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You’ve been warned.

“I swear if Pepco hits us with a rolling brown out I’m marching on Potomac and lighting every rich person I find on fire. Fair warning.” — Soon to be Buzzfeed Washington Editor John Stanton, who, if played by Tom Hanks might look like this.

TV journo in heat

“Have no a.c. and two HOT dogs! and I don’t have a drop of chilled Sauvignon Blanc in the house. THAT IS STRESS!” — ABC7′s ever dramatic Stephen Tschida. That same day he wrote, “In a house built in 1870 with no air conditioning. I truly am a HOT MESS!”

TWTer gets the Rachel

“Just realized why my new haircut seems so familiar. I think my stylist gave me ‘the Rachel.’ gasp.” — TWT‘s Anneke Green.

Priorities.

“Fresh round of accidental unfollows. If I victimized you with one, sorry! Happy Sunday.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“You think you’ve got problems? Just realized forgot to bring yoga clothes to Aspen.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Luke Russert weighs in on impending Tom-Kat divorce

“Katie Holmes to me will forever just be a sweet #Catholic girl from Toledo. I blocked out the last 5 years.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Weather woes

  • “Still no power, but the basement was nice and cool so I sept well. The prospect of not having power for a week is no fun.”– NBC Washington’s Jim Long.

“I won’t say being without power all yesterday was great, but being off the electronic leash wasn’t entirely awful, either.” — Center for American Progress’ Matt Duss.

  • “Filling up at swamped gas station had a Lord of the Flies feeling. Woman got out of her car and screamed at guy who cut in line.” — Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

“It’s like someone played ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ with power outages in #Alexandria.” — WaPo ExpressSara Schwartz.

  • “Air conditioning is out at the gym. I have always wanted to try hot yoga….here is my chance.” — CNN’s Jen Scoggins.

“Clearing storm debris from my yard has caused a perspiratory event of mythic proportions.” — National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.

  • “In case yall were wondering, @DailyCaller data center got hit by storm. We’re working as fast as we can to get it back up.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle plays spokesman over the weekend.

“In her book @AliEWentworth says to straight to the Four Seasons during disasters. I have power but I still want room service.” — Publicist Courtney Cohen, former producer for ABC’s “This Week.”

  • “Would not be surprised to come home to find my cat doing the backstroke in the toilet for relief. Poor thing. Come on, power!” — Conservative journo Mary Katharine Ham.

“Why have we lost our electricity in #Bethesda 30 hours AFTER the big storm? (So much ice cream, so little time.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

  • “At 6pm there is a 95% chance of more T-storms in #DTSS #SilverSpring – tie up those tomatoes!” — Kathy Jentz, Editor of Washington Gardener Magazine.

“Big storms in dc! Wow – apparently -80 mph winds clocked. Listening for a freight train sound to grab the kids and head to the basement.” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

  • “Holy shit. Biggest storm I’ve ever seen. Trees down, power out, huddled in the basement. Scary. #Bethesda” — Brett Haber. You lost us at Bethesda, Brett.

(Photo credit above left storm picture: CBSNews.com.)

Luke invites Chuck over for a swim

“Hey @chucktodd go take the guest room at @LukeRsmom house. AC working. Kids welcome. Pool open till 10.” — NBC’s Russert to his colleague Chuck Todd.

Meanwhile…Politico‘s Shermanator Jake Sherman spent the weekend — where else? — at a Phish concert near Milwaukee: “Midwest phish. Alpine valley.”

How to Make It All About Me

“This is how I work with no power. This storm is freaking me out.” — The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields.

“Though I ended keeping from puking reading #FASTANDFURIOUS coverup plan docs, I was screaming through newsroom. Sickening people.” — The Daily Caller‘s Boyle.

Thanks for the memories…

“Remember showing @SavannahGuthrie around DC bureau on one of her 1st days @NBCNews and now she’s a Today Show anchor! BIG congrats!!” — CBS’s Christine Delargy.

Grief porn…“So sad to hear about Nora Ephron. I had a few meals with her and she was as great as I imagined her to be.” — NJ‘s Matt Cooper. Cooper’s not alone. “I sat next to Nora Ephron at dinner just a month ago. She was funny, charming, & full of life. A light went out tonight. RIP, Nora.” — MSNBC’s Willie Geist. And this: “I got to cook for Nora Ephron once. Man, it made me scared.” — NYT National Editor Sam Sifton, who wrote this piece about making meatloaf for Ephron in 2009.

WaPo finally has good excuse for techno difficulties

“Send us your storm photos — we would’ve asked sooner, but storm knocked this feature offline.” — WaPo, which shockingly had online difficulties during the hurricane storm that hit D.C. this weekend. Who would believe WaPo would otherwise have web issues?

Howeesha flees Washington

“Leaving DC’s #stormageddon for the city that never sleeps…and hopefully has power to boot. DC –> NYC” — The Hill‘s gossip columnist Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a. Judy Kurtz, daughter of you know who.)

Amtrak Complaint Desk

“Y didn’t @Amtrak alert passengers to issues B4 we boarded? Train 99 said all on time when left NYC, but tracks were still closed.” — founder of the political blog PunditMom  Joanne Bamberger, who contributes to Politico‘s Arena section.

