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Why aren’t better restaurants coming to Georgetown?

July 14, 2011

"Georgetown long ceased to be the buzzy must-be place for the next hot new thing," and the restaurants are mostly forgettable. That's the take of Washington City Paper's Lydia DePillis, writing about Wednesday's Georgetown Business Association/BID forum on nightlife. 

"You rarely hear of an edgy, new concept planning to put down roots in Georgetown, which is loyal to its stuffy standbys," writes DePillis.

Linda Greenan, a vice president at Georgetown University, points out that 14th Street and Penn Quarter are filled with people from the neighborhood, while Georgetown's restaurants are more often filled with tourists."I think it has a Rodeo Drive image," said D.C. Nightlife Association president Skip Coburn, according to DePillis' thoughtful blog.

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Georgetown students ranked "most annoying" in D.C.

July 13, 2011

According to the blog called D.C. Shitlist, Georgetown University has the "most annoying" student body of any school in the District.

"Big ups to the Hoyas for absolutely destroying the competition in this poll," says the blog. Georgetown received received 216 of the 346 registered votes.

"The 216 votes were good for just over 62% of the total.  GWU and American finished a distant 2nd and 3rd respectively; Howard, Catholic, and UDC were mere afterthoughts in the poll of most annoying student body in D.C."

"To those college kids involved in the poll: Remember, we still love you," says the blog. "You’re just kind of annoying."

D.C. Shitlist describes itself as "a blog about shitty things in the nation's capital." Other things that have earned a place on D.C. Shitlist include:

#1: Taxi Drivers That Try To Screw With Locals Thinking We’re Tourists

#2: Old Men Who Stay At Bars After Happy Hour and Hit On Young Girls

#5: The Fact That The Metro Delays Are Announced By Such an Overly Kind Voice

#6: Downtown Not Having Any Recycling Bins

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NYT: Strauss-Kahn case in question

July 1, 2011

The sexual assault case against erstwhile Georgetown resident Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to a New York Times report.

Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors now do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.

Since her initial allegation on May 14, the accuser has repeatedly lied, one of the law enforcement officials told the Times.

Anne Sinclair's house in Georgetown where she and Dominique Strauss-Kahn lived before his arrest in May (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Anne Sinclair's house in Georgetown where she and Dominique Strauss-Kahn lived before his arrest in May
Strauss-Kahn’s supporters have complained that U.S. authorities had rushed to judgment in the case. After his resignation as chief of the International Monetary Fund following the arrest, he was such a pariah that neighbors of an Upper East Side apartment building in New York objected when he and his wife tried to rent a unit there. They eventually rented a three-story town house in TriBeCa.

Strauss-Kahn's wife, Anne Sinclair, owns a house in Georgetown where the couple lived before the arrest.

Former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was named the new IMF chief this week.

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