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Stadium Club Started as HIV/AIDS Nonprofit?

 

A District nonprofit that provides various social services took HIV/AIDS money to fix up a warehouse that's now a strip club. That's according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan. Nathan is suing reformed city gangster Cornell Jones and his nonprofit—Miracle Hands—for $1 million because of the alleged shenanigans involved.

In court documents filed at D.C. Superior Court Tuesday, Nathan contends Jones and his operation received $329,653 in city funding to renovate a warehouse at 2127 Queens Chapel Road NE as a job training center for residents with HIV/AIDS. A press release from Nathan's office explains that what the city got instead was writhing bodies and body glitter.

The Complaint charges that although Miracle Hands had decided by early 2007 to change the location of its planned job-training facility from 2127 Queens Chapel Road to 2145 Queens Chapel Road, it continued to submit invoices to the District for renovation work performed at the 2127 Queens Chapel Road location. A nightclub liquor license was secured in August 2006 for the 2127 Queens Chapel Road location, which, following its renovation, was opened in 2010 as the Stadium Club.

Stadium is a sprawling high-end nudie joint where you can also order a good steak. According to the Washington Times, Jones sold the city-spiffed warehouse to Stadium Club owner Keith Forney for $2.7 million in March; the business had leased the property from Jones prior to that. Miracle Hands never opened the training center.

Councilmember David Catania, who chairs the committee on health and has been sounding the alarm about Miracle Hands, calls the situation "egregious impropriety." Messages left for Jones weren't answered, and court records don't show he's acquired a lawyer yet, but it'll be interesting to hear his side of the story, which if he's creative, might start something like, "Well, we meant for it to be a job training center but then someone donated this pole and..."

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Sally

    Follow the money from these guys to Harry Thomas' campaign donations pockets.

  • Native

    Steal from the city's taxpayers and get sued?
    Where are the criminal indictments for Cornell Jones and Harry Thomas?
    Who within the city government didn't do due diligence on Miracle Hands?

    Is it gross incompetence, or was someone within the city government part of a criminal conspiracy?

  • mundo

    So in other words, one group of gangsters is suing another. Meanwhile, DC has one of the highest rates of HIV *in the world*. Not just in the US, but in the world. Who do the people suffering from the years of neglect that led to this pandemic get to sue, and who's going to ensure that services continue while the gangsters fight each other in gangster court?

  • noodlez

    SO GAYTANIA WANTS TO ACT LIKE HE IS DOING SOMETHING NOW WHEN AT THE VERY TIME HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING SOMETHING ABOUT HIV/AIDS THE RATE WAS AND STILL IS OUT OF CONTROL. THE BOTTOM LINE IS GAYTANIA WAS DERELICT IN HIS DUTIES AND THERE WAS NO COVER STORY, NO LL FINDINGS OR A RENDERING SMITTY DOCUMENTING HOW THE RATE WAS THRU THE ROOF WHILE HIS BITCH ASS WAS FORCING THAT HOMOSEXUAL FREEDOM BILL THRU.

    SO THIS HAPPENED IN 2005, 2006, 2007 AND IT’S 2011. SO WHERE WAS HE AT ON THIS BEFORE 2011? SO NOW HE THINKS BY GOING AFTER CORNELL, WHO IS BLACK THAT HE IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO WIN OVER THOSE SAME FOLK THAT HAVE IN FOR THE CURRENT GROUP OF BLACK POLITICIANS THAT HAVE A SCENT OF IMPROPRIETY? I BELIEVE THAT GAYTANIA IS JEALOUS AND IS TRYING TO DEFLECT THAT CORNELL’S ORGANIZATION HAVE DONE MORE FOR HIV/AIDS THAN HIS COCKSUCKING ASS CAN BOAST OR BRAG ABOUT.

    GAYTANIA CURRENT SIGNATURE MOVES ARE HIS ILLEGAL BILL AND HIS PETTY VENDETTA AGAINST BARRY. THIS BAMMA DOES NOT REPRESENT ANYTHING BUT A CONTROVERSIAL WAY OF LIFE AND THE SOONER SOMEONE TAKES HIS POSITION ON THE COUNCIL THE BETTER OFF THIS CITY WILL BE!

  • NE John

    @Sally. That is exactly what must be investigated and analyzed. Thank you. Persona non grata is on his way to the slammer !

  • INSIDER

    noodlez u are right on the money. how come gaytana have never called cornell in front of his committy 2 talk 2 him like a dog like he do everybody young and old.FBI has been on cornell 4 this same issue over 4 years and NATHAN only been on the job how long???? one thing u can say is that cornell can take care of his self!

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  • mundo

    Noodles, when you use that anti-gay bigoted horseshit to try and score points you don't do black people any favors. I'm not going to defend Catania as a politician, but using anti-gay slurs to defend an opportunist gangster like Jones is just dumb. The people deserve better than ALL these sorry-ass motherfuckers. People need a revolution, not another fucking grant-funded program with every petty politician and opportunist looking to get paid on the backs of HIV+ poor people.

  • noodlez

    @mundo-CHAMP YOUR POST IS REFLECTIVE OF GAYTANIA'S TIME ON THE COUNCIL.

    ALL ABOUT DEFENDING GAY FOLK AND BROADCASTING SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOUR SELF AS A NO GOODER. SLIM I DONT NEED TO SCORE POINTS AND I DONT GIVE DAMN ABOUT DOING BLACK FOLK FAVORS.

    THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS AS A HOMOSEXUAL ALL HE HAVE DONE IS PUSH THE GAY AGENDA AND NOTHING ELSE. HIS GRANDSTANDING ON ALL THE OTHER BULL IS EXACTLY WHAT IT IS GRANDSTANDING TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE HE IS PROVIDING ALL CITIZENS OF THIS CITY SOME REP WHEN IN FACT HE IS NOT! ONLY THOSE THAT IDENTIFY WITH HIS WAY OF LIFE.

    SEEMS LIKE YOU GOT ALL UP YOUR FEELINGS WHEN YOU POSTED SO IMA LET YOU OFF THE HOOK ON THE HORSESHIT COMMENT.

  • American Rogue

    • I read your article detailing Mr. Nathan is pursuing Miracle Hands Inc. and let me state clearly that I am appalled, just appalled that DC Government is not up to date on the newest medical treatments. Allow me to "enlighten" you on the new, though somewhat controversial, approach to combating this most dreaded of diseases. Clever social engineers, guys way above us, figured out that if patrons of these establishments (dare I say one of the last bastions of a free society) could enjoy such entertainment with the full knowledge that their strippers (performing their public services as it were) were HIV/AIDS free, said patrons could relax and perhaps spend even more time in these venues. Thus, these persons would not be gallivanting around potentially engaging in a most infamous variety of acts with "questionable women." Furthermore, said patrons would be "turning-the-crank-of-commerce" thus stimulating the economy while being stimulated (see how this symbiotic relationship works --- these social engineer types really know some stuff don't they!??!!??). Mr. Nathan should immediately issue a statement trumpeting Miracle Hands, Inc. for being on the vanguard of medical science!!!!! I, sir, await his reaction. If you need to contact me further, I'll be at the club - front row - dollar bill in my hand - yelling "keep me disease free girl - you chesty thing you!!!!!!!"

    Clearly Focused & Fiercely Determined,

    American Rogue DC

  • DANG!

    Poverty Pimps. Both are very well donors to Harry Thomas. This makes me sick. Talked about Fenty but lookie lookie whose doing the dirt now. Now we have another provery pimp running for city council in Ward 8.

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