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Community Remembers Mother Killed in Shaw

policetape-1More than one hundred people gathered Friday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor the life of Tamara Gliss, a 31-year-old Shaw resident and mother shot outside of her home on Monday.

Along the 600 block of O Street NW, where Gliss was sitting with friends when she was shot, orchids, balloons reading “I miss you,” and stuffed animals form a makeshift memorial on the sidewalk.

Between a playground and Gibson Plaza, the apartment complex where Gliss lived, her friends, family, and acquaintances filed into a basketball court for the vigil. A young man with a microphone called out, “Let’s get the whole neighborhood in here!”

Joining hands in a large circle, those assembled spoke overwhelmingly about the preservation of life. Many were wearing white T-shirts printed with Gliss' smiling face.

“We have to face the reality,” Melvin G. Brown, a bishop who knew Gliss for years, said to the crowd. “It’s young black men killing young black men, and it has to stop. It has to stop.”

"What happened here is absolutely unconscionable," Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen said. "We are not going to tolerate this. We are not going to let this happen."

The Metropolitan Police Department is still looking for the perpetrator of the shooting, who was reportedly last seen on a dirt bike. Two days after Gliss' death, local reporter Charnice Milton was killed waiting for a bus on Good Hope Road SE. Police say the suspect in that case, also on a dirt bike or moped, was shooting at someone else. The crimes are not believed to be connected.

“Some may be angry or vengeful. We ask people forgiveness for the perpetrator of this evil act. We ask for forgiveness because we don't know how to do it,” Rev. Viola Bradford said. “This is our community at stake. Our families are at stake. Shaw is at stake. This is gentrification. Once they’re in here, they're not going to care about you like you care about you.”

Moments later, a friend stood up to sing CeCe Winans' “Don’t Cry.” On the fringe of the circle, women fell to the ground in tears.

"She made you want to come outside and come sit down because she’d scream your name if she saw you from across the street. She wanted everyone to be outside and cool out,” said Torrey Burns, a coach for the basketball team Gliss' son is a part of.

“She was the gap between all of the people we know. And I didn't figure out why until recently. But she's an angel. And she gave her life up to save all of us."

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

District Line Daily: Local Reporter Killed

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Local reporter Charnice Milton, who covered wards 6, 7, and 8 for Capital Community News, was shot to death on Wednesday. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the suspected gunman was aiming for someone else when he shot Milton, who was transferring buses in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road SE.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Packing heat in the District just got a little easier. [Loose Lips]
  • Woman behind anti-Islam ad that led Metro to ban all political ads says, "This is sharia in America." [DCist]
  • Wizards star John Wall got kicked off an airplane after a verbal altercation. [Post]
  • Local pizza chain Matchbox seeks $11 million from investors to go national. [Post]

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Police Chief on Death of Local Reporter: “She Clearly Should Not Have Been the Victim”

policetape-1A 27-year-old local reporter who was fatally shot last night on Good Hope Road SE was not the intended victim, according to D.C.'s police chief.

Police found Charnice Milton, a reporter for Capital Community News, suffering from a gunshot wound Wednesday in the 2700 block of Good Hope Road SE. She later died at a local hospital, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

"Nothing is more frustrating for us than a case like this," Chief Cathy Lanier said at a press conference Thursday. "Charnice is just a wonderful human being who was doing last night what she did every day. She combined her love of work with her love of community."

According to Lanier, Milton was transferring buses on Good Hope Road when she was struck. The suspect, described as a black male in his teens with long dreads, was on a dirt bike or moped when he fired at another person. Milton "clearly should not have been the victim in this case," Lanier said.

Both Lanier and Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the public to provide any tips that could lead to a suspect.

"I know there are people out there... who saw things they can share with us," Lanier said, adding that people may provide information anonymously. "Help us get to the person who was so reckless as to take the life of this woman."

"Charnice was a talented reporter with an engaging manner that endeared her to her sources," CCN Managing Editor Andrew Lightman said in a post. "She was a valued member of the CCN news team completing several assignments a month. This organization will miss her contributions as will the communities of Wards 6, 7 and 8."

Milton, a graduate of Ball State and Syracuse universities, was returning home from covering an Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting in Eastern Market, according to Lightman. Anyone with information is asked to call (202) 727-9099.

File photo by Darrow Montgomery

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Chatter: Arrest Warranted

cover-issue1851-lgWhat you said about what we said last week

Blessed are we who are not trolled, not even once, on a cover story about institutionalized inequality in the District. Blessed is our commenting system for allowing us to screen and approve comments before they appear. (This club has a bouncer, though still no dress code.) Blessed are those commenters, like 3000 14th NW, who completely missed the point, for they know not what they do: “Why on earth does a retail pizza employee at Dulles need a security clearance?” Metis gave us props: “best story by WCP in a while. comforting the afflicted and elevating the plight of poor black people in DC who are paying a ‘tax’ just for being black.”

