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14 articles

Letters From an Arsonist

Thomas Sweatt torched D.C. for decades and was finally jailed for killing one person. During a year-long correspondence from prison with a reporter, he confessed there were more.


Me & My Monkey

Confessions of a white-collar dope fiend.


Our Band Could Be Your Band

How the Brooklynization of culture killed regional music scenes.


I Dated Monica Lewinsky

An artifact from the height of the uproar:

Behind the tawdriest of headlines, there's a woman I wouldn't mind bringing home to mom.


The Barry in Winter

Marion Barry is running for reelection – and nobody cares.


Stalking Hinckley

The psych hospital life of John Hinckley Jr., Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin.


Confessions of a Black Gentrifier in D.C.

A young black gentrifier gets lumped in with both groups, often depending on what she’s wearing and where she’s drinking. She is always aware of that fact.

Something Happened at DC9. Who Did it Happen to?

In the aftermath of a mysterious murder, exploring a part of the story that has received little attention: the young man who lost his life.


What's Tweeting Courtland Milloy?

A veteran black Metro columnist, adrift in a rapidly shifting D.C., rankles an incoming generation of gentrificationists.


The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder

An encyclopedic evisceration of the NFL owner and former Six Flags chairman.


Inside D.C.’s Food-Truck Wars

This isn’t truck-on-truck violence. It’s the taxpaying owners of brick-and-mortar restaurants—along with a host of other powerful District players—who are waging the attack.


Hot for Creature

Fifteen years ago, William Dranginis saw Bigfoot. He’s still trying to prove it.


What’s Your Excuse?

It costs $40 and could save your life. What do cyclists have against bike helmets?


You’re Not a Rape Victim Unless Cops Say So

This is the story of the night Hannah was not officially raped in Washington, D.C.