by December 22, 2008 at 10:24 am 0

A fascinating and depressing story about how some semi-automatic weapons made their way onto D.C. streets. From The Washington Post: “A Lot Of Guns Still Got Away; Convictions Fail to Satisfy ATF And D.C. Police.”

The crime took place about two hours from Washington, on the outskirts of Richmond: Two masked burglars smashed into a sporting-goods store and walked away with 34 semiautomatic handguns.The two novice criminals, college-educated men who had been friends since their high school years in Greenbelt, pulled off the heist in June with plans to sell the guns for quick cash in and around the District. Federal agents and D.C. police arrested them about a week after the theft, but not fast enough to keep the guns off the market.

Read Post story.

by December 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm 1,035 0

Yes, this poll that I conducted here at (it was open to everyone, not just Borderstanians) is very unscientific and probably representative of very little. Take it for what you will. As of today, 131 people responded to the poll on what they believe will happen in 2009 with street crime in D.C. About 72% of poll takers believe street crime will increase next year in D.C.

Here are the results:

  • Street crime will decrease: 7.6% (10 votes)
  • Street crime will stay about the same: 20.6% (27 votes)
  • Street crime will increase: 71.8% (94 votes)

by December 21, 2008 at 10:32 pm 0

Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Santa Monica, CA–Suni the monkey on 3rd Street Promenade. (Image: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Greetings, Borderstanians. I am on holiday in Los Angeles with my partner… house-and pet-sitting for friends. Yes, the winter weather here is wonderful and yesterday we spent the afternoon at 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Great place — four blocks of shops, restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Lots of  people–great people watching–and things to see on the street, including some [licensed] street performers. (Can you ever imagine that D.C. would allow street performers?) Thought you might enjoy this photo of a monkey. She was very sweet and her name is Suni (sic). (more…)

by December 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm 1,001 1 Comment

I certainly hope not. Washington has come a long way in 10 years. But, I remember the early 1990s and D.C.’s reputation as “Murder Capital USA” and the murder rate is now rising again.

Early Wednesday morning  Mika Brzezinski was mugged outside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Georgetown. She is a host on “Morning Joe,” a national show on MSNBC. Purely by chance, Mayor Adrian Fenty then appeared on “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough and Brzezinski to talk about Inaugural preparations.

Note to mayor and city council: It’s not good four tourism when this stuff starts hitting the national media.  Type Mika Brzezinski mugged outside D.C. hotel into the search function of your browser and see what you get.

Some of us, including Borderstanians, have been talking about crime for some time. Maybe national media coverage will the attention of City Hall.

From The Raw Story:

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski mugged outside D.C. hotel
12/18/2008 @ 11:31 am
Filed by David Edwards

MSNBC Joe Scarborough announced that his co-host, Mika Brzezinski, was mugged outside of her Washington D.C. hotel this morning.

“Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty was confronted face-to-face Thursday with some of the district’s crime problems, when it turned out the host of the morning talk show he appeared on had been mugged in the city an hour earlier,” The Washington Times reported.

Go to full story.

by December 18, 2008 at 7:43 am 1,990 2 Comments

Borderstanians: This information is from the Third District of the MPD. There is a $25,000 reward in the murder of Durval Martins; he was killed early Tuesday morning at 11th and Q NW:

” The Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.”

Police are encouraging residents to print and distribute this MPD flyer on the case (PDF) from the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit . Full information from the MPD follows.

