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District Line Daily: Homicides Reach 2014 Count

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On Friday night, D.C. registered its 105th killing this year, equaling the total count of homicides in 2014. A D.C. Police Union poll conducted over the weekend produced more than 1,000 votes of “no confidence” in Chief Cathy Lanier.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Two people were non-lethally shot in Southwest Sunday evening, including a 13-year-old girl. [Post, WUSA9]
  • Police say a taxi driver sexually assaulted a passenger in Cleveland Park early Sunday morning. [WTOP/AP]
  • Developer-duo Hoffman-Madison Waterfront has released plans for the northernmost building at The Wharf. It will have offices and retail. [WBJ]
  • Metro is having a difficult time finding a new general manager. [WAMU]
  • Summer’s not over yet: D.C. will see a heat wave this week. [AccuWeather]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

  • A House Provided: Read our latest cover story about the struggles of domestic violence survivors to find affordable and reliable housing in D.C.
  • Reppin’ the Republicans: At-Large candidate Dave Oberting is running as a Republican.
  • Extra Security: The Kennedy Recreation Center received additional security cameras Friday in response to a recent spate of violence in Shaw.

Read more District Line Daily: Homicides Reach 2014 Count

New Addition To Shaw’s Kennedy Recreation Center: Security Cameras

On Memorial Day, 31-year-old mother Tamara Gliss was gunned down outside her apartment on the 600 block of O Street NW. On Aug. 10, a triple shooting broke out near 7th and O streets NW, leaving one man in critical condition. And just two Saturdays ago, 23-year-old Matthew Shlonsky, an American University grad, was killed near 7th and S streets NW.

Read more New Addition To Shaw’s Kennedy Recreation Center: Security Cameras

Suspect in July Metro Stabbing Will Receive Full Mental-Competency Evaluation

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Jasper Spires’ hair has grown since he last appeared in court on July 24. But the 18-year-old, who allegedly killed Kevin Sutherland on the Metro’s Red Line—on Independence Day—was still smiling sporadically this morning as he sat before Judge Robert Morin and attorneys.

At today’s hearing, Morin ordered Spires to receive a full mental-competency evaluation after an initial clinical assessment in late July came back as inconclusive. The judge also denied a request by Antoini Jones, Spires’ attorney, for his client to receive the exam as an outpatient procedure at an area hospital. Spires will stay in jail and tentatively return to D.C. Superior Court on Oct. 9.

Read more Suspect in July Metro Stabbing Will Receive Full Mental-Competency Evaluation

Metro: August Derailment ‘Caused By a Combination of Human Error and Flawed Metro Processes’

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Two Metro employees have resigned in the wake of the August derailment of an empty train, an incident that occurred one month after the transit agency identified the issue.

An incident report released today "reveals that the physical root cause of the derailment was the failure of fasteners to properly hold the rail securely," WMATA Safety Committee Chairman Michael Goldman said in a release. "This was compounded by a lack of systematic, immediate review of data generated during the inspection vehicle runs." Read more Metro: August Derailment ‘Caused By a Combination of Human Error and Flawed Metro Processes’

District Line Daily: #BlackLivesMatter Meets #SaferStrongerDC

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At a public crime meeting Thursday morning, local Black Lives Matter activists interrupted Mayor Muriel Bowser during a speech she gave on a new plan to combat the city’s recent uptick in violence, called “Safer, Stronger D.C.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Four people were wounded in three shootings late Thursday night. [WUSA9]
  • Firefight: A group of men jumped onto a firetruck in Congress Heights yesterday and brawled. [WTOP]
  • The D.C. Office of the Attorney General is closing a corner store in Petworth over synthetic drugs. [WTOP]
  • Brace yourselves: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will be holding a joint protest against the Iran nuclear deal in the District within the next two weeks. [CBS News, CNN, The Hill]
  • It's a boy! The larger of Mei Xiang’s giant panda twins appeared healthy yesterday, after its younger sibling died Wednesday afternoon. The zoo announced his paternity this morning. [City DeskCity Desk]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

National Zoo: Surviving Panda Cub Is Male

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Mei Xiang's surviving cub is male, the National Zoo announced Friday, and was fathered by resident panda Tian Tian.
Read more National Zoo: Surviving Panda Cub Is Male

This Week’s Page Three Photo

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2000 Block of West Virginia Ave. NE, August 20

Page three photos are also in this gallery.

