Vox breaks for the holidays: don’t you cry, she’ll be back again in January

It seems as though the holiday season is upon us yet again.

Vox has finally completed the last of her finals and left the Hilltop to celebrate Christmas in the great state of Pennsylvania.

Sadly, unless the Healy clock tower hands get stolen by Santa Claus as he passes over the nation’s capital, there will be a break in posting for the next three weeks.

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Twuesday Tweetacular: goin’ up on a… Wednesday

Georgetown Heckler must’ve written this when spotting both a Supreme Court Justice and Congressman on N Street one early Sunday morning on his walk of shame.

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Congress’s cromnibus bill threatens D.C. marijuana initiative, Obama likely to sign

Move over, baseball: hating Congress might just be the new national pastime these days (pro: you can do it when it’s raining).

But D.C. voters have had even more reason to lambaste the legislative branch since Saturday when the Senate passed a new $1.1 trillion spending bill with several riders aimed at the District. Included among them is a provision that will prevent D.C. from implementing a ballot initiative that legalizes recreational marijuana if President Obama signs the bill.

Passage of Congress’s so-called “cromnibus”, which will keep the federal government’s lights on for another nine months, averted the threat of a(nother) government shutdown. D.C.’s Initiative 71 was overwhelmingly approved by District voters in November, and would legalize the possession and growth of set amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

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D.C. Taxicab Commission develops e-hailing app to compete with private cab companies

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It’s official. Life as we know it will be dominated by smart phones. Well, at least the cab industry will be.

In efforts to compete with private cab companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, the D.C. Taxicab Commission announced yesterday that they are developing an e-hailing app that will begin beta testing in March 2015. All 7,000 licensed taxis in the area will be required to use the Universal D.C. Taxiapp.

According to Commission representative Neville Waters, other cities have launched hail apps, but Washington will be the first in the country requiring all drivers to use the app. “It’s trying to respond to customer concerns and the evolving tastes out there,” he said.

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D.C. holds vigil and march against police brutality 800 miles from Ferguson

This weekend, Washington D.C. became the hub of the latest event in the string of nationwide demonstrations against police violence and the grand juries’ decisions in the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases.

According to The Washington Post, the march mourned the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner specifically, while also paying tribute to those of John Crawford III, Amadou Diallo, and Tamar Rice.

The demonstration began with a “Vigil for Justice: People of Faith Lighting the Way” along 16th Street, the idea for which was conceived in Susan Greer Burton’s living room the night of Dec. 3.

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Comments of the Week: Missing hands and heartfelt hashtags

Last week, Vox procrastinated studying for her finals by consuming large quantities of caffeinated beverages at a variety of study spots, witnessed a successful heist of the Healy clock hands, and watched a video featuring Georgetown athletes that was made to raise awareness about sexual assault.

Bulldoge fails to understand the secret to Georgetown’s social media success: why make threats about disciplinary action when you can appeal to the sentimental masses with heartfelt hashtags (or a cute video of Jack riding a skateboard)?

Interesting though, that Georgetown’s communications office decided to post about it on Facebook with an obligatory hashtag. Refusing to condone the crime while raking in the social media love (and possible alum donations)?

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Where there’s a Jabril, there’s a way: Hoyas dispatch of Radford behind Trawick’s stellar play

The Georgetown men’s basketball team (6-3, 0-0 Big East) defeated Radford (5-4, 0-0 Big South) 76-49, Saturday afternoon at Verizon Center.

Senior guard Jabril Trawick’s all-around effort, with eight points, game-high seven assists, and four rebounds paved the way for the Hoyas. Senior forward Aaron Bowen added 16 points and freshman forward Paul White scored 12 points to lead the Hoyas’ strong bench performance.

Trawick didn’t light it up with double-digit points. He didn’t take over the game. He didn’t dominate the floor. No, he played exactly how a senior guard should when surrounded by a young group: he made those around him better.

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We are Georgetown and you’re not: Hoyas to defend the charge of the Highlanders

The Blue and Gray will try to bounce back after an emotional loss at home to #10 Kansas Wednesday night 75-70 when they take on Radford (5-3, 0-0 Big South) this Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center. Tip-off is slated for 12:00 p.m.

While the Hoyas are coming off a tough loss against the Jayhawks, Radford Head Coach Mike Jones and the Highlanders are coming off of three straight wins. The Highlanders seek to continue their momentum after last Sunday’s hard-fought 68-66 victory against Virginia Tech.

Georgetown’s loss to Kansas was the Hoyas’ first home loss of the season. Radford is only 1-3 away. Odds are not quite as many Highlander fans will invade the Verizon Center as Jayhawk fans did Wednesday night. Look for a blue and gray crowd.

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Latest congressional spending bill blocks D.C. marijuana legalization

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats and House Republicans reached a deal on a spending bill that prevents the District from using federal funding to legalize marijuana.

Just when you thought Congress couldn’t get any more annoying.

The new bill comes as a response to Initiative 71, which passed with 69.4 percent of the vote. Initiative 71 was intended to make it legal for D.C. residents to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use, grow up to six cannabis plants, and to give up one ounce to another adult.

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More Than Just a Game: Hoyas Wear ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirts Before Matchup with Kansas

In their matchup against No. 10 Kansas this Wednesday, the Georgetown men’s basketball team narrowly missed out on the opportunity for a notable win, but used the high-profile setting to make a statement about a larger issue.

During pregame warmups, all of the team’s players wore black shirts that read “I Can’t Breathe” in white lettering. The words were the last spoken by Eric Garner, an African American man who was put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer, and was eventually strangled to death, after being approached for selling loose cigarettes.

Similar shirts had previously made appearances in the NBA when the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose, among others, wore them before their games over the past week. However, the Hoyas were the first college players to decide to display the shirts in support of the nationwide movement in protest of police brutality and the racial profiling of African Americans.

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