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by Tim Regan — May 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Taste of Shaw, photo courtesy of Shaw Main StreetsLocals will be able to sample dishes from 22 Shaw eateries and bars tomorrow night.

Shaw Main Streets — which recently snagged a “Great American Main Street” award — will host a “Taste of Shaw” during its Shaw Main Streets Gala at the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW) tomorrow night.

The event will include samples of signature food and drinks from restaurants and bars including the Columbia Room and the Passenger, Convivial, Espita Mezcaleria and Right Proper Brewing Company, among others.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Councilmembers Charles Allen, Jack Evans, Brianne Nadeau and Vincent Orange will attend the event and help unveil a bronze plaque “that proclaims that Shaw is among the best Main Streets in the nation,” according to a press release.

Additionally, event organizers will present a “Shaw Champion Award” to Derek Brown, who owns the Columbia Room, Eat the Rich, Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency.

Proceeds from the event will help support the “economic revitalization and historic preservation activities in central Shaw.”

Tickets are $80 in advance and $100 on the day of the event.

Image courtesy of Shaw Main Streets

by Tim Regan — May 31, 2016 at 11:10 am 0

When two men broke into a frozen yogurt shop near U Street last week, they apparently weren’t looking for sweets, according to police.

Authorities are on the hunt for two masked men filmed burglarizing the Menchie’s at 1939 12th St. NW last Monday at 4:40 a.m.

In a video released by D.C. Police, the men can be seen smashing the store’s front door and running inside. The men can then appear to fumble with items in the back of the store before leaving with two box-like objects.

A representative for the U Street Menchie’s was not immediately available to comment.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

by Tim Regan — May 31, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

Chipotle at 1010 Vermont Ave NW 1

There’s a new Chipotle in town.

The national chain famous for its huge burritos opened a new location at 1010 Vermont Ave. NW on Sunday, according to employees at the store. Signage for construction of the Chipotle went up earlier this year.

The new location — which seats roughly 30 people — joins Chipotle’s other outposts in Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Chinatown, Mount Vernon Triangle and elsewhere.

by Tim Regan — May 31, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

DPR Dir Keith Anderson at Banneker Pool, photo via DCPR

D.C. Police No Longer Tweeting Crime — Get your crime news from the D.C. Police twitter account? Not anymore. MPD will no longer tweet out crime alerts as they occur, the Post reported over the weekend. Why? Chief Cathy Lanier said the move is meant to “streamline the agency’s various social-media accounts and avoid duplication.” The AlertDC notification system is now locals’ go-to place for breaking crime alerts form the city. [Washington Post]

Fire Near Howard — Flames broke out in a basement apartment near Howard University on Saturday, according to D.C. Fire and EMS. Nobody was injured during the blaze, authorities said. [Twitter / D.C. Fire and EMS]

Meridian Hill Mess — The grass at Meridian Hill Park needs a serious trim, several readers have told us over the past week. But don’t expect the fountains to come on any time soon.

Bryce Harper Hits Up Bethesda Bagels in Dupont — The Nationals player shared a photo of a delicious looking bagel sandwich over the weekend. “Thanks for always taking care of me fellas,” he wrote. [Instagram / Bryce Harper]

Hop In, the Water’s Fine — D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation Director Keith Anderson dove headfirst into Banneker Pool near Howard University to celebrate its opening day Saturday. [Twitter / DCPR]

Activities and Events Near You —  You asked for it, so now we have an event calendar. Check it frequently for updates on things to do across the area.

Photo via Twitter / DC Parks and Recreation 

by Tim Regan — May 31, 2016 at 6:50 am 0

Police_CruiserSomeone shot a man near Howard University late last night, according to D.C. Police.

The shooting occurred on the 700 block of Fairmont St. NW around 11 p.m. yesterday, authorities said.

Police lieutenant Christopher Moore provided additional details about the crime in an email to the Third District police listserv earlier this morning:

At approximately 11:00pm on 5/30/16 the victim was walking in the 700 block of Fairmont St. NW when he approached several males in the block.  One of the males shot the victim.  The victim suffered from non-life threatening injuries.  Third District Detectives are currently investigating.

Police did not immediately provide additional information about the crime. We’ll update this story if we learn more.

by Tim Regan — May 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm 0

police car(Updated at 4:57 p.m. Monday) The man shot in Shaw last night has died, according to D.C. Police.

Police said someone shot 32-year-old Russell Crawford inside of a building on the 1300 block of 7th St. NW around 7:40 p.m. last night.

Officers rushed to the scene and found Crawford suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Though he was rushed to the hospital, Crawford later died, authorities said.

MPD has did not immediately release details on a possible suspect.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

by Tim Regan — May 28, 2016 at 9:20 am 0

1500 U Street NW, photo via Google Street View(Updated at noon) Two men were stabbed on U Street early this morning, according to D.C. Police.

The stabbing occurred on the 1500 block of U St. NW around 4:14 a.m., authorities said.

One of the victims was transported to the hospital following the assault, police said. Both men were conscious when officers arrived on the scene.

Authorities are currently on the lookout for a person described as a “black male with dreadlocks.”

We’ll update this story when we have more details about the crime.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — May 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm 0

Memorial Day BRIEF

It’s finally here: Memorial Day weekend is upon us.

What do you have planned? Whether it’s lounging by the pool, grilling, visiting the National Mall or hanging out with family and friends, we hope it’s a good one.

The weather should cooperate some of the time, at least that’s what the National Weather Service predicts. We’re likely looking at sunny, warm Saturday followed by possible thunderstorms Sunday and Monday, the NWS reports.

Here’s what else you should expect this weekend:

We’ll return with full news coverage on Tuesday. Have a good long weekend, everyone!

by Tim Regan — May 27, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Photo courtesy of AGU

A plan to install solar panels and other energy efficient upgrades at the headquarters of the American Geophysical Union in Dupont Circle has moved a step closer to reality.

Members of D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HRPB) unanimously voted yesterday to give their blessing to the AGU’s planned renovation, which includes new insulated windows, a sewer heat exchange system and a rooftop solar array that would help the building produce as much energy as it consumes.

Though the project has received overwhelming support from neighbors and Dupont’s ANC 2B, some HRPB members were initially skeptical of the idea when it was presented months ago. One board member, Graham Davidson, remarked in April that the project could hurt the “neighborhood character,” adding that the solar panels might be more appropriate “in some remote part of Seattle” rather than in Dupont.

But after viewing the most recent plan for the project and hearing testimony from AGU representatives, ANC 2B Commissioner Daniel Warwick, Greater Greater Washington’s David Alpert and others, Davidson appeared to change his mind, at least somewhat.

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by Tim Regan — May 27, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Workers Assemble Trojan Horse — A giant wooden horse on wheels called “Troy” has invaded the District… in pieces, anyway. Workers were spotted assembling the massive equine figure yesterday afternoon and…

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