East of the River

East of the River

01/30/2015 - 12:20pm
As DC lawmakers consider legislation to implement an inspection program for rail freight passing through the Nation's Capital, the question naturally arises: What has the local government historically done to protect communities and historic... >>more
01/10/2015 - 9:12am
Francis Campbell can see DC General from his porch on Burke Street SE. The former hospital, now home to the city’s biggest family homeless shelter, looks out at Campbell from the bottom of a hill on Reservation 13, hidden from the Stadium-... >>more
11/24/2014 - 6:42am
Maybe Marion was our Mugabe. As my friend Jonetta Rose Barras recently wrote, “If he was an addict, as he admitted, he was also addictive.” Maybe only Shakespeare could explain a person like Marion S. Barry, Jr. Was Barry a tragic figure... >>more
02/01/2015 - 12:00am
The election of 2014 was a watershed for the DC Council. Three long-time members left its ranks: Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), David Catania (I-At Large) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1). They were replaced by Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), Elissa Silverman (I-At... >>more
01/31/2015 - 12:00am
I am sitting at a table next to a woman I’ve loved my entire life. She is a few years older than I am. I am showing her how to write her name again. She has trouble remembering – it’s the first stages. I print her name in a... >>more
01/31/2015 - 12:00am
In November, DC residents overwhelmingly approved the Initiative 71 referendum which, for our purposes, allows “the personal cultivation of no more than six cannabis plants with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants, within the person... >>more
01/30/2015 - 3:24pm
The District Department of Transportation has announced a significant enhancement to the “Emergency No Parking” sign program within its Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS). Any utility companies and developers using TOPS right... >>more
01/30/2015 - 11:41am
We all have gardens, even if it’s little more than a potted plant or two.  Two events in mid-January this year, one along the Anacostia near RFK Stadium and one in the Baltimore Convention Center, show us how important our gardens can be... >>more
01/29/2015 - 5:09pm
On Friday, Jan. 30, Mayor Bowser hosted the 2015 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Kick-off Event for the launch of the 2015 SYEP application process, which is open to District youth between the ages of 14-21. District... >>more
01/28/2015 - 3:19pm
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has announced the Innovate DC Special Arts Initiative, which offers one-time grants up to $100,000 to District-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and community-based organizations. The grant is aimed... >>more
01/28/2015 - 1:44pm
Exercise SOLID CURTAIN-CITADEL SHIELD 2015 will be conducted on naval bases and installations throughout the National Capital Region from Feb. 2-13, 20015. This annual exercise is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy Security... >>more
01/13/2015 - 11:25am
The 5352 block of Blaine St. NE was shaken up early last night when a knifing occurred in a residence on the street. After receiving a phone call, police arrived at the scene of the crime and arrested Antwan Boney and charged him with assault with a... >>more
01/13/2015 - 12:00am
2015 is upon us. The characters of a new crop of sainted Wilson Building occupants remain to be appraised. No doubt, your poor columnist will spend a good deal of the next four years hard at work pillorying their foibles while sharpening petards to... >>more
01/12/2015 - 11:12am
New Year’s Wishes Happy New Year’s wishes to all, including our masters like Buck Hill, Fred Foss, Larry Willis and D.C. native Jimmy Cobb, and to our venues that they continue to provide great music in 2015 and beyond, venues that... >>more
01/12/2015 - 10:11am
Melinda Robertson sits at a table adorned with flowers at her first book signing on the lower level of the Dorothy I. Height Library on Benning Road. She is ready to sell and sign her latest novel. “Melinda, what is this book about?”... >>more