And the Winner Is … Tracy’s Kids

February 27, 2019

As wife of Vice President Mike Pence, Karen Pence is a prize guest at A List parties. But what’s her “most favorite event of the year”? The Oscars-themed “And the Winner Is,” which raises money for Tracy’s Kids, a charity providing art therapists to children with terminal illnesses and their families. Pence, a painter, has […]

Celebrating the Year of the Pig in Chinatown (photos)

February 11, 2019

The Feb. 10 parade, which featured traditional lion and dragon dances, firecrackers, beauty pageant winners and community groups, was organized by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

Downtowner DC

December 7, 2018

D.C. to Enforce Straw Ban Next Year The District will be banning plastic straws starting in 2019. Effective Jan. 1, businesses and organizations that serve or sell beverages or food will be required to use compostable or reusable straws. The straw ban is due to the fact that plastic straws, which take hundreds of years […]

Downtowner: NPS Fees, D.C. Duped, Other News

November 8, 2018

In this report: items about National Mall permit fees, a costly scam, a campaign rally, a death from a stray bullet, an Adams Morgan grocery, driverless cars and dockless motor scooters.

Downtowner DC Oct. 24, 2018

October 24, 2018

Officials’ Pay May Get Hiked A bill on its way to the District Council would deliver big pay raises to city officials. The salaries of the mayor, attorney general and Council chairman would each get a $20,000 hike. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is leading the effort, noting that the D.C. mayor’s$200,000 salary hasn’t gone up […]

Political Floodwaters Rise With Kavanaugh Hearing

October 1, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh presented himself as both self-confident, and, oddly, as a victim — and, more than that, the subject of persecution by the Democratic Party.  

Downtowner DC Sept. 26, 2018

September 26, 2018

5th Straight Year of Less Crime According to a report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, crimes like murder, assault, robbery and car theft are down for the fifth year in a row. Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said the downward trend is due in part to better communication and coordination among the […]

Downtowner DC Sept. 12, 2018

September 12, 2018

D.C. Breaks Ground on RFK Campus Project Mayor Muriel Bowser and Events DC kicked off phase one of the redevelopment of the empty Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. This initial phase includes three turf fields, a 27-acre parking lot, a playground and a picnic area. The estimated cost of a complete revamp of the 190-acre […]

Artifacts Hint at Halcyon House’s Past

August 30, 2018

On Aug. 21, at the Georgetown Public Library, Jennifer Porter-Lupu, a doctoral student in anthropology at Northwestern University, presented a portion of what she had uncovered.

Leon: John Vincent’s Take on Fast Food

August 23, 2018

Vincent, founder of British restaurant company Leon, chose D.C. to set up his first American shop because he found it to be the U.S. city most like London.