But incommoding arrests aren’t without their fans! Northwesterneer led the charge for more such arrests. “I for one wish the city would perform these arrests across the city and not just in certain neighborhoods.” We secretly hope that the next time Northwesterneer stops to tie a shoelace or have a smoke, a SWAT team is waiting. “If you have time to hang out on the sidewalk then you have time to be in graduate school- so get your butt to graduate school and make something of yourself so you don’t hang out on the sidewalk like you’re low class.” Graduate school or standing in one place, those are your options.

Others chimed in, calling for arrests elsewhere around the city: dynaryder wanted to know “So when can we expect some arrests in G’Town?” crookedbill set sights on Columbia Heights: “Nobody’s getting arrested for ‘incommoding’ around the Columbia Heights Metro Station and adjacent sidewalks (especially in front of or near the 7/11) where dozens of people just stand around smoking and catcalling passersby.” And Takoma! Takoma DC Reader made the case: “MPD does nothing to clear the groups congregating on the small sidewalk area in front of the Electric Maid in Takoma.” And the tourist attractions! “So can we expect to start seeing arrests of the tour groups that block the sidewalks?” asked Susan. You hear that MPD? We citizens didn’t pay for those sidewalks just so they could weather that kind of round-the-clock use.

Finally, we heard from someone who claimed to be an officer in D.C. “I think that law is petty,” opinionated wrote, “and I don’t think people should be arrested for it but I do think incommoding is a real big problem in the ctiy. In certain parts of the city you can walk down the street and see 15 or more males standing around for hours leaving trash, smoking and hanging out all day and every day. True this SHOULD be ok but when you have young teenage girls walking down the street to the store for her grandmother and she feels intimidated to pass because this many people are ‘hanging out’ then it becomes a problem.... I remember how I felt just walking down the street to the bus stop when I would see a group of males ‘hanging out’ even if they weren’t smoking or doing anything wrong. Some would just give that look like they could see through my clothes and some would make derogatory comments.” OK, but: Is that a crime?

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District Line Daily: Stream of Consciousness

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This week's cover story: Fourteen years ago, advocates took what they learned at Malcolm X Park, a federal park pulled from the grips of drugs and violence, to Marvin Gaye Park in Ward 7. Today, it's turned a corner.

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  • Can a Republican win a D.C. Council seat in the foreseeable future? [Loose Lips]
  • Meet the guy who's bringing a vinegar revolution to D.C. [Young & Hungry]
  • Replace Metro railcars or fix them? [WAMU]
  • How is Rev. Anthony Motley avoiding jail time? It's a mystery, for now. [Loose Lips]

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Gear Prudence: I’m a Teleworker Who Misses My Bike Commute

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Gear Prudence: After months of lobbying, my boss finally agreed to let me work from home. I’ve been teleworking for a few weeks now, and it’s great, except I really, really miss my bike commute. I’ve taken a few lunchtime rides, but they’re not the same. Would I be crazy to stop working from home just so I could ride my bike to work? —Having Obvious Melancholy, Ennui

Dear HOME: A dramatist once wrote, “In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” It sounds like you didn’t realize how profoundly you would feel the loss of your bike commute. You could perform a cost-benefit analysis to determine if riding back and forth outweighs office drudgery, but begging your boss to return to your former arrangement so soon makes you seem fickle. And what happens when one of your charming coworkers heats up her fishy lunch in the microwave? Will you look at your bike with scorn and resentment and think, I could be wearing pajamas right now! WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME?!

Try this: In the morning, ride your bike halfway to work. Then turn around and ride home. At the end of day, do the same. You’ll reap all the benefits of bike commuting and all of the benefits of working from home. And maybe take a ride at lunchtime, too. Because why not? —GP

Gear Prudence: My husband and I were having a debate, and I’d like you to settle it. How many days a week can you wear the same bike clothes on your commute? He says you can wear the same clothes multiple days (and does) and I say once and done, because ewww. What do you think? —Difference In Rank Tolerance

Dear DIRT: It’s hard to think of a more personal question than one that focuses on the intersection of cloth and skin and the relative grime that sits between. It seems like a matter of personal tolerance, and preferences will vary widely based on a number of factors related to individual bodies, the route, the weather, and if you happen to make a wrong turn and accidentally ride through a carwash. Wearing the same clothes a few times does cut down on laundry, which seems like a nice benefit. Also, repeating your outfit is just simpler. It’s not slobbery; it’s smug minimalism.

The benefits of wearing different bike attire each day seem obvious. Primarily, it makes it harder for enemy spies to track you, if, for example, you’re the kind of person tracked by enemy spies. There are clear hygienic advantages to not wearing soiled clothes as well. Bacteria has consequences, including saddle sores, which can be quite painful. You really don’t want that. —GP

Gear Prudence is Brian McEntee, who blogs at talesfromthesharrows.blogspot.com and tweets at @sharrowsdc. Got a question about bicycling? Email gearprudence@washingtoncitypaper.com.

