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DC's New Cheap Housing: Shipping Crates

An innovative project may boost the next trend

(Newser) - Off-campus housing isn’t known for being particularly innovative, but two real estate entrepreneurs are putting up housing near Catholic University made out of decidedly unusual materials: 8-by-40-foot steel shipping containers, reports the Washington Post . Each level hosts six containers and serves as its own apartment, with six bedrooms and... More »

DC's New Pot Penalty: $25 Ticket

But penalties on federal land are harsher

(Newser) - Possessing a joint on the street outside the White House or in most other places in Washington, DC, is now punishable by a $25 ticket under a marijuana law that went into effect yesterday. The new law, one of the nation's loosest, treats possession of under an ounce of... More »

Hobby Lobby Family Plans $800M Bible Museum in DC

Critics fear project is attempt to influence Congress

(Newser) - Fresh from winning their battle against ObamaCare's birth control mandate , the evangelical Christian family behind Hobby Lobby has a new project: A huge museum in Washington, DC, devoted to the Bible. Steve Green, president of the chain of craft stores and son of its founder, has spent tens of... More »

How Pilot Appeases Stuck Fliers: With Pizza

Pilot Gerhard Bradner buys 50 Dominos pizzas, with his own money

(Newser) - Airplane delays have been known to lead to bad situations . Enter pilot Gerhard Bradner, who bought all of his stranded passengers Dominos pizza on Monday night, forking over his own money for 50 pies. As KUSA-TV reports, Frontier Flight 719, which was headed to Denver from Reagan International Airport in... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

Planned Homeland Security HQ a Total Fiasco

It's running a decade behind schedule, $1.5B over budget

(Newser) - What America was supposed to have as soon as this year, at a cost of $3 billion: a sprawling headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security, a complex of more than 50 buildings that would allow easier coordination of the department's agencies. The plan, announced by former DHS Secretary... More »

You Can Finally Visit Washington Monument Again

Landmark reopens 3 years after earthquake

(Newser) - More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument will reopen today for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage. The memorial has been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive analysis... More »

Girl's Suspected Kidnapper Found Dead in DC Park

No sign of missing 8-year-old after apparent suicide

(Newser) - Police searching a park in Washington, DC, for the body of an 8-year-old girl kidnapped a month ago have instead found the body of the suspected kidnapper. Khalil Tatum, 51, was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the 700-acre Kenilworth Park, reports the New ... More »

Latest TSA Flub: Uh, Is DC License Valid?

Agent wasn't sure whether it was acceptable form of ID

(Newser) - A ridiculous TSA story has once again gone viral: Ashley Brandt was baffled last week when a TSA agent in Phoenix was initially unsure whether she could let Brandt through airport security with just a District of Columbia license. "I don’t know if we can accept these. Do... More »

DC Councilwoman: Taxi Kinda Kidnapped My Daughter

Bizarre tale as council reviews taxis that violate rule requiring card swiper

(Newser) - It's always annoying when a cab won't take your credit card, and it's even more annoying when that leads to them locking you in the cab and driving off. That's what allegedly happened to the daughter of DC council member Mary Cheh, the lawmaker said during... More »

DC Fire Lieutenant on Leave After Dying Man Ignored

As is another firefighters, as authorities investigate death of Medric Mills

(Newser) - A fire lieutenant and a firefighter are on administrative leave after a man suffered a heart attack across the street from their Washington, DC, firehouse on Saturday and no one at the station helped him ; Medric Mills, 77, later died. Authorities are still investigating the situation, but the lieutenant wrote... More »

Firefighters Refuse to Help Man, He Dies

77-year-old collapsed across street from DC firehouse

(Newser) - Marie Mills' father collapsed Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot across the street from a Washington, DC, firehouse—but firefighters didn't rush to his aid, despite repeated pleas for help, and Medric "Cecil" Mills, 77, died of a heart attack. Marie Mills tells WTTG that bystanders... More »

How Lawmakers, Lobbyists Vacation Together—Legally

Lavish fundraisers offer chance to schmooze

(Newser) - In 2007, Congress passed measures largely barring lavish lobbyist-funded trips and gatherings. But what the New York Times calls "destination fundraisers" haven't stopped, and, indirectly, they're still funded by the lobbyists, who schmooze with lawmakers in places like Napa Valley, Las Vegas, and Bermuda. The money for... More »

Congresswoman Mugged on Capitol Hill

NYC's Grace Meng left bruised, disoriented

(Newser) - Freshman lawmaker Rep. Grace Meng was shaken up but escaped serious injury in a mugging near her Capitol Hill home Tuesday evening, her office says. She was hit in the head and knocked to the ground by an attacker as she was walking home after dinner with a friend, Politico... More »

DC to Redskins: Lose the Racist Name

'Enough is enough,' council member says

(Newser) - More pressure on the Redskins: The NFL team needs to change its "racist and derogatory" name, a resolution passed overwhelmingly by the DC Council says. The team's argument that the name is part of its heritage "is akin to saying to the Native American people ... your pain... More »

Chris Brown Hits Rehab, Will Seek 'Focus, Insight'

Singer hoping to resume career 'from healthier vantage point'

(Newser) - After his latest assault charge, Chris Brown has decided to get some help. The singer is checking into rehab and "his goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier... More »

Chris Brown Charged With Felony Assault

DC cops say he got into fight outside hotel

(Newser) - Another day, another run-in with police for Chris Brown: TMZ reports that the hip-hop bad boy's latest dust-up took place around 4:30am today in Washington, DC, where Brown has been charged with felony assault. Police say that Brown started arguing with a man around 4:30am today outside... More »

Scaffolding to Cloak Capitol for 2 Years

Renovation will fix more than 1K cracks

(Newser) - Turns out things on the outside of the Capitol are also fractured and in urgent need of repair. The historic dome will be covered in scaffolding starting next month for a two-year, $60 million restoration project, reports the Washington Post . The office of the Architect of the Capitol says more... More »

Russians in DC to See US Democracy Are Not Impressed

Exchange program backfires

(Newser) - A group of 49 Russians is in DC as part of a US-funded exchange program to witness American democracy in action. Just one problem: There's very little action right now. "This step, to shut down the government, is inconceivable," says one Russian journalist. "French people are... More »

8 Democratic Reps Arrested at DC Immigration Protest

Lawmakers busted as thousands gather on National Mall to urge reform

(Newser) - After lawmakers supported veterans in flooding DC's WWII memorial last week, the civil disobedience by congress members continued yesterday, with eight Democrats getting arrested at the National Mall during an immigration reform rally. The demonstration was intended to push Congress to pass immigration reform legislation, but also succeeded in... More »

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