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The District of Columbia, which is synonymous with "the city of Washington," is the capital of the United States of America. It is located between Virginia and Maryland (and occupies bits of both) on the Potomac River. The district is named after Christopher Columbus, unlike America, which was named for Amerigo Vespucci. Welcome to the Thread!!

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Though it might seem apparent Georgetown DC was named for George Washington, this part of The District predates Washington's presidency. Some posit it was named after King George II of Great Britain, while others' speculate the area was named after its founders: George Gordon and George Beall.

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Washington, D.C. hosts 174 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of other institutions such as trade unions, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the District.

 

My personal favorite association is "The National Association of Associations."

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Many notable private universities are located in Washington, including George Washington University (GW), Georgetown University (GU), American University (AU), the Catholic University of America (CUA), Howard University, Gallaudet University, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The Corcoran College of Art and Design provides specialized arts instruction and other higher-education institutions offer continuing, distance and adult education. The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is a public university providing undergraduate and graduate education.

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The District's residents were not able to vote in presidential elections until the twenty-third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1961.

 

"TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION"

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The flag of Washington, DC, was adopted in 1938. Since Washington, D.C., had no official flag, a commission was formed in 1920 to find a design. Headed by A. E. Dubois, the final design was chosen on October 15, 1938. The design was based on the shield from George Washington's family's coat of arms.

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THE 9:30 CLUB - A BRIEF HISTORY

 

on Bowers, 61, an attorney and real estate developer with an abiding affection for the arts, died Oct 6. . . In 1979, Mr. Bowers purchased the eight-story Atlantic Building at 930 F Street NW, bought out the lease of a failing punk club on the first floor called Atlantis and replaced it with his club, managed by his first wife, Dodie DiSanto. They called it the 9:30 Club, a play on the F Street address and the nightly opening time. [it later moved to its current address at 815 V NW] Small, hip and lively, the club soon became the District's "alternative" mecca -- alternative being punk, new wave, funk, reggae, roots rock, go-go and any other musical genre that more established club and concert bookers were reluctant to embrace. At a time when music lovers were reluctant to venture downtown, a lingering consequence of the 1968 riots, Mr. Bowers and his 9:30 Club were in the forefront as low rents and cheap real estate gradually attracted new galleries, restaurants and clubs, and people began coming back. As The Washington Post noted in 1995, "thousands of bands have passed through the 9:30's back door, many of them impressed that their equipment was loaded in from the same alley John Wilkes Booth escaped through after assassinating Abraham Lincoln at nearby Ford's Theatre." Many of the bands -- R.E.M. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for example -- went on to bigger and better venues, but the 9:30 dared to book them early. DiSanto told the City Paper in 1995 that the 9:30 Club survived because of "the incredible benevolence of Jon Bowers, who financed the whole thing.". . .

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The corridors of the Pentagon are nearly 18 miles long and with 6.6 million square feet of space, the Pentagon is one of the world's largest buildings, larger than even the Empire State Building.

Many think the Pentagon is located in DC but it's actually across the Potomac river (owned by Maryland) in Virginia.

 

Welcome to Washington! B)

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INDUSTRY IN THE DISTRICT:

 

The federal government is the largest industry. After government, tourism is a very important industry. Other important industries include trade associations, research, education, medicine, government-related research, publishing and international finance. The Washington, DC metropolitan area is home to the world headquarters for such large corporations as Marriott, AMTRAK, Gannett News, Exxon Mobil, XM radio and the International Monetary Fund.

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Before Washington, DC became the capital of the United States, other cities that served as capital include New York, Philadelphia, and Annapolis.

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Dave Chappelle and Tommy Davidson are from DC - Lewis Black is from Silver Spring so pretty close ... :lol:

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FUN WITH DC ANAGRAMS-

 

Cash Dong Twin

Cash Ding Town

Chat Dongs Win

Chat Downs Gin

Watch Dongs In

Scan Dong With

Scant Wind Hog

Cant Winds Hog

Dang Chins Two

 

DITCH SNAG NOW

WHAT CONS DIG

ANTS WINCH GOD

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While the city of Washington DC's weather is highly seasonal with extreme variations between summer and winter; it has been known to be unpredictable too. Summers tend to be very hot and humid, the conditions exacerbated in the heart of the city with its concrete and steel. Fall and spring are the best seasons, when chilly but bright, perfect days are the norm. Sudden rain or snowfalls are possible though. In winter the city is subject to heavy snowfalls, averaging 17 inches (43cm) a year, and sudden arctic blasts or frozen rainstorms. :ph34r:

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FUN WITH DC ANAGRAMS-

 

Cash Dong Twin

Cash Ding Town

Chat Dongs Win

Chat Downs Gin

Watch Dongs In

Scan Dong With

Scant Wind Hog

Cant Winds Hog

Dang Chins Two

 

DITCH SNAG NOW

WHAT CONS DIG

ANTS WINCH GOD

 

The first and second one I think are Washington DC

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Guest DC wants land back

DC history began in 1790 when Congress directed selection of a new capital site, 100 sq mi, along the Potomac. When the site was determined, it included 30.75 sq mi on the Virginia side of the river. In 1846, however, Congress returned that area to Virginia, leaving the 68.25 sq mi ceded by Maryland in 1788. The seat of government was transferred from Philadelphia to Washington on Dec. 1, 1800, and President John Adams became the first resident in the White House.

