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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2008 at 2:50 pm 0

Wow! Yes, this is about the 2006 murder of Robert Wone in a house on the 1500-block of Swann Street NW. It’s important to note that the investigation is still ongoing. Why? This arrest is NOT for Wone’s murder, but for the obstruction of justice by Dylan Ward. Ward was the roommate of the owners of the Swann Street house where Wone was murdered on the night of August 2, 2006. Read on!

From The Washington Post:

Authorities arrested a man this week on obstruction of justice charges in the two-year-old investigation into the slaying of a prominent lawyer found stabbed in a townhouse near Dupont Circle.

Dylan Ward, a resident of the home where Robert Wone was killed, was arrested Wednesday in Dade County, Fla., where he now lives, authorities said yesterday.

The arrest is the first in the case since Wone, 32, was stabbed three times in the chest as he stayed overnight in the home Aug. 2, 2006. Wone was general counsel for Radio Free Asia. Read entire article.

From the Washington Blade:

An arrest has been made in connection with the 2006 murder of prominent local attorney Robert Wone.

Dylan Ward, a roommate in the home where Wone was stabbed to death, was arrested in Dade County Florida and charged with obstruction of justice, according to Channing Phillips, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Phillips said Ward was scheduled to appear before a federal court in Florida, where he now lives, at 10 a.m. Friday. He was not arrested on a murder charge; more information about the charges should be available Friday morning. Read entire article.

by Borderstan.com October 31, 2008 at 11:21 am 0

Borderstan's Diane Tucker is blogging for The Huffington Post's campaign series, "Off the Bus."

Diane Tucker

Borderstan’s very own Diane Tucker has another campaign coverage piece on The Huffington Post, “Pre-Election Anxiety Squeezes African-American Women.” Tucker is is blogging for HuffPo’s “Off the Bus” campaign reporting series.

“On the news yesterday, they revealed a potential neo-Nazi plot against Barack Obama, and then they gave more details on the racially-motivated Ashley Todd hoax. It made my heart pound. My blood pressure rose precipitously,” said anthropologist Wende Marshall, professor of public health sciences, University of Virginia.

Read entire post.

by Borderstan.com October 31, 2008 at 10:58 am 0

News from Joel Lawson, president of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA):

  • What: DCCA is sponsoring, “DC’s Financial State: Discussion with Dr. Natwar Gandhi and Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2).” A discussion of the city’s financial portrait and projections as it navigates the current economic crisis.
  • When: Monday, November 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW.
  • Who: Dr. Natwar Gandhi, DC Chief Financial Officer; Jack Evans, DC Council Finance Committee Chair.
  • More Information: Email Joel Lawson or call him at (202) 215-7809.

by Borderstan.com October 31, 2008 at 10:23 am 0

ANC 2B-09 district. (Image from Greater Greater Washington blog.)

ANC 2B-09 district is shaded light blue. (Image from Greater Greater Washington blog.)

Good morning, Borderstanians. Just four days to go until election day next Tuesday. D.C. city council races–particularly those two at-large seats–are getting plenty of coverage in the media and blogosphere. The presidential race is bringing us muchos television ads, thanks to Virginia’s status as a battleground state between McCain and Obama.

But, what about local races for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC)? (If you are unsure what ANCs do, click here.) Borderstan is split between three ANC districts, two in ANC 2B/Dupont Circle and one in ANC 2F/Logan Circle. None of the three incumbent commissioners representing Borderstan face opposition for the next two-year term. (Information at bottom of this posting on how to determine your ANC district and commissioner.)

Contested Race in ANC 2B-09

There is one neighboring ANC 2B district that is garnering a great deal of coverage–the ANC 2B-09 seat where incumbent Ramon Estrada is being challenged by Doug Rogers. Here are links to the two candidates’ Web sites and to some coverage of the race:

Borderstan ANC Districts and Commissioners

  • Borderstan’s boundaries are from P to S Streets and from 14th to 16th Streets NW (the center of Borderstan is 15th and Corcoran Streets NW).
  • ANC 2B-04: West Borderstan from the north side of Q Street to the south side of S Street is in District 04 and is represented by Jack Jacobson. He is running unopposed on November 4.
  • ANC 2B-05: West Borderstan from the south side of Q Street heading south is represented by incumbent Victor Wexler who is running unopposed on November 4.
  • ANC 2F-01: East Borderstan (east of 15th Street) is represented by incumbent Charles Reed, the commissioner for ANC 2F-01.
  • Map of ANC 2B districts.

