PHANTASM UNDER MANAGEMENT
UPHEAVAL - SWANK DANCE CLUB'S FUTURE UNCERTAIN --
dance and dinner venue The Phantasm, in Northwest DC,
changed hands unexpectedly. Former club owner Sean Brennan has taken an open-ended hiatus, and transferred
ownership of the club to regular headliners Louis
Delacourt and Aki Oshii.
Except that now, Monsieur Delacourt and Ms. Oshii have also
no sooner reopened the club and then they too have
The Phantasm had been closed for
a couple of weeks to undergo some minor renovations and to
allow Delacourt and Oshii time to address concerns about the
sudden change in management.
The club had only been reopened
for two weeks when the new owners too suddenly disappeared,
leaving speculation of some manner of foul play involved
over ownership of the dance hall.
Embassies Decry Increasing Terrorism and Violence in
Washington - Petitioning to Move Embassy Row Elsewhere -- NORTHWEST --
Several countries that occupy
embassies along the Embassy Row corridor of Northwest DC have been
voraciously petitioning the U. S. Government to do something about the
increasing outbreaks of violence and freak occurrences within City limits.
officials claim the events unfolding are of such a magnitude
and frequency that they are at a loss to contain them, spurring some
Embassies to demand relocation to someplace that will guarantee their
safety; else, they will close their embassies and return home until it
can be done.
The U.S. has tried to smooth over ruffled
diplomatic feathers, while at the same time trying to explain the sheer
impracticality of time, money and manpower involved in relocating over
150 consulates and embassies to locations that cannot be guaranteed to
be any safer than Massachusetts Avenue is.
U.S. Officials have pointed out repeatedly
that there is overwhelming evidence that such peculiar and dangerous
events are breaking out with increasing frequency all over the world,
and that Washington DC is not unique in its bombardment of violence and
seemingly supernatural or unexplained phenomena. They have cited myriad
news reports from dozens of countries and foreign media as proof this is
out of their hands, and plead with the Ambassadorial community to keep
some perspective here, rather than looking for a clearly innocent
scapegoat in these troubled times.
There are more than 170 foreign embassies in
Washington D.C. As a rule, embassies are located in capitals, while
other diplomatic facilities - consulates, trade missions, etc. - are
found outside of Washington.
Each country's embassy in Washington is also usually a collection of
several facilities, sometimes widely scattered in multiple locations. An
embassy "residence" is the ambassador's official home, while the
"chancery" is where diplomats' offices are located. Other facilities
might include a separate office for military attaches, or for consular
A number of countries lack embassies for
diplomatic reasons, where the U.S. government doesn't recognize a
government, or where intergovernmental relations are especially
strained. Three countries - Cuba, Iran and Iraq - are represented
through "interest sections," i.e., offices where diplomats of those
countries work, attached to other countries' embassies. The Cuban
Interest Section, for example, is regarded by the U.S. government as a
part of the Swiss Embassy.
Countries also move embassies from time to time, most often to more
prominent places such as along Massachusetts Avenue.
DCPD Officer Billups
In Another Northeast Shootout Just Weeks After
Killing Partner -- Northeast -- DCPD Officer
Carter Billups, fresh out of the hospital and an
internal inquiry into the shooting death of his
partner, was on foot, en route to an undisclosed
Northeast DC location to
meet a contact in conjunction with an investigation
into the assault of Rap Artist Trixie Robinson's
sister Jennifer at music club Web of Night a few
Billups was chasing up leads on this cold case, as
Robinson's assailant remains unidentified and at
While awaiting his contact at local adult
entertainment venue The Foxxx's Den, 31 year old
Neal Benson entered the club and brandished a 12
gauge shotgun, assaulting new owner Andrea Cardelle
and demanding access to the safe or he would shoot
her. Cardelle refused to cooperate, and Benson shot
at her. Benson missed, and by this time Billups was
able to respond to the attack, shooting at Benson,
again ostensibly to disarm, not to kill.
Benson returned fire on Billups and again missed.
Billups fired again, wounding Benson badly enough
that he released Cardelle. He did, however, pull the
shotgun on Billups yet again, and Billups fired one
more shot which killed Benson in the club. After
taking Benson out of the picture, Billups was able
to radio for additional police and EMT's.
Billups has been back on Administrative Leave with
pay as this second killing in a month while on duty
is scrutinized by the Department.
Some point to the loosening of DC's gun laws last
year as ramping up the level of violence in the
City, but statistics have not born this out. It
remains to be seen whether there are underlying
psychological issues involved, or simply a run of
bad luck on his part.
Mysterious Creatures, or Movie
Magic Gone Awry? Slaughter at Capital Hill Ends in Fantastic Battle --
DCPD and Fire responded to reports of several approximately
12-foot tall "creatures", and their smaller counterparts,
caused terror and mayhem for patrons of Capital Hill one evening
last week; not the first incident that infamous venue or many other
well-known watering holes in DC have suffered events that seemingly
belong on a movie set rather than the streets of the Capital of the
The inexplicable, semi-humanoid beings swarmed around the building,
creeping in and out of it with disturbing ease like ants on a picnic
killing people who ran from them in terror and burning the building
from the inside out.