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Guest Marvin Gaye Fan

Marvin Gaye is a native Washingtonian as is Chuck Brown (of Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers for any 80's fans out there) and Bob Mould (a personal favorite) who used to be front man for the 80's alternative band Husker Du and later front man for the progressive rock band Sugar in the 90's.

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Note: I drove by this house just the other day - it's right on M Street in Georgetown!

 

The Old Stone House is the oldest standing building in Washington, D.C., United States. The house is also Washington's last Pre-Revolutionary Colonial building on its original foundation. Built in 1765, Old Stone House is located at 3051 M Street, Northwest in the Georgetown neighborhood. Unlike many Colonial homes in the area, sentimental local folklore preserved the Old Stone House from being demolished.

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The District of Columbia City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to give final approval to a bill that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the nation's capital. But while medical marijuana advocates welcomed the move, they complained that the bill is unduly restrictive.

 

It is not quite a done deal. The bill now goes to Mayor Adrian Fenty for his signature. After that happens, it must then undergo a mandatory 30-day review by Congress, but since Congress last year lifted the rider that had barred DC from implementing medical marijuana ever since voters approved it in 1998, it is not expected to turn around and kill it in the District now.

 

The measure allows for five distribution centers to provide marijuana to seriously ill patients suffering from chronic or debilitating medical conditions. That number could rise to eight under rule-making authority held by the mayor. Distribution centers can be for-profit or non-profit and must be at least 300 feet from schools.

 

Marijuana for patients will be grown in registered cultivation centers. Each center will be allowed to grow no more than 95 plants.

 

Patients may legally obtain marijuana only from distribution centers. They may not legally grow their own supply or procure it outside the DC medical marijuana system. Patients may possess no more than two ounces of marijuana per month, although the mayor is authorized to raise that cap to four ounces under his rule-making authority. Patients can only use their medicine at home.

 

The final bill is largely unchanged from the bill approved two weeks ago, much to the chagrin of medical marijuana advocates.

 

Advocates did not get the changes they wanted, leaving DC with a medical marijuana law that is one of the most restrictive in the land. All they got was the future possibility of raising the possession and purchasing cap for patients. Still, a medical marijuana law is a medical marijuana law.

 

"Today marks a long overdue victory for DC voters and potentially thousands of chronically ill residents who will benefit from legal access to medical marijuana," said Karen O'Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. "It has taken nearly 12 years, but the District will at last have a law that recognizes the mounting scientific consensus that, for many conditions, marijuana can be safe and effective medicine."

 

The DC medical marijuana program would allow members of Congress to get a firsthand look at how such programs work and ease the passage of medical marijuana legislation at the federal level, O'Keefe suggested. "A well-working medical marijuana program in the nation's capital will also provide members of Congress who have never seen such programs up close with a unique opportunity to do so, she said. Once they see for themselves that these laws do nothing but provide compassionate care for seriously ill patients, hopefully they will understand the need to create a federal policy that no longer criminalizes patients in any state who could benefit from this legitimate treatment option."

 

The Drug Policy Alliance also welcomed passage of the bill, but was more critical of its faults. "The DC Council should be congratulated for exempting AIDS, cancer and other patients from the punitive war on marijuana," said national affairs director Bill Piper. "No one should face jail for using marijuana, especially patients following their doctor's recommendation. This has been a long fight, but the voice of DC voters is finally starting to be heard."

 

Piper noted that DC voters passed medical marijuana with 69% of the vote in 1998 and accused the council of ignoring what voters wanted. "While the Council is heeding the will of voters in important areas, such as allowing the regulated sale of marijuana for medical use, it is ignoring the will of voters in other important areas -- most notably by prohibiting patients from growing their own medicine; a key component of the 1998 initiative, and a key component of medical marijuana laws in 13 states," he said. "The legislation also only protects patients from arrest if they use marijuana obtained from a dispensary.

Yet experience in other states show that dispensaries routinely face shortages of marijuana. And the federal government could shut down DC's dispensaries. If either happens, patients will be forced to buy their marijuana from non-dispensary sources. They shouldn't face arrest for doing so. No patient should face arrest for following their doctor's recommendation. This is a glaring problem with the legislation; the Council needs to fix it or the health of patients could be undermined."