Finally… VOTE ON TUESDAY.

by Borderstan.com October 31, 2008 at 9:05 am 0

The notice below is from ANC 2F-06 Commissioner Michael Benardo via Logan Circle News. Even though District 06 is not within the Borderstan boundaries, this meeting may be of importance to some readers:

The City Council’s Committee on Public Safety, chaired by Councilmember Phil Mendelson, is holding a public oversight hearing on Strategies to Combat Prostitution, on Friday, November 7th at noon. Many people from the Logan Circle/Shaw community participated in the last hearing, which was probably two years ago. Since prostitution continues to be an issue, please consider participating at this hearing.

For more information, you can reach Benardo by email or visit his ANC 2F Web page.

by Borderstan.com October 29, 2008 at 6:46 am 0

Borderstanians, do you have bare spots on your property or in your front tree boxes? Now is the time to plant that tree! From The Washington Post, October 28:

District residents who plant a tree on their property and vow to water and nurture it for two years will receive up to $50 through a program launched by the city and Casey Trees, officials announced yesterday.

“We are very enthused about the improvements to the quality of life in the city that come from tree cover,” said D.C. environment department Director George Hawkins. “Any of us know the difference between walking a street on a hot summer day with trees or without.” Read entire story.

by Borderstan.com October 29, 2008 at 6:32 am 0

Free in DC has listings of lots of great free things to see and do in Washington. Here is another one from Free in DC:

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of American History are co-sponsoring a celebration of the Latin American holiday Los Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), with a two-day family-friendly event at the National Museum of the American Indian Mall Museum.

The Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe will feature a special menu for the weekend, including roasted chicken with a vanilla-cinnamon mole sauce, two sides, and pan de muertos (a special sweet bread made in honor of the occasion).

By the way, here is what Wikipedia has to say about Día de los Muertos:

The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage (and others) living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November, in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day which take place on those days. Read entire post.

More Information About Museum Celebration

by Borderstan.com October 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm 0

This is from “Free in DC,” but there is actually a charge:

Sometimes I find an event I can’t resist posting even though it costs a bit more than ten dollars and this is one of those I just stumbled on! I love the National Cathedral space and can’t imagine a better place to see this event!

Recognized as one of the greatest mystics and poets of Islam, Rumi attracts spiritual seekers from almost every religion in the world, inviting them into the mystical realm of Sufism. Experience this inspired spiritual leader and great lover of humanity in the poetry and whirling dance of the Mevlevi Sufi Order of Turkey, founded by Rumi’s son. Faruk Celebi Efendi, a direct descendant of Rumi, leads the Order and offers opening remarks. Rumi’s poetry and a troupe of whirling dervishes are joined by singers and musicians for this extraordinary interfaith experience. In Rumi’s words, “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, idolator, worshipper of fire…”

Read entire post. 

 

by Borderstan.com October 28, 2008 at 6:47 am 0

Good morning, Borderstanians. 14th & You has an update on Sunday double-parking at churches in D.C., particularly the Logan Circle neighborhood, in “Parking Wars Coninued”

Many people likely recall the “parking wars” that have plagued the Logan Circle neighborhood over the past several years. A quick primer goes something like this: Logan is home to both a goodly number of residents and a goodly number of churches. Since many of these churches are located along otherwise residential blocks, parking on Sundays (and other days, depending upon the schedule of the church) can be a bit messy. OK, sometimes more than a bit. It’s not uncommon to drive along R St., 13th St., Vermont Ave. and other streets on Sunday mornings and see a number of cars blocking alleys, driveways, intersections, handicapped ramps, and so on.

 

 

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by Borderstan.com October 27, 2008 at 6:36 am 0

The Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (HDCMS) will hold the the 2008 “Taste of Dupont,” a pre-even to the 17th Street High Heel Race tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 28, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Carlyle Suites Hotel. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online.

Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets is proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2008 Taste of Dupont.  Last Year, over 250 attendees dined on superb culinary treats from local restaurants.  The fare included scallops, lamb, oyster shots, beef tenderloin, salmon rolls and much, much more! Join HDCMS to celebrate our excellent restaurants and art institutions and help to name our 2008 Chef of the Year!

