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D.C. taxi drivers protest new ridesharing service legislation

On Tuesday afternoon, D.C. cab drivers sounded their horns to draw attention to the D.C. Council vote that now permits app-based services like uberX and Lyft to operate legally within the District.

The two-hour protest, which took place outside the Wilson Building between the Freedom Plaza at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, was the third protest of its kind in recent months. Drivers have voiced concern that they are at a disadvantage to the ridesharing apps that do not have to comply with the same rules and regulations as taxi services.

While the D.C. Council vote (12-1) has now formally recognized app-based services uberX and Lyft within the District, it has also imposed new commercial insurance requirements of at least $1 million from when a driver accepts a call to when they drop off the passenger. It also requires criminal background checks that go back as far as seven years, private vehicle-for-hire services from accepting street hails, and asks companies to establish a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.

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Christian protesters preach damnation at University front gates

Update, Wednesday 7:25 pm: In a phone interview with Vox, GUPD Chief Jay Gruber clarified the protester’s removal from campus. He said that the protesters were originally on campus by the gates and Healy Circle but were removed because people who are not members of the community and do not receive University benefits are not allowed to protest or demonstrate on campus. The protesters were removed to the public property outside of the main gates, where they protested for about two hours before leaving the area of their own volition.

Original post: Vox is going straight to Hell. At least that’s what a small group of protesters at the campus front gates were saying earlier today. In fact, anyone who reads this blog probably qualifies for going to Hell as well. Oh well.

The protesters held signs that said “fear him who has the power to cast you into Hell” (Luke 12:5), and “WARNING, flee from the wrath to come” (Matthew 3:7) and shouted slogans of conversion.

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Disability rights advocates speak to students about institutional abuse and torture in America

On Tuesday night, two disability rights attorneys and an institutional abuse survivor participated in a panel discussion entitled “Human Rights Aren’t For Us: Disability & Legalized Abuse,” the third in Lydia Brown‘s (COL ’15) Lecture & Performance Series on Disability Justice that is being held and sponsored by various University and external organizations throughout the academic year.

Deeper Goraya, an attorney at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for the Disability Rights Project, provided a detailed overview on how, since the colonial era, people with disabilities were long confined to institutions and deprived of citizenship.

Goraya cited several landmark court cases beginning in the 1970s that have successfully framed institutionalization as a civil rights issue. Since then, people with disabilities have begun to move into community-based settings to pursue employment and integrate themselves into society.

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GUSA holds preliminary discussion of Cultural Advisory Board

Last night, GUSA held a preliminary Cultural Advisory Board town hall meeting in the social room of the Healey Family Student Center. The discussion was attended by representatives of multiple cultural groups who posed many questions about the potential Board’s organizational structure, funding allocation, and intended purpose.

“Last spring, we sat down with a lot of cultural groups on campus to hear concerns about we could better serve them,” GUSA Vice President Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) said. “We heard a lot of concerns about programming, academic issues, and institutional barriers—but one common theme … was regarding funding. One of the ideas we came up with was the possible creation of a Cultural Board which would serve the interests of the cultural groups on campus.”

The development of the CAB is part of the GUSA Multicultural Council initiative that “aims to create a constant and direct line of communication between cultural groups and the GUSA executive as well as to promote cross-cultural interactions between the entire cultural community.” A common grievance among cultural groups on campus is the one-size-fits-all funding policy. Ideally, this new Board would be conducive for interest specialization, institutionalized University support, and funding transparency.

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Vox Gets Into Treble: ~Spooky monster music~

Vox isn’t usually a huge fan of remixes, but on the occasion that she’s looking for a new twist on a song she generally turns to the great, rolling expanse of artistry on SoundCloud.

If you’re looking to get in the mood for a little pumpkin spiced—or spiked—fun this weekend, a set of Halloween remixes may be a good place to start. Halloween (on Friday this year, lucky us) will likely be the high-point of the rest of this week and most likely next—college brings the holiday to a whole new level.

So here’s to getting on your halloweekend groove with a little mix for monsters, ghouls, ghosts, witches, and anyone else interested.

 

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District to appeal court decision ending concealed carry ban

The District attorney general’s office is not going quietly with the July ruling that deemed D.C.’s total ban on guns in public unconstitutional because of the Second Amendment. For the first time since the ruling, Attorney General Irv Nathan has said that his office will appeal the decision.

Although Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. made his decision in July, he granted D.C. a 90-day stay to allow them time to prepare safety measures, which the Council used to create a restrictive handgun permit system. Unfortunately, those have proven too restrictive for the gun lovers that brought the original lawsuit against D.C. and they have challenged the new laws.

Nathan’s office waited until now to announce its intention to appeal not out of indecisiveness but because it wanted to prepare and assess the situation as it developed.

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Foo Fighters surprise D.C. with Friday night performance at Black Cat

This past Friday night, Foo Fighters graced the Black Cat with a surprise performance for 750 lucky fans. The highly-coveted tickets were made available on Tuesday afternoon and were gone in minutes, but those quick enough to snag them (dedicated enough to brave the rain) were rewarded with a three-hour musical extravaganza that lasted until 2 a.m.

The Black Cat is the smallest venue the Foo Fighters have played in 11 years. The legendary rock group selected the famous, sub-1,000 capacity venue for an intimate premiere of the D.C. episode of their new HBO series Sonic Highways.

The series, an eight-segment road trip/rockumentary that first aired two weeks ago, documents the group’s cross-country tour of iconic American recording studios. Foo Fighters’ newest single “The Feast and the Famine” was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA, where legendary District punk bands Fugazi and Minor Threat also worked their musical magic.

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D.C. Police Chief addresses police stops and searches

2987284643_13b791bc83_bD.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier gave testimony to the D.C. Council’s public safety committee yesterday about stop-and-search procedures in the District and how police have been using them. Lanier recognized that police searches are sometimes problematic but also defended the police work done by her department’s officers.

Lanier’s testimony was prompted by mounting pressure on the D.C. Council to address police detainment procedures in D.C. The actions of police nationwide have been called into question since the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. D.C. has begun a pilot police body camera program since the shooting.

At the hearing, Lanier called police stops “pressure points” between locals and police, according to The Washington Post, and said that anyone who believes they were treated wrongfully by a police officer should call 911 and speak to a supervisor.

Lanier also noted, however, that D.C. uses stop-and-search tactics less than similar police departments around the country.

Not everyone was satisfied with the Chief’s testimony. Committee Chairman David Grosso said that he was startled by accounts of interactions between residents and police officers. “How did we become a society where coming of age for a teenager is not a first date or a first driver’s license, but an interaction with a D.C. police officer?” Grosso said, according to The Washington Post.

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Twuesday Tweetacular: Jack the Bulldog Inception

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While this is possibly the cutest picture that Vox has ever seen, it is also an extremely confusing case of Jack Inception. Will the real Jack the Bulldog please stand up? Read More

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GU Fossil Free holds rally to push divestment proposal

GU Fossil Free is tired of the waiting and tired of the back-and-forth. At a rally held earlier today outside of McShain Lounge, GU Fossil Free and its supporters shouted out their support for Georgetown to move forward with the Fossil Free divestment proposal.

Fossil Free held their rally on the same day as their meeting with the Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility, which will play a major role in determining if and how the divestment proposal will move on to Georgetown’s Board of Directors in the future.

At the rally, GU Fossil Free members said that a lot of communication has taken place, but it is time for the administration to take action and start considering divestment more seriously.

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