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

D.C. is putting the dollar sign back in Kesha

washingtonpost.com — Kesha, the pop artist formally known as Ke$ha, announced that she would, at least for one night, ditch the big stadium shows and play a set on Tuesday at D.C.'s very own Black Cat - a 14th Street NW venue known for booking independent, local and national, rock and punk acts.

Volleyball courts on the Mall no longer come free of charge

washingtonpost.com — For the past 35 years, people have crowded the volleyball courts near the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall on a first-come, first-serve basis, all free-of-charge. In the warmer months, the sandy West Potomac Park courts have become the go-to spot for amateur and competitive volleyball players alike.

Marijuana and statehood activists are chaining themselves to ‘liberty pole’ on the Mall

washingtonpost.com — At the very deliberate time of 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, dozens of D.C. marijuana activists arrived at the Mall. They put on some music, constructed a 42-foot "liberty pole," and chained themselves to it. "Chained to this pole, I feel more free than I have in my memory," said protester David Keniston.

Here’s where all of those very friendly sidewalk messages in D.C. came from

washingtonpost.com — Residents and visitors of Petworth have probably noticed a slew of colorful, kitschy messages popping up all over the neighborhood's sidewalks. Some of the messages are playful: "You warm my heart," one of them reads. Some are a bit more mysterious: "Be where you are" another says.

Make way for ducklings downtown

washingtonpost.com — A mother duck and her ducklings were wandering along L Street NW during prime lunchtime in downtown D.C. this afternoon. Passersby took photos and corralled the bird family away from the street into a more enclosed grassy area in front of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center at 16th and L streets NW.

D.C.’s poorer residents are increasingly concentrated east of the Anacostia

washingtonpost.com — Twenty-three percent of D.C.'s 179 neighborhoods are considered economically challenged, with a vast majority of those neighborhoods located east of the Anacostia River, according to an Urban Institute study released Tuesday.

Neglected dogs rescued by Virginia shelter arrived with half their weight in matted hair

washingtonpost.com — When a woman brought in Marley, a Shih Tzu who is about 8 years old, to the Prince William County Animal Shelter, his hair was so matted you could hardly make out his face. The dog couldn't walk, and it was hard to be around him; he smelled so rancid from the urine and feces stuck in his coat.

Ben’s Chili Bowl saves homeless kitchen from power outage

washingtonpost.com — Miriam's Kitchen typically serves about 300 meals to homeless people in the District each day. But last Tuesday, when a widespread power outage hit the District, the kitchen was unable to prepare fresh dinners for the community.

D.C. Target’s grocery area shut down after health violations, including rodent droppings

washingtonpost.com — D.C. residents who like to do their grocery shopping at Target need to find another place to purchase their food for now. The D.C. Department of Health suspended the retailer's license at its Columbia Heights store after it failed a health inspection Thursday afternoon.

After 50 years, a D.C. store will close ‘due to gentrification’

washingtonpost.com — D.C. native Latosha Jackson-Martin wants the blunt sign she posted outside her father's 50-year-old hair salon in Bloomingdale to remind residents that the neighborhood they see today isn't the way it always was. "Due to 'gentrification' and mixed emotions Jak and Company Hairdressers will be closing," the sign reads.
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Apr 16, 2015

@portmantina Thank you! You have no idea how much that means to me

Apr 16, 2015

Kesha tickets at the Black Cat sold out in two minutes. Now selling for $350 on Craigslist washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/…

Apr 16, 2015

@NickBaumann @allsoulsbar Thanks Nick. Been hearing lots about this. Unfortunately couldnt make it last night, but looking into it for story

Apr 16, 2015

The beach volleyball courts on the National Mall now cost money, and players aren't happy about it washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/…

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