Saturday, March 2, 2013
Image of capital region at night was taken from the International Space Station.
NASA is known for supplying some of the most engaging images of planets, asteroids, galaxies, stars and other celestial bodies. Now, Canada’s space agency is enthralling us with images of our planet. Chris Hadfield, who later this month is to become the first Canadian to take command of the International Space Station, released a stunning image Feb. 25 via Twitter of the Washington area from a height of 230 miles. In the image, you can clearly make out the convergence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, as well as some details of the infamous street layout of the city. The image is among the latest in a series of Earth-focused images from space. In November, 2012, NASA released a book, “Earth as Art,” a series of 75 images that feature …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Dating website says the District is the least faithful city in U.S.
Washington, DC, tops the list of the “least faithful cities in America,” according to a blog post on the dating site AshleyMadison.com. AshleyMadison.com touts itself as “the most successful website for finding an affair and cheating partners,” and bases its ratings on the number of sign-ups to its site per capita in a given region. In 2012, 34,157 individuals in the District of Columbia enrolled on the website, earning the top spot on AshleyMadison’s top 10 list. Two Texas cities, Austin and Houston, round out the top three slots. No West Coast city appears on the list; East coast and Midwest cities complete the top 10: The website’s founder and CEO, Noel Biderman, attributes DC’s ranking to some very public events, saying, “With …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Shoah Foundation clears confusion over project.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, February 13
Last week, Patch reported that the New Dimensions in Testimony hologram project in development by the Shoah Foundation, which records the story of Holocaust survivors in a 3D format, could appear at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, within five years. According to an email received by Patch from Andrew Hollinger, director of communications for the museum, “There are no plans to introduce holograms into the museum experience," and he clarified that "the Museum is not involved in creating holograms of Holocaust survivors." A number of news outlets, including The Washington Post, Yahoo and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reported the same information that originated from an Associated Press story. When asked about the …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
It was also the third hottest year on record in the Baltimore area, according to the National Weather Service.
If you thought 2012 was hotter than usual, you were right. According to the National Weather Service, 2012 was the hottest year on record for Washington, DC and was the third hottest year on record in the Baltimore area. It was the warmest year ever recorded at BWI airport since 1950 when temperatures were first recorded there, said Jared Klein, a NWS meteorologist. The average temperature in 2012 at BWI was 58.6 degrees, just a half degree lower than the 59.2 degree average in 1931 and 1949 when temperatures were recorded at the customs house in downtown Baltimore City, according to Klein. “We had one of the warmest winters on record, the warmest spring on record and the thirteenth warmest summer on record,” said Klein. “Each month was …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Maryland and Virginia are "balanced," according to a new study.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Friday, January 11
Since 1993, Atlas Van Lines has compiled and released data on interstate moves from the previous calendar year. In 2012, Washington, DC, saw the highest percentage of inbound migration for the seventh consecutive year, according to a recent Business Insider article. The study found that 63 percent of Washington, DC, moves were inbound, just ahead of North Dakota at 61 percent and North Carolina at 60 percent. In fact, Washington, DC, has seen the most inbound moves over the last 10 years—68 percent, well ahead of Alaska, which was 61 percent and New Mexico at 58 percent. Conversely, Wyoming and Nebraska saw 59 percent outbound migration in 2012, with New York third at 58 percent. Over the past decade, New York and New Jersey saw a 59 …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The popular bus arrival time app has gone dark.
NextBusDC, a smartphone app that had been tracking the arrival times of Metro buses for users since 2009, has quit working, according to a Washington Post story. The app, which is the end product of a partnership between NextBus—a company that tracks transit system data, and AppTight, which makes the data user-friendly in an app format, stopped working on Dec. 20, according to the In The Capital website. In The Capital reported that a contractual relationship between the two companies “ceased,” with NextBus receiving only three days’ notice and AppTight no notice at all. AppTight’s Kelly Beener remarked that only the data feed to the DC app has stopped, and the San Francisco version continues to function. NextBus’ Ken Schmier told The …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The top two areas may surprise you.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Ben Gross
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released a report naming the Top 20 “Richest Metros in America” based on personal income data from 2011, according to an article on The Atlantic’s website. The Washington, DC, metro area ranked No. 5 in the list, with a per capita income of just under $60,000, trailing San Jose and San Francisco, CA, at just over $60,000. The top two metropolitan areas on the list? Bridgeport, CT, and Midland, TX. The article’s author, Derek Thompson, delves deeper into Bridgeport, describing the dichotomy of the “struggling industrial city,” Bridgeport and Greenwich “home for hedge fund billionaires." Thompson believes that using a median figure would give a more accurate representation of the area at a “typical …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
What are your favorite things to do with family in the fall?
Whether it's apple picking, hay rides or even going to a frightfest— the arrival of fall offers a ton of opportunities for family fun. Since today marks the first day of autumn, we were hoping you'd share some photos of what your family likes to do this season. Add your photos by clicking the "Upload Photos and Video" button above this article. Leave suggestions of great family events or activities in the DC Metro region in our comments section below!
Monday, August 13, 2012
A tad more than 500 words on the 500 square miles of that miracle called Montgomery County. Did you know your cops were funny?
There may be bigger news fish to fry but when what's hot and battered is a Twinkie or a funnel cake, we must start this week's column with a tribute to the one, the only, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which continues through Saturday, Aug. 18. Where else can you celebrate the fact that a third of the land in Montgomery County is designated for farming by participating in a toilet-decorating contest? In addition to fried food, there are carnival rides, live music, monster trucks, a children's theater and, of course, live animals, including racing pigs. More than 200,000 people are expected to pay the $10 entrance fee to attend. Speaking of farming, it's the new cutting edge career in these parts. Montgomery County Executive Isiah …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
This week, a new restaurant from Jackie Greenbaum takes center plate, surrounded by news of the closure of a popular Asian restaurant, the opening of a new restaurant with not-your-average food in Gaithersburg, and where to take a date in Bethesda.
Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with "1 Meat, 3 Sides." This week, Mexican street food takes center plate: One Meat: Fans of Silver Spring's beloved Jackie's Restaurant, Sidebar and Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring now have another destination for trying restauranteur Jackie Greenbaum's famous restaurant creations: El Chucho Superior, which opened late last month at 3313 11th St. NW, in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. Two years in the making, "El Chucho is finally bringing a street food-inspired Mexican menu, margaritas on tap and a roof deck to the 11th Street strip, a part of the neighborhood Greenbaum says she liked for its 'indie mom-and-pop feel,' " DC Eater …