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METRO: WORKER REMOVED ESCALATOR BARRIER IN TENLEYTOWN
Washington Examiner: "A Metro employee removed a barrier blocking an escalator under repair at a Red Line station last month, leading to at least 14 customers climbing over a four-foot gap of missing steps in the stairway, according to Metro officials.
No one was hurt in the Nov. 16 incident at the Tenleytown station, but it exposed customers to a safety risk at the start of the afternoon commute, a busy time for leaving the station.
And it was a customer, not a Metro employee, who ultimately put a barricade back in front of the out-of-service stairway to stop more people from climbing up, according to the agency."
BOBBY FLAY TO THROWDOWN WITH CHEF GILLIAN CLARK
DCist: "Chef Bobby Flay will be returning to the D.C. area to challenge Chef Gillian Clark's fried chicken -- the show will air January 19 at 8:30 p.m. on the Food Network. This isn't the first foray into television for Clark, though: her fried chicken, served at the General Store and Post Office Tavern in Silver Spring, has also been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. We doubt Clark'll have any problems taking Flay down -- ten bucks says he decides to coat his chicken with potato chips and Anaheim chili powder, and call it Crunchchicken. (Just be sure to trademark it before he does!)"
VA COP TACKLES KNIFE-WIELDING ROBBER
Washington Post: "On Monday night, a masked man walked into a CVS in Great Falls, pulled out a knife and demanded medicine, Fairfax police said.
A police officer responding to the scene tackled the robber from behind and took him into custody.
Nobody was injured in the incident, which could have come from a TV script."
It was just a few short years ago that Arlingtonians had to make lame excuses for why their D.C. friends should trek into the county. In 2006, one DCist writer (and Arlington resident) bemoaned “Arlington’s low bar diversity and mediocre dining choices” while trying to make the case that the Wilson Boulevard Taco Bell was a potential selling point.
“We’ve created a critical mass… we’ve passed some kind of tipping point, where Arlington is kind of a cool place to go,” said Terry Holzheimer, Director of Arlington Economic Development. He said that thanks to new dining and drinking options, Clarendon, Courthouse, Ballston Crystal City and Shirlington have all become destinations that can compete with District."