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With the Capitol clearly in view, these houses exist under the most unsanitary conditions; outside privies, no inside water supply and overcrowded conditions (July 1935). Photograph by Carl Mydans.

Yale University researchers published more photos taken during the Great Depression in America. The photos are all taken between 1935 and 1945, and show what life was like in Washington during America's most difficult economic times. With nearly 6,000 images in the Yale University catalogue of DC, we chose a handful of photos that depict the realities of life in the Washington area during the Great Depression.

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Posted at 01:54 PM/ET, 10/06/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()

1) Theater Vision

Joe Jacoby's delivery really makes this one. Don't get too excited, Joe! Here's a nice remembrance of other Theater Vision spots.

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Posted at 11:31 AM/ET, 10/06/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()

Kitty Kelley's 1974 profile of Joe Biden has kicked up a surprising amount of dust since Washingtonian put it online to coincide with our 50th-anniversary issue. "The piece captures the essence of Biden—emotional, authentic, endlessly talkative," New York Times senior editor for politics Carolyn Ryan wrote Friday, "but is also infused with a 1970s ethos and atmospherics that make it an artifact of an earlier journalistic era."

That earlier era can be glimpsed especially well in a passage in which Kelley documents a meeting between Biden and two fellow senators, William Proxmire and Thomas Eagleton. Biden, Kelley writes, tells Eagleton "a joke with an anti-Semitic punchline and asks that it be off the record."

A Biden spokesperson did not reply on the record when Washingtonian asked whether the vice president remembered what the joke was. The remark "was kept off the record," Gabrielle Bluestone noted for Gawker, in a piece summarizing the "The Best Parts of a Very Sexual, Very Horny, Very Good Interview."

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Posted at 01:59 PM/ET, 10/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.

Photograph by Huggins and Scott Auctions.

The Washington Senators that existed from 1961 to 1971 adopted much of the on-field look left behind the team that bolted Washington to become the Minnesota Twins, right down to the pinstripes. They weren't to last, though. After 1971, the Senators bolted (again), this time to become the Texas Rangers.

Photograph by Legendary Auctions.

After the Senators left, Washingtonians seeking a baseball fix had to look north toward Baltimore. For more than 30 years, the Orioles subbed in as DC's "home team."

The Nationals have undergone a few uniform changes since baseball returned to DC in 2005. Their first uniform featured the team's name in red block letters with navy borders and gold shadows, a design that reminded some fans of the hamburger chain Fuddruckers. The current design was introduced before the 2011 season, and ditched the spelled-out name in favor of the "curly W."

This article appears in our October 2015 issue of Washingtonian

Posted at 11:20 AM/ET, 10/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Photograph via iStock.

Metro's average weekday rail ridership plummeted by nearly 40,000 passengers between 2010 and 2014, forcing the transit system to rely more than ever on fare increases to keep its revenue up, according to a report that will be introduced at a board meeting Thursday. The report offers a grim prognosis for the immediate future, with more customer-service complaints and economic pressures expected to continue challenging the troubled agency.

"The primary non-subsidy source of WMATA operating revenue is Metrorail passenger fares," the report reads. "However, after a long period (from the mid-1990s to 2009) of consistent growth in rail ridership and revenue, Metrorail ridership has declined over the past few years, and *revenue has grown only as a result of regular fare increases."

With ridership decreasing, passenger gripes seemingly constant, and potentially more fare hikes coming, Metro might finally be tumbling down the "death spiral" predicted in 2004 by its then general manager, Richard A. White.

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Posted at 10:24 AM/ET, 10/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
LGW's Fall Kick-off gave members and their guests the opportunity to network and make connections.

On September 30, Leadership Greater Washington hosted nearly 250 business, nonprofit, government and community leaders at its annual 2015 Fall Kick-Off at Long View Gallery. LGW President & CEO Doug Duncan shared the organization's expanded opportunities for community action, awarded the first-ever Maxine R. Baker Youth Leadership Greater Washington Scholarship award to a promising youth, and welcomed the Signature Program Class of 2015 into the LGW network. The event generated excitement, and LGW looks forward to the coming year working together with top area leaders to find innovative solutions to regional challenges.

Photographs by Eddie Arrossi.

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Posted at 01:58 PM/ET, 10/04/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()

Longtime Washington Post columnist Al Kamen plans to retire, National Desk editors told staffers in a memo Friday. Kamen's "In the Loop" column has run for 23 years. His last column is scheduled for October 9. Here's the memo.

There’s no way to dress this up: Al Kamen is retiring from The Washington Post. This news may bring cheer to members of congressional delegations headed overseas and others who wish to keep their foibles and excesses out of the public eye, but it saddens us deeply. Kamen is a Post legend, a Washington institution and a pretty funny guy to have around.

For nearly 23 years, he has written “In the Loop,” the indispensable guide to official Washington. This effort started as a temporary assignment to chronicle the launch of the Clinton presidency. It was thrillingly titled “In Transition.” Deploying his sometimes ouch-inducing wit and the delicious intel provided by his extensive contacts, Kamen turned the column into a Washington must-read. One of Kamen’s old friends, a guy who also likes to identify himself by his last name, wrote this to him: "If you step back for a moment, your column in several ways foreshadowed the Internet age, and Facebook and Twitter - short, informed blasts of news, items pithy and personal, a little sarcastic and knowing of the absurd and conflicted ways of Washington." That friend would be Woodward.