 

The reaction from Americans for Safe Access (ASA) was similar. "We are certainly excited to implement a bill that has taken 11 years to see the light of day," said Steph Sherer, ASA executive director. "However, the District Council's failure to listen to patients' needs will have serious unintended effects that may force us to work for years to correct."

 

Once the legislation takes effect, DC will join 14 states that recognize medical marijuana.

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Couple of facts about the US Capitol: it was built in 1793 (super cool) and it's situated on 273 acres (super huge) and it's a fun place to visit as you KNOW you are walking through the historical halls of power ... you can feel it ...

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Today was DC's largest recorded earthquake at 3.6 on the Richter scale. No damage was reported but many people were woken up by the 5:04 AM tremblor which was centered in Gaithersburg/Germantown in Montgomery County, MD :o 3 miles below the surface.

Any earthquake over 3.0 is extremely rare in the DC area.

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Rare; yes, but minor would be an overstatement. Real Earthquakes can kill cities.

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The following is an article about something that almost happened but thankfully didn't:

 

[Pennsylvania Avenue doesn't look the way it was planned to look. The older buildings between the Capitol and the White House were saved not because of politicians, planners, or the major media -- all of whom wanted to level the historic street. Rather they were saved by the efforts of citizens such as architect (and DC Gazette cartoonist) John Wiebenson and those in Don't Tear It Down. In 1970, the Gazette described the situation.]

 

There are worse things happening to the city than in the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan, but few of them involve affronts to so many varieties of good sense as does the scheme to create a monumental connecting link between Capitol Hill and the White House. The Pennsylvania Avenue Plan is an outage against the District's poor, a hoax on scores of small businessmen, a raid on the city's tax base, a blow against governmental economy and an aesthetic abortion. Any one of these should be enough to condemn the project; together they raise the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan to the level of great symbolism, an image reflecting the gargantuan folly of a nation that has turned its back on its intrinsic needs in order to build hollow, futile monuments to a decaying culture . . .

 

[The National Capitol Planning Commission has voted to approve the razing of the old Post Office building] with the exception of the clock tower, which shall be encased in some suitably inappropriate structure. Stand and gaze at the building for a few minutes and then look at what is around it. What other city in the world with pretensions of greatness would destroy such a building?

 

The Willard Hotel will have to go also. And that, perhaps, is even worse than the destruction of the Post Office building . . . Carl Sandburg once remarked that "the Willard Hotel more justly could be called the center of Washington than either the Capitol or the White House or the State Department." It is doomed by the presumptuous, pretentious architects of the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan . . . The Franklin School at 13th & K is scheduled to be sold by the District government . . . The magnificent old Evening Star Building at 11th & Penna. Ave. NW is scheduled to be torn down to make complete the plan. The National Bank of Washington, the Occidental Building and the National Theater are also marked for destruction. . . .

 

Since Pennsylvania is suppose to become a "monumental" boulevard, the plan is to make E Street a submerged expressway, drawing traffic off the avenue and carrying six lanes of traffic towards 14th St., where a crossing would occur in a tunnel under the proposed National Square, thus, perhaps, providing Washington with its first monumental underground traffic jam.

 

Walk up 14th Street and take look at the National Press Building. In testimony before the Senate on the Pennsylvania Ave. Plan there occurred this exchange between a Mr. Childs of the General Services Administration and Senator Bible:

 

CHILDS: [The National Press Building] was built prior to the advent and air-conditioning and the installation of air-conditioning.

 

BIBLE: Would you have to tear it down to modernize it, to bring air-conditioning in, to bring it into the 20th century?

 

CHILDS: It is usually more economical to do it.

 

BIBLE: Tear it down. Okay.

 

. . . These are dismal times, a period of our history that we shall hopefully pass safely through. There may not be much that we can do to hasten the process, but we can at least do ourselves and our country the simple favor of not memorializing our contemporary idiocies in marble and concrete along Pennsylvania Avenue.

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No question George: Earthquakes are city killers.

Even with the tiny one here in Washington it's something you have to experience to comprehend the power - imagine how much energy is needed to even mildly shake a thousand square miles of the planet. Scary :o

 

 

Rare; yes, but minor would be an overstatement. Real Earthquakes can kill cities.

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Guest Hung Ngyuen

METRORAIL ESCALATOR FACTS

 

Longest Continuous Escalator: Wheaton (Red Line) - 230 feet long. Woodley Park-Zoo (Red Line) is deeper (154' vs. 140') but vertical access consists of two escalators, the longest of which is 204'. Second longest escalator is Bethesda (Red Line) at 213'10". Third longest is Woodley Park-Zoo at 204', and fourth longest is Medical Center (Red Line) at 202'6". Rosslyn (Blue/Orange) ranks a paltry fifth, with an escalator of only 194'8" in length and Dupont Circle's northern entrance is in sixth place at 188'10". For the trivia-minded, the escalators travel at 90 feet per minute and transport you at a 30-degree angle.

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