City Paper is not for tourists
Good morning, people! Hope everyone had a wonderfully relaxing weekend, and you’re not sitting somewhere in your office sunburned and wondering what happened exactly. Either way, it’s almost the weekend again! The District’s looking at a high of 101 degrees for today. Don’t worry, it won’t get there until about 3 p.m., and it’ll only stay that way for, oh, the rest of the week. I ran out of town last Friday, when the weather sat at a gorgeous, breezy 80 degrees. What the hell happened?
In Vienna, Va., a community holds a fundraiser in honor of Vanessa Pham, the teen found murdered in her car over a week ago. There are still no leads in the case. In transportation news, traffic is not the headline today (I’m not sure what’s worse). A 7-year-old boy, piloting a boat, fatally injured his mother on July 4th. Apparently there are no age restrictions in Virginia on operating motorboats. Perhaps this should be reconsidered? Seems the water’s about as safe as the skies these days. With an influx of inexperienced controllers, “near-collisions” in Washington area skies are on the rise, reports WaPo.
“A 120-seat United Airlines plane bound for Reagan National Airport from Chicago narrowly avoided colliding with a business jet departing from Dulles last Monday, the latest of 22 recent potentially dangerous mistakes by air traffic controllers who command the skies above Washington…
…The number of times planes have come too close for comfort in the region in the past six months has surpassed the total of 18 the previous year. Nationwide, air traffic controllers committed 949 errors last year.”
Over on this side of the river, Wal-Mart may be moving into the District for the first time, onto New York Avenue in Northeast. An early morning fire Monday, at a three-story rowhouse on Rhode Island Avenue in Northwest, left 18 people homeless. A hundred fire fighters responded to the scene, says WaPo; happily, no one was injured. On the brighter side, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission lifted water restrictions in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. (So, you won’t die of thirst today. Just heat.)
Have a popsicle, use deodorant if you’re prone to smellage and have a nice day!
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