Washington Post reporter/blogger covering DC/MD/VA.

Hundreds signed a petition asking D.C. chef José Andrés to ‘dump Trump’

washingtonpost.com — A D.C. resident is calling on renowned chef José Andrés to back out of his deal to open the flagship restaurant at the future Trump International Hotel in the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

How one D.C. church is honoring the region’s murder victims

washingtonpost.com — There are 155 T-shirts propped up and displayed in the front lawn of Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church. Each shirt has the name of a person, an age and the date the shooting happened. The 75 white shirts represent people shot dead in D.C. in 2014.

It’s Shark Week, so this ‘Jawsome’ mural has taken over the Discovery building

washingtonpost.com — Discovery Channel's much-hyped Shark Week kicks off Sunday and if you're passing through Silver Spring this week, you already have a preview of what's to come. Discovery's corporate office in downtown Silver Spring on Tuesday installed an eight-story mural for Shark Week featuring a shark's head with grimacing teeth above the "Jawsome" tagline.

D.C. is losing another bookstore

washingtonpost.com — Books-A-Million - the Alabama-based book chain with a prominently located outpost on Dupont Circle - is shuttering its doors July 18 and has no plans to relocate in the District, a store employee said Wednesday. Karen Sickles, the store's assistant manager, said the D.C.

A $15 minimum wage would harm D.C. businesses and workers, Chamber of Commerce study says

washingtonpost.com — Thanks to local legislation passed in 2014, the District's minimum wage jumped to $10.50 Wednesday morning, and next year, it will increase another dollar to $11.50. All the while, labor activists have been campaigning to land an initiative on the ballot that would raise the District's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019 - a movement that's been gaining momentum throughout the country.

Starting today, the D.C. minimum wage jumps to $10.50

washingtonpost.com — D.C.'s minimum-wage workers will get a city-mandated increase in their paychecks beginning Wednesday, when their hourly wage bumps from $9.50 to $10.50. The hike is part of legislation signed into law in January 2014 that brought the District's minimum wage from $8.25 to an eventual $11.50 per hour in 2016.

This mom worried no one would attend her son’s birthday party. Now hundreds may come.

washingtonpost.com — Have plans next Monday? If not, one Virginia mom is throwing her 10-year-old son the "ultimate water balloon fight party" in Troutville, Va., and everyone is invited to attend. The mother, Traci Dollman Eubank, created a Facebook page for the birthday of her son, Camden, saying he has Apraxia of speech and has trouble pronouncing words and making friends.

Dupont Underground gets life above ground

washingtonpost.com — The Dupont Underground space is still months away from opening, but it now has a visible, above-ground entranceway to let the public know it's coming. The ambitious project will convert the long-abandoned trolley platforms under Dupont Circle into a massive community arts and events space.

Adams Morgan Day festival is canceled this year

washingtonpost.com — The popular Adams Morgan Day festival is canceled for 2015, organizers of the annual street event in September quietly announced on Facebook . Organizers did not provide a reason for the unexpected cancellation, but said the event will return in 2016.

How to celebrate the Fourth of July without breaking the law

washingtonpost.com — If you're looking to light some fireworks in your backyard this Fourth of July, make sure you're hosting a party in the right jurisdiction. Fireworks laws vary by state and county, with Prince George's and Montgomery counties banning consumer-purchased fireworks altogether.
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Jul 07, 2015

RT @ananavarro: My friend, @chefjoseandres has been an active & vocal advocate for immigration reform. This cannot be easy for him. http://…

Jul 07, 2015

RT @chefjoseandres: @ananavarro @PerryStein immigration is not a problem for us to solve, is an opportunity for us to seize......#immigrationreformNOW

Jul 06, 2015

Trump's people say the Jose Andres restaurant in his D.C. hotel is still happening washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/…

Jul 06, 2015

Is there any other way a big newspaper can find Metro riders other than Facebook? Can't think of one immediately. dcist.com/2015/07/new_yo…

Jul 06, 2015

@kcivey Financially, that's like 80 people buying a normal cocktail!

Jul 06, 2015

Sell a $125 cocktail and the great people of D.C., apparently, will come. washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngand…

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