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Borderstan’s Most Popular News Stories of 2012


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No. 3 on the list: The June 7 fire at 14th and P Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s that time again… a look back before we start 2013. Like last December, we will provide you with a list of the most-read stories on Borderstan by category. Today are the Top 10 from the News section.

The web is forever, so they say. Posted stories continue to get hits a long time after originally going up on the site. As a result, some of the most-read stories for the year were sometimes published the year before — especially if they were published late the year before.

Top 10 News Stories of 2012 on Bordertan

These News stories were Top 10 most read last year on Borderstan.com.

  1. Meet Julie Mason, White House Correspondent, Neighbor (Michelle Lancaster)
  2. Why Do Ginkgo Tree Berries Smell Like Dog Poo? (Borderstan)
  3. Fire at Mid City Deli Building, 14th and P NW (Luis Gomez)
  4. Meridian Hill Park Getting a Face Lift (Luis Gomez)
  5. New Citizens’ Organization Seeks Different Path for 14th and U (Matty Rhoades)
  6. Central Union Mission Moves Out, Condos Moving In (Rachel Nania)
  7. Take a Walk: City Dogs Rescue Has New Volunteer Opportunities (Matty Rhoades and Luis Gomez)
  8. Poll: Where’s the Gay Neighborhood in DC? (Borderstan)
  9. Reviving the Dream: Moving Forward on 17th Street (Guest Column)
  10. Car Going in Wrong Direction on 15th Hits Parked Car, Flips (Borderstan)

 

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Julie Mason is Getting Sirius


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Julie Mason’s studio at SiriusXM. (Courtesy Julie Mason)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Julie Mason at SiriusXM (Luis Gomez Photos)

Borderstan: Last time we chatted, you were working as a White House correspondent for The Washington Examiner. Now you have your own Sirius radio show, called The Press Pool on POTUS (Politics of the United States). When did you make the switch? How did it come about? And why did you take the new job on satellite radio?

Mason: After The Examiner I went to Politico, which I loved and still do. I covered the White House for Politico for about a year. They are great — very bold, and a real spark in what still feels like a dying industry, a lot of the time.

But I wanted to make a big change with my career after writing for 25 years. I felt a real urge to shake things up, go in a whole other direction while I still had the time and the will.  So about a year ago I moved to SiriusXM. Hosting a daily radio show gave my career just the shot of life I was looking for. I get to use knowledge, friends and sources from writing in a whole different way. I also picked up massive new skills — I run my own board and I am learning all about broadcasting.

Borderstan: What types of things do you cover on your new show?

Mason: It’s all politics, still lots of White House. My guests are almost all reporters, bloggers and pundits, so it’s a real insider-type show. I also use a lot of humor in my broadcast — because politics is hilariously funny and pretending otherwise is tedious and dull. I fear that for women in politics especially, there is a fear of not being taken seriously and so many project an urgently grim demeanor at all times. I am not like that, I love to laugh at stuff. I also play lots of great punk music from the 80s between interviews.

Borderstan: Give us some details on what it’s like working on radio? How is this different from what you’ve done in the past?

Mason: It’s totally different. My broadcast is three hours every weekday and afterwards I rarely want to talk or think about politics, at all. I thought I would miss writing and feel thwarted in some way, but I really don’t. And I have always been of those people about whom others say, “Tell us what you really think, Julie,” so radio feels like a good fit. I try to avoid being too sanctimonious. It’s a lot of talking. My show is all interviews, though — and learning to not interrupt others has been a challenge.

Luckily the company matched me with a great, really experienced producer, Patrick Ferrise. So it’s also very collaborative (by which I mean, “Patrick does all the work,”) which is also different from newspaper reporting.

Borderstan: Who is your favorite person you’ve interviewed or had on the show, so far?

Mason: I recently interviewed Kitty Kelley on her new picture book about the Kennedys. She was such an unexpected delight. So warm, friendly, funny and flirty — we all loved her. Also it’s great fun to have Maureen Dowd on the show, and I love having all my old friends from the White House beat and Capitol Hill on to talk about their work. Really, the only bad interview I have had so far was Bob Woodward. He was very grumpy.

Borderstan: What’s your typical day like? When do you begin prepping for your show?

Mason: I drag into our studios in Northeast ahead of the show, times may vary, and start prep. Patrick books the guests and does all the planning. When the show is done, my day is pretty much over — and that has taken some adjustment after 25 years of midnight phone calls from editors, working all hours and grinding it out on deadline. It’s so strange, and I don’t like to mention it to others because I fear their hatred and resentment.

Borderstan: Your Twitter account mentions you used to be a punk (and you alluded to punk music in your last post for Borderstan) — Are you ever able to catch any shows in the neighborhood? Who are you listening to these days?

Mason: I was one of the DC hardcore denizens of the 80s, and I am still nostalgic for those days. But now on the downstroke of 50 (I just turned 47) I listen to more XX, the Yeah Yeah Yeas and older, non-hardcore like the Clash, Pretenders and Roxy Music, most of the time. But I still rock out to Minor Threat when I clean my apartment (not often enough, sadly).