Witnesses claim that
a white, androgynous but
mostly male-looking figure appeared out of nowhere, standing on
top of the flaming wreckage. As fantastic as it sounds, and
certainly not more so than numerous other increasingly strange
reports of happenings not only in Washington, but worldwide, said
witnesses also state that the figure proceeded to create fire, lightning,
phantoms or ghosts,
and even appeared to be able to pull the blood out of these
attacking creatures, destroying them completely in a matter of moments. Then he, too,
disappeared, and has not been located or even seen since.
Interestingly, at the same time, patrons in an upscale Chicago
nightclub suffered a
similar fate, as several indescribable horrors that resembled the
ones sighted here, descended on it at
9:50 local time. However, the Chicagoans received no aid from the mysterious white
figure, or anyone else but Fire and Rescue Teams.
Some claim this was
yet another film shoot. However, Washington, DC, while it has
appeared as a setting in hundreds of films, is more restrictive than
many cities with movie crews shooting on location, especially with
additional measures put in place by Homeland Security after 9/11 and
Black November '04. The DC Tourist Board told the Press that they
issued no such filming permit to anyone for that location, and that
they are quite diligent in not only tracking such events but in
reporting them to the press, so that said event is not mistaken for
more terrorist activity and the public needlessly frightened by
Pool Hall "Rabble" Scene of Second Arson in Three Years - SOUTHEAST
-- Patrons of blue collar
pool hall and beer joint "Rabble" were taken by surprise with an
evening of even more violence and mayhem than the modest, unassuming
establishment, just a block from the infamous Web of Night, is
Around 10:30 PM last Friday night, a
young black woman opened the doors of the club, and someone, some
witnesses believe a white male with no memorable description, rolled
in a large hand dolly with a keg-sized barrel on it, ostensibly
A few seconds after the pair ran out of
the bar, the barrel exploded, causing a fire to engulf the interior
and sending patrons running out into the streets for safety as the
roof soon collapsed in on itself. The damage was not dissimilar to
that of another mystery fire a few years ago; however, Arson
investigators have eliminated enough similarities between this and
the rash of unusual fires in Southeast a few years ago, noted by the
perfect circles burned into the ground, and the last of chemicals
When police arrived on the scene, they found a single
white male remaining, who for unknown reasons was clawing at the
building’s still-burning sides. Police took the man, which they
suspect was high on drugs and a likely suspect in Rabble’s bombing,
into custody. The man, (description of Etienne du Beausan here),
later got out of his cuffs en route to Precinct 7, and jumped out of
the moving patrol car, causing another accident as he hit the
pavement. He is considered under the influence of drugs or mentally
disturbed, as well as physically dangerous, and anyone who should
encounter him is encouraged to contact the DCPD and not engage the
Witness reports were sketchy at best; this
part of town is noted for its population being reticent to testify to
police about much of anything. The sequence of events was pieced
together from police, the captured witness, and 911 calls reporting the
explosion. Anyone with more information on the firebombing of Rabble is
asked to call DCPD's anonymous tip line.
New Fairy Shrimp Species Found in
Idaho — Idaho biologists
have discovered a new species of fairy shrimp. But don't be
fooled by the name. This fairy shrimp species is the "biggest,
baddest, thuggy-est of them all," said Dana Quinney, an Idaho
National Guard biologist who announced the find yesterday.
The 3-inch (7.6-centimeter) species
is among the biggest of the approximately 300 known fairy shrimp
species. But size isn't everything. The shrimp's
feathery-looking legs are studded with spines—even the spines
have spines, Quinney says. The voracious feeder is known to
clutch several smaller shrimp to its abdomen, just in case its
food supply runs low.
Dry spells are perhaps the species'
biggest threat. The desert lakes where the shrimp live come and
go with the weather. A few weeks of mating, eating, and birthing
are about all any of these creatures can expect. Buried in baked
summer soil or frozen winter earth, the offspring can survive
for years before hatching.
Dead Squid Wash Up in California
Dead giant squid first appeared on Southern California
beaches last January, when this one and hundreds of others
The Associated Press - DANA POINT, Calif.
Dead jumbo squid are again
mysteriously washing up along the Southern California coastline,
baffling scientists who are trying to find out why.
The Ocean Institute in Dana Point has conducted some of the
research, shipping specimens to the Santa Barbara Museum of
Natural History and Stanford University for further study.
Scientists at the institute this week dissected a 5-foot-long,
15-pound female Humboldt squid that was filled with parasites
and sand. More than a 100 squid have been spotted since Sunday
between Dana Point and San Clemente.
Still, there are no answers.
