Jessica Estepa

Senate Flag Football Season Wraps Up in Dramatic Fashion

It was a game worthy of a Super Bowl finish. 

Down by 8 points with seconds to go in the championship game of the Senate Flag Football League, Fun Boy Football ran a Joan of Arc miracle play — first cousin to the Hail Mary — finding Helen Dwight in the end zone as time expired.

Sean Duffy Helps Return Veteran’s Keepsake
A Personal Memento Remembering One Man’s Band of Brothers Finds Its Way Home

After World War II ended, Ray Plenge didn’t tell many stories. But those who were close to him knew this one.

It was 1945 and the Germans were on the retreat. Cpl. Plenge, then in his early 20s, was traveling through northern Italy with his unit when he came across a howitzer shell casing.

South Dakota Former Rep. Bill Janklow Dies of Cancer

Bill Janklow, the former Republican governor and Representative at-large for South Dakota, died today of brain cancer. He was 72.

Janklow’s son, Russ, confirmed his death to the Associated Press.

An Invitation to Sing: Ebenezers Plans Open Mic Nights

Calling the musical types of Capitol Hill: Ebenezers Coffeehouse wants you to showcase your talents.

The 201 F St. NE coffeehouse, which regularly hosts performances by local artists, will expand its musical repertoire when it begins hosting open mic nights Thursday.

Washington, D.C.: The City That Never Was

Highways lining the National Mall.

Gondola rides up to the steps of the Capitol.

National Mall Design Finalists Announced

Ten design teams have come another step closer to redesigning a portion of the National Mall.

The National Mall Design Contest announced the finalists of stage two on today. Each team, made up of architecture and landscape architecture firms, advance to the next level, during which they will design their concepts for one of three areas on the Mall.

Heard on the Hill: No Labels Floats Kumbaya Caucus

Circumventing time-sucking filibusters? Arranging regular presidential-Congressional powwows? Abolishing vitriolic re-election ads?

That’s what the comity-seeking No Labels organization is after with its nonpartisan plan to “Make Congress Work.”

WUFPAC Leaves Policy at the Door

People mill around a small room in Acqua Al 2 for a PAC fundraiser. It’s a standard political soiree at the Italian restaurant near Eastern Market, people catching up with old acquaintances and making new connections.

But unlike other political action committee fundraisers, the people in this room aren’t all from the same party, nor do they support the same candidates.

Heard on the Hill: White Lies and Senate Santas

Senate Historian Donald Ritchie last week regaled the Senate Democrats’ lunch with the heartwarming history of the chamber’s Secret Santa exchanges.

The hitch? There is no such tradition.

Mikulski Among Select Female Company
Maryland Senator Was Recently Inducted Into National Women’s Hall of Fame

Sen. Barbara Mikulski marked the start of the year by becoming the longest-serving female Senator in history.

Near the end of the year, the Maryland Democrat became one of a handful of women who have been elected to Congress to be included in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Cocktails for the Holiday Season

The holiday season has arrived and, along with it, holiday parties.

In a city swarming with people trying to outdo each other, hosts looking to make a big impression will want to serve the perfect drink, whether it’s a cocktail, a glass of wine or a beer.

Q-and-A With the Author of ‘Capitol Hill Cooks’

Thomas Jefferson’s chicken fricassee paired with George Washington’s beer and topped off with Ronald Reagan’s pumpkin pecan pie.

The meal may sound like a hodgepodge of presidents’ names thrown together, but thanks to “Capitol Hill Cooks,” the latest cookbook from Linda Bauer, it’s an easy meal to put together.

Hillys Honor Local Businesses, Artists and Philanthropists
Awards Recognize Hill Standouts

Those who are usually behind the scenes at Capitol Hill favorites were dressed to the nines as they gathered for the third annual Hilly Awards this past weekend.

The Hillys are the brainchild of Julia Robey Christian, executive director of the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals, who first pitched the idea of Hill denizens voting for their favorite businesses back in 2009.

Hill Blogs a ‘Labor of Love’
Residents Parlay Their Passion for Capitol Hill Neighborhood Into Blogs

Julia Robey Christian knows Capitol Hill.

No, she isn’t an intern-turned-legislative-aide-turned-legislative-director-turned-chief-of-staff.

Tune Inn Tunes Back In

The ribbon has been cut, the neon sign is on and the beer is flowing: The Tune Inn is tuned in for business.

The restaurant and bar reopened this morning to much fanfare. Some people had been camped out since before 8 a.m. because they didn’t get the notice that the Capitol Hill staple needed to undergo one final inspection before opening its doors.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: First Friday’s November Surprise

Conservative happy hour First Friday is looking to generate some buzz for today’s event, with organizers boasting in an email that they have a “BIG special guest mingler lined up.”

Hmm. Considering presidential hopeful Herman Cain was all over Capitol Hill this week, is it possible the Hermanator will pop by the Union Pub to greet the conservative faithful?

Heard on the Hill: Back Door Men

Capitol Hill got a little stranger this week when Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors popped by.

The latest iteration of the rock band was in the area for a gig at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., and had a little time to spare Monday afternoon before sound check.

Heard on the Hill: The Great and Powerful Kay Hagan

If one particular Senate staff was singing on Halloween, it might have gone something like, “We’re off to see Kay Hagan! Hagan of North Carolina!”

Those who stopped by the Democrat’s office Monday found staffers dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Tune Inn to Reopen Friday

More than four months after a fire closed its doors, the Tune Inn will reopen this Friday.

The bar and restaurant will open at 8 a.m., its regular opening time before a fire damaged its kitchen on June 22, according to a release from Friends of the Tune Inn.

Heard on the Hill: Well Ahead of Her Time

If HOH were around 70 years ago, we would have been writing about Cissy Patterson.

At least, that’s what we’ve gathered from the latest book by Amanda Smith.