I rarely go to shows because they start too late and I just feel like some creepy old vulture lurking around.

Borderstan: Tell us about best of 2012 with Anderson Cooper?

Mason: Hahaha. Well, my show has fans in the strangest places and even though I still do a lot of TV, I was surprised when the producers for Anderson’s big year-end show called. We taped a few weeks ago and it turns out a bunch of them listen to the show and love it, I was so happy. So look for that on CNN after Christmas, I think it will be fun. I did declare naked Prince Harry the story of the year.

Borderstan: Any new favorite places to eat/hangout in the hood?

Mason: I just had brunch at The Pig and it was really good, although I don’t understand the insistence on biscuits. But the cocktails are insane. I might even be too buzzed right now for this interview. I also love the Italian hoagy at Whole Foods, and the organic wine selections at Big Bear Cafe, which is close to the SiriusXM studios.

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Borderstyle: Packing for the Campaign Trail (and Fall Vacations)


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Tumi-Tech Kobbe Tri-Fold Garment Bag featuring Tumi bags 2. (Khelan on Polyvore.com)

From Khelan Bhatia. Follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB or email him at khelan[AT]borderstan.com.

Editor’s note: This column first ran March 2. As we enter the general election campaign — and all those cheap off-season all travel specials the rest of us are contemplating — we thought it was time to remind readers how to efficiently pack efficiently for travel under less than desirable conditions.

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For more images on polyvore.com, click on each photo in this story.

Howdy, Borderstanis. I hope you’re having a lovely week. Mine started off splendidly: I grabbed an afternoon cocktail with lovely journalist/media personality and fellow Borderstani Julie Mason (read Borderstan’s profile of her, it’s a must).

Mason is a veteran of the White House Press Pool for two newspapers and now hosts the national political talk show “The Press Pool” on Sirius XM radio.

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Rag & Bone Dagger Blazer. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

We had a grand time chatting about politics, fashion, that we had both lived in Texas for a several years, etc. Since she’s a veteran of the campaign trail, I shared my most recent experiences (both sartorial and professional) in the early states, as well as my last column.

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Take a pair of  khaki-chinos. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

We commiserated over the fact that, unlike other cities, DC doesn’t have much of a biz casual culture, which can result in some inappropriate fashion choices by campaign staffers and journalists alike. (Jules, I’m totally giving you props for succinctly making a point I’ve attempted to convey through this column for over a year!)

BTW, I have to ask: If DC is known as the Hollywood for ugly people, is New Hampshire our equivalent to Sundance? Think about it.

My chat with Julie led me to think about how, through trial and error, I’ve learned to pack smartly and efficiently for long bouts of travel. Here are a few tips from Julie and yours truly, that have helped us along the way (and probably couldn’t hurt you on your next business trip).

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To add a little pop, add a rep tie. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Luggage. Buy the right piece of luggage: large enough to carry about a week’s worth of clothes, yet small enough to fit in an overhead bin. Honestly, who has the time and patience to wait at baggage claim these days?

I highly recommend the Tumi-Tech Kobbe Tri-Fold Garment bag. It’s compact, can hold a couple of suits (or blazers/slacks), shirts, ties, jeans, an extra pair of shoes, toiletries and your super-slim Macbook Air with no problem. At just over $200 it’s also a bargain.

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A shawl-collar cardigan sweater is one option. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Blazer. For your trip, take the all-purpose blazer that goes with … well, everything. The one-button Dagger blazer by Rag & Bone works just as well with a pair of dress slacks as it does with a pair of dark-rinse jeans. Plus, the slim lapels and pewter buttons are very chic.

Pants. Speaking of which, pack one pair of dark jeans that are slightly dressier than the rest of your denim collection. Also, take along a pair khaki-chinos for contrast.

Shirts and Ties. Since we’re trying to make the most of limited space, leave the louder, more casual shirts at home. Instead, go minimalist and take three non-iron extra-slim fit solid button-downs (one in white, one in blue and one in grey). To add some pop to your outfits, feel free to tote around a few rep ties, or even a “little-critter” tie, if you decide to go a wee bit crazy.

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Air Franklin’s by Cole Haan are comfortable and affordable. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Sweaters. Even though it’s been a ridiculously mild winter here in the District, you could be off to some frigid climates. Be sure to stow away one shawl-collar cardigan and one pull-over. I’m partial to a well fitted fair-isle sweater myself.

Shoes. Comfy, yet stylish, shoes are a must. The Air Franklin’s by Cole Haan are affordable (under $200) and won’t kill your feet, thanks to their nifty Nike-air technology.

Skin Care. For the love of God, pack a facial scrub and eye cream! Chances are you’re not going to get the most nutritious meals or sound sleep on your travels. If your experiences are anything like mine, you’ll have about ten minutes to eat and about two hours to sleep. To help battle the effects of campaign funk, I highly recommend the travel size versions of the facial scrub and eye cream from Anthony for Men.

That’s it from me this week! See you next time.

