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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.

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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.

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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.

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D.C. Most Congested U.S. City for Drivers, Report Finds

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Warning: This will make you want to honk, and maybe even kick and scream.

District-area drivers spend the most time in traffic of any urban center in the U.S., a new report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX, Inc., a traffic-data firm, finds. On average, they each sit for 82 hours per year on congested roads, edging out commuters in (Carmageddon-plagued) Los Angeles (80 hours), San Francisco (78 hours), New York (74 hours), and San Jose (67 hours). The D.C.-area delay amounts to $1,834 in congestion costs per person, 28 percent above the average congestion costs for “very large” urban areas: $1,433. (The report defines “congestion costs” as the value of travel-time delay plus excess fuel consumption.)

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District Line Daily: It’s Electric!

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On Tuesday, the District’s Public Service Commission blocked Exelon, a Chicago-based utilities company, from merging with Pepco—a proposed $6.4 billion takeover. Betty Ann Kane, a commissioner on the three-person panel who voted against the merger, called the move “one of the most significant decisions that the commission will ever make.”

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser will ask the D.C. Council to allow police officers to search and detain individuals on parole or probation for violating their release terms, in order to help cut down on violent crime. [Post]
  • Metro has ended a temporary bus detour along the W8 line just one day after starting it. [NBC Washington]
  • A woman is jointly suing a Metrobus operator and Metro for an alleged anti-gay attack on her. [City Desk]
  • Friends and family held a vigil last night for Tenika Fontanelle, who died in a triple shooting last week in Southeast. Fontanelle would have been 32-years-old. [WUSA9]
  • A new study has found that D.C. drivers spend the most time stuck in traffic in the U.S. [NBC Washington]

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

  • Priced Out: A family of four can expect to pay more than $100,000 in annual expenses to have a “secure yet modest” living in the District, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s family-budget calculator.
  • Special Delivery: We ordered in UberEats, which just launched yesterday in D.C. Verdict: Not bad, Uber
  • Panda Panic: Giant-panda mother Mei Xiang isn’t letting zookeepers switch her twin cubs.

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It’s More Expensive For a Family of Four to Live Comfortably in D.C. Than in New York, Analysis Finds

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If you’re part of a couple residing in D.C. with no kids, you can expect to pay around $4,362 a month on living expenses—or $52,347 annually—according to an online tool released today.

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Woman Files Suit Against Metro, Bus Driver Over Alleged Anti-Gay Attack

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Just weeks after Metro announced a surveillance pilot program to reduce assaults against bus drivers along the X2 route, a woman has filed a civil lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court alleging that a bus driver committed “verbal and physical attacks based solely on her sexual orientation.”

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Mei Xiang Reportedly Uncooperative About Switching Cubs

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Three days after she gave birth to twins, giant-panda mother Mei Xiang seems to be throwing a wrench into the National Zoo's efforts to keep both cubs healthy, during a “high-risk period” for them.

The National Zoo says in a press release issued this afternoon that Mei hasn’t given up the larger of the two cubs since 2 p.m. Monday, preventing the panda team from swapping the twins, as is protocol. The larger cub, weighing 138 grams at birth, seems to be doing well; the smaller one, who was born weighing 86 grams, has experienced “fluctuating weight,” thus causing concerns.

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District Line Daily: After Shooting, Bus Detours

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A nonlethal shooting involving a W8 Metrobus Friday night led Metro to discontinue service along Elvans Road SE, in Shepherds Parkway, after 7 p.m. Shots from outside the bus pierced the vehicle and hit a man inside, who did not appear to be an intended target. The union that represents many Metro workers, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, claims that a separate Metrobus incident—a “hijacking”—occurred in Southeast this weekend, but a Metro spokesperson says no such incident took place.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Monday was the first day of school, arriving amid wide unease about D.C.’s recent uptick in violent crime. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the academic year with a “Slow Down” campaign. [Post, City Desk]
  • Police Chief Cathy Lanier apparently had a lengthy email correspondence with a D.C. resident about the potential reasons behind the crime spike, touching on national trends and changes within MPD. [PopVille]
  • An Uber driver may have committed a sexual assault near Grant Circle early Sunday. [NBC Washington]
  • D.C. has only installed 2.27 of 7.5 bike-lane miles projected for this year, down from 9 in 2014. [Post]
  • When Pope Francis comes to D.C. next month, chances are you won’t get see him in public. [WTOP]

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

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Bowser Kicks Off First Day of School With “Slow Down” Campaign

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Seward Square was tinged with extra green Monday morning as Mayor Muriel Bowser and about 30 volunteers held up signs reminding drivers to proceed with caution on the first day of school.

