Good news for anyone who can get out of DC using JetBlue. WTOP reports that the airline has now purchased the landing rights to eight more slots at Reagan National Airport. We don’t yet know what new routes will be developed from the use of these spots, but this is definitely a big win for those of us who like cheap fares out of the city.
Ghost Bike Disappears
DCist reported that the ghost bike has intermittently been present at in the intersection of 20th and R Streets and Connecticut Avenue for the last three years has “gone on” — or, rather, erased. The bike, which was originally installed to mark the death of cyclist Alice Swanson in 2008, has been removed by the city every time it has reappeared on the grounds that all public memorials will be removed within 30 days. Apparently no one from the District had any comments on the matter.
Don’t Kill the Electric Car
TBD has the scoop on the new electric-vehicle charging stations that are going around the city. The first four have already debuted at Pentagon City, and a total of 47 are going to be installed around town (though it seems like most are outside the District itself), primarily located at other shopping meccas and Walgreens stores, among other locations. Think this’ll decrease our dependence on oil?
Five students are suing Howard University for sexual assault and harassment by a university employee, according to WJLA. George Bright-Abu is now in jail on claims from supervisees that he gave them “unwanted touching, flirting, fondling and degrading propositions of a sexual nature.” The lawsuit also says that when victims reported charges to the university, Howard did nothing to protect them, though the university says they referred the claim to MPD and then terminated the case accordingly.
Occupy DC: Inside the Park
The Georgetown Voice goes inside the Occupy DC encampment and uncovers some interesting info about the food situation (spoilage and waste is a bigger issue than not having enough), trash and the grass everyone cares about so much. Apparently, the protesters are moving tents and re-seeding the grass during their time in the park, so there you go. It’s worth the read (it’s a little long) if you are at all curious as to what the protesters are protesting and how they’re spending their time. Note: a lot of these people are educated and employed and wear shoes, so stop stereotyping already.
Howard U to March in Support of Occupy DC
Howard University students, faculty and alumni are planning a march today to “bring more racial diversity” to the protests. They will start at the Campus and end at the Chamber of Commerce and have coordinated with the two occupation groups encamped in DC. The Washington Post has a quick blurb recopied from the AP that outlines their plans, so look for more coverage as the event unfolds.
Capitol Hemp Raided
Both locations of Capitol Hemp were raided on Wednesday night, a move the owner said was politically motivated. DCist has the updates in this unfolding story, but several employees (and a customer) were arrested and thousands of dollars of merch were seized. The laws seem awfully fuzzy about what is allowed and what is illegal regarding drug paraphernalia in DC. The political motivation the owner is referring to, by the way, is not about drugs but his opposition to a boutique hotel that he says has turned neighborhood folks against him.
Bummer. The dog joint will be closing its doors on November 11. U Street Girl broke the news, and noted it was likely inevitable given all the construction around the area. Did you ever get a hot dog there? I thought they were pretty decent, and as much as I love taquitos from 7-11 it was nice to have an alternative late-night stumble home snack.