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Parking Meter Relief?

WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA) - City Council Member Jack Evans wants to rollback the parking meter increase that was passed in Spring.

The Ward 2 representative is getting more complaints about the meters than any other issue. It costs $2 to park for one hour in premium parking zones. He wants to bring it back to when one dollar bought you an hour.

Evans said he also wants to allow for free parking after 6:30 pm. Currently, parking meter enforcement can dole out the expired meter tickets until 10pm in premium parking zones.

"I work around here and I see them giving out tickets all the time. It's outrageous and they're just preying on people like vultures," said JoAnn Slaight on a Friday night in Chinatown. "Last night at Massachusetts Avenue at 20 minutes before 10pm, I was going to my car and I saw a meter person giving out 10 tickets. "

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Curbside Cookoff Attracting Huge Crowds to Downtown

Much has been made recently about the DC food truck craze.  It seems as though every week, a new truck comes out of the woodwork, serving a different type of cuisine. 

From the Red Hook Lobster Truck to Eat Sauca, from Fojol Bros. to Takorean, the DC food truck scene truly does have something for everyone.

Today, October 7 and tomorrow October 8 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at CityCenterDC, the site of the old Washington Convention Center, more than 15 of these trucks are convening for the 2010 D.C. Curbside Cookoff.

Check out the photos below sent to us by Chris D'Agostino, one of our Where You Live readers, who is at Curbside Cookoff right now.

Mosquito Device Removed From Chinatown Metro Station

WASHINGTON (AP) --The company behind a high-tech sound device that aimed to keep teens from loitering in a Washington neighborhood has squashed use of the controversial product.

   The device, called "The Mosquito," costs about $1,000 and emits a high-pitched beeping sound that only young people can generally hear. The sound is annoying and encourages teenagers to move along.

   The device was installed outside the Chinatown entrance to the Gallery Place Metro station, a popular teen hangout. Dave Moss, director of development and operations for the National Youth Rights Association, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights about the device. Officials there told Moss in a letter they were investigating his complaint and Moving Sound Technologies, the company that installed the device, had removed it voluntarily.

Man Achieves Goal, Sets Guinness World Record for Longest Shish Kebab

We posted a previous blog about a man trying to create the world's longest shish-kebab at the Turkish Festival in Downtown.

Well, Murat Aksu did just that.

On October 3rd, Aksu set the Guinness World Record for the longest shish kebab.   The record length came in at 18 feet 7 5/8 inches or 5.68 meters. 

Aksu said that the kebab was measured three times after it was cooked for accuracy by three professional surveyors from Bowman Consulting, a Virginia certified surveying company.

Take a look at the photo above to see Aksu standing next to his gigantic meat creation.

 

Fenty Write-In Campaign Picking Up Steam Through Grassroots Effort

Supporters of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty aren’t ready to give up his spot in office just yet.  After losing the Democratic nomination to City Council Chairman Vincent Gray in September, a grassroots movement has been launched to re-elect Fenty via write-in vote. 

John Hlinko, an independent consultant who helps leftist organizations gain awareness and who worked on the Wesley Clark for President Campaign in 2004, spearheaded the effort when he created the Run, Fenty, Run Facebook page shortly after the incumbent lost the Democratic primary. 

By the end of the first day, Hlinko says the page had over 1,000 fans.

“On one hand it’s Facebook, so it’s not the same as a full-on campaign,” Hlinko said.  “But it allows people to show their support.”

First Ever National Fossil Day Celebration on the National Mall

This community news post comes to us from the Smithsonian Institute:

Join paleontologists from the Smithsonian and park rangers from the National Park Service to celebrate the first annual National Fossil Day.

These two organizations are partnering to host the first National Fossil Day during Earth Science Week, in order to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

The day will be devoted to celebrating the diversity of fossils for understanding the history of life, promoting understanding of fossils as non-renewable resources, highlighting the science-based management of fossils, and establishing partnerships among organizations and agencies that focus on fossils.