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Work Finally Begins on Huge Eisenhower Memorial

DC site will honor 34th president

(Newser) - After years of public controversy and debate, work is finally beginning Thursday on a massive memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower. A groundbreaking ceremony will mark the start of the project, which has been plagued for years by a bitter running fight over the memorial's design and aesthetics, the AP... More »

DC Battles a Wholly Unique Real Estate Phenomenon

The AP looks at why empty embassies can fester

(Newser) - The large building at the corner of 22nd and R streets in downtown Washington, DC, sticks out like a wart in the otherwise upscale neighborhood. Plywood covers the windows and sleeping bags and empty bottles litter the shuttered doorways. For a solid decade, neighbors and local political leaders complained bitterly... More »

Giant Nude Woman Could Grace US Capital

Festival wants to install 45-foot-tall statue on National Mall

(Newser) - It's entirely possible that tourists visiting the National Mall between November and March will be treated to views of the White House, the Washington Monument, and a 45-foot-tall, 16,000-pound naked woman. The Washington Post reports organizers of the third-annual Catharsis on the Mall festival are seeking permission to... More »

Steve Jobs' Widow Makes Big Move in Pro Sports World

Looks like Laurene Powell Jobs is buying major stake in Capitals, Wizards empire

(Newser) - There aren't many women who hold top ownership positions in the sports world's "Big Four" pro leagues, but the wife of the late Steve Jobs is about to up those numbers. Citing sources familiar with the deal, the Washington Post reports that billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs... More »

Bank Teller Admits Stealing $185K From Homeless Man

Customer came in with trash bag filled with cash

(Newser) - Wells Fargo is in the news again, though this time it's a rogue entity, not upper management, that's catching all the heat. Ex-bank teller Phelon Davis has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $185,000 from a bank customer over a two-year period, starting in October 2014,... More »

In Nation's Capital, Legal Weed Isn't Sold but Gifted

Welcome to the 'District of Cannabis'

(Newser) - It's hard to justify $45 for a black T-shirt, but the customer at a store in a Washington DC neighborhood does so without question. The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: "Thank... More »

Mike Pence: Flight 93 Heroes Saved My Life

VP recalls 'longest 12 minutes of my life' on 9/11 anniversary

(Newser) - VP Mike Pence paid homage to the "heroes of Flight 93 " Monday during a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., but his speech had an unusually personal note: He thinks the passengers who brought down the plane on Sept. 11, 2001, saved his life. Pence recalled being a new member... More »

Lincoln Memorial Gets an Unwelcome Paint Job

National Park Service says profane graffiti was scrawled on monument on Tuesday

(Newser) - More troubling news amid an already tense week : The Lincoln Memorial was defaced with profane graffiti that was discovered Tuesday, reports Reuters . "F--- law" appeared to be spray-painted in red on one of the monument's white columns, though based on a National Park Service photo, there's some... More »

Russian Surveillance Plane Flies Over Trump Golf Course

It soared over DC as part of Open Skies treaty

(Newser) - Wednesday was an unusual day in Washington, DC: Not only was there a giant chicken balloon next to the White House, there was a Russian surveillance plane flying at low altitude through the restricted airspace around the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other DC sites, the Washington Post reports. The Russian... More »

This Is the Least Educated US City

Sorry, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

(Newser) - You might want to think twice before you start a scholarly debate with anyone from Ann Arbor. The Michigan city is the most educated in America—by far—according to WalletHub . The site ranked the most educated cities based on the education level of adults 25 and older, plus the... More »

Feds to Pull Plug on Search for New FBI HQ

GSA to announce an end to a 10-year hunt for replacement to decrepit Hoover building

(Newser) - Ten years of house-hunting are at an apparent end for the FBI after reports that the federal government has decided to nix the search for new headquarters for the agency. Officials from the General Services Administration, which handles federal real estate, tell the Washington Post they'll officially announce the... More »

You Probably Haven't Heard of the Best-Run City in US

Louisville is No. 10, but No. 1 is Nampa, Idaho

(Newser) - Seems like everyone likes to complain about the way their city operates, but WalletHub decided to make things a little more tangible. It looked at 150 of the biggest cities in the US, then crunched data on the size of the local budget and the quality of services offered. By... More »

Press Disinvited From Trump 2020 Fundraiser

Event at Trump hotel raises $10M

(Newser) - With a mere 40 months to go until the 2020 re-election, President Trump has started trying to refill the campaign coffers. Republican National Committee officials say around $10 million was raised at a Trump fundraising event at one of his own hotels Wednesday, where ticket prices started at $35,000,... More »

The Obamas Are No Longer Renters

They bought the DC home of NFL exec Joe Lockhart for $8.1M

(Newser) - It's not the White House, but Barack and Michelle Obama clearly aren't too disappointed with their new Washington, DC, home : After renting it for several months, they've opted to buy it, reports People . The Obamas purchased the 8,200-square-foot home in the Kalorama neighborhood this week for... More »

'Painful Reminder' Found in DC's African- American Museum

Noose discovered in front of one of the displays

(Newser) - In what museum director Lonnie Bunch III calls "a painful reminder of the challenges that African-Americans continue to face," a noose was found in a gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture Wednesday. Visitors to the Washington, DC, museum found the noose in front... More »

Man May Have Collected Blood of More Than 200 People: Cops

Police say he had no license to do so

(Newser) - A creepy alleged crime out of DC this week, where a 43-year-old man was arrested and charged with collecting the blood of area residents. Khoa Hoang Nguyen paid them $30 each for their blood samples, police say, and a number of people went for it—neighbors said they often saw... More »

Lawmaker Ruffled by Duck Ramp Told to 'Duck Off'

Rep. Mark Walker's complaint about government waste wasn't well received

(Newser) - The president of a non-profit that helps animals in Washington, DC, calls it a lifesaving measure. Rep. Mark Walker calls it a waste of government funds. Such is the debate raging over a simple duck ramp installed by government officials at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, which is drawing quite a... More »

Georgetown Apologizes for 1838 Slave Sale

University has renamed buildings in honor of slaves

(Newser) - Georgetown University and the group of Catholic priests that founded the school in Washington, DC, have apologized for selling slaves in 1838 in order to raise money to pay off the college's debts. The school has renamed two buildings in honor of two of the 272 people sold, reports... More »

Outrage Mounting Over DC's Missing Teens

Black lawmakers call on FBI to help

(Newser) - If only the teenagers missing in Washington, DC, were wearing Super Bowl jerseys, they might be found as quickly as Tom Brady's lucky shirt , says comedian DL Hughley in a tweet , per News One . He's one of several on social media drawing attention to DC cases of missing... More »

DC Bald Eagles Snuggle to Protect Eggs Amid Storm

The eggs are expected to be fine thanks to the protection of their parents

(Newser) - Washington DC has been hit by wind, sleet, and snow this week, but two nesting bald eagles at the US National Arboretum worked to ensure that none of it affected their two eggs. The arboretum says its live eagle cam showed the female eagle—known as The First Lady—sheltering... More »

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