“For the record, not traveling this weekend,” wrote avid traveler complainer Steve Buttry, noting that Amtrak declared Philly and D.C. service suspended due to weather. Buttry is the Community Engagement Director for Digital First Media.

A Happy Birthday to WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart. They sung to him during his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” just before he weighed in on Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise‘s marriage troubles, saying he felt the marriage was a five-year contract. “She decided five years, I have an option to get out, I’m getting out!”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

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WUSA Loses Main Sports Anchor for Family Reasons

After seven years as the station’s Sports Director and primary sports anchor, Brett Haber is leaving WUSA-TV to “pursue other opportunities in television.” He also cites family reasons — he has 5-year-old and a 9-year-old. He says he hopes to “affect a long-desired change in his schedule which is more conducive to raising his young children,” a release states.

Haber explained, “The nature of anchoring the news is that I work each day from 3:00pm to 11:30pm. That means I’m not home for the arrival of the school bus or after-school time or homework-time or dinner time or bedtime – that’s a lot of time. That’s not the father I want to be.”

The search is underway for a new anchor.

The announcement was made earlier this week by Haber and Allan Horlick, WUSA’s President and GM. The statement bends over backwards to make it abundantly clear that there are no hard feelings. But a story by WaPo‘s Paul Farhi explains the changing nature of local sports news and reports that Horlick did not try to convince Haber to stay.

WUSA notes Haber’s five additional Emmys during his tenure at WUSA (three for writing) and 18 total during his broadcasting career.  Horlick also majorly sings his praises: “Brett is one of the most talented broadcasters I’ve had the privilege to work with. His contributions to WUSA’s growth these past seven years have been numerous. We are sorry to see him leave, but we part as friends and I’m sure success will follow him to his next endeavor.”

No date has been set for Haber’s final broadcast. “I realize my decision comes at a busy time for sports in Washington,” he said in the statement. “I want to be as helpful as I can while the station seeks my replacement. We’ll figure out the right time for me to sign off in the coming days and weeks.”

Kastles Kick Off Waterfront Season

D.C. journos and other VIPs got a sneak preview of the Kastles’ new stadium last night at an event dubbed “Wimbledon on the Water.”  Owner Mark Ein and Washington’s winning tennis team treated guests like WUSA’s Brett Haber, HuffPo’s Stephanie Green, WTOP’s Mark Plotkin, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, K Street Kate Michael, FreeInDC’s Amy Melrose, DistrictTicket’s Steve Fox and CSN’s Joe Beninati to court-side cocktails and hors d’œuvres to kick off the upcoming season and celebrate their move from City Center to swanky new digs on the Southwest Waterfront.

The season starts next week with Venus Williams on Tuesday, July 5th and Serena Williams on Thursday, July 7th and ends July 21st.  For more info or to snag some tickets, click here.

Morning Reading List 08.31.09

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What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe printed an editorial Friday supporting appointing an interim replacement to Senator Kennedy’s vacant seat. The paper writes: “There is no mourning period when it comes to ensuring adequate representation for Massachusetts residents in the US Senate. Important votes on health care and climate change draw near. Surely the governor can find a temporary replacement whose views are consistent with those of Kennedy and the Massachusetts voters who kept faith with him since 1962.”

Just how far in advance do newspapers write obituaries? Slate has the answer here.

And on a lighter note, WUSA sports anchor Brett Haber will be penning a sports column for USA Today.

Freedom Communications, Inc., which owns the Orange County Register is expected to declare bankruptcy this week and news layoffs are apparently imminent at the San Francisco Chronicle.

TV

CBS’ Bob Schieffer already knows what he’s doing May 21st, 2010… giving a commencement speech at the Rochester Institute of Technology in NY. The school year is only just starting and commencement seems far off, but the school must be proud- they’ve already sent out the press release.

Were you looking for Katie Couric during Senator Kennedy’s funeral coverage this weekend? She explains on Twitter that she dropped her daughter off at college for her freshman year.

Fox News’ Julie Banderas tied the knot.

ONLINE

HuffPost is on the move in DC again. The growing website has moved its bureau three times- from K St. to Dupont Circle, now finally settling on 17th and Pennsylvania Ave., right across the street from the White House (so Nico Pitney can just run over when he gets called for a question– we kid, we kid!)

BOOKS

A new “encyclopedia of journalism” is being released under the direction of GWU School of Media and Public Affairs professor Christopher Sterling. The encyclopedia will be a six-volume set of books covering print, broadcast, Internet journalism, U.S. and international perspectives, history, technology, legal issues and court cases, and ownership and economics.

NEWS NOTES

CBS’ Cami McCormick, who was injured in Afghanistan last week, is in stable condition after undergoing successful surgeries. TVNewser has more.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Fox News’ Major Garrett took your questions from Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.

ABC White House producer Karen Travers took on the very difficult task of taste testing Obama-ritas and Barack-My-World ice cream this week on Martha’s Vineyard. Check out her web piece here.

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A Marketer Markets Herself

2008_Mar.jpgA tipster writes in with an interesting observation: The latest Washingtonian magazine features Brett Haber and his wife, Jen, who also happens to be the magazine’s director of Marketing and Special Events.