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August 21, 1996

Primary Day

Dear Neighbors:

If a primary dropped in a city and everyone was at the beach, would the bear hear it? Well, stranglers left behind working the dog days of August are asking that question as Harold Brazil's punim (face) meanders its way around town on the back of buses. September 10 is primary day in the District and a whole bunch of seats are up for grab on the City Council and School Board. The primary takes on special importance in the District because of the overwhelming number of residents who are registered Democrats. Primaries are really more decisive than the general election.

I'd like to dedicate most of dc.story until primary day to the candidates. Given your druthers, I know you'd likely rather read about anything but...But if we want to uphold democracy, yada, yada, yada. You don't need a civics lesson from me to know that you earn your right to gripe only if you exercise your right to vote.

The ballot candidates are listed below. You will only be able to vote for candidates of your registered party. But for our purposes, please feel free to toss in your two cents about any of the candidates. Bonus credit for the first person who can tell us something interesting (and factually) about the Umoja Party (which could overtake the Republicans in numbers).

So you know the rules, we are electing two at-large city council members. One of them can't be a Democrat, which means that Carol Schwartz (the unopposed Republican) is very likely to take a seat on the council. Only one of the eight Democrats listed will survive until election day. Moreover, Harold Brazil still has two years left on his council term. If he loses, he stays on the council. If he wins, the city's got to fork over about $75,000 for a special ward election to replace him. Why is the "fiscally conservative" running for the council when he is already on it? To prepare for the mayor's race in 1998.

Meanwhile, we need to know more about these candidates. Let's hear from the candidates. Let's hear from their opponents. Let's hear from the PEOPLE (still at the beach).

At-Large City Council Seat


Kathryn A. Pearson-West Philip H. Mendelson John Capozzi Paul E. Savage Harold Brazil Joseph P. Yeldell Ronnie L. Edwards Ernest E. Johnson


Carol Schwartz


Bardyl R. Tirana Samuel Jordan


Mark Thompson

Ward 2


James E. McLeod Jack Evans


Roger L. Moffatt

Ward 4


Dwight E. Singleton Diane M. Miller Pat Kidd Charlene Drew Jarvis


Rick Malachi

Ward 7


Terry Hairston Edward Rhodes Kevin P. Chavous


Durand A. Ford

Ward 8


Sandra C. Allen Eydie D. Whittington Raymond E. Bell, Jr. Winifred Freeman Leonard Watson, Sr. Lafayette A. Barnes Paul Lamont Simms


Rahim Jenkins

"Shadow" U.S. Senator


Paul E. Strauss Eduardo Burkhart


George Pope

"Shadow" U.S. Representative


Sabrina Sojourner


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City Politics

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Political Coverage

I wonder if, with the help of denizens of the Internet, we could strike a blow against the networks that "call" an election before everyone has had a chance to vote. Suppose we see how many people would agree to switch to another network if the one they're watching predicts a race while the polls are still open in that state.

The idea is simple, stupid! All of us folks can live very nicely until the results are in. It doesn't really matter if one network gets the "news" out a little sooner than the other. That's _their_ sport, and I don't enjoy playing it, or watching, either.

E. James Lieberman, M.D.



"last night (8/15) at about 11:30 p.m. A helicopter was flying around woodley park, seemingly very quickly, it sounded like an out of control fighting machine. It lasted about 20 minutes. Although I could not see it from my apartment, it was clearly in search of something (although going too fast to catch much of anything). Anyone know what was going on?"

There does seem to be a lot of fairly frantic activity in the region, much of which could almost be characterized as some sort of rapidly-suppressed military or paramilitary activity. Heads up folks, as sherlock holmes might say, "come quickly, watson: the game's afoot". Persons who possess passports showing the us as place of birth may wish to start carrying them.



That night, around 11:15, I was driving up Cleveland Avenue with some friends when we passed a man holding a flashlight. Suddenly (as we were passing him) he dropped the flashlight and ran down the street. In front of us, a police car screamed around the corner (from garfield, he made a left) onto the *wrong side* of cleveland, siren screaming and lights on. He drove down near the guy and jumped out. We continued on (typical DC'ers, I guess ;)) and as we went down Reno, four other police cars appeared, all going towards Cleveland. I can only assume that they were after the guy. The next day I heard about the helicopters -- I wonder what he did(!).

Daniel A. Turner


Sherry, i'm glad to know a friend who is not afraid to tell dc story the truth about the alien helicopters taking over the swedish embassy. I see them occasionally too. Black ones, blue ones, sometimes green. The black helicopters are usually just out for a good time with the swedish summer interns. One of the interns must have gotten away. Hence the search. The green helicopters are the ones you really need to watch out for. They go after redheads. I spotted one hovering over madam's organ a couple of weeks ago stalking a couple of redheads who were drinking for half price. Keep an eye out. You could be next.

Jim j. Foti


Speed Trap

Drivers Beware -- of a speed trap in Rock Creek Park near grove #6 north of the park police station on Beach Dr. Victims of ruthless radar rangers abound for violating the almost standing-still speed limit of 25 mph. So if you're revving-up your mach 5, you had better outrun them, "cause them damn radar guns is loaded."

Jim Foti Victim # 5,325


Car Repair

In regards to the tenley exxon: I took my 1985 hyundai in on the recommendation of aaa (in 1990). The cool-off fan switch had gotten stuck in the on position. They did not have the part, and offered to show me how to turn it off using a screwdriver, a truly y chromosome solution. I said I could wait for the part. Then the real fun began, getting the part delivered from college park. Apparently, the dealership was having a bit of a problem with their driver, who went off and got drunk three days in a row without getting the part delivered to tenley town. The exxon folks and I had a bit of a chuckle over this and the dealers explanation that the guy had "gotten lost". The third day the dealership discovered what the real problem was, fired the guy, and personally delivered the part. (Fortunately, I did not need my car or I would not have found it so amusing).

Dianne Rhodes


I have found the mechanical work done at parker's exxon (across from the safeway on macarthur blvd at intersection with reservoir road) to be fine quality and reasonably priced. In the rare instances where there have been problems over the years, they are dealt with swiftly and professionally.

The former owner of that station, one bill parker, now operates the exxon further out macarthur blvd on top of the hill past delacarlia reservoir (maybe he likes water?). he is also an extremely reliable and competent mechanic, the kind who says "you don't need to do that" even if he could make an extra buck by staying mute.

Lawrence Skrivseth


When I had some body work done last year, my insurance company (usaa), sent me to petrovitch on 14th street, nw (mentioned in a previous posting) -- with which usaa contracts. Though not in a particularly desirable location, they did very good work.

Greg Jones



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Condo on capitol hill???? Please tell me that one of you have/know about an affordable (read: under $100k) condo for sale on the hill (prefer se/eastern market area). Need one bedroom, decent kitchen -- storage/closet space can be sacrificed for a place that has windows and lots of light. Most of the places i've seen are basements -- this is a cry for help from someone that actually wants to live in dc! Any suggestions will be appreciated -- i've seen everything in my range on the hill that the realtors have to offer and was not happy with any of them. W: (202)775-9680 x546 h: 202/547-8369.

Vera Zildar


Motorcycle for sale!! Beautiful 1992 honda shadow 600cc motorcycle. Candy apple red - looks like new. Only 9k miles - rides like a dream. Only one owner - has been well loved and taken care of. Teardrop tank - cruising lines (good woman's bike). Includes: fairing, backrest, cover, rain and other gear. Must sell - $3,500 o.b.o. Please call rachel -301-565-4225.

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