District Line Daily: Disservice Journalism

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The recent Gothamist piece on reasons to "actually" visit D.C. was strangely preoccupied with one hotel in Dupont. It turns out the writer was on a paid-for media junket that the hotel hosted.

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  • On budget, Muriel Bowser and Phil Mendelson can't agree to disagree. [Loose Lips]
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  • Five animal cameras at the National Zoo are going offline. [NBC4]

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Gothamist Writer Goes on Media Junket, Distills D.C. to a Few Blocks in Dupont

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Dupont, y'all!

D.C. has gotten used to the New York Times discovering—seemingly for the first time, every time—that D.C. is home to more than just sharp-elbowed lobbyists and crack-smoking mayors. (If we're doing our job, D.C. has also gotten used to City Paper giving the Grey Lady the bird.)

Yesterday morning, it looked like Gothamist, a New York-based news website, had fallen into the Times' well-worn trap. "5 Reasons You Should Actually Spend A Weekend In D.C." is a shallow, condescending ("After surveying a few friends, it seems shunning the capital isn’t abnormal") listicle that reduces D.C. to a few blocks around Dupont Circle and, despite its breathless revelation that "there’s legitimately a lot going on" outside of politics and the monuments in this metropolis, manages to cram in two House of Cards references.

You don't have to be a journalist to recognize that Kara Cutruzzula relies on stereotypes more than research in her, uh, reporting of this piece. She claims that D.C. has a "dearth of rooftop anything," but anyone who's walked a neighborhood or two in the District on a nice day could find nearly as many rooftop bars, concerts, prix fixe restaurant gardens, yoga classes, and dog agility courses as there are roofs. "[D.C. is] Home to Underground Artists," one of the article's subheads reads, only to qualify, "Well, sort of." No qualification required—there are scores of independent artists doing imaginative, highly skilled work in the District, and if you want to get literal with the underground thing, there are plenty making art in basements, too.

But the fishier part of Cutruzzula's piece is its preoccupation with the Embassy Row Hotel, where she suggests travelers stay, and its environs. The (gasp!) rooftop venue she recommends is a not-yet-opened bar atop the hotel. One of two food options mentioned is the hotel's small-plates restaurant; the other, Union Kitchen, partners with the hotel to source local food vendors. Dupont Underground, another listed attraction that's not yet open to the public, is one of the hotel's promotional partners. In fact, out of five reasons to "actually" visit D.C., the only one not connected to the Embassy Row Hotel, as far as I can tell, is the Phillips Collection. Where's that, by the way? "Right around the corner from the Embassy Row Hotel."

Turns out, Cutruzzula attended a paid-for media junket that the hotel hosted last month after its extensive renovation. According to Sarah Vining, Embassy Row Hotel's comms director and “Chief Culture Engineer,” the hotel paid for journalists' travel, lodging, and other expenses.

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District Line Daily: A Violent Weekend

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At least seven people were shot and wounded in D.C. over the Memorial Day weekend. Four homicides were reported, including a fatal stabbing near the H Street NE corridor and a fatal shooting in Shaw.

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  • In some parts of D.C., standing on the sidewalk is a crime. [City Paper]
  • Can D.C. musicians survive as the city gets more expensive? [WAMU]
  • Our Lady of the Vanishing Arts may make an appearance on Artisphere's closing day. [ARLNow]
  • Why are area foxes stealing newspapers? [Post]

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District Line Daily: Quadruple Murder Suspect Captured

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Police captured Daron Dylon Wint, 34, in Northeast D.C. Thursday night, and authorities have charged him with first-degree murder in connection to the deaths of four people, including a 10-year old child, at a Woodland Normanstone home.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Wint is scheduled to make an appearance in court Friday afternoon. [NBC Washington]
  • The Savopoulos family released a statement: "While [the arrest] does not abate our pain, we hope that it begins to restore a sense of calm and security to our neighborhood and to our city." [WUSA9]
  • "Six months on the trail of Shy Glizzy," rap superstar. [Washington Post]
  • Rolling Thunder comes to the District this weekend. [Washington Times]

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Quadruple Murder Suspect in Brooklyn, Police Believe

wintPolice believe that the suspect allegedly behind last week's gruesome arson and quadruple homicide in Northwest is on the run in Brooklyn, NY.

Police suspect that Daron Dylon Wint, 34,  killed Savvas Savopolos, wife Amy Savopoulos, son Philip Savopoulos, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa last Thursday, then burned down the Savopoulos' house on the 3200 block of Woodlawn Drive. Wint once worked at American Iron Works, Savvas Savapolous' construction company, according to Metropolitan Police Department chief Cathy Lanier.

“Right now, you have just about everything law enforcement officer in the country looking for him," Lanier said at an afternoon press conference at MPD headquarters. Lanier said Wint's family wants him to turn himself in.

Lanier wouldn't comment on evidence in the case, but the Post reported yesterday that Wint's DNA was found on the crust of a pizza delivered to the house the night before the fire. Savapolos' assistant reportedly also delivered $40,000 to the house the day of the fire.

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