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 on...as 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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