On Tuesday, December 16, 2008, around 3:06 am, Durval Martins was shot and killed while at the intersection of 11th and Q Streets, NW. The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in gathering information regarding this incident. The case is under investigation by members of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Homicide Branch. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call: (more…)

by December 17, 2008 at 8:55 pm 1,105 0

Dcist has the goods about an arrest for the stabbing that occured at the U Street/Cardozo Metro stop (13th and U Streets NW) on Saturday:

DECEMBER 17, 2008
Arrest Made in U Street Stabbing
It may be grim out on D.C.’s streets, with eight homicides in the past seven days, but we’ll say one thing about the job local law enforcement is doing right now: talk about some swift arrests. (more…)

by December 17, 2008 at 4:45 pm 1,068 0

The horrible news about the 2008 murder rate in D.C. brings to mind some questions for Mayor Fenty and the D.C. Council:

  1. When does public safety become a priority for you?
  2. Have you noticed that a lot of kids (in addition to other victims) are getting killed?
  3. When will you figure out that good schools (and you are to be commended for your focus on the D.C. public schools) don’t mean much if the kids have to go through metal detectors to enter them?
  4. How much are better schools worth if kids are afraid to walk to them?
  5. Do you believe D.C.’s continued high crime rate–compared to other large cities–is a factor in the less than stellar performance of our convention center?
  6. If the violent crime rate keeps going up, do you think that living downtown will continue to be fashionable and desirable? What happens if an exodus of residents and businesses to the suburbs starts again? What happens when suburbanites are afraid to come to the trendy new business and retail strips in Logan Circle, Shaw, U Street and Columbia Heights? Where will you get the money to pay for schools and other programs?
  7. Finally, let’s say that you do decide to make crime/public safety a priority: Will you offer something more than simply blaming the Metropolitan Police Department? Will it occur to you to look at the laws and rules on the books to make sure the police are able to do their jobs?

Just asking, folks. Good schools are vital–but they are not the answer to everything that ails Washington.

If you are interested in what Washingtonians think about the crime rate for 2009 in our city, you can take a look at this poll (it’s very unscientific, I admit). The results are not encouraging. 

District Homicide Rate Passes 2007 Total

by December 17, 2008 at 6:57 am 1,029 0

14th & You is one of my favorite local bloggers. She writes a lot of original postings–unlike moi who hurriedly links  to lots of stuff from many sources–on neighborhood topics. So, here are three things you should read today over at 14th & You. Besides, it’s early, I’m not awake and I have a crazy day ahead at work.

  1. More Holiday Happenings. A really HUGE list.
  2. How the Arts Overlay District Could Stymie 14th Street Development. Interesting piece, a MUST READ.
  3. Teen Stabbed at 13th and U; Proceeds to Board Metro Train. Yeah, another violent crime story in the neighborhood. Is it just me, or is it starting to feel like the Barry years?

by December 17, 2008 at 6:37 am 0

From the Going Out Gurus at The Washington Post:

  • Wednesday: ‘Quasi-Painting’ at the Randall Scott Gallery. A new exhibit showcases nine different artists who all have painterly sensibilities (think more abstract, less linear), whether they’re painting, shooting photos or sculpting.
  • Thursday: Project Natale at the American Art Museum. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s monthly Take Five! event features music from the lively Latin Jazz ensemble Project Natale. The group will be performing tunes from its holiday CD in the all-weather Kogod Courtyard.

Read more.

by December 17, 2008 at 6:33 am 1,277 0

The Washington Blade has the story on the 3 a.m. murder on Tuesday morning at 11th and Q NW:

A 35-year-old gay man was shot in the head and killed shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday at 11th and Q streets N.W., while walking home from the Fox & Hound, a restaurant and bar near Dupont Circle, according to D.C. police. The victim was identified as Durval V. Martins of the 200 block of Bates Street, N.W. A police statement said Martins also suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body.  Go to article.

14th & You comments on the tragedy.

by December 16, 2008 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

Warner Brothers Web site.)

See “Yes Man” on Wednesday, December 17 at the Uptown Theater and help support Woodley House. (Image: Warner Brothers Web site.)

Woodley House–Washington DC’s Oldest Residential Facility providing mental health services–is hosting its 12th Annual Woodley House Movie Benefit with Special Screening of Jim Carrey’s movie, “Yes Man,” this Wednesday December 17 (that’s tomorrow night, people!) Tickets to are only $100 for two people at The Uptown Theater at 3426 Connecticut Avenue NW. Tickets can be purchased online at Woodley House.   (more…)


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