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

H Street NE smoke shop robbed at gunpoint

washingtonpost.com — Two men armed with guns robbed Island Dyes, a store that sells smoking paraphernalia in the 300 block of H Street NE, at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday, according to D.C. police. Police spokesman Paul Metcalf said the men were wearing all black and one was wearing a black mask.

They came. They protested. They sledded on Capitol Hill.

washingtonpost.com — In D.C., our protesters start young. Dozens of kids showed up with their sleds - and parents - in hand to slide down the forbidden Capitol Hill, all in the name of D.C. rights. The U.S. Capitol Police, who have jurisdiction over the Capitol, have long banned sledding on Capitol grounds.

It’s snowing, so let’s talk about spring: Five things that await D.C.

washingtonpost.com — Today is freezing. Today is snowy. Today you can't legally sled on Capitol grounds. Today is a good time to talk about spring in D.C. As you watch "House of Cards," drink the day away or hang out with the out-of-school kids, there's plenty to still look forward to in the hopefully near, warmer future.

D.C. loses its Capitol Hill sledding battle, for now

washingtonpost.com — Even Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) couldn't help D.C. sledders during this snowstorm. U.S. Capitol Police say it will enforce the Capitol Hill sledding ban in Thursday's snowstorm, despite pleas from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and support from other congressional leaders to just let the kids have fun.

Pot is legal in the District. GWU students running for campus office want in.

washingtonpost.com — Now that marijuana is legal in D.C., students at George Washington University are hoping some of the city's new marijuana freedom trickles down to them. Two students are running for Student Association Senate seats on platforms to reform campus drug policies, calling for the private university's administration to align its policies more with municipal government laws.

Anacostia is ‘way more dangerous’ than parts of Kenya, U.S. official says

washingtonpost.com — Anacostia is often used to broadly represent all of Wards 7 and 8 and everything dangerous about the city. That was the case last week when The New York Times quoted an anonymous American official in Kenya referencing Anacostia to argue that some cities in Kenya aren't that dangerous because, well, at least they're not Anacostia.

D.C. has 120 times more political scientists than the national average

Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s most colorful moments

washingtonpost.com — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving female senator in congressional history, delivered a surprise announcement Monday that she would not be seeking a sixth term in office. Despite a reputation as one of the "meanest" members in the Senate, Mikulski, will leave office having cemented a legacy as a feminist trailblazer, fighting for the rights of everyday women and paving the way for female leadership in Congress from both parties.

D.C. buses weigh in on Netanyahu controversy

washingtonpost.com — Even D.C.'s bus system can't escape the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to a joint meeting of Congress. American Muslims for Palestine, a pro-Palestinian organization, is running a series of ads on Washington Metropolitan Area Transit buses condemning Netanyahu's speech on Iran and calling for an end to American aid to Israel.

Russia to D.C.: You’re all doomed to be drug addicts

washingtonpost.com — Russia has weighed in on marijuana legalization in D.C. and, well, it seems we're all doomed to a life of drug addiction. The Russian Health Ministry's top drug specialist, according to the Moscow Times, rebuked Initiative 71 - the D.C. law that went into effect Thursday legalizing possession of marijuana - and warned his country not to legalize the drug.
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Mar 05, 2015

@IslandDyesDC I'm sorry to hear that, hope everyone's ok. You were robbed in your store?

Mar 05, 2015

RT @markberman: Dozens of tiny anarchists came out to eagerly break the law(ish) by sledding on Capitol Hill, @perrystein reports wpo.st/reF70

Mar 05, 2015

@IMGoph We have a couple sledding stories going up! A short one is already there

Mar 05, 2015

@AmericanAir Hung up after 8+ hours. Please let me know how to get in contact with someone.

Mar 05, 2015

RT @willsommer: Looks like the Capitol Hill sledding protest is a success. Lots of kids sledding now, no cops. pic.twitter.com/ZqGdEnF9Fp

Mar 05, 2015

@AmericanAir Any help please? It's been 7 hours on hold. Could something have happened with my call?

Mar 05, 2015

@hgil @AmericanAir Thank you Helder! That is the most promising thing I have heard all day.

Mar 05, 2015

12:30 officially marks the 7th straight hour I've been on hold with @AmericanAir

Mar 05, 2015

@AmericanAir Yes, flight doesnt work for me, need get on a diff one. Can u pls make sure my call isn't lost/have someone call me?

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