Kamen did more than tell readers who was up, who was down and who was likely to win that plum job. He chronicled seemingly every dubious “codel” and got more than a few of them canceled from sheer embarrassment. He even shook the government of Japan when in 2010 he wrote that the “hapless” and “increasingly loopy” Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was the biggest loser at a Washington summit. “Loopy” suddenly became the popular phrase in Japan and Hatoyama was forced to concede to the Japanese Diet: "As The Washington Post says, I may certainly be a foolish prime minister." He resigned within weeks.

Kamen, who began his reporting career at the Rocky Mountain News after graduating from Harvard, joined The Post in 1980. He assisted Woodward and Carl Bernstein in writing “The Final Days” and then Woodward and Scott Armstrong in writing ”The Brethen.” Before starting “In the Loop,” Kamen covered local and federal courts, the Supreme Court and the State Department. As he frequently noted, he was with Secretary of State James Baker in Mongolia when Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait upended Baker’s plans to hunt endangered Argali sheep—the kind of detail that would be the hallmark of his column for more than two decades.

His last column will appear Oct. 9, but Kamen’s impact on Washington reporting and this newspaper will live on. There will be a caking on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 3 pm — please join us to congratulate Al for 35 years of service to The Post.

Cameron Scott Alan

Posted at 03:52 PM/ET, 10/02/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
He'll act as secretary of education now that Arne Duncan has stepped down. By Jackson Knapp

Image of King from a 2015 video.

Deputy Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., will replace Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who resigned Friday. Here’s some of what we know about King, a native of Brooklyn:

• In 2009, he wrote an impassioned essay for the Huffington Post about the value of a public school education. After his mother passed away when he was 8 and then his father when he was 12, he says teachers “quite literally saved my life.”

• According to a 2011 New York Times article, King was expelled from the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, "where he rebelled against the strict curfews and cut class." He moved in with family in New Jersey and got into Harvard after he "poured his heart out explaining his circumstances" in an essay. After graduating, he got a Master's at Columbia and then taught social studies for three years before co-founding a charter school.

• Before he joined the Department of Education in January 2015, King was the commissioner of education for the state of New York—becoming the first African-American and Puerto Rican person to assume the role. When he took the job, he was one of the youngest state education leaders in the US. During his tenure, he was a staunch advocate of Common Core teaching standards.

• He currently lives in Takoma Park, Maryland. His two daughters, Amina and Mireya, go to public schools.

• According to his Twitter bio, he's also a "sometimes softball coach."

Posted at 03:50 PM/ET, 10/02/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Looking for a furry friend? One of these cuties—all available at Washington-area rescues—might be your match.

Flute is an eight-month-old Yorkshire terrier-mix. This friendly, energetic little girl loves playing and cuddling. The only thing she doesn’t always love is other dogs, which means she's picky about her playmates. Flute is looking for a home where she can be the center of attention. She'll have no problem giving you tons of affection in return. If you’re interested in a playful, small canine companion, stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League and meet Flute.

Nico arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League after being rescued—along with some 150 other animals—from a hoarding situation in North Carolina. A chronic, untreated infection resulted in a permanently crinkled ear, which only adds to her unique “look.” Nico is very sweet, affectionate, and talkative. She craves companionship and actively solicits petting by climbing in your lap and pushing her head into your hands. Nico is looking for an adult home (or one with older kids) where she will be well loved.

Leonardo was surrendered to the shelter when his owners could no longer care for him. He is a very sweet and friendly chihuahua/dachshund mix who is about 10 months old. This guy has a huge personality in a little body. He loves to interact with the other dogs in his foster home and has picked up his foster family's routine very quickly. He's still figuring out how to go up and down the stairs, and is working hard on his crate training. He enjoys sitting on laps and giving lots of affection. He's a very outgoing little dog, but would do best in a home without children. You can meet him through Rural Dog Rescue.
Annie is a three- or four-year-old, medium-sized, hound-mix. She is a gentle, sweet dog who loves to spend time outdoors, get pets from everyone, and nap in the sunshine. She is good with kids and other dogs. Annie is mostly house trained at her foster home but like most rescue dogs, may need a refresher when going to her forever home. Annie is also working on learning the basic commands. She does well in her crate while you are away and is so excited when you come home. She would do best in a home with a backyard and an owner who likes to walk or jog. You can meet her through Rural Dog Rescue.

Posted at 02:12 PM/ET, 10/02/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
January 27, 1979: Duke Zeibert standing in front of his restaurant. Photo by James A. Parcell/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

1. Duke Zeibert's: 1950-1994

David Zeibert, later nicknamed Duke, worked his way up through the restaurant business, eventually landing his own venue on L and Connecticut streets, Northwest. His restaurant was famous for hosting the celebrities of the time, from J. Edgar Hoover and Harry Truman to Bill Clinton. Zeibert's served dishes including onion rolls and brisket.

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Posted at 12:18 PM/ET, 10/02/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()