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What's everyone doing this weekend? (Map)

February 24, 2011 - 10:50 AM
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If you're looking for something to do, or you're just curious, our map of other people's going-out plans should help. Please share your plans -- it can be anonymous, and doesn't have to be anything spectacular. Just tell us where you're going and why, then share this with your friends.

If you're really stuck, check out our events listings then come back and tell us what you chose.

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How is the weather affecting you? (Map, Poll)

February 21, 2011 - 09:00 PM
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Weather forecasts were calling for 2 to 3 inches of snow to fall in the D.C. area heading into Tuesday morning.

Tell us how the weather is affecting you by taking the poll after the jump, and see the results of what others said.

After you vote, we'd love it if you take a minute to send a weather photo to iwitness@tbd.com, and tell us what the weather is like near you in the form below so we can map your reports.

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The great debate: What do we call this region? (Poll)

February 17, 2011 - 03:07 PM
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We stumbled into a long-running debate this morning when we published a list of "D.C.'s" fanciest grilled cheese sandwiches, including a few in Northern Virginia.

When we mentioned it on Twitter, follower @n0rbert objected to using D.C. as a label for anything outside the boundaries of the District itself. We suggested putting it to a vote.

Is "DC" just D.C.? Or does it cover this whole region? And if not, what do you call this sprawling metro area? Weigh in with the quick poll below, and then see full results.

 

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What's everyone doing this weekend? Take a look (Map)

February 17, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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A concert at the 9:30 Club. (Ryan Kearney photo)
A concert at the 9:30 Club. Are you going there this weekend? (Ryan Kearney photo)

We're trying out a new feature this week -- bringing you all together to help us map as much as possible about what's going on in the D.C. area this weekend.

If you're looking for something to do, or you're just curious, our map of other people's going-out plans should help. Please share your plans -- it can be anonymous, and doesn't have to be anything spectacular. Just tell us where you're going and why, then share this with your friends.

If you're really stuck, check out our events listings then come back and tell us what you chose.

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People doing bizarre things on Metro trains (Videos)

February 16, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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Bagpipes on the DC Metro
Bagpipes on the Metro. Why? Why not. (YouTube image)

Are your Metro rides boring and uneventful? Maybe you just aren't riding at the right time or place, because a lot of crazy stuff goes down on those trains. Here are some of the most bizarre YouTube videos filmed on Metro.

Below you'll see one randomly selected video at a time. Watch until you can't take it anymore, then click the green button to see a different one.

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Show us your Valentine's Day flowers

February 13, 2011 - 05:00 PM
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Flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals? We want to see what you got for Valentine's Day. Snap a photo and send it to iwitness@tbd.com and we will share it in a photo gallery.

Be sure to include your name, and tell us about the gift and who sent it to you if you like.

You can also tweet photos to us @TBD, or upload them directly.

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Tell us how you met: Valentine's Day sweetheart stories

February 9, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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On Valentine's Day, people celebrate having met someone special. We are helping share stories of how those couples got together.

Click around the map below to see the romantic, funny, or maybe even sad stories we've collected so far. And if you're lucky enough to be celebrating this Valentine's Day with someone, please take a few seconds to add your story.

REWARD! The couple in the D.C. area with the best story, as chosen subjectively by some warm-hearted folks here at TBD, will have it told in a feature on TBD, with portraits by our professional photographer Jay Westcott, and we'll even give you free copies of the photos.

UPDATE 2/13 We've picked our favorite couple's story to feature -- Meghan and Thor of D.C. Check out their great photos and follow their story. We're still accepting your stories and adding them here, though, so keep them coming.

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Show us your Super Bowl food photos

February 4, 2011 - 10:57 AM
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Chicken wings
Chicken wings

We here at TBD spent the past week helping you figure out what delicious food to prepare for your Super Bowl parties, now we want to see what you came up with.

Snap a photo this Sunday of your cheesy, doughy, meaty (or perhaps healthy) Super Bowl dishes and send it to iwitness@tbd.com, or tweet it to @TBD. We'll collect them in a gallery for all the food voyeurs out there.

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Poll: Where are you watching the Super Bowl?

February 4, 2011 - 10:20 AM
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This Sunday's Super Bowl will bring more people together around their TVs than almost any other event. How will you be watching?

Related: What should you be eating for the big game?

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Are D.C. Council members overpaid? (Poll)

February 2, 2011 - 02:44 PM
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D.C. Council members are paid the most per-resident in a study of 15 major U.S. cities by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Washington spends $32.41 on council salaries per District resident, the report says. The average salary for the 12 members is $130,538, the second-highest average in the study, trailing only Los Angeles.

Council members defended their salaries in a Washington Post report, noting they carry many responsibilities greater than in a normal U.S. city:

“No other city in the country confronts the kinds of issues confronted by ours,” said council member David Catania (I-At Large). “It’s frankly absurd to compare us to other cities. Cities don’t organize prison systems. Cities don’t organize mental health systems. ... Cities don’t have oversight over electricity regulation. ... We are a state, county and city all under one roof.”

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was even more blunt.

“We deserve more, quite frankly,” Barry said. “This government is the most unique government of any government in the world. ... We put in 40 or 50 hours a week in addition to constituent service. I think we are really underpaid.”

What do you think? Are council members making too much money? Can D.C. afford to spend more than $1.5 million on council salaries, in addition to staffing costs? Answer the poll below, and leave your comments.

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Super Bowl recipes: Discover and share perfect party food

February 2, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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Mini Panamanian beef empanadas
Mini Panamanian beef empanadas, one of the Super Bowl recipes we gathered. (Photo by Nathasha Lim)

Whether you're having people over for the Super Bowl, or bringing a dish to a friend's party, you need some ideas for the perfect football-watching food.

We've collected some great recipes from local food bloggers in the TBD Community Network, and from top online recipe sites. Below you'll see one randomly suggested recipe at a time. See if it hits the spot for you -- if not, click the green button to see a different recipe.

Do you have a hit dish you make every year? You can share your own recipe and we'll add it to the mix here.

UPDATE Be sure to take a picture of your delicious dishes on Sunday and share them with the TBD community.

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