explanation at the end of why this video was created. Hey, maybe video caricatures are the new thing on the web. Enjoy and don't forget to leave a comment.Here's a collage of Obama administration and current news event pictures set to... more