From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Casey Anthony: “Not Guilty”
OK, I know. It’s out of Borderstan by a few states and you didn’t miss it. You were inundated by the coverage and people’s reactions. But it was the biggest news item, so I’m obligated to cover it. Reaction from The Washington Post, courtesy of the Associated Press.
Anonymous Donation Saves D.C. Schools Athletic Programs
A private donor pledged $1.5 million to keep D.C. Public Schools sports programs intact after hearing of budget cuts that would have gutted the program. The Washington Examiner has the full story. It includes, of course, a bizarre twist. Never one to make things simple, DCPS failed to tell concerned parents the donation had been made. The parents continued to fundraise and protest a problem that no longer existed. Oh well, dodgeball is still alive and well and that’s what really matters! (PS, my money is totally on Ted Leonsis as the donor. Thoughts?)
Fire at Dupont Circle Liquor Store
Dupont Fine Wines suffered an electrical fire in the basement today, DC Fire and EMS reported this morning. Apparently it snarled traffic for quite some time as the fire crew waited for Pepco to show up. The tweets show quite the delay in the arrival of a Pepco crew, who were needed due to the nature of the fire. At 2 p.m., they tweeted they were waiting for Pepco to show up; at 3:41 p.m. they let everyone know they were still waiting on Pepco. With the fire crews still on scene, traffic stayed a mess for a while.
Speaking of Fire, Tune Inn Fundraiser is Soon!
The Tune Inn suffered a kitchen fire two weeks ago, and will be closed for some time during the reconstruction. So a group of Capitol Hill residents and businesses have done a very nice thing to help the staff during the down time. The fundraiser will be July 15 at the American Legion post, just around the corner from the Inn. There will be food, music and raffles for fun prizes while you help out the folks that make a D.C. institution run. It’s a good thing.
Baby, You’re a Firework (And Under Arrest)
2,710 to be exact. Police officers were patrolling for illegal use of fireworks when they caught the first bootlegger with a truck full; the second bust was a whole U-Haul of fireworks. NBC reports the value of the seized goods was over $10,000!
Cool It Down with DC Jazz Loft
Capital Bop has all the info you need, so make your plans now for Sunday’s event. It will be at Red Door with a suggested donation of $10 and starts at 7 pm. The real reason you need to go? The open mike, open jam session at the end of the night.