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by Andrew Ramonas — September 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Union Drinkery (Photo via Twitter/Union Drinkery)

A self-described “no-frills neighborhood bar” has started serving locals in Park View.

Union Drinkery opened at 3216 Georgia Ave. NW yesterday, it tweeted.

The bar has beer, wine and cocktails, as well as food from neighboring Small Fry, which has the same owner as the watering hole.

A Union Drinkery representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Photo via Twitter/Union Drinkery

by Andrew Ramonas — September 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

1400 block of Maryland Avenue NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man was stabbed near the H Street corridor this afternoon, police said.

The attack happened on the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue NE about 2:45 p.m. today.

The victim was conscious after the attack.

Authorities haven’t released any suspect information.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — September 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

1300 Block of Clifton Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Robbers punched a man in the head and took $4,000 from him in Columbia Heights late last night, police said.

The violent robbery occurred between the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Clifton Street NW about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim was walking home from work just west of the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus when two men punched him in the back of his head, according to authorities.

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by Tim Regan — September 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

REI opening block party, photo via REIOutdoor retailer REI has plans to throw a weekend-long block party with free food, performances and activities to celebrate the opening of its new 51,000 square foot flagship store in NoMa next month.

The store, located at 201 M St. NE, will kick off the massive party when it opens its doors for the very first time on Friday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m.

Friday’s festivities will include “big band fanfare” and live DJs, the company wrote¬†on an event page.

Then, on Saturday and Sunday, REI will take the party outside with live music, beer gardens, a rock climbing wall, screen printing and s’mores. Musical acts planned for those days include a Beatles cover band, several bluegrass acts and prolific rapper and beatboxer Biz Markie.

And attendees might not leave the party empty-handed. REI employees will be on hand to distribute freebies such as CamelBak bottles with gift cards, breakfast food and coffee.

More on the celebration from REI’s website:

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by Nicholas Braswell — September 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

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Attorney Nicholas Braswell practices criminal defense in Virginia, representing clients on cases ranging from drug charges to reckless driving.

On Tuesday, Sept.¬†13, the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia and the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). They did this because the OSSE has policies that allow the random drug testing of preschool teachers in private schools. The Association, which is a nonprofit organization that consists of 75 regional private schools, believes that the OSSE’s drug testing policies are in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and are violating the preschool teacher’s right to privacy.

The OSSE has directly acknowledged that they do in fact call for the random drug testing of preschool teachers at private schools. They maintain that this is an attempt to keep the children of D.C. safe and that they are only doing their jobs by enforcing city policies.

The city law is called the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Amendment Act of 2004 (CYSHA). It requires private organizations licensed by the city government to mandate drug and alcohol testing for people who work in “safety-sensitive positions.” The OSSE clearly believes that preschool teachers fall under the category of people who work in “safety-sensitive positions.” However, many private school organizations and civil liberty groups say that the OSSE’s interpretation of the law is not as clear cut as they would like to think.

There was a decision in a similar case where the judge ruled that the OSSE’s drug testing procedures were problematic and needed to be revised. The attorneys representing the private schools made the argument in the suit that the OSSE has made no attempts to change its policies since the last decision.

The rule also exposes a few hypocritical stances taken by the city government. For instance, even though the use of marijuana is legal in the District, the city can still ban its employees from using the substance. The city also does not force public school teachers or teachers at charter schools to endure random drug testing like they do at private schools.

Civil liberty proponents also believe that the drug and alcohol testing mandate has no connection to actual on-the-job impairment and because of this fact it violates the employee’s rights without good cause. They also assert that the costs of running these programs puts private preschools at a disadvantage when they try and compete with public and charter schools.

It appears that the city has not gotten the message that the war on drugs is considered to be a huge failure. Normal drug testing for a teaching position would work just fine. If they were serious about the safety of their students, then they would have random drug testing at public and charter preschools as well. There is also no evidence that cannabis users make worse teachers than non-cannabis users. The city apparently seems to be applying age-old beliefs in a modern world and that is most certainly a recipe for disaster.