Buy D.C.: Your First D.C. Apartment

Each week, Buy D.C. will highlight shops and items you can only find in the D.C. area, curated by Kaarin Vembar, owner of personal shopping and wardrobe editing service Closet Caucus.


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It’s Time For the Percolator

This 6-cup coffee maker will give you the caffeine boost you need each morning. Pantone #630 coffee maker, $39.95. Mara Home. 2213 14th St. NW. (202) 232-4526

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Keyed Up

Accessorize your pad on a budget with savvy thrift shopping. This tray is the perfect spot to drop your keys and loose change. Key tray, $2. Martha’s Outfitters. 2122 14th St. NW. (202) 328-6609

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Fronds with Benefits

Plants are a quick way to make an apartment feel like a home, and succulents only need to be watered every 10 days. Succulent garden, $39.95. Flowers on 14th. 1712 14th St. NW. (202) 667-7888

Screwdrivers

A Turn of the Screw

You know you’re an adult when you repare for household repairs. Stanley screwdriver set & storage rack, $14.95. Frager’s Hardware.1323 E St. SE. (202) 543-6157

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Stay in Shape

Graduate and ditch the dorm posters in favor of this charming geometric print by a D.C. artist. Retro geometric print, $12. Fybur. www.Fybur.etsy.com

Chatter: Die Bard

What you said about what we said last week

cover-issue1864-lgAndrew Giambrone’s piece on the fight over whether housing should be included in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s planned nine-story headquarters in Southwest had readers debating the merits of both sides’ arguments. Development commented, “I started reading this article ready to fire off my classic retort about neighbors not understanding zoning, comprehensive/small area plans, or the future land use map. Then we get to the point that this is zoned R-3 and not designated for this land use in the small area plan. Yeah, this was a stupid idea from STC to buy this land outright before going through the zoning process. So many of the other complaints are tired and misguided, but having to go through a PUD process is probably a step too far for this development and it’s going to get pared way down and STC/Erkiletian are going to lose money on this.” lives by theWharfDC was skeptical of a featured opponent’s position: “I find it ironic that the Ehrlichs’ were such HUGE proponents of all the 13 story buildings of theWharfdc project next to my home yet are now crying foul about a little 9 story building next to theirs. Funny how your perspective changes isn’t it? The STC/Erkliletian people have bent over backwards to accommodate the few neighbors crying foul. The article doesn’t mention the 5 story popup that is adjacent to the 3 story portion of the building that will be on the north side of the development. It also doesn’t mention the other developments in the pipeline for I street that will include several 9 story buildings.”

Payton Chung agreed: “I read and re-read this story, looking for a mention that this ‘multi-story building’ is surrounded not only by ‘dozens of two- to three-story townhouses’ but also by several other multi-story buildings — including Mr. Ehrlich’s very own Waterside Towers, *just across the corner.* The NIMBYs can whine all they want about ‘contextual disharmony,’ but towers + townhouses is exactly the urban pattern that defined Urban Renewal Southwest from the moment Capitol Park was built. Their 300 signatures mean little in the context of a neighborhood of over 10,000 residents.” Andrew Lightman, managing editor of Capital Community News, wrote in with concerns about our lack of coverage of ANC 6D’s efforts to find an alternate plan. Mea culpa: It was a definite oversight, but not an intentional one. This piece was just Act 1 in Giambrone’s coverage of the topic.

Department of Corrections

Due to a production error, last week’s food grazer stated that Mike Isabella’s Pepita will open in fall 2016. It’s not yet known when Pepita will open in 2016.

Video: Surviving Panda Cub Shows Signs of Health, Shrieks Loudly

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Pandawatchers still recovering from yesterday’s sad news that the smaller of Mei Xiang’s twin cubs died just four days after birth can rest assured that the surviving cub “overall looks great.” Read more Video: Surviving Panda Cub Shows Signs of Health, Shrieks Loudly

Gear Prudence: How Do I Make Turns From the L Street Cycletrack?

