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WCP: Here’s How To Fix Everything

In this week’s issue, Washington City Paper asked a handful of politicians, journalists and “thinkers” to come up with a way to “fix a single, nagging problem in the District.” Some of the suggestions are quite good, some are overtly outlandish and others are probably just blatantly unconstitutional—but still, points for trying.

Here’s a few of the problems your fellow D.C. journalists tackled, and their solutions…

Elahe Izadi, reporter at National Journal

The Problem: Md. and Va. drivers can’t drive in D.C.

The Fix: “Lanes on select streets just for D.C. drivers. Lanes paid for by District taxes and upon which drive those who know where they’re going and see no need to slow down to catch glances of monuments they pass.”

The problem here might actually be that most drivers in and around D.C. just can’t drive period—regardless of what state (or non-state) their license plate is from. Better suggestion? Make driving even more unpalatable and other modes of transportation more desirable so less cars off the roads altogether.

D.C.’s historic skyline? Screw it…

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DePillis Leaving TNR for WaPo’s Wonkblog

The New Republic’s Lydia DePillis is leaving the magazine for WaPo’s Wonkblog. Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon broke the news on Twitter, and DePillis quickly followed up with a retweet and a confirmation.

So, this is official. Sad to leave @tnr, thrilled to join @ezraklein & Co.! RT @abeaujon: Post memo: @lydiadepillis will join Wonkblog

— Lydia DePillis (@lydiadepillis) June 6, 2013

The real question on everyone’s mind though, was if DePillis would get to keep her 100 Percent Men Tumblr she started this April with the tagline “(c)orners of the world where women have yet to tread.”

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Fish Food

(A sprinkling of things you might have missed…)

*Tina Brown continues to parade around her famous friends to write things for Newsweek. Now, it’s Ted Danson‘s turn. The “Cheers” star wrote over the weekend about his”favorite mistake,” a crime he committed when he was 11. Danson and three friends, a Hopi Indian, a Navajo, and the son of an archaeologist drove around town knocking down billboards. His father wasn’t happy with him. Read the account here.

*The Atlantic‘s John Hudson wonders when Shailagh Murray, WaPo-reporter-turned-Biden-flack, stopped writing for her old boss about her new boss. WaPo communications manager Jennifer Lee would only say that the Post does “not comment on personnel matters.” The Atlantic reports in an update that the paper declined further comment. Hmm…

*WCP destroys a WaPo story. Lydia DePillis, in a post titled “Dear WaPo: Biking is Not That Hard,” the writer skewers Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson, who portrays bicycle commuters as “hardbitten road warriors who brave adverse conditions” (DePillis’ words). The portrayal has her rolling her eyes, she writes. “I think the Post needs to find another frame.”

*Slate wants to know how you, if you were a reader of Slate (and you might be, so listen up), would avert a nuclear disaster in Japan. Because if there’s one group of people who knows anything about averting nuclear disasters, it’s random people on the Internet. As evidenced by some sample responses received thus far: “Let two helicopter hold a big plastic funnel as a third one is throwing in the water. In that manner the water can be poured more precise than just let it plunge somewhere above the plants.” Also: “Duct tape and WD-40 works for everything.” And, of course: “Send the Sensational She-Hulk in to deactivate the reactor. She’s done it before and survived with a coating of sentient cockroaches.” Why didn’t the Japanese think of these?

WaPo’s New Feature Has Newsroom in Uproar

Twin turbo (the engine, of course)

WaPo‘s editorial staff is anguished and angry over a new feature called “Post Now Video Cast” that the publication is touting. In it, Anqoinette Crosby anchors a newscast.

“Almost everyone thinks it sucks. It’s an absolute embarrassment. My God, have you seen her twin turbos? The dancing bears are rolling in their graves,” an inside source told FishbowlDC. Sources say the premier episode is a source of “teeth gnashing” in the newsroom and referred to the newscaster as “the chick with the boobs.”

Other complaints: 1) The set is not even WaPo‘s newsroom. 2) The video screen is weirdly placed – a source suggested that Crosby’s arm (and perhaps her ample chest) block it. 3) The pacing is odd.

Each day, Crosby (a.k.a. “AQ”) will report on a variety of news multiple times a day. Yesterday was the ice (hailed widely as a “piece of crap”). Today it’s the Chinese prez visiting the White House and AQ breaking it down. Though not as dominant as Day 1, the “girls” are on display and AQ is sporting tall, leather black boots.

Crosby’s experience? She hosted that infamous “Dancing Bears” video which got categorically slammed by WaPo‘s own Ombudman Andy Alexander. She’s a car enthusiast. She worked as a consumer reporter for MotorWeek and her website says she has “enjoyed some of the greatest adventures driving some of the fastest, hottest cars on the planet.” Her website calls her an “international, award-winning journalist.”

If inside reviews are scathing, outside remarks are damning. WCP “Loose Lips” Columnist Alan Suderman writes, “WaPo, I love you, but you’re killing me with this garbage. Like a car wreck, I can’t not look.” And WCP‘s Real Estate reporter Lydia DePillis adds, “This actually makes me want to cry.”