Dulles Rail Review Delayed – The Post
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, nearing a critical vote June 18 on funding the beginning of Metro’s expansion to Dulles International Airport, will not be able to see a key assessment of the $2.7 billion project’s financial risks until as late as mid-August, a federal official said yesterday.
“How can we in good conscience as a board vote when we don’t know whether Uncle Sam is playing ball?” said Supervisor T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee), a leading critic of the plans to build the extension through Tysons Corner mostly above ground instead of in a tunnel. A coalition of Northern Virginia businesses and residents, http://TysonsTunnel.org, says it has an engineering study showing that the project can be built with a more aesthetically pleasing and pedestrian-friendly tunnel for a fixed price of $2.2 billion — $500 million less than the current projected cost.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) said yesterday that he would look at the possibility of postponing the vote. But he added: “Rail to Dulles is the single most important transportation project we’ve got. . . . We don’t want to contribute to any further delays.”
Metro, WMATA, Mass Transit, subway, Tyson’s Corner, Virginia
After 28 years of living in Northern Virginia I recently started traveling the Capital Beltway on a daily basis. I was pleased I got by so long without having to commute on “Washington’s main street.”
As I approached the ramp for I-495 north (Beltway Inner Loop) on VA 236 west (Little River Tpk.) I noticed a line of cars waiting to get on the ramp. I was kind of annoyed, because I got on the road earlier than normal, yet still had a backup. Merging onto the Beltway, the traffic was crawling. At about the same time I approached Gallows Road, WTOP’s Lisa Baden noted that traffic was slow because drivers were reading a variable message sign about today being an Ozone Action Day or whatever it is called. Yes, drivers were slowing down, thus creating congestion and causing more pollution because of a sign suggesting they use mass transit or carpool because of ozone levels.
How many Beltway drivers do you exited and took transit?
Los Angeles 5 WASHINGTON 0 (ESPN Boxscore)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When a franchise is rebuilding, wins and loses are not necessarily the most important aspect of a game. Take last night for example. The Nationals gave up half as many runs to the Dodgers as the night before — they lost 5-0 instead of 10-0, a 50% improvement. Way to go guys!
Mike Bascik made his third start of the season for Washington. He had a solid outing, giving up two in the fifth. In the sixth, Cristian Guzman made an error fielding a Jeff Kent groundball. The next batter, Russell Martin made him pay when he homered. Bacsik was on the hook for four runs, though two of them were unearned.
The Nats couldn’t get anything going at the plate. The few baserunners they had seemed to come with two outs. I don’t recall ever seeing a runner get past second base. Dodgers starter Derek Lowe went seven before yielding to the bullpen. He also had a hit and walked twice.
Nats Spend a Couple Quiet Nights at Home – The Post
Nats’ scoreless streak continues – The Wash. Times
RHP Shawn Hill is getting a second opinion (The Post and The Wash. Times, respectively) on his pitching elbow. It started bothering him during a throwing session the other day. He beleives he may have changed his mechanics due to his injured left shoulder. In other pitching, pitching, pitching news, Luis Ayala was in D.C. for the time this season yesterday. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Another reliever, Ryan Wagner, is headed for Birmingham to have his ailing rotator cuff looked at by Dr. James Andrews.
A Ted Leonsis blog post defending The Plan inspires an article from The Wash. Times.
GM Jim Bowden is talking about the draft in “his” weekly Wash. Examiner column.
C Brian Schneider and P John Patterson want the Nats to eat healthier in the clubhouse, so no more candy or fried chicken (second item; nationals.com).
I made it out to RFK for last night’s game. My mom had a pair of 200 level tickets and asked if I wanted to go with her and I said sure. We had a good time together.
There was way too many Red Sox fans there. I’d say that New England must be losing most of its population to here (like Pittsburgh) except that none of these people had the “Pahk ya cah in Havud Yad” accent. That bandwagon is too full.
I ran into Joe Riley of Nationals Power on the concourse. Always good to see a fellow blogger.
