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D.C. April Fool's Roundup

As I noted earlier today, big serious newspapers don't much go in for April Fool's stories--wouldn't want to undermine our credibility, the editors say.

But we're happy to scan the local scene and pass along some of the tomfoolery that's popping up all over the place...

Ionarts, the consistently smart local classical music blog, is going out of business as a web publication, folding its digital tent on the day after Post classical music critic Anne Midgette launched her own music blog. Ionarts will live a daily newsprint publication.

Bicycles and cars will switch lanes, with two-wheelers taking over the main traffic lanes on D.C. streets. The Potomac and Anacostia rivers will trade names. And Arlington and Alexandria are planning to retrocede into the District of Columbia. All that and more from Greater Greater Washington, the urban planning and transportation blog.

Speaking of transpo, over at We Love DC, there's news that Metro will give randomly-selected passengers a chance to operate rail vehicles, starting April 31.

Our own DC Wire has news from the Cleveland Park listserv of a new D.C. government initiative in which the city will scrap all paper parking tickets, instead requiring residents to check the District's web site once a week to see if they have received any paperless tickets.

At DCRTV, which covers the local radio and TV scene, there's a report that CBS Radio is killing the guy talk format at WJFK (106.7 FM) and reviving the old alternative rock sound of the legendary WHFS. Apparently, readers took that one a bit too seriously--an April Fool's disclaimer was later added to the original post.

And over at Washington City Paper, which has been closely covering the financial woes of its parent company, they've rebranded the whole site in honor of their new bosses: It's Huffington City Paper, featuring "sex, snark, music, arts, snark, community."

See more out there? Add them below....

By Marc Fisher |  April 1, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
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DPI Internation News Release. Minnesota Senatorial contenders Al Franken and Norm Coleman today agreed to a power-sharing arrangment that will allow Minnesota to seat its second senator while the Franken/Coleman court challenges continue. Messrs. Franken and Coleman have agreed to share a Senate seat and divide their votes on all roll call ballots in proportion to their constituent votes: 50.0004% to Senator Franken and 49.9996 to Senator Coleman, along party lines. For consistency, all other Senators will be allowed by a new Senate rule to vote by percentatge as well. "This will be very advantageous to the rest of us," said Senator Dingus L. Sigafoos, "because voting by percentages will make sure that none of us offend any of our constitutents! We should have done this a long time ago." Still to be determined will be the method of verification that Senators are not fudging their percentages in an effort to use their own judgement. Also a problem will be the Senate electronic voting system, which does not understand decimal arithmetic, but only counts in whole numbers from 0 to 100. Under consideration is a temporary measure that will permit the Senators to round their percentage votes to the nearest whole number until the voting system can have decimals added.

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