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Editor of @washingtonian. Formerly: @tnr, @wcp. I enjoy steak salad.

Why are there no J, X, Y and Z streets in D.C.?

washingtoncitypaper.com — Why are there no J, X, Y and Z streets in D.C.? The urban myths about this are a lot more entertaining than the truth. One example: J Street was nixed from the map because D.C. designer Pierre L'Enfant hated John Jay, the new nation's first chief justice.

Talking author events with Free Library's Andy Kahan

inquirer.com — The author events series at the Free Library of Philadelphia can boast impressive numbers - more than 130 events a year, nearly half a million podcasts downloaded, and more than 30,000 book-lovers in attendance. Andy Kahan, 51, director of the series, reflects on the series and its future.

Books: Big names and big books, in fiction and non-

inquirer.com — Fiction lovers are about to ride a delicious wave of fine reading this fall. Some big names are releasing big new books, exquisitely written, with deep, endlessly engrossing tales and characters.

Four Washington Journalists Remember 9/11

jacklimpert.com — By Ron Cohen I was national editor for Gannett News Service. I got off the Metro at DC's Metro Center, up the elevator just in time to see and hear dozens of emergency vehicles screaming south on 13th Street. It took me 15 minutes to make it to the office in the old Greyhound terminal ...

Happy Anniversary, Crack!: Thirteen pieces of the rock

washingtoncitypaper.com — Since then, nearly every aspect of life in Washington has been rocked by the tiny rock. If crack revolutionized D.C.'s robbers, it also transformed its cops. The drug shaped D.C.'s public image, manipulated its health-care economy, dominated its politics, and influenced its residential patterns. It gave us a whole new language.

Sequester no factor for local public safety

dailyiowegian.com — CENTERVILLE - The federal government's budget sequester cuts of $85 billion this year and $1.2 trillion over 10 years will not mean much, locally. Perhaps? Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry and Centerville Fire Chief Mike Bogle said they don't for see any issues with their departments.

Ezra Klein Leaves Washington Post: Five Possible Interpretations

newrepublic.com — The news that Ezra Klein was taking key members of his Wonkblog team and marching them out of the Washington Post's soon-to-be-vacated headquarters on 15 th Street was not quite unexpected.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" promotes bullying, exclusion

newrepublic.com — There are plenty of reasons, at this time of year, to hate a Christmas song: You can hate an annoying chorus, despise a celebrity crooner, or just resent the way a tune sticks in your head hours after you heard it at Nordstrom Rack.

Thanksgiving is America's Greatest Holiday

newrepublic.com — America is a land of holiday obsessives. Every neighborhood has its spooktactular Halloween house, its front lawn occupied by ersatz headstones, its roof adorned with an animatronic black cat. Every office has its insufferably chipper Saint Patrick's Day watchdog, relentlessly policing those who would dare forget to show up in green.

Rules for Cell phones on Airplanes should include no griping

newrepublic.com — My very smart colleague Nora Caplan-Bricker has a post up this morning bemoaning the Federal Communications Commission's announcement that it is considering allowing passengers to use cell phones aboard airliners. Caplan-Bricker notes, accurately, that a long-distance flight is one of the few places left in American life where you can read undistracted.
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Nov 26, 2014

Theater J Director Says DCJCC Canceled Its Middle East Festival Over 'Anxiety From Fundraisers' washingtonian.com/blogs/afterhou…

Nov 26, 2014

@jonward11 Also anticipation always beats the real thing. Xmas eve is better than Xmas, too.

Nov 26, 2014

@jonward11 Drama/romance of returning home is in the air: Friends, families, neighborhoods. We schlep for reason. (Tho not me: Im from here)

Nov 25, 2014

@SinusOfValsalva Woo! this is astounding. You sure you don't want to stay a couple days more to amortize your travel costs?

Nov 24, 2014

RT @DVNJr: I covered criminal justice for 12 years. Never saw anything like this no-indict statement: a mix of confusion, defiance and condescension.

Nov 24, 2014

RT @PostReid: A kid is dead. A significant portion of America thinks the system is rigged against them. Everyone should work to change that fact.

Nov 24, 2014

Here's video of Marion Barry flipping bird to Adams Morgan day. A scandal back then. But we know how he felt, no? washingtonian.com/blogs/capitalc…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @peterbakernyt: Something painful in the DC ritual in which someone is pushed out and then has to stand with the pusher and pretend there was no pushing.

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