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Gear Prudence: I’m a daily user of the L Street cycletrack. Nearly every day I encounter the same frustrations, but contrary to what you might think, it has nothing to do with trucks parking in it. It’s my fellow cyclists who stop at green lights waiting to turn and block the bike lane. More than once I’ve been forced to stop short or make a last second swerve. Can you please clarify how bicyclists are supposed to make turns from L Street?
—Tell Us Right Now

Dear TURN: The L Street cycletrack, like its counterpart on M Street, is a one-way protected bike lane that runs in the same direction as car traffic. It does not have its own traffic signals, so bicyclists are expected to follow the same traffic lights as drivers. The cycletrack primarily runs alongside the sidewalk, except in the “mixing zones” where the path for bicyclists shifts from directly next to the sidewalk to the right side of a left-turn-only lane. There are only “mixing zones” at intersections where left turns are allowed, and learning how to deal with the ten along the 1.4-mile-long cycletrack is a key element of riding it. Why are there so many mixing zones? Does it have anything to do with the longstanding rumors of nefarious backroom dealings between local bureaucrats and Big Stand Mixer to promote brand awareness? Likely not. It was just a design decision based on the conditions of the roadway.

Read more Gear Prudence: How Do I Make Turns From the L Street Cycletrack?

District Line Daily: The Numbers Game

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

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Facing increasing pressure to articulate the causes behind D.C.’s uptick in violence this year, police Chief Cathy Lanier shared crime statistics and motives in a citywide email to police-district listservs yesterday. In it, she discussed the distribution of homicides across the District as well as repeat violent offenders, synthetic drugs, and Metropolitan Police Department strategies. Lanier will appear with Mayor Muriel Bowser this morning at a public meeting on crime taking place in Congress Heights.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Internal documents obtained by City Paper show that Metro hired two crisis-management firms following the deadly tunnel-smoke incident on Jan. 12, for hundreds of thousands of dollars. It even monitored one man’s Twitter account as part of the effort: Chris Barnes’ @FixMetro (now @FixWMATA). [Loose Lips]
  • The smaller of giant panda Mei Xiang’s twin cubs died Wednesday, the National Zoo announced. Though the other cub remains healthy, zookeepers haven’t yet identified the precise cause of death. [City Desk]
  • When the D.C. streetcar (finally) opens, passengers may be able to pay fares using their cell phones. [WBJ]
  • D.C. Public Schools received over $31 million in grants, the highest of any school district, in 2010. [Post]
  • A new 11-story residential development consisting of 133 units may be coming to Chinatown. [Urban Turf]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Fetty Wap’s Weave Not the Biggest Problem For Strip Club With Ties to NBA Star


Rapper Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" may be the song of the summer, but its popularity didn't stop him from reportedly getting rolled at glamorous and troubled District strip club Stadium Club on Saturday night. While Fetty Wap denies being jumped, gossip website MediaTakeOut insists that he got the worse of an altercation with some "DC GOONS" that allegedly left him nearly losing his weave in the scuffle.

If the fracas really happened, it would put Fetty Wap alongside Migos and Drake on the list of rappers who have had unflattering run-ins at Stadium. But the incident isn't nearly the biggest problem looming for the strip club, which was once majority-owned by Golden State Warriors player Andre Iguodala and remained tied to him through a complicated ownership structure.

As the summer comes to a close, Stadium faces an existential threat from some people who will probably never feud with Drake: the members of the District's Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Read more Fetty Wap’s Weave Not the Biggest Problem For Strip Club With Ties to NBA Star

Police Chief Shares Crime Stats, Motives in District-Wide Email

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Just two days after a candid email exchange between police Chief Cathy Lanier and a District resident was published online, D.C.’s top cop has sent out a citywide email on crime stats—an unusual, if not unprecedented, display of transparency from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Read more Police Chief Shares Crime Stats, Motives in District-Wide Email

Zoo: Smaller Panda Cub Has Died (UPDATE)

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Nature took its course Wednesday afternoon, when the smaller of the twin cubs that giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to Saturday evening, at the Smithsonian National Zoo, died around 2 p.m.

At a press conference this afternoon, officials described the course of events leading to the smaller cub’s passing. Don Neiffer, the zoo’s chief veterinarian, said that despite pandakeepers’ efforts to swap the twins so they could spend equal time with Mei and also be monitored carefully by vets, the smaller cub failed to gain weight, had possible respiratory issues, and appeared weaker as of this morning. The precise cause of its death is not yet known.

Read more Zoo: Smaller Panda Cub Has Died (UPDATE)

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