Borderstan contributor and law firm sponsor Price Benowitz LLP. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author — our contributor and law firm sponsor Price Benowitz LLP — and do not necessarily reflect the views of Borderstan.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Flying Fish at 3064 Mount Pleasant St. NW

A Mount Pleasant coffee shop has shut down temporarily for a new coat of paint and other improvements.

Flying Fish Coffee and Tea at 3064 Mount Pleasant St. NW closed yesterday and is slated to reopen tomorrow, after the completion of the shop’s first makeover since it opened in 2011.

“It’s time to freshen up a little bit,” owner Michael Visser told Borderstan yesterday afternoon.

In addition to new paint, the coffeehouse will get some new furniture and equipment that is intended to help workers cook up breakfast sandwiches quicker.

On Mondays starting next week, Flying Fish also is slated to have pastries from Republic Kolache.

by Tim Regan — September 28, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via Twitter / Rito LocoIt may soon be possible to have a beer or other boozy drink¬†with your carne asada burrito at Shaw’s Rito Loco.

The eatery at 606 Florida Ave. NW¬†has applied to start serving alcohol, according to a recent filing¬†with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

A Rito Loco employee said the restaurant will likely serve beer and margaritas but added that the drink menu was not yet finalized.

The burrito-centric restaurant born out of a food truck is also seeking to serve booze in an outdoor seating area and offer live entertainment, the application notice says:

Restaurant serving Mexican food with seating for 49 and a Total Occupancy Load of 49. Applicant has also requested an Entertainment Endorsement and a Summer Garden with 47 seats.

Rito Loco’s menu includes burritos, tacos and rice bowls with beef, chicken, seafood and eggs.

Photo via Twitter / Rito Loco

by Andrew Ramonas — September 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Rainy day in Dupont Circle

D.C. Puts Out Video From Police-Involved Shooting Near Shaw — District officials yesterday released video from a cop’s body camera that captured the aftermath of the fatal police-involved shooting of Terrence Sterling near 3rd and M streets NW earlier this month. Officer Brian Trainer, 27, shot Sterling after the 31-year-old man drove a motorcycle into a police car. [NBC Washington]

Planned Parenthood Opens Near Union Market — The District’s only Planned Parenthood location is now open at 1225 4th St. NE. [Washington Post]

Chinatown’s Chinese Residents Win Court Battle With Developer — Some of the last remaining Chinese residents in Chinatown have won a court victory that allows them to stay in their apartments for now. [Washington Post]

Mediterranean Eatery to Open on H Street This Fall — Sospeso is slated to open at 1344 H St. NE this fall with food from southern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. [District Cuisine]

by Tim Regan — September 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

A plan to begin construction on a new streetscape project along the 14th Street corridor has been delayed until next spring, according to District officials.

The District Department of Transportation originally planned to break ground this coming December on a¬†new¬†streetscape project¬†that would span 14th Street NW from Thomas Circle to Florida Avenue.¬†As planned, the project includes new “bulb-outs” that would let buses¬†pick up passengers without pulling out of traffic, “cut-through” bike lanes, new crosswalks, street lights, bike racks and benches, among other improvements.

The purpose of the streetscape project is to increase multi-modal and pedestrian safety, comply with¬†ADA standards and add new character to the corridor, according to DDOT.¬†But crews won’t break ground on those new improvements and safety¬†features¬†until at least next spring,¬†said¬†DDOT project manager Rick Kenney today.

“We are presently delayed in receiving DC¬†Water’s final plans, which has pushed our tentative start date to late spring of 2017,” Kenney said.

DC Water, which plans to switch service over to a new water main and install some new valves as part of the project, will finish its reviews and approve the final designs this week, according to agency spokesman John Lisle.

Once the work begins, DDOT estimates it will take about a year to complete.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 27, 2016 at 9:30 am 0

Cusbah on H Street to Stay Open — Indian-Pakistani restaurant Cusbah won’t close after winning a battle in court against its landlord who tried to evict the eatery from 1128…

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