Saw a few Brooklyn hats — why? The Dodgers left the borough 50 years ago. That would be like me going to a Twins or Rangers game wearing my old (and long lost) Senators hat.
Teddy didn’t even race and waited until the t-shirt toss to make an appearance.
I have added more coverage of the Jersey Shore to the right navigation.
Asbury Park Press
philly.com (The Inky & Philly Daily News)
JerseyShore, NJ, beach
Los Angeles 10 WASHINGTON 0 (ESPN Boxscore)
The Nats were 12-5 over their last seventeen games, making them one of the hottest teams in baseball and prompting Thomas Boswell to swing back a “the glass isn’t half full, it is overflowing! (The Post)” mood. As I mentioned yesterday, the AP wrote a story about their winning ways. So, what do they on the first game of the homestand? They get annihilated by superior competition. Beating up on NL Central teams is fun and easy, but the story is different when a real team, in this case the NL West leading Dodgers, comes to town. You can’t just put some guy in a uniform on the mound and expect to win.
L.A.’s Brad Penny shut the Nats down for 6 2/3 while Washington’s Jason Simontacchi gave up six runs and laughed at Manny Acta’s suggestion that he wasn’t as bad as his line.
Nationals ‘Had No Chance’ Vs. Penny – The Post
Nats thumped in return – The Wash. Times
1B Nick Johnson doesn’t know when he will return (The Post):
Immediately after the injury, Ben Shaffer, the Nationals’ orthopedist, predicted Johnson would be ready for Opening Day. But Shaffer and the team discovered that Johnson is an exceptionally slow healer, and the team has been reluctant to put out timetables since.
Johnson is a slow healer?! Goodness, I had no idea! For you see, I have been on Mars for the past decade, in a cave with my eyes shut, and my fingers in my ears.
In pitching, pitching, pitching news, John Patterson had a bullpen session yesterday and will see how he feels tomorrow. Levale Speigner is being dropped from the rotation (The Wash. Times) for at least Friday’s start because it is the only humane thing to do (The Free Lance-Star). This may open the door for Joel Hanrahan (The Post) who has been good in AAA when he isn’t hurt. Luis Ayala will be in town so the brass can determine his rehab.
I’ll be at tonight’s game in section 212.
Today there are three tabloids (Newsday makes its WWN Tabloid Watch debut) with the same back page photo. Two of them have the same headline.
The two NYC dailies (Newsday is technically a Long Island paper) have the same front page photo too.
When are these papers going to stop looking like each other? Are the executive editors made at the presentation editors? Will Lohan actually detox?
New York Tabloids, Daily News, New York Post Newsday
I-99 plan hits another roadblock – CDT
PATTON TOWNSHIP — A massive Skytop fill area — a virtual land bridge constructed to carry Interstate 99 over and between U.S. Route 322 and state Route 550 — looms as a new problem for road builders because contaminated groundwater underneath it hasn’t improved, state officials said Thursday.
I know, I’m shocked too. Good thing Bud Shuster fast-tracked this project by legislating away due process environmental testing. I don’t think this section of roadway was in his district either which makes it even worse.
i-99, Port Matilda, PennDOT, Skytop, Pennsylvania
This morning, The Post examines how the Nationals have been able to get by with 80% of the rotation (graphic) on the DL. The weakest link, LeVale Speigner, is probably out of the rotation as soon as possible given his 14.81 ERA.
Wouldn’t you know it, The Wash. Times also examines the rotation today.
The Nats “second best prospect” Chris Marrero is looking forward to proving himself (The Journal, Martinsburg, WVa.)at the next level (Potomac Nationals), though he has enjoyed playing for the Hagerstown Suns.
The AP has noticed the Nationals don’t stink right now (USA Today). Given the tough schedule over the next few weeks, this will likely be the last time we see an article like this for a while, but you never know.
Tonight, the Nats start a series with the Dodgers (The Wash. Times). I’ll be at tomorrow’s game.