Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Is it just keeping up with the times, or another invasion of wireless technology?
For the upcoming presidential inauguration, a number of additional pieces of equipment are being installed in and around the National Mall to handle the expected increase in wireless traffic from advanced smartphones and tablets. While the equipment will allow attendees to update their Facebook statuses, tweet and upload images to Pinterest, it also means that there could be more opportunities for hackers to intercept communications from unwary revelers. The National Federation of Independent Business offers some tips on its website for keeping your mobile data safe. We want to know: Do you think the additional cell towers and equipment are needed to keep us up-to-date with recent technologies and forms of communication, or are they an …
Monday, January 14, 2013
One-third fewer attendees are expected to attend this inauguration than the last one, but smartphone and tablet traffic is expected to be up.
Nearly 2 million people flocked to the National Mall for President Barack Obama's historic inauguration in 2009. This year, for his second swearing-in, projections peg the crowds to be between 600,000 and 800,000, according to a WJLA report. Mike Cornfield, a George Washington University political science professor quoted in the story, offered a possible reason for the projected downturn in attendance: "It simply lacks the dramatic transfer of power from one president to the next." WJLA also detailed comments President Obama uttered to supporters while campaigning: I think a lot of folks feel that, "Well, he's now president. He's a little grayer. He's a little older. It's not quite as new as it was." Compared to the 10 official balls held …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The protest will take place on Nov. 3.
Muppets, puppets and Sesame Street characters are headed for the nation’s capital in November to protest presidential contender Mitt Romney's threat to cut funding for public broadcasting, where the television show Sesame Street has aired for decades. Organizers say friends of the Public Broadcasting Service will gather Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. on the National Mall to defend PBS. The grassroots movement was sparked shortly after comments to cut the PBS budget were made by Romney during the first presidential debate. Organizers are encouraging protesters to bring their puppets. Michael Bellavia and Chris Mecham started organizing the puppet protest on Facebook through MillionaireMuppetMarch and on Twitter with MillionMuppets. As of Oct. 15, the …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The famous dog trainer was in the DC area for the largest pack walk on the National Mall.
Dog trainer Cesar Millan hosted a pack walk along the National Mall Saturday in DC as a way to raise awareness about spaying and neutering pets. Nearly 1,800 people participated in the walk, according to Millan's foundation website, and $63,625 was raised for his foundation—which rescues and rehabilitates abused and abandoned dogs. Check out this video of Millan on Huffington Post Live. The event started at 9 a.m. with a doggie warm-up hosted by Scooby Doo. If you went to the event, share your photos with Patch by by clicking "Upload Photos and Video." You can still donate to Millan's foundation on his event website.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
A new circulation system will pull water from the Tidal Basin, saving millions of gallons of water each year.
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will show off its $34 million makeover this month when it is refilled for the first stime since undergoing reconstruction beginning in November 2010. It will take the National Park Service several days to fill the pool, which is scheduled to be reopened to the public at the end of August. The changes impact both the sustainability and appearance of the historically-significant element on The National Mall. “With this renovation, we have given the Reflecting Pool a much-needed overhaul and brought its engineering into the 21st century. The design is accessible and sustainable, significantly reducing water usage, improving water quality, and welcoming visitors from around the world who come to see this …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Man accused of planning to shoot off fireworks on the National Mall hoped to draw attention to his 60-page transportation manifesto, according to prosecutors and charging documents.
The man accused of developing a device to shoot fireworks from his car and planning to ignite them on the National Mall hoped to gain publicity for a “new system of mass transportation” he had proposed, according to charging documents and statements made in court Wednesday. A prosecutor said at a Wednesday bond review hearing that Glenn Neff, 27, of Stuart, Fla., outlined his ideas for a transportation system capable of functioning on roads and light rail tracks in a 60-page manifesto. Neff told authorities it was his goal to be arrested, according to charging documents in the case. “With that media attention he would then be able to explain his dual transit system,” the charging documents read. Bond will remain at $2 million for Neff, who…
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Man who planned to ignite fireworks from a device mounted on his Jeep said he didn't want to hurt anyone, according to authorities.
Update, 12 p.m.: A spokesman for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's office tells Patch a bond review hearing for Neff will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Montgomery County District Court in Rockville. Charging documents weren't immediately available. Update, 8:45 a.m.: Neff has been charged with three felonies, including possession of a destructive device, transport of a destructive device and manufacture of a destructive device, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. Neff has also been charged with five counts of CDS paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of fireworks, along with a civil charge of use of a …