More Information

  • Who: Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets.
  • What: Taste of Dupont with food from Dupont Circle area restaurants.
  • Where: Carlyle Suites Hotel at 1731 New Hampshire Avenue NW (between R and S Streets)
  • When: Tuesday, October 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online.

by Borderstan.com October 26, 2008 at 10:53 am 0

The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is housed in this 1902 Beaux-Arts building. It also houses the Kiplinger Research Library and National Music Center.

Mount Vernon Square, 801 K Street NW: The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is housed in this 1902 Beaux-Arts building. It also houses the Kiplinger Research Library and National Music Center.

From Logan Circle News on Yahoo! Groups… a look at what’s happening this week at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

 

Continuing Exhibits

  • Through December 15: “Riots are the Language of the Unheard,” exploring issues that led to the 1968 riots.
  • Through December 15: “Frank Smith: 40 Years Since the Riots,” works from the Black Arts movement.

This Week

  • Wednesday October 29 at 6:30 p.m.: “The Historic Campaign: Barack Obama in Photos,” book signing and discussion with the authors.
  • Saturday November 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: “Day of the Dead Celebration.”

More Information

  • The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is located at 801 K Street NW at Mount Vernon Square.
  • All events are free unless otherwise indicated.
  • For more details, visit the Web site at  or call (202) 383-1850.

by Borderstan.com October 25, 2008 at 8:04 pm 1,019 0

Southwest corner of 14th and T Streets NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez.)

Southwest corner of 14th and T Streets NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez.)

It appears that plans for turning the large building at the southwest corner of 14th and T NW–including a 24-hour diner, theater, yoga center and comedy club –may be dead. Seems a large furntiture retailer has come along and made an offer to the owner. Two accounts of the matter, at Greater Greater Washington and Washington City Paper.

 

From Greater Greater Washington:

Prospects for the Tryst/Diner/ comedy club /yoga studio/dance company plan for 14th and T, which has become a major campaign issue in 2B09 are looking dim. The City Paper found out that the owners have decided to sell to a big-box furniture store, Room and Board, instead.

The deal isn’t totally done, and some neighborhood activists including 2B09 candidate Doug Rogers are already pushing Room and Board to pull out of the deal (which they have the option to do).

Read entire post.

 

From Washington City Paper:

We learned today that Dave Chappelle, yes the Dave Chappelle, has signed on as a potential investor with the Diner/Tryst/ comedy club planned for the old Church of the Reformer at 14th and T Streets NW, the development plan we wrote about in July.

The bad news? That plan is close to imploding. Sources close to the deal say that the earlier agreement to lease the space from the current owner fell through. Rather than let their dream die, Diner/Tryst/Open City owner Constantine Stavropoulos and DC-Improv and Riot Act comedy impresario John Xereas, along with a few others–including Chappelle, a Xereas acquaintance who has D.C. roots–worked to get a deal together to buy the building. The bid is in the neighborhood of $9 million. The problem? They’re not the only ones interested.

Read entire post.

by Borderstan.com October 25, 2008 at 3:52 pm 1,281 0

Sign up to have DC Crime Alerts delivered to your cell phone, PDA or Blackberry.

Sign up to have DC Crime Alerts delivered to your cell phone, PDA or Blackberry. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Julie of Borderstan attended the PSA 208 community meeting on Tuesday night (her meeting wrap-up is here). She also reports on the new DC Police Alert System, which sounds very interesting and helpful. Here is her summary of the new system.

  • DC Police Alert is a new service that enables the Metropolitan Police Department to notify businesses and residents quickly about crimes that may require community action. With DC Police Alert, the MPD can send emergency alerts, notification and updates to your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry, PDA and/or e-mail account.
  • All you have to do is sign up at http://72hours.dc.gov. The system will identify your geographical area based on the information you provide, and forward alerts that are appropriate to you. When you go to the site, click on the “Alert DC” logo to sign up for this service.
  • This program will initially notify those who sign up regarding violent crimes, or crimes that have “actionable reports,” which is to say crimes that have been reported with very specific descriptions of the suspects.
  • If you have actionable information regarding a crime, call 911. Do not take action on your own.
  • If you choose to have the service contact your cell phone, BlackBerry or PDA, standard text messaging rates will apply.
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