11/10/2015 - 11:45am
The 190 acres that comprise the RFK campus include the massive parking lots to the north and south of the stadium, the soccer practice fields, RFK itself and the DC Armory. All these facilities are District owned. The land underneath, however, is not. The entire campus is National Park land leased to the District by the federal government under a 1986 agreement that expires in 2036. At that time, the land will revert to NPS jurisdiction unless there is Congressional action. The federal lease... >>more
11/10/2015 - 11:29am
Michael Chandler reported in The Washington Post on November 5, 2015, that the Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force meetings will be held in public. Shayne Wells, a spokesman for the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), said the DME’s office will comply with the Office of Open Government’s ruling that the Task Force is a public body under the DC Open Meetings Act, and that its meetings must be held in the public. “We were committed to an open and transparent process,”... >>more
11/08/2015 - 11:01am
On Nov. 5, ANC 6B’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee reviewed a request from the Capitol Hill Starbucks, located at 237 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, for a new Class “D” alcohol license allowing the sale of beer and wine. Coffee, wine, and beer? That’s the idea. According to Starbucks, "We’ve always been your neighborhood morning stop—a place to help you start your day. Now we’re bringing a little delight to your evenings too.” I thought it... >>more
11/02/2015 - 8:42am
See something, say something. Young black men are prime perpetrators of crime in the District of Columbia. White police officers are waging a war on African-American males. Those three messages are distributed daily by the media. They are also repeated ad nauseam in the public square by many elected officials, civic leaders, public intellectuals, and average citizens. Combined, the messages translate into a single word: fear. That became clear during a recent encounter between two sets of... >>more
11/02/2015 - 8:10am
I’m running short of days. It’s November and another year is coming to an end. This month I turn sixty-five. When I was a child this was the number my parents looked for in their horoscopes along with fortune cookie advice. It would mean retirement; sixty-five was an end to backaches and swollen ankles. It was a time when rumors disguised as whispers would talk about returning to the South or the West Indies. But around dusk each night the dreams faded and paradise and comfort was... >>more
10/27/2015 - 12:57pm
When Mayor Muriel trod the boards as a poor supplicant in the Democratic Primary, she touted herself as a “Fresh Start.” “Me thinks she is extoling her love for crispy veggies,” The Nose pondered as he first listened to her perform at the hustings. Meet Muriel Bowser: Fresh Princess of Ward 4. Well, the breeze has changed direction. Now, members of the Green Team are working hard to take shadow campaign tactics out of the closet. Why hide one’s contributors when... >>more
10/06/2015 - 8:10am
When I look around our city, as well as the rest of the world it becomes obvious that we have entered a period of transition and transformation. Are you going to catch a cab or an Uber? Is that real money in your wallet? When did print from a newspaper make you wash your hands? These are the small windows of change one can call the daily weather report. Global warming is another term for fever. Every day we need to ask ourselves, how sick are we? Illness can result from sitting still too much... >>more
09/11/2015 - 8:35am
More tolerant of sin,      less tolerant of evil, I sift with age      and find a few answers. The tickle of truth taunts my      thoughts like hungry ants Eating away at what I knew      and leaving strained clarity: Fear is more clear, more immediate,      more menacing; Art is finally transparent      and I can live in and through it; Sex is more understood,   ... >>more
08/29/2015 - 8:11am
The poet Ahmos Zu-Bolton once called Washington the Demon City. Ahmos, who died here in 2005, was from DeRidder, La. Together we edited the anthology “Synergy,” the first collection of DC black poetry, birthed back in 1975. Ahmos put a dent in the literary world in much the same way Jim Rice knocked balls off the Green Monster in Fenway Park. Ahmos was heavily influenced by science fiction and he drove a white van around town as if looking to pick up Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Back in... >>more