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Editor, Washingtonian Magazine
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Editor of @washingtonian. Formerly: @tnr, @wcp. D.C. Native. 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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Dec 18, 2014

On newsstands: Jan @washingtonian's 100 top restaurants. Plus: @lmullinsdc's dishy Meet the Press report & @SarahAWildman on Holocaust Mus.

Dec 18, 2014

My desk is one flight up from a Corner Bakery, and every now and then the smell of bacon—for the cobb salad topping?—wafts up.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @JoeTrippi: 80% of items at Walmart come from that bastion of freedom & human rights - China. But Embassy in Cuba is appeasement.

Dec 16, 2014

Christie now more concerned w/ Texas voters than Pa & NJ ones? Sits w/ Jerry Jones during Eagles-Cowboys. Great rant: nj.com/eagles/index.s…

Dec 15, 2014

RT @owillis: our media in a nutshell reporter: did we torture? pol: no reporter: ok then reporter: u running for prez? pol: no reporter: BUT REALLY?

Dec 12, 2014

RT @AlecMacGillis: Very happy to announce that I'll be joining @Slate as a staff writer next month.

Dec 10, 2014

@JoeHeim message: Bezos is watching. And wants you to dry your hands, apparently.

Dec 09, 2014

RT @abeaujon: If I worked for this team, I might not use the term “relocation” wapo.st/1wdrZfw

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