"We still don't know what's killing them," said Linda Blanchard,
lab director of the Ocean Institute who has dissected about a
dozen squid since they first washed up ashore in January. "All
we have right now are theories."
Squid normally live and hunt 3,000 feet below the water's
1,500 washed up in January
"Before the squid were found dead on the beaches in the
quantities that they have, we weren't studying them as hard as
we are now," Blanchard said.
In January, about 1,500 Humboldt squid washed up on the Orange
County coastline about a week after an oil spill from an
undetermined source coated
more than 1,000 seabirds off the Southern California coast.
The squid were found on the sands of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach
and Crystal Cove State Park. Some were spotted in northern San
Diego County, at San Onofre State Beach.
Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.
Texas woman calls for immediate
shut down of The Internet --
Gladis Haralski, founder of United Confederacy
Against WWW (UCAWWW) announced last week of her ongoing
shut down the internet.
In an interview Gladis proclaims the destructive way in which we use
the internet degenerates society's standards. "The internet is
nothing but filth to steal our children from God and truth", says
Currently the UCAWWW holds 43 members, all of which reside in Texas.
When Gladis was asked by reporters how she planned to reach out to
others across the country she said, "We have many ongoing projects,
and soon we'll be proud to announce the grand opening of our
silence baffles engineers
John McHugh, AP
LONDON (AP) —
Big Ben, the landmark London clock renowned for its accuracy and chimes,
stopped ticking for 90 minutes, an engineer said Saturday.
Officials do not know why the 147-year-old clock on the banks of the
River Thames stopped at 10:07 p.m. Friday. It resumed keeping time, but
stalled again at 10:20 p.m. and remained still for about 90 minutes
before starting up again, a spokeswoman for the House of Commons said on
condition of anonymity, citing government policy.
has been speculation a recent spell of hot weather may have been to
blame. Temperatures in London reached 90 Saturday, and forecasters
called it England's hottest day in June since 1953.
Big Ben, which is operated by the Palace of Westminster, survived
attacks by German Luftwaffe bombers during World War II, continuing to
mark the time to within 1 1/2 seconds of Greenwich Mean Time.
However, the clock has experienced occasional problems.
In 1962, snow caused the clock to ring in the New Year 10 minutes late.
In 1976, the clock stopped when a piece of its machinery broke. Big Ben
also stopped on April 30, 1997, and once more three weeks later.
Big Ben is actually the clock's 13-ton bell, which was named after Sir
Benjamin Hall, the British commissioner of works at the time the clock
The official name for the Gothic tower holding Big Ben is St. Stephen's
Tower. Standing 315 feet tall, it was completed in 1858 after an 1834
fire destroyed most of the Palace of Westminster
Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.
All rights reserved.
Blamed for Metal Mystery -- TOKYO (Reuters) -
Fears of mass sabotage on Japanese roads
were quelled this week after thousands of blade-like metal shards found
attached to roadside guardrails around the country were attributed to
nothing more sinister than careless driving.
The government launched a nationwide inquiry this
month after a boy hurt his leg on a piece of metal protruding from a
guardrail in a suburb near Tokyo in May. More than 27,000 similar
fragments were found lodged in roadside barriers all over the country.
The metal mystery dominated TV news programs earlier this month and
speculation was rife that the fragments had been placed deliberately to
cause injury, possibly by a team of pranksters.
But a Transport Ministry committee set up to look into the matter said
this week the metal scraps were most likely pieces torn from vehicles
that had brushed against the guardrails. "The 100 or so pieces examined
so far all came from vehicles," an official at the Transport Ministry
said on Wednesday. "We have not discovered any that were placed there
Fat' Moulded to Art -- BBC World News -
Switzerland -- An art work
purportedly made from excess fat from Italian Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi has been sold for $18,000 (£9,862).
Switzerland-based artist Gianni Motti claims to have bought the fat from
a clinic where the leader had a liposuction operation performed. He
moulded it into a bar of soap which he named Mani Pulite (Clean Hands).
The work was put on display at the Art Basel fair in Switzerland and was
sold to a private Swiss collector.
Motti gave it the title Clean Hands as a reference to an anti-corruption
campaign of the 1990s. It reflects the artist's view of the current
bar of soap went on display in Switzerland. "I came up with the idea of
because soap is made of pig fat, and I thought how much more appropriate
it would be if people washed their hands using a piece of Berlusconi,"
Motti told Weltwoche magazine.
Motti's work was part of the display from the Galerie Nicola von Senger
of Zurich, one of 270 worldwide galleries exhibiting contemporary works.
All the works on display were for sale, with prices topping $45,000
(£24,658) as collectors hope to uncover the big names of the future.
The Gossip and Entertainment Section of the
Post has been put on temporary hiatus. Ms. Whittier has taken a hard
news desk assignment due to the unusual increase in strange phenomena
occurring that require coverage. We regret any inconvenience this may
cause our readers, and will endeavor to continue to support the Arts and
Social life of Washington to the best of our ability in these trying