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Borderstyle: Packing for the Campaign Trail (and Other Adventures)


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Tumi-Tech Kobbe Tri-Fold Garment Bag featuring Tumi bags 2. (Khelan on Polyvore.com)

From Khelan Bhatia. Follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB or email him at khelan[AT]borderstan.com.

For more images on polyvore.com, click on each photo in this story.

Howdy, Borderstanis. I hope you’re having a lovely week. Mine started off splendidly: I grabbed an afternoon cocktail with lovely journalist/media personality and fellow Borderstani Julie Mason (read Borderstan’s profile of her, it’s a must).

Mason is a veteran of the White House Press Pool for two newspapers and now hosts the national political talk show “The Press Pool” on Sirius XM radio.

campaign, trail, blazer

Rag & Bone Dagger Blazer. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

We had a grand time chatting about politics, fashion, that we had both lived in Texas for a several years, etc. Since she’s a veteran of the campaign trail, I shared my most recent experiences (both sartorial and professional) in the early states, as well as my last column.

campaign, trail, packing

Take a pair of  khaki-chinos. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

We commiserated over the fact that, unlike other cities, DC doesn’t have much of a biz casual culture, which can result in some inappropriate fashion choices by campaign staffers and journalists alike. (Jules, I’m totally giving you props for succinctly making a point I’ve attempted to convey through this column for over a year!)

BTW, I have to ask: If DC is known as the Hollywood for ugly people, is New Hampshire our equivalent to Sundance? Think about it.

My chat with Julie led me to think about how, through trial and error, I’ve learned to pack smartly and efficiently for long bouts of travel. Here are a few tips from Julie and yours truly, that have helped us along the way (and probably couldn’t hurt you on your next business trip).

campaign, trail, packing

To add a little pop, add a rep tie. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Luggage. Buy the right piece of luggage: large enough to carry about a week’s worth of clothes, yet small enough to fit in an overhead bin. Honestly, who has the time and patience to wait at baggage claim these days?

I highly recommend the Tumi-Tech Kobbe Tri-Fold Garment bag. It’s compact, can hold a couple of suits (or blazers/slacks), shirts, ties, jeans, an extra pair of shoes, toiletries and your super-slim Macbook Air with no problem. At just over $200 it’s also a bargain.

campaign, trail, packing

A shawl-collar cardigan sweater is one option. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Blazer. For your trip, take the all-purpose blazer that goes with … well, everything. The one-button Dagger blazer by Rag & Bone works just as well with a pair of dress slacks as it does with a pair of dark-rinse jeans. Plus, the slim lapels and pewter buttons are very chic.

Pants. Speaking of which, pack one pair of dark jeans that are slightly dressier than the rest of your denim collection. Also, take along a pair khaki-chinos for contrast.

Shirts and Ties. Since we’re trying to make the most of limited space, leave the louder, more casual shirts at home. Instead, go minimalist and take three non-iron extra-slim fit solid button-downs (one in white, one in blue and one in grey). To add some pop to your outfits, feel free to tote around a few rep ties, or even a “little-critter” tie, if you decide to go a wee bit crazy.

campaign

Air Franklin’s by Cole Haan are comfortable and affordable. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Sweaters. Even though it’s been a ridiculously mild winter here in the District, you could be off to some frigid climates. Be sure to stow away one shawl-collar cardigan and one pull-over. I’m partial to a well fitted fair-isle sweater myself.

Shoes. Comfy, yet stylish, shoes are a must. The Air Franklin’s by Cole Haan are affordable (under $200) and won’t kill your feet, thanks to their nifty Nike-air technology.

Skin Care. For the love of God, pack a facial scrub and eye cream! Chances are you’re not going to get the most nutritious meals or sound sleep on your travels. If your experiences are anything like mine, you’ll have about ten minutes to eat and about two hours to sleep. To help battle the effects of campaign funk, I highly recommend the travel size versions of the facial scrub and eye cream from Anthony for Men.

That’s it from me this week! See you next time.

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Meet Julie Mason, White House Correspondent, Neighbor


From Michelle Lancaster

We all know that our neighborhood is the hippest in the city, given our plethora of amazing shops, bars, restaurants, galleries and music venues. But somewhere in the hazy moments after an opening, followed by too many cocktails at a bar and late night half-smokes, we may forget what makes the neighborhood truly spectacular – the really fascinating people living here!

In this new ongoing series on Interesting Borderstanis (got a better title?), we’ll profile some of the unique, inspiring and downright interesting folks that are all around you.

Julie Mason: reporter, dog owner and Borderstani. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Meet Julie Mason

Meet Julie! You may have read her coverage of the White House when she worked for the Houston Chronicle or locally at the Washington Examiner. Maybe you know her for her lovely scented doggy bags or perhaps, like me, you are simply dying to feed her a steady stream of cava cocktails until she spills the beans on state secrets and hanging out with Ian MacKaye.

Here’s Julie in her own words.

When and why did you first move to D.C?

I went to AU in the 80s – the best time for music in DC, during the old hardcore days – and I left in 1988 to work in Texas but always had it in my head to move back. I finally got the chance in early 2001 when my newspaper transferred me to the Washington bureau.

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