The “Slow Down” event on Capitol Hill started at 6:30 a.m., and is one of six taking place around D.C. today at some of the city’s busiest intersections. The campaign is being promoted on social media with the hashtag #SlowDownDC, while families drop off and pick up their kids at school. The events are not officially part of D.C.'s Vision Zero campaign, an idea hatched in Sweden that aims to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2024.

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District Line Daily: 102 Homicides

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The District recorded its 102 homicide this Sunday, bringing the city within three of last year's total number of homicides. Sunday's victim, a 33-year-old man, was found in Deanwood; he was just one of several people affected by violence over the weekend.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on the recent spike in violence: "Homicides are up. Not just up, but up by 30 percent. Layer over that changing explanations and it gives people cause for real concern." [Post]
  • Mei Xiang gave birth to not one but two cubs over the weekend as her second born, Bao Bao, turned two. [City DeskPost]
  • Why are some D.C. charter schools able to raise millions while others fail to attract donations? [Post]
  • It's more expensive to buy in Arlington County than in D.C. [WBJ]
  • Metro's weekend disaster drill didn't go perfectly. [WMAL]
  • It matters which railcars Metro decides to retire first. [GGW]

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

  • So Long, Farewell: Our outgoing arts editor shares what she's learned.
  • Texas Forever: Kolaches are now available in D.C.
  • Your Edgier Cousin: Unified Scene Theater,  "a buttload of fun and awesomeness," now open in Bloomingdale.

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National Zoo: Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth to Two Cubs (UPDATE)

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Looks like Bao Bao will be celebrating her second birthday with two new siblings.

After giving birth to a cub at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mei Xiang gave birth to a second at 10:07 p.m. According to the National Zoo, "a panda team of three keepers retrieved one of the cubs per the Zoo’s Giant Panda Twin Hand-Rearing protocol. The cub is now in an incubator and being cared for by veterinarians and panda keepers."

The cubs will be swapped between Mei and the zoo team, "allowing one to nurse and spend time with Mei Xiang while the other is being bottle fed and kept warm in an incubator." Giant pandas give birth to twins roughly half the time, the National Zoo explains; only two other female giant pandas have raised twins and "it required a lot of human support."

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New Site Helps Determine If Criminal Records Are Sealable

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D.C. residents who have been arrested, charged, or convicted of an offense can now more easily start the process of sealing those records thanks to a recently launched website called Clean Slate DC. It offers residents an easy-to-use question-and-answer system to help determine if their criminal records are eligible for sealing.

Re-Entry Rebuilding Coalition members Shannon Reid and Briane Cornish developed the site, having started last November during a hackathon hosted by Mission: Launch, one of the original member organizations of the coalition. Laurin Hodge, founder of Mission: Launch, says Clean Slate was the sole project that reached fruition from seven “prototype designs” that addressed a multitude of problems regarding D.C. criminal records.

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Photo: West Virgina Ave. NE

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2000 Block of West Virginia Ave. NE,  August 20

District Line Daily: Suspect in Shaw Shooting Arrested

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Marcus King, a 19-year-old suspect in this past Saturday’s fatal shooting of Matthew Shlonsky, 23, turned himself into police custody Thursday afternoon. King faces a charge of second-degree murder while armed. Other persons of interest believed to be involved in the Shaw shooting remain at large.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • As the District faces a homicide-rate increase of more than 30 percent as compared with this time last year, officials have come to believe that many illegal firearms make their way into D.C. via I-95. [WAMU]
  • More on guns: The Metropolitan Police Department made 64 percent more gun recoveries in 2014 than in the year before, an annual MPD report shows. There were also 18 percent fewer robberies. [City Desk]
  • How will D.C. memorialize late Mayor Marion Barry? With a lot of renaming. [Loose Lips, WUSA9]
  • Think housing in the District is expensive? Hop over to Arlington, where the median price for a home is more than $100,000 ahead of that in D.C; this year, prices rose 10 and four percent, respectively. [WBJ]
  • A new program called PACE will allow the District to finance energy infrastructure for businesses. [Post]

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

  • All Southwest’s a Stage: This week’s cover story examines the tension between residents of Southwest and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, which has proposed a controversial mixed-use building in the area.
  • Pre-Prohibition: D.C.’s latest distillery and tasting room, Jos A. Magnus & Co., opens this Saturday.
  • It Could Be Worse: So say restaurant owners and chefs about August, usually a slow month for business.

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