For years, residents of D.C.’s tonier neighborhoods have traded tips on how to get the Washington Examiner to stop throwing its free papers on their front yards—often with spotty results. Now an upper Northwest man is actually inviting the paper into his environs—again, with spotty results.
Shepherd Park resident Ralph Blessing wants the Examiner to put copies of its D.C. edition at the Takoma Metro stop, a request he made in early June. The paper’s Maryland edition has long been available at the station, but Blessing wants news on his town. “Let me see if I can have a few copies of the D.C. edition there for our loyal readers such as you,” Thomas F. DeSimone, the paper’s vice president for circulation, responded two weeks later. “I will get them there.”
District editions have yet to show up at the station. The problem is all about boundaries: The publisher and distribution contractor may have crossed signals on whether the Takoma Metro was in D.C. (correct) or Maryland (incorrect). John Cannady, a delivery contractor, says he’s received no request for the D.C. edition at Takoma. “We all have bosses. I take my marching orders from them.”