NFL Lockout Officially Over, Football’s Back! | Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms of a deal to the end the 4 1/2-month lockout.

Owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal last week, but some unresolved issues still needed to be reviewed to satisfy players; the owners do not need to vote again.

The sides worked through the weekend and wrapped up the details Monday morning on a final pact that is for 10 years, without an opt-out clause, a person familiar with the deal told the AP.

Owners decided in 2008 to opt out of the league’s old labor contract, which expired this March. That’s when the owners locked out the players, creating the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987.

(via @WUSA9)



Redskins COO David Donovan Leaving Team | Sports, News

(via @WUSA9) 

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins chief operating officer David Donovan is leaving the team to return to his law firm.

The team announced Donovan’s departure Monday.

He worked for the Redskins for six years and says he’s leaving “for personal reasons.”

Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement that Donovan “will continue to consult with the Redskins as he did prior to joining the organization.”

Walmart Coming to DC, 2012 | News

Walmart was built on the foundation of saving people money so they can live better. This mission has allowed the company to grow to more than 8,400 stores in 15 countries around the world. The culture and values instilled by company founder Sam Walton come alive daily, as Walmart’s 2 million associates serve more than 200 million customers and members each week.

A dream come true? How long could the Nation’s Capitol really keep the worlds BIGGEST retailer away?

Walmart’s net sales 2010 hit a new high at $405 Billion Nationally and $100 Billion Internationally.

Check out this article from Washington City Paper listing different Ward’s in the city considering placing a Walmart. It’s really hard to imagine a Walmart any where in the city, but a retailer that big grossing that much money, highly likely the city will make it happen.

So is Target no competition to Walmart? DC placed a Target in Columbia Heights when the NW community got a major face lift in March 2008. Target’s sales hit close to 67.4 Million in 2010, a 3.1% increase from 2009. No apparent competition.

“D.C. residents want more convenient access to quality jobs and affordable groceries,” said Henry Jordan, Senior Vice President, Walmart U.S. “We want to be part of the solution and look forward to building even more support for what our brand can deliver.”

Walmart will start with placing stores in Wards 4,5,6 & 7. With the DC unemployment rate at 9.8% Walmart will help offset that number by creating approx. 1,200 jobs and 400 construction jobs for DC residence.

Walmart is estimating approx. $10 Million in tax revenue for DC.

The new stores – all scheduled to open in late 2012 – will offer customers a full grocery selection, including fresh produce, a bakery, delicatessen and organic food items as well as a full service pharmacy and a wide variety of general merchandise. The size of each store will be between 80,000 and 120,000 square feet and the locations are: 801 New Jersey Avenue NW; Georgia and Missouri Avenue NW; Capitol Heights (East Capitol Street and 58th); and New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road.

Viewing Fireworks on the National Mall July 4th | Events

You’d be surprised at the number of DMV residence that have never enjoyed the experience of fireworks on the National Mall. The hassle of the commute via train, car, or foot can be an overwhelming experience for visitors or residence especially with small children. Despite the packed trains, usually without A/C, crowded streets and porta potty’s it really is a wonderful experience everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime.

If you are thinking about heading down to the National Mall to view the fireworks, here are a few tips and tricks to make your trip a little easier:

  • Metrorail will run from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight) Monday July 4th
    • SMITHSONIAN Station will NOT be open during the day and will reopen AFTER the fireworks show
    • Parking at metro is FREE on Holidays and bikes are NOT permitted on Metrorail
    • Stations close to the National Mall
      • Union Station & Judiciary Square (Red Line)
      • L’Enfant Plaza & Archives (Green/Yellow Line)
      • Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red/Green/Yellow Line)
      • Capitol South & Federal Center (Blue/Orange Line)
    • Heaviest traffic will be between 6 p.m. and Midnight
  • Permitted items include water, blankets, food, repellant, sun screen, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Small coolers are also ok.
  • Items NOT permitted include alcohol, personal fireworks, grills, tents or canopies, firearms or weapons

If you plan to travel early to avoid the crowd, check out The Capitol Fourth Concert. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits will host the all-star lineup that includes: Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actor and musician Steve Martinperforming with the Steep Canyon Rangers; multi-platinum recording superstar Josh Groban; Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated star of stage and screen who has just released his debut self titled album Matthew Morrison (Glee); American Idol winnerJordin Sparks; rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard performing with the cast of the Broadway smash hit Million Dollar Quartet; three time Tony-nominated Broadway starKelli O’Hara; and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. — Read more history HERE

If you want a good seat on the West lawn of the Capitol Building, we recommend going down as early as 8 a.m. The Mall will fill quickly, and the shady spots will be gone fast. There is a parade that starts at 11:45 a.m. and the festivities begin around 3 p.m. Fireworks usually begin 9:10 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

!!!ENJOY and Happy Independence Day!!!!

Death at The W Hotel in NW DC | News

Updates (7/1/2011) :

A suicidal woman fell to her death from the rooftop of a hotel in front of the White House last night after dramatically trying to cling to the building in a last minute change of heart.

Witnesses said the woman plunged ten storeys after drinking at the bar of the W hotel in Washington DC.

The death comes one month after a 30-year-old model died after falling from a room at the W hotel in Atlanta, Georgia…. Read MORE


A woman fell from the rooftop restaurant at The W Hotel tonight around 11pm. Details of the fall are unknown, paramedics have not yet confirmed whether the death was by jump or if the young woman was pushed.

Prayers go out to her family. We will keep you posted on any new details.